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  1. Guest69 May 8, 2013 9:45 PM

    hi there, I'm just thinking when reading this great discussion that: is it really worthless to live in country and all day just surf the internet and every second day go to massage or use a ho*ker? I mean, is it really the sense of life? Right now I'm in job what I don't like and my dream is to have a passive income about 500-1000usd and live job free but - isn't it a little boring? I'm not judging, I'm just curious.. maybe the better way will be to find a job what you really like and live a "normal" life? or am I a little naive? :)

    second think why I thinking about exotic countries - the food there is milk and wheat (gluten) free, right? 'cause I'm from europe and there is almost every food made by milk or/and wheat so I don't really know wf* I should be eating..

    anyway, thanks for your comments - are more valuable than article...

  2. Mikem7 May 10, 2013 10:15 PM

    I lived in Tijuana, Mx. for 2 years and averaged $1,100.00 per month for everything. Nice Apt., $285., Utilities & Cable, $90., Bus, $18., and plenty left over for food and going around town. Plan to go back the end of 2013, but waiting to receive my S.S. 5 blocks from the beaches in Playas and plenty of single people to mix with.

  3. Mikem7 May 10, 2013 10:15 PM

    I lived in Tijuana, Mx. for 2 years and averaged $1,100.00 per month for everything. Nice Apt., $285., Utilities & Cable, $90., Bus, $18., and plenty left over for food and going around town. Plan to go back the end of 2013, but waiting to receive my S.S. 5 blocks from the beaches in Playas and plenty of single people to mix with.

  4. Mikem7 May 10, 2013 10:16 PM

    I lived in Tijuana, Mx. for 2 years and averaged $1,100.00 per month for everything. Nice Apt., $285., Utilities & Cable, $90., Bus, $18., and plenty left over for food and going around town. Plan to go back the end of 2013, but waiting to receive my S.S. 5 blocks from the beaches in Playas and plenty of single people to mix with.

  5. Travel House May 22, 2013 4:02 PM

    SO if these are cheap to live then we should try these at least once.

  6. leigh May 25, 2013 5:58 AM

    The only place in thailand that you can get a glass of beer for $1 would be out in the middle of the countryside where tourists would never even go (then nobody would speak a word of english either and wouldnt know you wanted beer). You can't even get beer from Seven Eleven shop for $1 unless the article was written in 1997!!!! If you read this and imagine that you are going to get any place that's suitable to live in for $30 a month, then you will be greatly disappointed. I've lived in Thailand for 17 years now and even in 1996 we were paying $100 a month for a place with nothing but a bed, fan, cold water shower and squat toilet. Also remember that you will always get foreigner price for everything unless it's at a shopping centre.
    Cambodia, however: is still considerably cheaper than thailand

  7. Guesta May 26, 2013 10:53 PM

    In Lithuania you may live. Rent cost no more than 150$ same goes for the food. So 300$ cheapest ever.

  8. bob May 28, 2013 5:23 AM

    i found costa rica rather pricey --no matter what you do in CA---- rent and dont buy

  9. dr Relvas May 28, 2013 11:23 AM

    Portugal is very good - we can live here like in the African jungle, but without hienas :(

  10. The Traveler Jun 6, 2013 4:56 AM

    The cheapest places are not always the best choice. But of the ones mentioned, the Philippines would be my choice. I spent six months there.last year. If one lived like a local you could live on five hundred dollars per month. But that would be eating rice three times per day, taking public transportation and living in less than American standards. Also there is lengthy rainy season that I found miserable. But the people are nice, beautiful and speak English. Another great place to stay is Ecuador, I had a great room in the Princesa Maria Hostal in Banos for seven dollars per night. The local food was good and inexpensive and the people polite and helpful. It is a beautiful place but Spanish language ability is necessary.

  11. Paul Jun 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    Definitely you should visit Hiller lake before die.
    The only one pink lake in the world
    http://www.travels.tl/the-mistery-of-the-pink-lake/

  12. bestplaces.ph Jul 6, 2013 10:29 AM

    Congratulations Philippines ! It is really fun in the Philippines and yet the cost of living is not that high especially in Cebu.

  13. Enwil (@manishsuwal) Jul 17, 2013 2:12 PM

    Nepal too.

  14. Navysfinest Jul 18, 2013 10:36 PM

    I grew up in panama and my dad built a 3 bedroom house in the jungle which we lived in for 14 yrs. The cost was 4,000 we lived as the Indians did and ate mostly the same foods. It all is about what you can or can't live without. PS when we got sick we got medical help from a witch doctor.

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  16. belleglaser Aug 5, 2013 8:38 AM

    After reading the comments above, let me say this: The subject is " cheapest place to live in the world" not "the safest place to live in the world". For an average person earning $500 a month, that would be quite enough living solo and just be wise how to make both ends meet, yet the living standard is low and convenience is poor. Just spend what you have in the pocket

  17. James Bond Aug 12, 2013 5:49 AM

    The Best and Cheapest place to live is the Philippines.

  18. Danoj Aug 16, 2013 12:29 AM

    Try Karachi Pakistan I recently read somewhere that it is the cheapest in the world.
    Yes I know what your thinking, that it is unsafe and volatile. But a lot of foreigners live there. Karachi is a huge city and the parts which are volatile are limited to cetain areas. The defence area is the safest and it is not usually effected by the lockdowns and strikes. Also the city.s best shopping malls and brand shops and western eateries along with posh local restaurants and most other facilities available to westerners are all situated there. People are friendly and do not take out their anger on of Us goverment's policies on ordinary citizens. Though the US consulate keeps on warning Americans to stay within the defense area limits, I see foreigners shopping often in Zainab market and Sadder and they don't seem afraid. But cheap it is. With 1 dollar equaling 100 PK bucks most things seem very expensive to the locals but a trip to Jeddah made me realize how cheap the city really is.

    $500=50000 PKs a huge sum. Petrol is expensive but if you travel in richshaws (tuk tuk) then you can get around for peanuts.

    check the link for a better picture and yes you could help out make the information more accurate with your travel experiences.

    The jeddah -Karachi comparison was spot on on about 95% of the prices IMO


    http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=Thailand&city1=...

  19. Davide Aug 22, 2013 5:20 PM

    the title is really misleading and disrespectful for people leaving on 1$ per day

  20. Bonnie Sep 12, 2013 12:27 PM

    cn you live in and travel around china for under $1?ààà per month? is an older (66) woman alone safe? What about commuunication outside of cities?

  21. Jersey Sep 14, 2013 11:54 AM

    All of theses comments are dated back in 2009,, has anybody been to these places recently ,,,, like last year or this year ?? ?? ?? ??

  22. Amused Sep 18, 2013 4:40 PM

    I have traveled the world over and can assure anyone who reads this the author and 99% of the comments are from pitiful and pathetic souls who are repeating what they heard or read and have no idea (from personal experience) what they are talking about. It's a sad situation. Come on, grow a set and MAKE it happen. Don't just fantasize about it. DO IT !

  23. M Sep 24, 2013 12:41 PM

    "My friend got mugged in Belize" is the most ignorant and most unrelated comment I have ever read.

  24. madeira hotels Sep 26, 2013 6:29 PM

    They tell me that the louder you speak English in Thailand, the less they understand! Tourism Guide Madeira

  25. mack dog Sep 26, 2013 11:23 PM

    Most of these paces you need at least $1,500-$2000 or else you'll be living like a local.

  26. Isaltino Morales Oct 1, 2013 12:34 PM

    Well, i live like a KING in the Carregueira Jail, in Portugal :)

  27. Graciela Gonzalez Oct 15, 2013 7:49 PM

    Dear Angela,

    This was a lovely post unfortunately I'm afraid that whoever told you you can live on Costa Rica on $500 a month is bullshitting you.

    I'm Costa Rica and this country is the most expensive one in the region. Food and services prices are high as in Europe, while salaries are still third world country salaries.

    There is absolutely no way you can find proper housing for less than $500 a month on a 1 bedroom apartment. If you do is probably on a crappy and dangerous neighborhood where foreigners will never be safe or may not even come out unharmed.

    Food is expensive, maybe you can find eatable meals in little "Sodas" but if you eat too much in those places you will soon become obese. Cooking at home is cheaper, however you will need at least $200 a month just for food: no water, no power, no cable included.

    Honestly, living with a roommate may make things way easier for you and that will mean you will need about $1000 a month to get by. No outings, no trips to the beach, just get by.

  28. Amit Oct 21, 2013 7:26 AM

    Ahh.. lovely pics... similar to goa

  29. hanna Nov 11, 2013 3:38 PM

    I live near San Jose. It's not the safest place to live, so you really have to be careful. I'd recommend other cities like Gracia, which is a small town outside the capital.

  30. hanna Nov 11, 2013 3:39 PM

    I live near San Jose. It's not the safest place to live, so you really have to be careful. I'd recommend other cities like Gracia, which is a small town outside the capital.

  31. Ian Dec 7, 2013 8:48 PM

    I tell you you may not get safe, cheap, and sociable country like Ethiopia, in the world.

  32. guest Dec 11, 2013 7:10 PM

    you cannot live in the philippines by 500 dollars a month more-so 1000 dollarsa a month...you need atleast 2000 dollars a month to have a decent life there...kindly research well before posting infos online

  33. guest Dec 11, 2013 7:10 PM

    you cannot live in the philippines by 500 dollars a month more-so 1000 dollarsa a month...you need atleast 2000 dollars a month to have a decent life there...kindly research well before posting infos online

  34. Travel Dude Dec 27, 2013 7:21 PM

    Try Lima Peru. A nice city and low costs!

  35. Ovelha Negra Lampião Jan 10, 2014 10:40 AM

    I live in the cemitery - very cheap... ;)

  36. bundy Jan 14, 2014 7:05 AM

    hey as people say Bali...I live here..married to a Sulawasi gal..we r 5 mins to great Balangan beach. Around the road the other week was a house for rent 20 mill Rp a year..$2,000..that's cheap.if u shop at markets etc; cheap..petrol 60
    cents litre.great weather...people..cigs cheap..alcohol..bit dear.Phillo is for alcohol..yum..Tandari rum..$3 a bottle, kill me there..but it's not that cheap..petrol around..$1.60..so i'll stay in paridise..thanx..and CR..MY MATE HAD A GUN PUT IN HIS WIFE'S FACE THEN ROBBED..Wouldn't happn here..cops would shoot him ..lol.cheers..Bintang time..

  37. bananaadventuretours Jan 25, 2014 12:47 AM

    Costa Rica surfing! Yeaaaa

  38. MARK Feb 1, 2014 3:41 PM

    LIVING SINCE 7 YEARS I THE PHILIPPINES, ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO LIVE FOR 350USD, UNLESS YOU WANT TO EAT DRY FISHHEAD AND RICE EVERYDAY, LIVE ONLY WITH CANDLE LIGHTS AND NO ELECTRICAL POWER, SHIT ON THE STREET LIKE THEY DO AS YOUR RANTAL ROOM HAS NO FACILITIES AND GET DRUNK EVERYDAY WITH BLINDING METHYL ALCOHOL RUM, SO STOP POSTING THIS BULLSHIT

  39. Pepe Michel. Feb 22, 2014 9:38 PM

    I did retire at 62 with 1200 USD pero month. I moved from las Vegas to a city with 200,000 population 1 1/2 Your bus ride from México City.Met a nnace lady with here house and car paíd for she is also retired. Contrary to what many people think México is very safe. Food at the público market is very cheap. A whole piece of fillet that weights seven pound costs about 30USD we buy one every three weeks. We recently went on a three week trip through the Southeast of México and parte of Belize' 4500 KM with hotel, gas, some toll todas, eating out, visiting four archelogical sites, shows, fishing boat hire and you name it four less tan 2000 USD. México is such a great place, clase to USA with so muchos to see and enjoy. Last year we traveled for ten weeks mover ten countries in South América and found out México is the best.Food, beaches, friendly people and believe me I have been here four and a half years and have not complains. I justo wish I had done it before.

  40. guest Mar 12, 2014 3:58 AM

    cuba is very expensive,veggie and fruits are hard to get and spices they have nothing to cook with basicly,beautiful island,and even if you live like the cuban when they no you are a canadian the prices go up lollll yes u could expect tp pay from 800 to 1000 dollars for rent as a cuban can have that app for 40 dollars a month so please noyhing is cheap out there stay in your country and enjoy going to visit only

  41. guest Mar 12, 2014 4:01 AM

    cuba is very expensive,veggie and fruits are hard to get and spices they have nothing to cook with basicly,beautiful island,and even if you live like the cuban when they no you are a canadian the prices go up lollll yes u could expect tp pay from 800 to 1000 dollars for rent as a cuban can have that app for 40 dollars a month so please noyhing is cheap out there stay in your country and enjoy going to visit only

  42. Sam Mar 13, 2014 5:15 AM

    I live in Costa Rica and I have to disagree, the further away you are from San Jose does not mean cheaper. I live in Playas del Coco which is 4 hour drive from San Jose and it is expensive, pretty much the same prices as the States. A meal is $7 - $10 at a soda, groceries are expensive, electricity is expensive, cars are expensive, gas is expensive here (~$5 a gallon) It's cheaper to live in San Jose or the smaller towns in the Central Valley but it doesn't even compare to Nicaragua, where it is incredibly cheap, I would say 1/3 the cost of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is known for being the most expensive country in Central America and if you live in the touristy areas like I do, don't expect to be living under $500 a month. Depending on the type of place you rent, you're looking at at least $500 a month for basic and simple western standards.

  43. JohnnyIndo Mar 20, 2014 5:22 PM

    Hey, I know this post is old, but I have to comment. Just lived in central Java in Indonesia for 7 years, 2003-2010 and contracted a home for my family of 6 averaging out to $150/month. It was a beautiful open floor plan and we were quite comfortable. Prior tenants had added western toilets, had 3 bathrooms and we put in around $1000 to fix up as we liked with three on demand hot water heaters. We paid $40/month for wifi, about $25/month electricity, about $15/month water. We used motorbikes, bicycles, and public transportation so I can't tell you exactly what our local transportation prices were. Food was very cheap! We also had to pay around $150/month for all of our visas. That was a bigger cost! We took our medical plan with us which was quite high as it was US based. The biggest "deal-breaker" for living "on the cheap" is how much travel you want to do, along with nice hotels and restaurants! Sure, you can stay in a five-star hotel for $75/night in most places or at least a really nice hotel for $50/night but that adds up! We found a lovely non-touristy beach where we could stay in 2-bed bungalows for $7/night per bungalow with just fans with cheap local food. If you have kids and grandkids you will want to travel home once or twice a year at $1500/roundtrip per person so travel and need for pampering will skyrocket your living expenses. Budgeting for travel I reckon I could retire in Indonesia with my wife comfortably on $1500/month and that's including traveling back to the US twice per year. If you live simply and don't eat out much, you can save up for more luxurious get-aways a couple times a year like to Thailand or Singapore, both cheap flight from Indonesia.

  44. Rajeev Apr 5, 2014 7:10 PM

    YOU CAN LIVE FOR $500 right here in USA without working. There is no need to relocate remember grass is greener on the other side

  45. Arone Eldan Apr 24, 2014 12:04 AM

    Listen people north America is the best place to live, you just have to be a little picky that is all.
    Most of the places mentioned are shit holes and the people are uneducated money grasping morons to say the least. Stay here please.

  46. gerard May 11, 2014 10:05 PM

    you people better off ,go to argentina mar del plata ,beaches, girls, a small apartment 250d a month ,meat 1 kilo 5d ,etc,etc. for what I see here is better to go to argentina 1 dollar :12pesos ,Buena suerte gerard

  47. E Jun 7, 2014 8:08 AM

    China is a great place. Cheap! Apartments in cities other than Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou seen under $300 a month. Can get meals for $2. Haircuts $2. Teaching English roughly $30-$80 per hr. People assume it's disgusting and old but China is beautiful and growing rapidly.

  48. Mikhail Branski Jun 7, 2014 5:19 PM

    I was in Costa Rica for three months and can tell you that you can live cheaply if you room with others. But Ticos are NOT that friendly, and as an American they are trying to get your money. Theft is a risk when you travel by bus. If you leave something somewhere, forget it, it will be gone when you return. And, most of the food is bad, poor or mediocre at best. If you are a well-off tourist or wealthy American...of course, you can find good food, and foreign communities to live in....but that requires a LOT more money. I did NOT like Costa Rica for a lot of these reason. The best experience is staying on the beach of course and you can probably find a cheap accommodation in some places but if you are used to eating decent to good food, you budget will be MUCH higher.

  49. Mikhail Branski Jun 7, 2014 5:20 PM

    I was in Costa Rica for three months and can tell you that you can live cheaply if you room with others. But Ticos are NOT that friendly, and as an American they are trying to get your money. Theft is a risk when you travel by bus. If you leave something somewhere, forget it, it will be gone when you return. And, most of the food is bad, poor or mediocre at best. If you are a well-off tourist or wealthy American...of course, you can find good food, and foreign communities to live in....but that requires a LOT more money. I did NOT like Costa Rica for a lot of these reason. The best experience is staying on the beach of course and you can probably find a cheap accommodation in some places but if you are used to eating decent to good food, you budget will be MUCH higher.

  50. cho khan eric Jun 12, 2014 9:59 AM

    I have never been to any of this places but I wish to go to one of them

  51. lonie Jun 13, 2014 3:26 PM

    I am philippina22 live with american man 70 on 5 dollars day in philippines leave your contact info i can help you thanks lonie

  52. Raul Jun 22, 2014 9:04 AM

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    Your help With your inputs would be greatly appreciated.

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  57. lonie Jul 2, 2014 7:33 PM

    come to mindoro puerto gallera philippines lbest diving, beaches, ladies and xpat drinkers no crime here

  58. giovannio Jul 3, 2014 3:21 PM

    ho una pensione di 1000 euro,cosa posso fare ,essendo ultrasett.per andare a vivere in questi paesi dove la vita costa poco?e poi si trovano le cure per una malattia cronica che ho?

  59. Jack McDonald Jul 13, 2014 9:07 PM

    I lived in Chiang Mai from 2006 to 2011 - 5 and 1/2 years. I paid about $175.00 per month at Pacific Mansions. One Room - but very large - about 20' by 40'. That included some maid service and total cleaning once a month. One could live there on $1,000 USD per month (and some do). But $1800 allows frequent travel - I rented a automatic motorcycle for $30.00 per month and eventually bought a new Honda Click for about $1,200 and sold it for about $700.00 5 years later. for those interest I authored the book Thailand Tales available on amazon - and yes the ladies are great!

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