Find the Best Country for your Budget

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If you’re looking to become an expat and live a relaxed life, moving somewhere inexpensive is a necessity. I was able to quit my job and become an expat so that I can travel the world.  I am living the life of my dreams, and I’m here to advise future expats on where to move in order to live a good life that’s also light on the wallet.

I have laid out a list of beautiful, interesting, welcoming and adventure-rich places that are single-friendly and really affordable.  As you all know, I’m a living witness about how amazing and inexpensive it can be as a resident of #2 on the list.

street scene in Carvoeiro, Portugal

1. Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal

  • Beautiful views from the rocky coast
  • Constant sunshine
  • Perfect weather year round
  • Great food and wine and lots of history
  • Great place for single women to start a business and a life

Total monthly budget: $1,150 per person  

Rent: $727

Transportation: $42

Gas: 0

Electricity: $100

Water: 0

Telephone/Internet/Cable TV: $78

Entertainment: $108

Groceries: $140

2. El Poblado, Medellín, Colombia

  • Great exchange rate between USD and COP
  • Great tourism and investment opportunities
  • Well dress, well mannered and welcoming people
  • Comfortable, tranquil and Idyllic way of life for a super affordable price

 

Total monthly budget: $1,650 per person  

Rent: $993

Transportation: $50

Gas: $99

Electricity: 0

Water: 0

Telephone/Internet/Cable TV: $99

Entertainment: $136

Groceries: $199

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

3. Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

  • Established community of French expats
  • Improving infrastructure
  • Establishing residency is easy
  • Cost of living is a huge bargain
  • Very strong economy
  • Crime is falling

 

Total monthly budget: $1,250 per person  

Rent: $770

Transportation: $14.50

Gas: $7.40

Electricity: $58

Water: $4.85

Telephone/Internet/Cable TV: $47

Entertainment: $142

Groceries: $190

Cayo, Belize

4.  Santa Familia, Cayo, Belize

  • Wide-open spaces
  • Fresh air
  • Warm weather
  • Fertile land
  • World’s best place to disconnect and unplug
  • Small town atmosphere

 

Total monthly budget: $1,200 per person 

Rent: $600

Transportation: $95

Gas: $12.50

Electricity: $88

Water: $6.25

Telephone: $50

Internet: $50

Cable TV: $23

Entertainment: $88

Groceries: $100

A quiet street in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Photo courtesy of Andrea Schaffer/Flickr)

5. Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Super low cost of living
  • Great weather
  • Rich history
  • Distinct culture
  • Mega-malls
  • Huge multi-national grocery & departments stores

 

Total monthly budget: $1,000 per person  

Rent: $736

Transportation: $12

Gas: $9

Electricity: $60

Water: $6

Telephone: $18

Internet: $30

Cable TV: $32

Entertainment: $38

Groceries: $133

6. Barcelona, Spain

  • Vibrant, colorful, proud city
  • Strong energy
  • Very affordable to live
  • Compact & well laid out
  • Opportunities for diversion, entertainment and discovery
  • City of galleries, museums, monuments, theaters, restaurants and shopping

Total monthly budget: $1,600 per person  

Rent: $1,000

Transportation: $45

Gas: $90

Electricity: $67

Water: $23

Telephone: $50

Internet: 0

Cable TV: $23

Entertainment: $171

Groceries: $224

7. Granada, Nicaragua

  • Cost of living and real estate is really cheap
  • Busy and lively city
  • Attracts record numbers of tourists and expats
  • City is like a fairytale

 

Total monthly budget: $1,225 per person  

Rent: $762

Transportation: $17

Gas: $10

Electricity: $118

Water: $9.50

Telephone: $5

Internet/Cable TV: $33

Entertainment: $82

Groceries: $163

8. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo

  • Laid-back & quiet
  • Low cost of living
  • High standard and low cost of health care
  • Life revolves around water and outdoors
  • Emerging expat community
  • Mix of adventure and exotic
  • Serene, close to nature lifestyle
  • Global bargain

 

Total monthly budget: $850 per person  

Rent: $583

Transportation: $23

Gas: $7

Electricity: $47

Water: $5

Telephone: $12

Internet: MYR60

Cable TV: $16

Entertainment: $59

Groceries: $128

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