Cheap Countries to Live in 2011

By Sophisti, March 9th 2011 in Travel Destinations Comments (108)

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence – this is becoming a guiding life principle for increasing numbers of people these days. Sometimes it's only about relocating to a different part of a country, but the most restless types will go to the end of the world to find their own Shangri-La, where they can live for peanuts and call themselves expats oh so proudly. Ideally, it should be a place that's cheap, beautiful and prosperous, but then again, you can't always have your cake and eat it, right? If you've been toying with an idea to leave everything behind and start a simpler life, here's yet another list of cheap countries to live in to broaden your options.

No breakdowns of costs are attempted; just another set of hints for those who seriously think of an expat life and are ready to scour other sources for reliable data. Here's where your dollars will certainly go a long way.



A perfect morning at Nusa Dua beach, Bali

A perfect morning at Nusa Dua beach, Bali. By sektordua

Idyllic islands, fabulous wildlife, legendary sunsets and unsurpassed architectural glory – there must be a price for all this. You think Bali and images of exorbitant prices blur your vision of life in paradise? Mistake! Much as the glossy resorts may rip you off, life in Indonesia is extremely cheap. Whether you fancy living on a tropical island or in the heart of bustling Jakarta, making ends meet should never be problematic. And if it wasn't for oppressive humidity, Indonesia would probably be one of the most sought after destinations to retire. Another catch is that the unemployment rate is very high and the available jobs are usually low paying, so you're a lot better off running an Internet business of your own.

 Cost of living in Indonesia



Ybycui National Park

Ybycui National Park. By Staphylococcus

Paraguay still remains quite off the tourist radar, and that's perhaps the first thing that makes it a suitable place to settle down for a while. It is also the least densely populated country in South America - though it may not show in the major cities- so if you have your sights set on becoming a cattle rancher (ranch tourism is becoming increasingly popular), this may be one of the best places to set roots. But the reasons don't end here.

According to the Cost of Living Survey conducted by Mercer, Paraguay is the cheapest country in the world, where a downtown apartment will cost you around $200 per month. Essential commodities are inexpensive and the employment environment for the qualified employee is quite favorable. And there is so much beauty to explore that you may well consider staying here for good.

Cost of living in Paraguay



Uyuni - The biggest salt desert in the world.

Uyuni - The biggest salt desert in the world. By gardawind

As one of the most hypnotizing countries of South America and at the same time the most impoverished one, Bolivia offers unforgettable experience for a supremely low price. A furnished apartment outside city center will set you back only $200, everyday necessities are cheap and the range of inexpensive produce amazing.

Bolivia is actually called South America's retirement paradise, and while the natives often struggle with the hardships of life, expats really get a lot more for their money. With natural gems such as Uyuni and Laguna Colorada, vibrant culture, exceptionally endearing people, and a range of climates to suit almost everyone, Bolivia may soon no longer be a target only for adventure travelers, but also for those who dream of an affordable lifestyle revolution.

Cost of living in Bolivia



Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang. By Allie_Caulfield

You will be surprised at how far your money can go in Laos, especially if you decide to experience the culture as a true insider. Expats usually make a fantastic living by local standards, with much greater purchasing power than in their own countries. If you're ready to further economize on accommodation (you can get an unfurnished single-bedroom apartment for $100) or get your food from local restaurants, you'll be able to afford pleasures such as spa visits, exciting weekend outings and taxis with a few hundred dollars on hand monthly.

Most foreigners choose Vientiane as the retirement location. The capital is an inexpensive and safe city to live in, with the country's best facilities available. The only major drawback is the relatively low quality of medical units and the shortage of well-qualified doctors. Otherwise, Laos is a perfect place for those who enjoy things 'easy' and value people's warm hearts above all comforts.

Cost of living in Laos


In the middle of the Pacific

In the middle of the Pacific. By wazonthehill

If you've been dreaming of an exotic home away from tourist attention, Nauru may well be the place. This smallest island nation on earth is known as a tax haven, with costs of living rated as low to moderate. As far as shopping is concerned, goods are mostly imported, which makes them basic and more expensive than mainland, but the lack of taxes usually makes up for the expenses, especially that the economic downturn has sent the prices down a bit.

Nauru is definitely not a picture perfect tropical island fit for an exhilarating holiday experience, but the quality of entertainment and number of water sports options are enough for quite a pleasurable lifestyle away from the world. Perhaps it should not be the ultimate choice for retirement, but otherwise it is a recommendable destination if you just want to get out of the confines of a block of flats in your urban jungle and see what it feels like to be an expatriate in a place that many people haven't ever heard of.



Thethi National Park

Thethi National Park. By Krasta_Krau

Quite a newcomer to the popular list of the cheapest countries to live, Albania is definitely not for everyone. If you're looking for a comfortable lifestyle devoid of worries, you'd better think twice before you relocate. But if you're in for making a difference and ready to make it rough, the country will reward you with complex history, wondrous vistas, ethnic foods, low cost of living and some of the warmest hearts in the world.

Albania may not have the conveniences of most western countries and it's probably far less safe, but its reputation of the most impoverished and lawless countries in Europe is to a large extent exaggerated. It's true that corruption is rampant and every bigger transaction needs to be carried out with utmost alertness, but there are endless accounts of British citizens living a happy life in Tirana or Shkoder, so it's definitely doable. Once again, just to be on the safe side – choose Albania only if you don't mind a backpacker style.

Cost of living in Albania



Antigua. By szeke

Some say that life in Guatemala is cheap if you're already quite well off in your country. Well, it's true that an ordinary working person without a backup from their homeland bank account will not live like a lord here, but most expats find it exceptionally easy to get by on a few hundred dollars without giving up on entertainment and paid leisure activities. In fact few retirement spots are as attractive and economical as Guatemala (especially Antigua). Go figure one can get a comfortable three bedroom single family home on the beach for $100,000! Food is great, people lovely, climate favorable and cultural heritage astounding. Looks like Guatemala is on its way to the top of the “Most Wanted” list.

Cost of living in Guatemala




Koshi. By TheDreamSky

It usually starts out with a single trekking trip. Then people fall head over heels in love with Nepal and decide to come back for longer. And it's not in the least because of living standards. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest nations, with over 30% of its population living below the poverty line. Floods and landslides plague the most impoverished areas and the economy is almost completely reliant on international aid.

Yet there's something about Nepal that's irresistible and endearing. Most expatriates make it to Kathmandu, where you can live a very high lifestyle for around $500 per person (especially if there are two of you), but there are things that you just have to get used to such as intestinal problems and lack of sewage treatment. Why do people decide to leave their comfortable lives behind and come to Nepal? Perhaps they're drawn by the country's life-changing spirituality, the gentleness of its people or the awe-inspiring landscapes. One thing's for sure: it only takes time until you understand the truth behind the slogan Don't try to change Nepal, let Nepal change you that you read as you land at Katmandu Airport.

Cost of living in Nepal



Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay. By Butch Osborne

There are no words to describe how enchanting Vietnam is. From the kaleidoscopic versatility of its landscape to the culinary delights, the country can be explored to no end, without much damage to the wallet. Quite logically, if a country is a popular budget travel destination, chances are it will make for a splendid permanent abode. And that's certainly true for Vietnam. Of course, the cost of living in urban centers is comparable to major cities elsewhere in the world, but outside metropolises, opportunities for affordable living and business are continually improving. And even if you decide to splurge on a home, you'll save up on food, which can be gotten for a song from street stalls.

Cost of living in Vietnam


Anything you can add to the list?



  1. tea Mar 10, 2011 12:12 AM

    this article is quite stupid because if you are going to be living in these countries you will have to work in these countries and first of all good luck finding a job and second of all when you do find that job what you make will make you think twice is weather this is a cheap country or not....

  2. Justin Loe Mar 10, 2011 8:36 AM

    I am not agree with the reply of Tea....the post here is telling us that these countries are the cheapest one ,but it doesn't mean that they have nothing to offer its visitors...the guys who are residing there have a good earning and also living a great life too..

  3. Zaman Mar 20, 2011 1:23 AM

    I think you should put 'Pakistan' in the list too. It's a beautiful country with a very rich history and cultures. It's got a westernized lifestyle in Karachi (which is the largest city of the country) a rich cultural interior of Sindh (land of the sufis), sites such as the moen-jo-daro (which are the very craddle of civilisation), the birthplace of buddism (taxila), and also the beautiful Northern Pakistan with the second largest Mountain on Earth (K2), the country got great music and food. And the best hosts in the world. Discover Pakistan through your eyes - not the eyes of the controlled propaganda machine (TV).

  4. Hotel Thirty-Thirty Mar 29, 2011 12:15 PM

    a couple of the least pricey countries in the world are, Gambia & Iraq. Gambia is a small known African country where the highlights of your cheaper lifestyle may include catching malaria or meeting roving bandits. Now Iraq may be the least pricey place to live in the world, it is definitely widely known to most people & your dollar or whatever money you carryover will go far there.

  5. Peter Mar 31, 2011 9:24 PM

    To go there might be one thing, but what about visa requirements to stay there for more than 3 or 6 months?

  6. Kathleen Apr 1, 2011 6:26 AM

    I've heard that Costa Rica is an inexpensive place to live but the working requirements there are very strict. You are not allowed to work there as a non-citizen, you can only employ Costa Rican citizens. Are there similar requirements for these countries as well?

  7. mark Apr 1, 2011 8:59 AM

    The Phillippines also is cheap and a great place to visit . I dive there often .

  8. andydikk Apr 2, 2011 8:24 AM

    What a great informative post it was..!!! Nowadays everyone tries to visit a destination in a budget plus also wants to satisfy his every need of traveling too....Means he/she wants to explore the travel knowledge...The post here list some of the cheapest destinations with many things to see.

  9. ed hardy clothing Apr 14, 2011 11:00 AM


  10. John Apr 25, 2011 1:27 AM

    Tea- some people have income independent of their location: retired folk, owners of internet business, stock market traders, etc. Kathleen: Costa Rica is no longer cheap. (I currently live there.) Inflation has caused it to be more expensive than the states for just about everything except for the cost of cigarettes, beans and mangos. I'm not too well informed about every country's work restrictions, but poor countries try to keep the jobs for the citizens only. It can take years to become a citizen and learn the language, and at that, the income isn't so hot. Easier to find a way to make money independently.

  11. Apr 25, 2011 8:56 AM

    Great advice here.It’s been interesting navigating my way through the travel community – I’ve discovered some great people with awesome advice. Thanks!

  12. Amarotravel Apr 27, 2011 3:44 PM

    I am from Albania and i must say that prices for western people are very cheap. To the link below are the interviews of some tourists from USA that I made 1 week ago and they say that Albania is country where you can travel without spending to much. But the most importatnt thing here it's that is very safe and a lot of people speaks english fluently

  13. Prarambha May 11, 2011 11:12 PM

    Nepal is a good place for Americans and Europeans. The picture here is from a very remote area in the Terai, with India close in miles. Pokhara, Kathmandu, Dharan, and all the north part of the country is gifted by mother nature and will drive your senses with the ever soothing environment and diversity.

  14. NZ Lover Jun 20, 2011 3:32 AM

    What about Auckland, New Zealand! It's very beautiful. It has a very high crime rate and you might be beaten up by drunk Maori's or Islanders, but its a great place to visit! Oh wait, no its actually very expensive to do anything here!

  15. Nick Jun 23, 2011 3:39 AM

    NZ lover. I am a kiwi and you hit the nail square on the head

  16. Glenn Jun 23, 2011 4:43 PM

    Great article.

  17. clay Jun 23, 2011 9:24 PM

    i'm looking for an inexpensive place to live for 5 yrs which is relatively safe with casinos available

  18. Viki Jun 24, 2011 12:24 AM

    Go to Bulgaria

  19. Philippine Hotels Jun 29, 2011 2:10 AM

    Wow! I love the view on Albania, i remember Heidi from there. Actually, if you want to live in a country with beautiful environment, Philippines is most recommended. Try to visit and you'll see the beauty of this country.

  20. mukesh Jul 17, 2011 6:53 PM

    I agree with Mark, pp is a beautiful country, but due to political tension and extremist groups, one should be very careful.

  21. major Jul 26, 2011 9:58 AM

    In this list Vietnam is the cheapest country to live in .I saw the cost of living section of all the countries but i find INDIA to be cheapest of all of them.

  22. Atlantic Aug 7, 2011 11:44 AM

    I live in the UK so everything is hideously expensive. I've just worked out that my monthly council tax costs more than renting in these countries. I could feasibly rent out both my properties (no mortgage) for a regular income and use the money saved from my tax to pay for an apartment. I know ... we can all dream.

    But what's the tax system like in these countries? Or is it like Greece and Italy where tax is "voluntary"?

  23. robert Aug 21, 2011 8:04 PM

    i dont understand why they put all these loser countries to live in. they might be beautiful but their human rights are very low, the people are lack of sensitivity, even their own people migrate to other countries to build a better life. and pakistan? worst of the worst. bullets here and there, women are killed like mosquitos..

  24. Syed Kamran Azhar Sep 1, 2011 3:59 PM

    I agree with Zaman, out of all countries listed on the site Pakistan is still cheaper

  25. Zapped Sep 4, 2011 12:39 PM

    Yeah... Pakistan is the greatest. Ask Bin Laden my former neighbor.

  26. dave Sep 8, 2011 11:29 PM

    what about all the islands in the south pacific? Are they safe? Are they cheap? Do they let people in to live?

  27. sal Sep 30, 2011 5:32 PM

    thailand is cool, safe, cheap, lovely people, it's a bit touristic now but i love it

  28. terrorsuppliescom Oct 5, 2011 5:08 PM

    thailand was an easy place to retire before, but became expensive now and the visa regulations are bad. in nepal we can't stay longer than 5 months/year, how can anybody retire there? Please check the visa regulations and not just the cost of living next time.

  29. SPG Oct 9, 2011 5:02 PM

    ... As suggested please add Pakistan to the list.
    The list is seemingly incomplete without it!

  30. Shawn Oct 11, 2011 7:24 AM

    Never ever imagine to live in pakistan. Once they will see the white skin they will presume you to be American and can be kidnapped and chopped your heads off any time. This is one of the worst countries I have ever visited where women are treated worse than a cattle.
    Terrorists are ruling this country where it's ISI who has milked our billions of dollar to fight against terrorism has been sheltering Laden. Most horrible country to live in and to be friendly with.

  31. Victor Oct 13, 2011 6:03 PM

    I'd like to know where (tourism office) you can loan those apartments for a specific period?

    Nobody goes to a country, and when reach there, they will looking for places to stay.

  32. TAG65 Oct 16, 2011 6:15 PM

    I would like to add my thoughts here.

    To begin, prior to deciding to reside anywhere, visit the country. By visit I don't mean for a week, I mean for several, and absorb the culture as much as possible for yourself.

    Spend some time considering the global climate, as if you are doing this, you will be able to see the sometime subtle signs necessary. (Country A might be great on Monday and by Friday NOT the place to be)

    You have to be willing to exchange some comforts for other securities, and be willing to check your personal politics at the door so to speak.

    Weigh all your options carefully and above all remember, in order to find your financial nirvana, all the rights you currently enjoy will not be available if you choose to leave on a permanent basis.

    Above all, if you will not be giving up your citizenship, know where your embassy is, and make certain you check in periodically.

    Wishing you all good health, happiness, and success.

  33. Rambuna Oct 22, 2011 3:22 PM

    Life is simpler; but, every place is unique and something to offer.

  34. koustakis Oct 23, 2011 3:37 AM

    come to leave at greece is a beautifull country a lot more expansive than many countrys in the european union and with no jobs and offcorse with low incomes if you ever found a job the basic paying here is 500 euro the month .... ;) greeks leaves their country if they can at the age of 35 and that was before the economic we always was a poor country and a day we woke up they tell us we are broke or something....with no reason....

  35. Walter Oct 24, 2011 8:43 AM

    Zaman is retarded. Yeah let's go to Pakistan and then get kidnapped by jihad extremists and then get beheaded. Yeah that's a great idea. Because everyone know that they just love north Americans in Muslim countries lmao get real dide

  36. t.s.bagan Oct 25, 2011 8:47 AM

    cheapest country or countries, in the meaning of statistical purpose in accordance of cost of living and also related to the overall development of beings.( family members) are different. Though the country may be cheap in accordance of cost of living, it may not be useful to overall development of people. Therefore the meaning has to be drawn overall development of humand being.

  37. fracy Oct 26, 2011 4:17 AM

    why is NEPAL there ....i visited several time over there ...people ever are so cool and friendly ...i really love NEPAL ....dont make fun of NEPAL ...thats it ....

  38. Ena Nov 1, 2011 9:53 AM

    come to Malaysia, my beautiful country...

  39. koko Nov 2, 2011 4:29 AM

    I don't know how come Egypt is not in the List.
    First it is a very welcoming country for tourists from all over the world ... everyone can live safely no religious problems.... who speaks different languages can have very good living there. you can have 2 bedroom unfurnished apartment in Cairo at Pyramids area for only $100 a month and you afford your every day food for only $200 a month ... electricity , Gas , petrol, transpirations are not expensive but rather cheap. Very moderate all modern life facilities are there you can have you vacations all around it shores all over the year. Besides you can easily hold a job if you have good experience if not you can teach only by your language experience.....I think you must think again for adding it to your list.

  40. Elyssium Nov 7, 2011 8:59 PM

    We should all stay where we are and try to make the best out of what we have and create a paradise rather than going off to live somewhere you think might be

  41. johnyyy50 Nov 10, 2011 1:42 PM

    hi all
    the best country to live in in my opinion would be A. place that is quite hot =no electric bills.
    b. cheap food and housing= no roof tax or vat tax.
    C. and safe to walk about no hassle.virtually crime free.
    so it must be asia

  42. ramirez Nov 11, 2011 1:57 PM

    Im from Paraguay and I agreed with the post about my country . Is very cheap in term of food and daily needs . beside peoples are friendly . the downturn is the Corruption and criminality is a you better not show off your ferrari.

  43. Mr Oizo Nov 11, 2011 10:01 PM

    The prices do not seem to be consistently set: for example 1 cappucino in a given country costs 5 dollars which is very expensive compared to all other prices listed...?

  44. sonia Nov 12, 2011 4:25 AM

    I'm from Paraguay and I agree with you,Ramirez.

  45. saleh Nov 13, 2011 2:05 PM

    come to th uae you can find good jobs no taxes safe safe safe safe life and locals are ammazing and will treat you like your one of me i am living here and i know...

  46. John Parker Nov 15, 2011 4:37 AM

    I like the guy who said that Pakistan is a great place to live - mabye 2 weeks at most - if you're Jason Bourne!

  47. guest Nov 23, 2011 9:24 PM

    I've been in Cebu for 8 months. wallet got pickpocketed once. on the positive side i can live on 5000 peso a month. Finding job here sucks, you would need to be endorsed from your home country or getting work visa/permit without hassel which is impossible because of lazy/unknowledgable HR staffs in philippines.

    I would like to try Phnom penh but i'm afraid it's more backwards there.

  48. mehdi Nov 24, 2011 1:10 PM

    come to iran, beautiful, historical country. cheap for westerns

  49. KPKonliner Nov 27, 2011 12:44 AM

    Yes Indonesia has some of the most beautiful nature views on earth,but as soon as you start to go to the cities (Jakarta,Surabaya,Tangerang,Batam) it starts to become completely the opposite.Small trees,heavy pollution,litters are the trademarks of Indonesian cities.Driving is a nightmare as there are many drivers who like to keep a close distance,squeezing space,and honk at you because of misunderstanding.Public transportation is no good either,they're unsafe,dirty,and inconvenient.If you're looking forward to the good places go to places like Bali,Lombok,Papua.And although the salary is lower here,the outcome tax is outbalanced by the income,so you won't have any trouble with your money there.

  50. Balaji.V Dec 3, 2011 1:33 AM

    Can anyone sugest which country is cheaper(food and accomdation) than chennai(India) to live my mail-id is

  51. Chris Dec 4, 2011 11:54 AM

    I live in America and as an American I'm extremely fond of fire arms. Any of the countries listed with lax or none existent gun laws if I were to move to another country I would not only like it to be cheap but I would also want to keep at least one fire arm on me at all times can't realy on some one who does not know or care about you and is not Evan a fellow country man to protect you only you can do that and packistan seriously ? Evan armed tooth and nail they are on there own turf with numbers in there advantage I don't want to let go of essential liberty for temporary security

  52. Phil Dec 4, 2011 4:19 PM

    Living in Iloilo City Philippines is very cheap. Only downside is electricity is quite expensive... bill for basic necesities light+fridge+fans or A/C will range from 50-75usd. food is fresh clean and cheap. Stores sell imported stuff. Very low criminality high english speaking rate. Nice people too.

  53. dennis Dec 8, 2011 6:05 PM

    That is totally true
    Indonesia is the cheapest country
    beside if you live in Indonesia you get more :
    - clean air especially in mountainous region
    - country with less problem like terism
    - the country is not to left behind so you will still have access to electricity, mobile phone, internet, satellite TV at anywhere
    - good climate - not too hot and not to cold
    - cheap food for example if you want to have a extravagant dinner in a really expensive restaurant it will cost only 3 USD, crazy
    - amazing scenery, only Indonesia who has a lot of amazing scenery like raja ampat, bromo, toba lake
    - amazing diving
    - amazing culture with more than 500 languages and tribes
    - cheap cost in hiring people, people will serve you and treat you like a king if you can hire them as ur servant, to hire a person to work in your house it will only cost 30 USD per month
    - really cheap hotel which only cost 4 USD per night

    no place like Indonesia

  54. frank22 Dec 19, 2011 12:37 PM

    Turkey is very expensive to live

  55. simoncall Dec 23, 2011 6:01 AM

    I am looking for a country that the climate is warm all year round, housing are cheap, and friendly people.

  56. detroit electrician Dec 29, 2011 11:42 AM

    I would absolutly love to pull my modest early penalty retirement funds alltogether around 90k but i do not think this would be enough to root myself into a early retirement , my wife would love to do the same { eg; early leave} she is a school teacher k-7th grade graduated from the univercity of michigan with honors but, due to the economic down turn and good ol bys war on terror { oopps wrong country destroyed } as he would put it "sorry ya"ll fer destroying your country here is a few billion and a worst and mre corrupt government than you had before " but look at the bright side that terrable dictator that kept the roving gangs and drug lords in check if they became to powerfulll and too rich hhhmmmmm ? I wonder if good ol' boy DICK Cheney made anymoney from all the halliburton work thatwas provided by way of everthing from private securety to repair and replacing oil producing facilitys ?? ? we all know the answer to that mess // I APPOLOGIZE FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR WHAT THESE US TERRORIST DID TO YOUR BEAUTIFULL COUNTRY WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN AFGANISTAN THE ENTIRE TIME BUT NOO LET LET THEM BECOME 10 TIME MORE POWERFULL FOR HERIOUN EXPORT AND PRODUCTION IN TEN YEARS /// MY WIFE AND I want out of this terrable country to live a better life at a fair cost for my electrical services and my wife could teach children the english language properly . ALL I AND HER WANT IS A FRESH START IN A LAND WHERE OUR BEGINNING US CURRENCY MIGHT LET US STAY AFLOAT FOR SPELL UNTILL WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE A LIVING WITH OURS SKILLS .. I GUESS MAYBEE A TROPICAL CLIMATE WOULD BE NICE BUT NOT NESSASARY ... ANY IDEAS OR PLACES I SHOULD BE GRAVITATING TOWARDS ?? ? ANY LINKS ,HINTS, IN WHERE MY FUTURE COULD POSSABLY BE AT ... TELL TOU THIS ON MY IRISH EYE'S AND MY WORD IF ANYONES ADVICE LEADS TO A CALM AND DECENT LIFE { WILL } BE REPAYED WITH $$$$ IF IT WORKS OUT FOR US SO, BRING ON THE ADVICE AND I'LL PUT MY MONEY INTO A BANK OF YOUR CHOISE AND YES I AM SERIOUS IF ANYONE WAS TO HELPUS INTHE RIGHT DIRECTION SO WE CAN WORK HARD AND RETIRE MODESTLY EARLY WE WOULD PAY THE IDEA MAKER WITH AS MUCH AS POSSABLE IBELIEVE IN A YOU SCRATCH MY BACK AND I'LL SCRATH YOUR THREE TIMES THEN WIFEY WILL SEND A CHECK SO YOU CAN PAY SOMEBODY TO SCRATCH IT SOME MORE IF YOU SO DESIRE ...... LET THE IDEAS FLOW ....

  57. rob Dec 31, 2011 5:57 AM

    No religious problems in Egypt ?? ?. Ask any coptic christian living there, they will tell you different.

  58. john Dec 31, 2011 6:01 AM

    I agree , Turkey is expensive now and if you are white skinned there then the price for everything rises.

  59. Billy Dec 31, 2011 6:16 AM

    I Visited Cebu in Philippines , food and transport are cheap. I got hotel accommodation for around 45 euros a night.Lots of poverty and corruption around. Crime rate is high in some cities and some areas are not recommended to travel to due to Islamic terrorists.

  60. politec Jan 8, 2012 3:33 PM

    coptics are liers.they just want to control egypt and to make egypt unstable

  61. tarnii Jan 11, 2012 6:20 PM

    i live in the uk, south coast which is fantastic but jobs are few and far between, and i think that no matter where you go in this world its all the same. my parents moved to bulgaria about 7/8 yrs ago they bought a house for £12,000, and only survive on the income of a kennel buisness they have taking money from most british people who fly back to the uk. BUT my parents have to grow their own fruit veg in the summer which helps,but the bulgarians ripp you off they think because you've moved abroad your a millionaire. the same with the greeks and the turks. they've even been ripped off by the english.

  62. nazeri Jan 13, 2012 5:18 AM

    Hello im from Paraguay and people here go to ARGENTINA to buy food because it's even cheaper (only a small bridge links both countries) BUT if you work in either of them, you will earn just enough to eat. Only come if you have extra money, don't work here...

  63. kirkblud Jan 16, 2012 10:05 PM

    gambia is a misery. it is ruled by a dictator with no belief of human rights. you can lose your home your business and your family and end up in jail with not a shred of proof against you . never go there .kirkblud

  64. Kris in Tokyo Jan 23, 2012 3:31 PM

    Hey detroit electrician,
    I live in whats considered the "Most Expensive City in the World" HOWEVER - It's not. If you want somewhere warm, but that has 4 seasons, nice people Zero crime, safety, other Americans, and English translation for a lot of the basics (food, transit-which runs super efficiently)... then I'd recommend Tokyo... I pay technically high rent $900/month (compared to listings here of $300) - its a small 1 bedroom.. but if you work for a family owned English school here, you can have a pretty good life. Theres tons of entertainment, peaceful parks, ocean towns that only cost $100 to visit..and pay as an English teacher is usually $25-$40/hour, depending on the school... Yes, there is insane expensive stuff here (Coffee can be $3-$5) but if you make $30/hour teaching, it balances out. I came here, looking how to move out of Tokyo, but with all the comparisons, comments, and research.. I could simply move south to Okinawa, Japan, which has tropical weather. Last Notes: Learning Japanese is not a must in Big cities, esp Tokyo, however its tough without a little Japanese or a translating friend outside the main cities... but most people are either too rich to bother with you, and politely bow out - of helping you, or will drop what ever they are doing to assist you - especially if they speak English... Anyway.. I'm not interested in compensation - helping people is part of what life is about in Japan, especially...
    Cheers and Goodluck...
    PS - If you want to contact US Nationals in Tokyo, try to search stuff like: The Pink Cow (bar for foreigners - lots of interesting people from young artists to long-time expats), and perhaps Metropolis Magazine (dont get thrown off by their zany Classified section) - If you think Tokyo is all lights and crammed trains - search for photos of Yoyogi Park, Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen, and look at communities in Edogawa. Tokyo is huge is has lots of nature and very kind people - especially in aging but kind Asakusa-bashi.

  65. Roko Jan 29, 2012 8:10 PM

    I was thinking of moving to Asia too and open a travel agency there.I first thought of Korea,later China and Hong Kong,and then Japan.These days Laos,Myanmar or Cambodia as ones previously mentioned are way too expensive,like on west.Could anyone recommend me any between those three:Laos,Myanmar and Cambodia.The statistics i have seen so far show that a Golden land or Myanmar is way more expensive than Laos,on the other hand Cambodia is cheaper than both,seriously,only Bhutan areas are cheaper than Cambodia.I speak and study Asian languages,among which are Lao,Khmer and Burmese,since Eastern Asia is way more expensive.So,please tell me among those three:Laos,Cambodia and Myanmar,which one will come out as most affordable in everything?Thanks in advance.Lao=Korp jai,Burmese=Jei zu ting ba deh,Thai=Korp kun,Vietnamese=Gaam ern,Khmer=Aw gohn,English=Thank You.

  66. Pumicestone Jan 30, 2012 7:29 PM

    Anybody thought about moving to Australia ?
    Huge - pick your own climate.
    More freedom and less crime than the USA.
    Great beaches .... sports-mad locals ... and English-speaking.
    Few racial problems, no security threats and one of the world's most successful economies.
    And bloody good beer (mate).

    Yanks are sometimes perceived as arrogant, gun-totin' warmongers ...
    so it is best to tone down the stars and stripes rhetoric if one wants to get along with the locals.

  67. Bob Feb 13, 2012 11:43 AM

    Tea, you are stupid.

  68. Bob Feb 13, 2012 11:48 AM

    The Philippines is very affordable. The US to Peso exchange rate is 43 peso 1 one dollar. I have managed to live a pretty good lifestyle for six months and traveled around the country to some of it's top destinations such as Boracay, Manila and Puerto Galera. Putting a steak in the ground meaning renting an apartment or bungalow monthly saves a lot of month. The people are really nice and have a positive attitude towards Americans. Public transportation is cheap and travel around the country can be done by boat or plane. Don't got to Southern Mindanao because of extreme violence and kindnappings.

  69. dvd Feb 15, 2012 10:53 PM

    Just got back from Costa Rica. My 3rd month long trip. The sun on the Pacific Coast is brutally hot. The snorkeling was better than Hawaii. The food in Montezuma is expensive. The local people are great. Learn some Spanish! There is a lot of property for sale. It's expensive.
    I'm still searching. Next stop..Nicaragua.

  70. Worldman Feb 19, 2012 3:20 AM

    I lived in Costa Rica for a year with my family and it is quite expensive unless you are willing to live like a tico which we weren't. Any thoughts on any of the African countries as far as affordability and quality of life?

  71. Place to live Mar 10, 2012 8:23 PM

    The united states is cheap because it is vary cheap I mean super cheap!

  72. Alex01 Mar 24, 2012 9:28 PM

    I was looking for Costa Rica, but you give me another options to think about it, after I retired and my son is in his own what a better place that some of this

  73. Indus_valley Mar 29, 2012 4:33 PM

    Why this poor kids picture to represent Nepal? Not sure when the westerners will stop this ill-informed images about these young and developing Asian countries :-(

  74. world traveller Apr 15, 2012 7:31 PM

    I have lived in many countries: Tokyo,Japan, Seoul,S.Korea, Germany, Netherlands, India (Chennai), Iraq, USA. Each place had its good points and bad points. Japan was really expensive but can be done less expensively with bicycle , eating like locals, etc. Chennai was really cheap but so hot and humid most of the year. I got bit by mosquitoes there and caught a tropical disease called Chikguneya which reoccurs from time to time. Seoul was fun and cheaper than Tokyo. Germany and Netherlands were very very expensive. I am now in Iraq and it is NOT cheap and filled with sandflies that bite me nonstop during the spring, fall, and summer despite taking vitamin B, eating Vegemite/Marmite and using repellants. I have enjoyed everywhere I lived.

    Please consider all sides of the migration: health risks, local culture (you can't change it and will have to follow it), costs, etc.

    The world is full of wonderful place to go and amazing people to meet. Good luck on your voyages and cheers for having the desire to see more of the world.

  75. Obama Apr 28, 2012 2:45 AM

    USA is the cheapest. Yes we can!

  76. Stephanie May 19, 2012 6:18 AM

    Really people? All these Americans that are looking for cheap places to live and they forget their own country. The southern states are still really cheap. I live in a small town in TN and just up the street is a huge 6 bed. 3 bath historic home for sale for 70K. Price of living in extremely cheap especially if you bargain hunt. (farmers markets,discount stores, puchasing from our large Amish community) But close enough to large cities like Nashville and Atlanta that you can get your "fix" on uptown living whenever you want. Utilities are pretty cheap and because I am nestled in the foothills our weather is comfortable never too cold or too hot. We are a few hours drive from the beach, beautiful mountains and have parks that never leave you wanting. Smaller towns have virtually NO crime certainly the lowest violent crime. Think Mayberry! I dont understand why anyone would choose to live anywhere else. I have lived in "paradise" on Hawaii and ran back home quick. People say Hawaiians are the nicest most welcoming question is compared to whom? Where else can you walk into a store and be welcomed like youre family and treated like youre a best friend? So from this southern gal...bring yourselves down here and enjoy a simpler life!

  77. Ethan Jun 22, 2012 2:26 AM

    I have lived in new zealand for 7 years - total hellhole - suffers from mediocrity and parochialism - very expensive and racist but holier than thou ! In Australia last 3 years - bogans bogans bogans ! Lovely country but by joe ......very very expensive !

  78. RAY RAY Jun 23, 2012 5:30 AM


  79. Mac from UK Jul 5, 2012 9:41 PM

    Hello to everyone. Regardless of everyone's opinions and feelings on these matters, there's never any reason for people commenting on here to be rude & impolite to other people. We are surely intelligent enough to voice what we feel strongly about without insulting each other & being disrespectful to perfect strangers. That's all I wanted to say.

  80. vrrrrrr Aug 9, 2012 7:49 PM

    I was in Vietnam and liked it a lot and want to go back. Though, legally I'm not sure you can just go and live there. Every 3 months you will have to leave and buy a new visa to come back. Also outside Hanoi and Saigon, they lack English skills completely ... It will be difficult to find cheap listings not being able to understand the local language. Indonesia I do NOT recommend, as it is becoming increasingly muslim fundamendalist. Paraguay I do not recommend, things like Internet are very expensive there and people from there leave their own country for a reason. Same, with Bolivia, ...there are hardly Bolivians left in Bolivia, but if you have cash and like nature...

  81. MyAfrica Aug 10, 2012 7:10 AM

    Hi everyone, surely if we can list the most violent countries on the planet like Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt on here, we might as well list Somalia, Ethiopia and all that! The fact is the west has reached the end of the road, no going forward and no going back, hence everyone wanting to escape! My advice, wherever you are.... try and live a simple and natural lifestyle, the grass may even start to look greener on your end! Good Luck everyone on whatever future choices you make.

  82. Tyler Aug 11, 2012 3:57 AM

    Reading this, I remember why I came back to the states from abroad, though I started reading this looking for a new escape.
    Stay home. Make it better. Live simpler

  83. Malcul Sep 15, 2012 3:26 PM

    Zaman tells us to use our eyes, not the media to judge Pakistan. I use my eyes with the British Pakistanis who live around me. Alas, my views are not favourable to the Pakistani people..

  84. Jacques Sep 24, 2012 3:47 AM

    I live like a king in North Korea, with around 700$ per month

  85. massage needer Sep 30, 2012 4:27 PM

    which country do you think has the cheapest spa centers with nice service ??

  86. Brian Oct 9, 2012 2:01 AM

    why retire anywhere? go,see it,do it, & move on down the line,become an aimless wanderer,be free & above all Follow the great WAY.

  87. Natesha Oct 16, 2012 2:48 AM

    I use Huggies all day! I tried once buying a big bag of No name dipreas, but they were so cheap, they didn't attach very well, and there was often leakage. I didn't even finish the bag, I was halfway through it and just gave it away to charity for pregnant women .I only use Huggies, they are my favorites. When you have to change so many dipreas in a day, you better use something that works and you like using.I don't like Pampers because of the powder smell, my baby always gets diaper rash with them, and I sneeze everytime I use them

  88. Expedition in Nepal Nov 11, 2012 7:46 AM

    Nice blog..thanx for sharing it...Nepal is a great place to be for the cheap traveling and for the adventure seekers. Trekking, peak Climbing, Mountain Expedition are among the popular tourism activity in Nepal.
    Expedition in Nepal

  89. bklynboy Nov 18, 2012 8:28 PM

    i am 58 retired american. $$$ will not be a problem if i ration wisely . looking for safety,good climate,great food friendly people. grew up in new york city forget all the "arts" etc. never really utilized them. ok bloggers where is that magic safe spot for this old man and his wife to stretch their retirement dollars and enjoy safe secure retirement,? thanks

  90. Danz Jan 7, 2013 8:18 AM

    Every time i read a country is the one& i think "Eureka"..there;s the negative.
    I don't expect perfection.
    Just that safe cheap country,with friendly where is it. :( .

  91. jerrell Feb 21, 2013 9:29 PM

    great pics of the countries

  92. Imran Mar 13, 2013 6:25 PM

    Yes pakistan in not the cheapest country to live because its not cheap it is very expen to live there we have some problem we can deal withit but pakistan still the no1 and beautiful country in the world there was a time we have same year we have 4 World Cup cricket hockey squash snooker and we are the only Muslim country who have nuclear technology I am proud to be Pakistani I love my county and all the other country god bless

  93. Imran Mar 13, 2013 6:41 PM

    We always have huge respect for visitor and always welcome in pakistan

  94. Akit from Macau Apr 1, 2013 11:12 AM


  95. sam Apr 2, 2013 12:39 PM

    i am belgian,i traveled much to cheap countries like tunisia and moldova marroc too,i found life is cheap there. if you search for simple quiet life;so i think to live in summer time in moldova;the other months of the year i go between tunisia and marroc near the sea;i have hard life in belgium,i can not pay my bills,but i have my house which i will rent for 500 euros,with this money i live better in moldova and tunisia than in belgium

  96. Malvina Apr 10, 2013 1:32 AM

    Cheap or not..who wants to go there in the first place..Vietnam is a terrible place with unsanitary conditions and cockroaches..add noise and pollution to that too..nothing like in the picture shows..or Albania? Get assasinated by some muslim extremist...or maybe you want to screw a $5 prostitute in Indonesia and get STD? Grow up and face the reality.

  97. Caravanserai Aug 9, 2013 12:14 PM

    Regarding Malvina's diatribe. Most people think that Vietnam is a pretty wonderful place. Friendly people, great scenery, I suppose that their 'crime' was to humiliate America. I am certain that there is more chance of being murdered by a gun in America than ever there is in Albania. Have sex with a prostitute anywhere, not just Indonesia, and you run the risk of infection. Really Malvina you are moronic

  98. Kingsie Kohli Aug 11, 2013 6:38 AM

    I think with the growth of tourism, a good lifestyle and a mix of decent to expensive ways to live, India offers the diversity to all. I have been here for now 20+ years and have never had any trouble except for the Muslim Terrorists, who have the MADE IN PAKISTAN tab on them. A life of solitude and excitement and where you can make the difference to the World community is India.

  99. wieslaw Oct 22, 2013 12:13 AM

    Hello I am looking for a paradise on earth for $ 200

  100. Sue Oct 29, 2013 6:16 AM

    Please be polite when commenting...honestly, this is just a comment site.....
    Costa Rica is perfect with safey and beauty! but pricey.
    South Korea is fantastic! but cold in the winter
    Europe gorgeous! but expensive
    Canada wonderful! but freezy cold and pricey
    China is interesting! but unfriendly and chilly
    Italy beautiful! not safe
    Barbados amazing! not safe
    Japan was clean! but pricey
    Thailand was magnificent! clean, safe, reasonable, and warm.

  101. Name: Feb 8, 2016 9:57 PM