That certainly wasn’t the only reason we moved from Chicago to Penang, Malaysia, but it doesn’t hurt that when my family and friends are grumbling about the below freezing temperatures, I’m figuring out which beach to go to (and trying not to rub it in).
Before we moved here, we had no idea that Malaysia has some of the best beaches in the world. But now we’re sorry it took us so long to discover them.
The term snowbird has been around for ages but takes on a bit of a dramatic meaning when you fly across the globe to chase the sun for a month or two. Many snowbirds go to Florida or Arizona, but there are so many exotic options in Southeast Asia that they are missing out on. It is also much more affordable than the warm weather spots in the U.S. And what better way to research your retirement abroad than a one-month break in Southeast Asia? Florida is certainly closer, but with the money you spend for one month there, you can live like a rock star for many months on the beaches here.
Not all beaches in Southeast Asia are ideal in January but the ones below certainly are and rival any of those in Florida. Here the waters are clear and run the gamut from the Caribbean blue to sea glass green. The sea life is phenomenal and not just for scuba divers; snorkelers won’t miss a thing either.