1. eidy mike Mar 9, 2012 4:54 PM

    if you wnated to live with us500 that can be in Mexico ,check on that ,thanks

    eid mike

  2. Chuck Mar 10, 2012 5:30 AM

    Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences and expertise.

    I am 55 and unemployed, I got laid off again. It looks like I will probably have to take a warehouse position soon. I hope to God that I won’t have to unload semi’s for a living. If I am very lucky I might find a job that pays $9/hr. I plan on doing what ever I have to do to keep my head above water, $600 a month rent, $80 a month car insurance and I try not to spend more than 30 cent’s an ounce for food or about $4 a day.

    So much for the American dream. The only thing I have going for me is that I have been living the frugal life for the last decade or so. I have about 10k in savings. Of course I am penalized for having a savings account. Since I have more than 2k in savings I don’t qualify for food stamps. That’s ok, I understand that the $200 a month food assistance is crucial to many families survival and I am only a single white male, I am really inconsequential to the nations progress.

    So how did I land here, at the cheapest places to live for $500 a month? I thought it might be a good idea to look into places where I might be able to live on half of what I spend now. There might be places on this planet where I could reduce my monthly expediture by half. Maybe I could survive until I’m 62. If I can find a way to survive until then, my Social Security would give me 1K a month to live on.

    Like most American’s I am profoundly ignorant as to how the rest of the world funtion’s. I have no idea as to how long I am allowed to be a guest of another country. I really don’t understand what being an expatriate means. I love my county, but I am not confident that my country really cares if I live or not.

    As I mentioned earlier, I have a few dollars saved. It is not a whole lot of money, but at this point in my life I feel like I should at least research if I have any other options as to how the last years I have left are played out.

    Again, thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences and expertise into how the rest of our world works. Unfortunately I am one of those American’s that realize’s that the Universe does not revolve around the USA, so I really don’t have a positive prognosis for the rest of my life. As far as my fellow American’s are concerned, I am an albatross around their neck. My past contributions were appreciated, but my what have you done for me lately contributions are a little light.

    Any thoughts or observations about living outside of the US of A are greatly appreciated. And if anyone would like to step up and explain the expatriate repercussions, that would be fantastic.

    Thank you,


  3. Joe Mar 11, 2012 7:30 AM

    Heading to Cozumel for 10 day vacation in 3 weeks. Will check out accomodation for under $300.00. Just came back from Thailand. Loved Chang Mai. Spoke to alot of farlangs over there who are spending $300.00 on Accomodation. Hey in Canada to rent a house or a decent apartment is $1000+.Thinking Thailand in the winter and buying a 5th wheel for Canada in the summer. Any place cheaper then Canada May to October that doesn't have Hurricanes ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??

  4. Italo Mar 11, 2012 8:21 AM

    ******************************************* Bolivia: A landlocked, mouatninous country, Bolivia is home to one half of Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s highest bodies of water. It is also home to one of the largest indigenous populations in Latin America, a population that largely retains its native language and customs. At nearly 13,000 La Paz is the world’s highest capital city and one of the best spots in Latin America to buy handicrafts. Those interested in the Incan Empire won’t want to miss Isla del Sol, a small island in Lake Titicaca, where the Incan Empire was born. Or if colonial architecture’s more your thing, head down to Sucre, Bolivia’s other capital, known as the white city because of its perfectly intact colonial structures. But Bolivia isn’t all mountains; if it’s sun you’re after, head to Cochabamba, with its perfect year-round weather and endless weekend partying opportunities. **************************************** Uruguay: Most people know next to nothing about Uruguay, but this small country is one of Latin America's most prosperous and stable nations. After checking out its modern capital, Montevideo, most travelers head to glitzy Punta de Este, home to some of South America's most exclusive (and expensive) beach-side properties. With its attractive beaches, high-end restaurants and hotels and hopping nightlife, it's no surprise Punta del Este is already a well known vacation destination throughout South America. But Uruguay has colonial charm as well. The beautiful, UNESCO-designated town of Colonia is known for its perfectly intact colonial plaza, churches and houses. Glamorous Punta del Este. Photo courtesy of Gusuval. Belize: When it comes to ecotourism, few countries can compete with Belize. The only English-speaking country in Central America, Belize, Belize is home to the world's second largest barrier reef, and is a must-see for hardcore scuba-divers and snorkelers. Because it's still off most travelers' radar and has a small population of just over 300,000, Belize's beaches and jungles are relatively unspoiled. You may not find the tourism infrastructure present in Costa Rica, but outdoor enthusiasts will be thrilled by the lack of crowds. Aside from scuba-diving and snorkeling, jungle expeditions, birding, kayaking and rappelling are gaining popularity in Belize. ************************************** Colombia: a0Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that President Uribe changed the face of Colombia in less than ten years. This country of stereotypes and contradictions is just now establishing itself on the ecotourism front, and visitors will be happy to discover that Colombia is much more than a narco haven. From the romantic, UNESCO-designated colonial city of Cartagena to the verdant Eje Cafetero to the sophistication and gloomy peaks of Bogota, Colombia will keep even the most active traveler busy for at least a couple months. Because of its sheer size and lack of experience with international tourism, Colombia isn’t the easiest country to get around in, but brave travelers will be rewarded by its spectacular landscapes and warm, friendly people. It’s hard to say if Colombia will continue to be safe for travelers when Uribe leaves office in a few months, but Colombians are cautiously optimistic about the improved security situation. For more destinations, check out my blog or my article on money needed to live in Latin America.

  5. Athol Mar 12, 2012 2:11 PM


  6. JelloBiafra Mar 13, 2012 9:01 AM

    Thing is probably 90% of the people who post here are under 35 or 40 even older --- BUT single.
    My wife is Thai and we have 2 children, born here in the USA. My wife was an English teacher for a public school in Issan and I was hired to do seminars there. Thing is the teachers can barely speak English.

    Next time you speak to a Thai national "English" teacher, ask them, in these words:

    "Can you tell me what color that dog (car, house," bet you 95% of the time they will tell you "dogs ? "tell" -cars can't speak.

    Even worse Thai public schools suck. Better off living in in Appalachia.
    Thing is Thailand is a suckers dream. Thais want your money plain and simple. Like the saying goes:
    If you want to become a "millionaire in Thailand you have to arrive a billionaire"
    Thailand is a great vacation but that's about it. In their hearts mostly they dislike falangs. Anyway, same ol' same ol'

  7. teachorbeach Mar 13, 2012 12:39 PM

    What a great thread! My wife and I are retired school teachers, travelling the world off our rent money. We are Aussies and can not afford to retire in our own country, but we CAN afford to travel the world.
    There are many places we can do this. Our budget is way more than $500 per month, but we live frugally and have a great time while we are at it. Sure beats working!
    On our cheap days we have lived on as little as $20 a day, equals $600 per month for 2! The amazing thing is you can get free Wifi, free utilities, often have breakfast thrown in, etc. Out travel insurance (1 year @ a time) covers all Medical, world-wide! We were thinking we would need to use Couchsurfers or similar but so far we haven't!
    People spend way too much time working to buy things they don't even need.
    Currently in Thailand we don't need much more than shorts and T-shirt.
    So declutter your lives and TRAVEL cheaply.
    Look us up on Google!

  8. Ruth Mar 14, 2012 12:47 AM

    There is such a word as firstly, it's an adverb.

  9. Hopscotch the Globe Mar 16, 2012 5:45 PM

    India, Bali, Malaysia should be on the list too. You can live anywhere for $500 of month if you like camping and make you're own food often. I traveled throughout England, Iceland, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Cambodia for 300 days on $9500 CAD including all of my 12 flights. Its so much more fun to see how far you can stretch your budget.

  10. Davud Mar 16, 2012 6:57 PM

    I looked on craigslist at say..Yucatan, Mexico...nothing is very cheap on there.

  11. David Mar 17, 2012 7:39 AM I found this link.. it actually has info, not just hype. So far, I have found nothin' for $300 a month, all over the world. I live in the USA and pay $375. It is dangerous living here. I do not come and go as I please- not at all.

  12. fitz Mar 18, 2012 4:13 AM

    unfortunately your site is indeed almost totally nonsense. i think the guy (?) who made this was travelling from his couch .loll
    I live at asia for a few years and this is rubbish .

  13. fitz Mar 18, 2012 4:17 AM

    Have to agree completely withe the posting of Yellobiafra at March 13 . He is , unfortunately, damned right.

  14. Nige Mar 18, 2012 12:29 PM

    Read this article and the comments that people were leaving and it seems no-ones sure this can be done. I'm fairly good at budgeting so I thought, bugger it I'll give it a shot. I'm in a hotel room in Bangkok at the moment, my hotel is about $28 US a night, so already out of budget. But tomorrow I head north to Ayutthaya and will wind up in Chiang Mai. My budget is set at about $600 a month, not $500 like the blog recommends. But then I'm only here for two months so I won't have the luxury of renting a place. And this was written in 2009 so prices have gone up a bit. I'll post up here in a month or so and give you all a verdict of if it can be done.

  15. monkey hanger Mar 20, 2012 12:30 AM

    hartlepool north east england - you can live here for free , all you have to do is prove your from another country and the goverment will give you free accomadation and a monthly check ,

  16. joe Mar 20, 2012 4:04 AM

    LOL monkey Hanger, I know what you mean, we have the same thing in Canada, only trouble I am non first nations Canadian. nor an immigrant, so I look further afield. Maybe someday

  17. Izzy Mar 20, 2012 4:12 AM

    For about US $300 a month, you can live in Egypt.

  18. Tiago Mar 21, 2012 12:06 PM

    Planing to moving to hua hin...any feedback from the life there?

  19. cory Mar 22, 2012 2:05 AM

    so if i go one of these places with about 10k. would i live allright or like shit

  20. traveler Mar 23, 2012 4:55 PM

    how about vaccinations for all of the above exotic locations?

  21. Nige Mar 24, 2012 4:57 PM

    This is definitely achievable. Just to put some prices on things in Chiang Mai (everything in Thai Bhat. roughly $1AUD = 30THB) , my rent here at a guesthouse is 150, I spend about 40-80 on each meal, so around 200 a day for food. My budget is roughly 600 a day, so I got an extra 250 to play round with. A 640ml beer is usually 60, and four of them will get you pretty drunk, but I'm not going to do that every night.
    A guy at the same guesthouse as me found a really nice apartment that you can rent on a monthly contract, 4000THB.

  22. Kris Mar 28, 2012 5:38 PM

    This site is informative, after reading some post I may try living somewhere else just for the experence. I live in San Diego ca. For 30 years bought a home in 86 for 50000 pay about 75 bucks a month for property taxes and ins. Sold it in 2007 for 260000. So I lived in San Diego for 20 plus years on about 75 buck a month. Now I pay like 300 a month, but quality of living improved 10 folds. House now has 4br 2 ba 3 car garage in a nice area with ocean view and payed 275000. So I only pay for property taxes and ins. Which is about 300 a month. My income from working is only 2000 a mo. Owns 3 cars. I am not maried, getting maried will be my downfall.

  23. ben Apr 3, 2012 12:00 AM

    can someone recommend an apartment in manila for 300 dollars with wi fi?

  24. Eugenia Apr 8, 2012 9:17 PM

    Costa Rica is dangerous and expensive.
    Be carefull if you buy property, specially in front of the beach. People will take it away as soon as you are out for a few days.
    These people are terrible, do not respect your property and they take everything you have.

  25. gerbie Apr 9, 2012 9:50 AM

    the philippines is such nicer than any other countries you've ever visit. their cultures and tribe is so interesting although suffer from poverty, but, it doesnt looks like they do.!n haha. its much better than us.! phil is a fun place.!

  26. Guest Apr 9, 2012 1:56 PM

    In Philippines you can find a room for rent for a month with a less than $100. The food there about $150 for a moth will do.

  27. Lampião Cabrão Apr 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    the best it's Casal Ventoso - Portugal

  28. Rusty Apr 19, 2012 3:39 AM


  29. Sharon Apr 21, 2012 1:43 AM

    Foreigners cannot own land in the that's a NO for me! You can build a house but not own the land is ridiculous!

  30. KennedyBAJ Apr 23, 2012 10:09 PM

    I live in Guadalajara, Mexico off of $300 a month. It's a sub-par studio apartment that looks like a converted garage. It's perfect for home base of exploring. If you wanted something more American and permanent, you can do it for about $650 a month.

    If your willing to learn Spanish and live an hour out of town there is rent as low 500 ($45) pesos for two bedroom houses, but your kitchen is a metal sink... that's it.

  31. maribelBaltimore Apr 26, 2012 1:27 PM

    people stick to Thailand thanks.

  32. deerq Apr 28, 2012 5:38 PM

    stay away from thailand it is and only is a boobie trap... if you value your life and money do no not go... commments gathered from people who have been there 30 plus years

  33. Howie Apr 29, 2012 10:10 PM

    So were in the world can you live safely on a budget of £500 per month

  34. George May 3, 2012 4:24 PM

    you can live in Tehran-Iran for only 3000 USD a month. :D

  35. alex May 4, 2012 12:02 PM

    in romania you can live starting by 300 $ a month. with this money you can pay the rent, eat out every day and have some nights out. we have a beach but we also have winter for 3 months a year, so it's not quite warm. you can swim in the sea for about 4 months a year. then it's too cold. but it's still a great place to live.

  36. Jilly May 5, 2012 7:56 AM

    I would love to travel to all these beautiful destinations, especially Costa Rica and Belize!

  37. Waywardson May 6, 2012 7:12 AM

    .No third world country for me. A week maybe ok. As Dorothy said, "there's no place like home" Better to stay in a Cleveland suburb, with the best of everything, and a low cost of living. Better the devil you know, then the one you don't

  38. been there May 6, 2012 7:25 AM

    Been to Mexico for 20 years. Always stayed in a 5 star Cancun resort. When I ventured off the highways, some places on the beach were simple but clean, no electric, Cheap places in the city were dirty, falling apart. Like someone on here said, its what you can live with, your standard of living. Im to old now to put up with bugs, backpacks, and crime. I go away to feel rich. not starve. For you youngins, more power to you. Enjoy all you can, but watch your back,

  39. Bill E Mac May 8, 2012 3:46 PM

    Of Mexico & Central America, where is the safest place to live for retired Americans from USA? What cities or locations, etc...

  40. Ready to Move Abroad May 9, 2012 5:49 PM

    I would say Panama City, Panama in Central America be safe. I was stationed on Fort Clayton back in the 80s and it was a good place to live back then.

  41. LaLa May 15, 2012 2:03 AM

    I lived in Bangkok, Thailand for a year and worked as a certified TESOL teacher and made $1000 USD per month...more than enough to live on. If you are a certified teacher, a job at an international school will earn you the same salary as you would make in the US, around 40,000 per year/ a little over $3,000 USD per month...If you are smart and do your research to find a good job and to learn about where you are moving (and learn the language) Thailand is an amazing place to live. I am actually thinking about moving back!

  42. r2d2 May 15, 2012 2:26 AM

    live in Mars! for free!

  43. in canada May 15, 2012 2:28 PM

    I live on my own property on lake superior in ontario canada. I live for $200/mo, that pays my food, high speed internet and phone combo. I don't drive anymore, live off-grid, make my own energy with solar/batteries, and live on the beach. My only other cost is my taxes at less than $100/year

  44. NN Gays May 16, 2012 10:19 AM

    i live in Emirates with only usd 25,00 per month - it's enough!

  45. Mary May 17, 2012 12:41 PM

    Looking for something nice but butget effeciant in canada. Possibly 3 or 4 bedroom. Also possibly rent to own. Anyone know of good for a first time buyer let me know . Email address:

  46. Mary May 17, 2012 12:42 PM

    Looking for something nice but butget effeciant in canada. Possibly 3 or 4 bedroom. Also possibly rent to own. Anyone know of good for a first time buyer let me know . Email address:

  47. guest May 22, 2012 8:21 PM

    The cheapest place to live are college apartments in college cities in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, I paid $375 a month when I lived in Bloomington.

    Plenty of other college towns around the same cheap rent. There you go, and the hot college girls are all around you. No need to waste time in 3rd world countries, unless you have no game and can't get laid here, then I guess you are desperate enough to get gold dug somewhere else.

  48. NIN May 23, 2012 4:40 AM


  49. Chuck May 25, 2012 12:09 AM

    I have seen folks here talk about the ‘visa fees’ associated with some of the places talked about. Can anyone recommend a site or give more details about what Visa fees are involved when someone lives outside of the US for an extended period of time?
    Thanks to all of you for the input of your experiences.

  50. Jimone May 26, 2012 1:49 AM

    Not sure if this will be helpful but the Philipines is still a good choice. The cost of living has gorn up in the last few years as it has everywere, due to the cost of fuel mainly. The place to start out would be Cebu, there is a free forum run by local expats called living in cebu forums and you can ask and find out any thing you can think of. The philippines are my pick after trying Thiland and Cambodia because most peolple there speak english, and have similar out look on life as westerners. The food is not as good as Thi food but it is of good quality and cheep, a kelogram of pork or chichen is around 3 dollars in the supermarket, the local rum around 2 dollars a 26oz bottle and good quility, smokes are almost nothing, a few cents a packet. You can still rent ina gated estate for less than $200 a month in Cebu and in the smaller areas you can get a house for half that. It has moden shopping centers and good medical services in the city.. Thousands of beautiful beaches and smilling happy people. If you are looking for a companion the Filipino girls are wonderful as my wife will agree,,, she is Filipino of course... anyhow check living in cebu forum and see what you think.....

  51. francis May 27, 2012 10:59 PM

    WELL I lived in Belize food is expensive ,low quality and little choice,fruits are great and it is dangerous,pretty boring too ,but cayo district and coast and south Belize are beautiful,nicaragua much cheaper,nice colonial towns but immigration system is a pain, Mexico has nice spots ,culture,and can be cheap outside towns .and using local market .at the moment i live in Bulgaria MUCH cheaper than central America again if you use mostly market food and buy a village house , gardening is great land very fertile .plenty under 10 000 euros . but you need to have a pension or income no jobs here and very poorly paid. but great peaceful life .beautiful country .

  52. francis May 27, 2012 11:00 PM

    WELL I lived in Belize food is expensive ,low quality and little choice,fruits are great and it is dangerous,pretty boring too ,but cayo district and coast and south Belize are beautiful,nicaragua much cheaper,nice colonial towns but immigration system is a pain, Mexico has nice spots ,culture,and can be cheap outside towns .and using local market .at the moment i live in Bulgaria MUCH cheaper than central America again if you use mostly market food and buy a village house , gardening is great land very fertile .plenty under 10 000 euros . but you need to have a pension or income no jobs here and very poorly paid. but great peaceful life .beautiful country .

  53. jonny May 28, 2012 2:03 AM

    I stayed in pattaya thailang at nirun condo for 4000 bhat a month + elec and water came to no more then 5500. the rest is up to you spend about 500 to 1000 bhat a day .. stayed for 3 months . so i would say you need about 20.000 min but 35.000 bhat would see you ok .so say 1000 dollars a month .

  54. yeah May 28, 2012 10:39 PM

    I've heard Afghanistan is really cheap and beautiful in the winter time. Think where $500/month will get you there.

  55. ganda May 29, 2012 6:04 PM

    Living on a $500 budget or less is very possible in the Philippines, even in the Metro Manila area. You can rent a decent one bedroom apartment for about $95 a month, or a two bedroom one for $145. Water bill would be about $12 a month, electricity would be about $70 (except if you have the aircon on all day), internet bill is about $22. Groceries are cheap but you can save more if you'll shop at the local market. If you'll live simply, you can even save some money. Befriend the locals and don't be afraid to talk to them, almost everyone can speak english. Be nice but don't trust everyone.

  56. Steve Jun 2, 2012 2:07 PM

    Come to Peru,
    I am Canadian living here now in a beautiful beach town. Keep in mind again that I am Canadian and the currency exchange from CDN to PEN (Peruvian Nueva Soles) is 2.58.

    I rent a very nice room in a hotel, with private bathe and shower, 42" tv with cable for 500 soles $193.80 I smoke and I pay 5 to 7 soles for a 20 pack that's $1.94 to $2.71 the bar I go too which is right on the beach I pay 5 soles for a 635 ml bottle of Brahma $1.94. As for food to give you an idea, you can get a 1/4 chicken meal with French fries and salad for 10 soles, $3.88 1/2 chicken with French fries and salad 20 soles $7.75

    Here if you want imported food/snacks it can get expensive for example I like to have Pringles and M&Ms, snickers for snacks in my room, the price really isn't too bad 5 soles for a snickers $1.94.

    So that's to give you an idea how inexpensive Peri can be, I enjoy it here and the people are friendly. I recommend Trujillo or Mancora if you like the beach.

  57. ziggy Jun 8, 2012 10:59 PM

    mike if u can find me a place to live for a $150.00 a month in pittsburgh PA USA that is not a dangerous neighborhood. please contact me

  58. Jim Jun 10, 2012 9:02 PM

    I visited Angeles city in the Phil I was a victim of an attempted kidnapping.In Thailand Pattaya has a reputation as being a problem area for organized crime.Thailand has some peaceful and safe Islands with great food.

  59. jonny Jun 11, 2012 5:08 AM

    I have recently returned from Vietnam, O stayed in a modern new hotel which had aircon, double bed balcony and refrigerator, cable tv. The cost was nine American dollars per nightI was able to eat local food for one American dollar which included prawns and squid with tasty vegetables and rice.

  60. Steve Jun 11, 2012 6:36 PM

    I would also say China. I live in the eastern part of China called Yangzhong and pay roughly $184.00 a month on rent for a 3 BR 100 apartment. Food is also cheap at shops, eating out is also cheap. A 0.5 bottle of beer cost 50 cents, a pack of Marlboro costs $2.36. There are Chinese cigaretts that are pretty descent for $1.25 a pack. You can live on $500 a month here.

  61. Candace Jun 14, 2012 1:40 AM

    Chuck - moving overseas is for people that will want to adapt to local culture to some extent. I don't get that from your post, I think you love the American lifestyle. An American lifestyle overseas can be expensive. Have you considered relocating to a cheaper part of the U.S. where job prospects are better? Texas has low unemployment rates. If you love, say, the Philipines or Colombia, by all means move there. But if you are just trying to escape the States because this country has disappointed you, I think you're on the wrong track. Move to another state where employment prospects are better and give the U.S.A. one more shot.

  62. Candace Jun 14, 2012 2:00 AM

    P.S. you can get an efficiency on N. Padre Island (Texas) for around $400 per month. There are jobs, not great paying but they are there. If you're gonna be poor you might as well be poor next to the beach.

  63. kunn Jun 18, 2012 3:06 PM

    u should try sri lanka. 500 USD is like more than enuff there.....

  64. KG Jun 18, 2012 6:46 PM

    Most of the focus here has been on South East Asia or Latin America. But South Asia is the place to live comfortably for under $500/month (as long as you avoid the metros and tourist traps). I've lived long term in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. These are culturally rich, beautiful places, with genuinely friendly people. Americans can get 10 year tourist visas for India. You just register with the local police (FRO) and can stay as long as you like. Americans can also get 5 year visas for Sri Lanka, but have to go out every 6 months. However, that's just a short RT flight to South India. Staying in Nepal long term is trickier. Usually involving paying some bribes or getting a student visa...Right now I'm living in the Indian Himalaya. My rent in a modern building is $100/month. I have cable TV and a fast internet connection, and a breathtaking view from my balcony. I eat out with friends, take taxis, buy books. Never spend more than $400/month. I'm here to study Tibetan Buddhism. I also have a volunteer job.....Our most important commodity is not money, it's time. Spend it wisely!

  65. Reza Jun 18, 2012 10:23 PM

    The best place for family is Isfahan.The golden city of Islamic Repoblice of Iran.

  66. melis Jun 19, 2012 5:09 PM

    Hi! I've been Thailand and Cambodia .. searching a new place to live on budget, take photos and do some creative work. and ı'll travel with my jack russel dog.. I've been dreaming about South america .. I read most comments but any ideas?

  67. Pura Mirja Jun 26, 2012 9:14 PM

    Coke and Rob Ya or Costa Rica is the most expensive Central American Country. Why would you even have it on there? Have you ever heard of Nicaragua? It's 1/3 of the price and the safest place to live.

  68. Guest Jun 29, 2012 3:50 AM

    To all who want to leave the U.S. (and I do understand why you want to leave ) why don't you all get together inhabit an uninhabitable island and start your own little country. If you do decide to inhabit an island, please by all means contact me as I would love to join in....

  69. dave Jun 30, 2012 2:31 AM

    i have 3 cats are they allow in thailand

  70. jared Jul 1, 2012 5:11 AM

    costa rica? i agree with some of the asian countries but costa rica is expensive as hell - the americans have ruined that place and they're working hard to screw over the rest of central america as well

  71. janet Jul 1, 2012 5:52 AM

    The Dominican Republic is no longer an affordable place nor safe unless you are extremely rich. Safety within the last five years have deteriorated astronomically. High unemployment , growing population, corrupt government, just to name a few. I'm a Dominican Citizen considered perhaps rich by the poor and maybe middle by the American standard and I tell you that I cannot live there due to fear of being kidnapped for ransom.

  72. igiveup Jul 1, 2012 6:01 AM

    there is no sacred place to run and hide in this planet. There is no peace, there is no respect, there is no love.
    What are we going to do?
    You see we are trying to find a place where we can afford to live like a normal human being and there is not such place.
    the rich have ruined it all for the rest of us with their big factory and their over production of garbage (clothes and shoes) that no one needs, but that people are brain washed to purchase.
    What do yo work for? do you work for food? do you work for rent? do you work for clothes?
    Do you know who you are and what you want?

  73. Dan Jul 7, 2012 2:17 PM

    I have lived in Cambodia for 5 years. Thailand the people aren't as friendly and it commercialized like the west in the big cities. Still good.
    Cambodia you can get by with a room for $100.00USD including electrical. If you eat Khmer food it's about a $1.50 a plate depending on what you eat. A beer ranges from .35 cents to a $1.00 with a average beer going for .50 cents or .75 in PP if you know where to go. Transportation locally is ranges from 20.00 to 50.00 a month. Me and my gf live on $1200 nicely. I don't rent stay in a Guesshouse she buys the food and cooks the majority of it. I would say a average month is $1200 to live good. Of course you could live OK on $800.00USD or even less. If you come to Cambodia realize things are different. The people are not the same as in the west. How we think and they think are different.

  74. Heather Jul 7, 2012 4:59 PM

    It is sad that someone has to give advice to people who have not a clue what they are talking about. I have never lived in any Asian country. However, I have done the research and even though they are cheap, they are not close to what author has suggested.

  75. madison Jul 7, 2012 10:52 PM

    panama is very cheap

  76. Dr M.Relvas Jul 13, 2012 12:47 PM

    Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Algarve(Portugal) it is
    very good!

  77. Carolina Jul 15, 2012 7:58 AM

    this is NOT accurate! actually costa rica its a pretty expensive, one of the most expensive of all Latin American. I'm a Costa Rican and i wish the prices where that low! haha, and actually the surfing here is one of the best but i can't say is one of the cheapest ! just saying.... BEAUTIFUL PLACE!!! love it, but not that cheap

  78. Guest Jul 20, 2012 2:03 PM

    Damn werido's

  79. Joanne Jul 22, 2012 5:46 PM

    Unfortunately, workers in those countries only get paid a small amount, so it is not the paradise one may think it is. It would be nice to vacation their if I had a consistant US dollar paying job, but I would not want to live and work there!

  80. c Jul 23, 2012 2:37 PM

    your dollar/euro exchange rate is totally reversed. a euro costs (and costed always i believe) a dollar and something, not the other way around

  81. c Jul 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    wait.. i think i'm drunk, my eyes are failing me.. i take back the last comment

  82. Jul 23, 2012 3:13 PM

    Is cheapest the only consideration ?? You know there are many places I wouldn't have consider living even if they paid me

  83. jen Jul 25, 2012 2:14 AM

    That is absurd. You can get a great place with live ins on the beach

  84. vince caz Jul 27, 2012 1:35 AM

    Most of what i read on here is from ex-parts that are rigt on, the author of this editorial is way off maybe 10 years ago she may have been correct but not now, I just moved away from living in Angeles city Philippines for 7 years watched the dollar to peso go 55 to 41 and prices go up up, I lived in phuket thailand prior to there and go back every year, prices for places to rent that are decent start at 350.00 yes chang Mai or chang Rai are much cheaper when it comes to rent, and so are the out lying villages away from pattaya and phuket, but while there rememebr you still must do the raynong run for immigration monthly, or in pattaya the same, lived in phnom Phen for 1 year more reasonable there but real 3rd world, still places to live around 200 a month for decent 1 bedroom, and up foos is cheap as beer is reasonable but going up No medical care to speak of, vietnam stayed there for 1 year also saigon was a little on the thai side, with apartments running about 375 to 400 for livable place, food stalls were okay, but had to do visa runs also and medical care again lacked, balia was cheap, I had a place in ubud and it was down right nice not near the beach but closer to the mountains , a semi art area, with wild monkeys everywhere, a rented a sweet 2 bedroom real nice and safe for 400 a month and it was great the house came with maid, food was cheap and house included daily lunch, wheni was there of course, about 30minutes from sanur, or 40 mins from jimbaran but very cheap again dollar devaluated was 100,000 to 1 down to 94000, not much whena haircut cost about 30 cents of less, stall food is cheap, but need to do vise run, going over to costa rica lived over in jaco beach, more expensive area, but stayed only 6 months was on a tour, liked it went to manueal antonio and then to east coast south of limon to puerto viejo cheaper there had a cottage for 340 a month 1 block from the beach no air con but was cool enough with fan, wont talk to much about honduras, and el salvador did not like at all, nicarAGUA WAS FINE THE BEACH THERE SEEMS UP AND COMING BUT 3RD WORLD BAD ROADS BAD MEDICINE, , and crime, but was okay and close to costa rica, into south america brazil was okay but not cheap expecially rio and not that safe, if you want cheap bolivia town of sucre and coastal town of canoa in equador, i cant speak for equador as my friend lives there and I am on my way so next print i will tell you but sucre boliva is like greece all whit pretty and nice town dirt cheap and good medical, I love the beach so that was its downfall but you do have the lake to go to if you venture out, canoa is the next place listed and it sounds for real I hope to getin in time before it gets over run and ruined,

  85. amy Aug 2, 2012 12:16 PM

    im rich and im from spain i now live in those countries is cheps cuz you earn very little money.

  86. amy Aug 2, 2012 12:16 PM

    im rich and im from spain i now live in those countries is cheps cuz you earn very little money.

  87. seyed Ali Mortazavi Aug 4, 2012 8:11 PM

    Thanks a lot for a great amount of information on the cheapest places to live inn the world.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    with best wishes for you
    seyed Ali Mortazavi,Eqlid,Fars,Iran.

  88. seyed Ali Mortazavi Aug 4, 2012 8:13 PM

    Thanks a lot for a great amount of information on the cheapest places to live inn the world.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    with best wishes for you
    seyed Ali Mortazavi,Eqlid,Fars,Iran.

  89. toby no chin Aug 6, 2012 12:16 PM

    How about Dudley....england

  90. guest Aug 7, 2012 2:34 PM

    The cheapest place I have lived is.... Wales. A lot of people have never heard of it. Its the western bit on the British Isles, rains a lot, 3million people live there so it could be described as sparsely populated. Advantages to Far East and other exotic destinations are that the health service is there, bit layed back but its free. There are few robberies or murders so security is similar to England which is good. There are property taxes called Council Tax which is equivalent to about 120 dollars US, then you can scrape enough to eat if you go the supermarkets just before closing time to buy the reduced food. The trick is to live somewhere in a group of friends, remote, out of the way, solar powered is possible because there is more land and space available. I know some people who have heated indoor pool rigged up and solar powered studio inside barns all hidden away, etc etc If you want a few specific clues then email me from the letters spelling .... aich aye you en tea ee dee bee aye en que you ee tea @

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  92. Swinebible Aug 12, 2012 11:58 AM

    Dont forget Africa. I stayed for longer periods in Gambia, West Africa. From november til may, for the last 4 yrs. Visa is not a problem as a EU citizen, 90 days visa free or as I have done, go into the tiny capital of Banjul and get a stamp in your passport every 28th day. Not a big deal. I heard a 5 year visa for americans is $100.

    The prices are really low, my friend recently rented a nice 3 room apt for 6 months for $370 for the whole period. Unfurnished, but still cheap. Food is cheap, go to the market for vegetables, fresh fruit and maybe a alive chicken to cut up. Street food, nice bowl of rice and spicy fish stew $1.20. I have never been sick there, no diarrhea. Most expensive I have eaten; 4 people at a nice reataurant in tourist area Senegambia, 4 steaks (meat most expensive dish), 2 rounds of beer and whiskey for 4 ppl= $35.

    I usually rent a 1 room apt with kitchen for $100 a month (tourist price I guess), ok standard. Shower and a fan. Nights are warm but not humid. Days are warmer but still not humid. Small country, easy to go everywhere, taxis are cheap. Take yellow cabs, green are for tourists. Even cheaper, go by mini-bus "bush cab", fixed routes if you know where to go. Really cheap. A yellow cab is also cheap, doesnt mind waiting for you for hours and drive you back after.

    Superfriendly people, always smiling. Yes, they want your money but in a respectful way and if you stay longer and they recognize you they dont hassle you. If you dont want to buy their product or service, just smile and say No, they accept it. Stick around for a small chat instead. Most people are super poor but like they say "what is yours is yours, what is mine is mine" they dont rob you. Crime is very low, I walk around anywhere at any time of night, no problem.

    The people are mostly living of tourism so you wont be unique there as a western/white, but you can live rural and be more alone if you like to. The language is english, so no problem there.

    A sunbed on the beach 25 cents a day. A large freshly squeezed juice with the fruits of your choice delivered to your sunbed $1.20.
    I dont smoke but I know cigarettes are cheap. Weed is also very cheap, not legal but no worries. The guys like to have a "Bob Marley" on the beach once in a while.

    A very peaceful place, very cheap, very safe. For me as a scandinavian its a paradise. Lovely beaches. The females has outstanding bodies, if you perhaps enjoy watching them. Remember its a muslim country so just respect the friday prayer, dont party like an animal in town right then (daytime), otherwise its really cool. They are not very religious.

    Living on $500 a month is absolutely possible but I choose not to. I treat myself good when there and I give plenty of tips and gifts to those who really need it. But its difficult to exceed $800 a month even if I try. Note! I never drink beer or get drunk. A small whiskey every now and then, thats it. Keep the costs down a bit, and the body healthy. But alcohol is cheap anyway. I live a quiet, relaxed life there.

    A must! If you stay there, go to the jungle/forest and find one of the bums that collect and sell the palm juice. Drink it fresh (or keep it over night to develop alcohol), very good for your stomach + it makes the penis very strong!

  93. amjad Aug 13, 2012 4:36 AM

    what about morocco?

  94. cjb Aug 14, 2012 6:53 AM

    what do you guys thinking!!just get ready and schedule for"BANGLADESH",really you can't imagine its like a heaven!!!.The peoples will take you warmly,and you will face different culture.yess..all you can having CHEAP price....

  95. Anonymous Aug 17, 2012 5:30 AM

    Bali is cheaper than US, but expensive compared to the rest of Indonesia!! Beautiful place though!

  96. derfsmo Aug 17, 2012 7:08 AM

    a lot of great comments.
    my wife and I would like to live/visit/travel by living i one place for 3-5 month at a time. We are retired and have about $2500 month Canadian to live on.
    UK/Italy/German-poland/Greece/holy Land etc. Any where else. Suggestions?

  97. adrian skelton Aug 20, 2012 4:16 PM

    having lived in thailand for a number of years the best monthly accomadation is mansions they are normaly around b5000 plus electricity and water they are good value i stayed hat yai narkonsithamerat and kanchanaburi in mansions i presently rent a 2 bedroom house with 2 toilets unfurnished for b3000 per month about going price. this is 2011/2012 you can eat quite well here all up it costs me b30000 per month and that includes internet and cable tv

  98. dg Aug 21, 2012 12:01 AM

    My wife and I have been living in Tulum Mx for a year.We live in town where everything is in walking distance, and most people ride bicycles for transportation. The beach is about a 15 minute bike ride from our apartment. We have a 2bedroom about 800 sq ft place. It cost $220 a month. We pay less then ten dollars amonth for electric,when we don't use the a/c. We spend about $30 a week on grocerys which is alot of fresh veggies and fruits. A movie in nearby playa del carmen cost $2.80 at modern theater. We get by on about $700 a month for 2 people. You can spend a lot here if you want, theres plenty of $1200 american style condos and any imported product you want at the grocery. But if you can live simple and like beaches ,snorkeling, cenotes and nature you can have a great time on little money.

  99. majchers Aug 21, 2012 5:09 AM

    Guys – do not forget that you are most likely charged some 200%-500% more for the rent (and possibly for anything else) just because you are a foreigner. Life and brutality of it prevails. That also applies to the safety and other similar aspects of daily life. One have to live INTO the local life to get benefits of the truly cheap(-er than western) life style. It takes time and effort. Do not simplify things too much and do not be naive…

  100. alfa Aug 25, 2012 9:15 AM

    Please guys stop winging about $500/month living expenses , way too expensive.I would like to invite you to come and live in my country,Switzerland. You can live on $ 500/month!!!,Sorry,it was 100years ago.I am thinking about moving to Norway or Japan,any advice on that is welcome.

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