My wife and I (both British professionals and currently in London) are comparing several warm places which we have known for many years as our retirement destination this year. We've worked and lived in many parts of the world, including tough ones, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, in our career. We're probably now going to end up in Phuket, Thailand, which we have known and loved for a quarter of a century and where there is a vibrant expatriate community well integrated with the locals. (I'm a consultant working in high level management communications; my wife is a retail executive and social/charity worker.)
We still haven't made the commitment and are now going back and looking at one or two of our top European places, such as Corfu (which is somewhat theoretical since we haven't seen much of it at all in recent years), before we come to a final decision on Thailand.
This may be a long shot, but is there anybody on the forum who has serious experience of long stays in Thailand/Phuket as well as in Corfu, who can give us any comparative views on living in the two places?
Obviously cost of living, taxes etc will be higher in Corfu, but life is probably less frenetic, the high speed internet access is probably better, the wine is far better and I could easily become competent in Greek (classics scholar at university).
Any views of any sort, anybody?