1. LovetoExplore Sep 10, 2009 7:36 PM

    Believe it or not, Hawaii on the outer islands is pretty cheap, if you're willing to live in the country in a "coffee shack". Food needs to consist of fresh fruit (most available alongside the road) and fresh fish (also purchased from someone selling it along the side of the road). Employment is a challenge at the present time, however.

  2. hong kong Sep 11, 2009 3:00 AM

    I have lived in Hong kong for the most of my life and actually it depends on what you call "cheap ",I mean when was earning 5000 a month ,i was most of it (Hk is second most expensive city in the world) but now coz of the economic downturn ,I can live on 1K a month ,but I would love to spend a few months in thailand until i found a job job again

  3. uncle mandingo Sep 12, 2009 2:06 AM

    All these people live over here why don't I run into any of you? Thailand is wonderful but it's closer to $1000 a month and I don't drink. Cambodia is the place I'd live now but I don't want to learn another language. If I was under 35 I'd move there and never come back.

  4. B.N.RAO Sep 12, 2009 12:28 PM

    We in India have innumerable places of interest for the guys with shoestring budget

  5. pedro Sep 14, 2009 7:03 AM

    cebu is one of the beautiful and not expensive to live in can have everything here.mall,dine,beach,culture

  6. Fancy Sep 15, 2009 4:18 AM

    There are a lot of countries in south America who you can live whith less than 500$ bucks

  7. deeks Sep 15, 2009 9:16 AM

    I do not see Thailand such a bargain. Of course of you get out off the beaten track you can get cheaper stuff, but still if you are used to western confort, no way you make it with such a budget.

  8. AASDA Sep 15, 2009 10:17 AM

    Pues nada, me lo guardo en "favoritos" y cuando me jubile venderé todo y me iré a uno de estos sitios a vivir. ¡¡¡ Voy a ser el rey !!!

  9. sally Sep 17, 2009 6:54 AM

    i,ve been to thailand phuket and i loved it. go back next month. the people there are so friendly and its cheap. thailands awsome .

  10. anna Sep 20, 2009 5:11 AM

    It is possible to live in Thailand for less than $500 a month, comfortably, if you are not trying live in near tourist destination places. I just move in a brand new condo motel in Udorn for 300/Mo.

  11. spike Sep 22, 2009 11:56 PM

    i've traveled quite a bit in my 20's and 30's then got caught up pursuing the almightly dollar and forgot what life's about. now ready to roll again out there. Seems the most important thing is whats important to you as an individual. I want to meet a beautiful catholic latin woman and start a family some place new. I'm 40 now and dated a 28 yo woman from paraguay in years past... still remember all her stories... thats where I'm headed, any comments?

  12. Jim Sep 26, 2009 12:50 PM

    I would like to say that Thailand is not the deal as is stated here $1 for a beer you must be joking what about $6. renting is very expensive and add to that electric bills which is the same as the UK is not more. I have been here for about 7 years now and its time to look else where. I strongly recommend you don't just get on the plane for a cheap life out here. And don't forget the Visa costs.

  13. Jim Sep 26, 2009 12:51 PM

    I would like to say that Thailand is not the deal as is stated here $1 for a beer you must be joking what about $6. renting is very expensive and add to that electric bills which is the same as the UK is not more. I have been here for about 7 years now and its time to look else where. I strongly recommend you don't just get on the plane for a cheap life out here. And don't forget the Visa costs.

  14. Ben Dover Sep 30, 2009 8:46 AM

    Where is the best places to pick up nice girls? No hookers lol.

  15. Your Name...Kotitaa Sep 30, 2009 8:37 PM

    I am a single mom who wants to explore the world with my son for a yr or more. I use to travel overseas a lot when I held a job as a flight attendant. But thats long gone now. What advice do you have for me wanting to move over seas temporary?

  16. chepar Sep 30, 2009 10:50 PM

    research mancora, peru or atacames , ecuador for a cheap and fun beach town, if you dont mind cold weather try cusco, peru or arequipa, safe, very cheap and full of history

  17. ViajeroCompulsivo Oct 6, 2009 1:04 PM

    Bolivia is the cheapest contry in South America, I got a room for 3/day in down town.

    Food for a dollar ...

    The girls there
    are not beautyful.

  18. rockford66 Oct 6, 2009 4:46 PM

    All interesting indeed, well I live in Cape Town, South Africa at the moment, a truly great place to retire youngh with 40' and take it easy - having worked and lived in Germany, USA, UK and Ireland.

    I agree, it ain't cheap no more then it was when i arrived here 6 years ago, but all over the world the cost of living has gone up. Its still affordable, paying $500 for a house with pool and a maid, plenty of space and the beach with beautiful mountains just minutes away. The cost of living is much cheaper then Europe and most other 1st world countries, $10-$15/day - eating out for 10 bucks or less. Of course it all depends on what you can afford or want to spend on your lifestyle. For my part, I don't want to live in some dirty shappy place with some 3rd world standards. Here at least, I can enjoy 1st world service and standards, with others doing the real hard work and I have the freedom to decide every morning what I like to keep busy or not busy with and enjoy life. This is of course, if you are making between R20000 - 30000 month with half a months work or less – then you got what you aimed for.

    Frankly, I am living it right now, with plenty of time on my hand to relax, thinking back how it was working my ass off for some big IT companies. Just follow your dream not the money, and all will fall in place, as it did with me leaving the rat race for good.

    If you have questions about SA Life, feel free to email me:

  19. Fed-Up !!!! Oct 7, 2009 10:50 AM

    I need to answer on thiss one. I am an American living in Thailand. I have been here for 1 1/2 years now. I have traveled to many countries in the past and by "far" this is the most fuc#^% up place i have ever been in. The people treat Westerner's like absolute sh*&, the government is corrupt, it is full of liars, thiefs and cheats. It really should be called "Lieland". Nothiong here is real. I am looking around here now for another place to live. Don't come here, you are not safe. Many Westerner's are killed here all the time and the government does nothing to protect us.

  20. Awesome thread Oct 9, 2009 5:47 PM

    A lot of experienced viewpoints in one place.

    But I have to disagree with Chris from NYCs assumption that you are an idiot if you dont buy land and a house in whatever third world paradise you choose to relocate. First, the need to own property seems to be an American compulsion (I'm American - and a real estate investor, Ive even written a book on the subject.) But buying property in a country that you know well (you are a native) is risky and cost intensive enough. Most people can barely asses accurate land and home values in their own country, let alone a foreign one. The chance that you will vastly overpay, for whatever you get (from meager accommodations to luxury) is great. In addition, what do you know of the local building standards, material standards, or the soundness of the legal system to redress any legal or liability issues that you may have? As a foreigner, you will likely be overcharged for everything. If you dont care about the actual value of the property, but the personal value that it brings to you, than that is another consideration altogether.

    Second, for what you would pay in rent for a similar property per month (lets say $250 for a decent house in a third world location) is it worth laying out $80-300k++ usd just to say that you own something? For all that extra risk, and decreased liquidity, you gain all the responsibility and liability for taking care of the property. You can no longer just hop to another location if things go bad, and you may never be able to recover what you put into it should you decide to sell.

    Its hard enough to own property in the country of your origin. Think twice before you "invest" in the third world.

  21. Yes but where? Oct 10, 2009 4:26 PM

    You tell us the location, but I have another question, what about the cheapest and best beach to live on in Thailand? Let me know,

  22. A Falong in Thailand Oct 16, 2009 7:35 AM

    Seriously I have just read some of the most retarted things ever. For all you out there thinking Thailand is more expensive then what this site says, let me give you a breakdown of what my wife and I live in.
    First of all we have a 3 bedroom, two story house, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, 2 aircons running non-stop. If you are ready for the facts then read on!
    We pay 7,000 baht a month for rent, utilities, etc. In USD that is about 220 dollars. Then there is the cost of our food...we can get buy with a huge bag of rice for 1,450 baht (around $30.00). Then there is our fuel expenses and yada yada... $500 dollars a month can get you a comfortable life in southern Thailand.

    If anyone thinks I am off on what I have written...tough luck, those are the facts. So to all who are interested in being in Thailand, have at it, just dont get mad when your new name is Falong.

  23. sal Oct 17, 2009 4:32 PM

    does falong mean retarded ?? ?it's hilarious that you called others something you can't spell!

  24. Ray Oct 18, 2009 9:31 AM

    I live in Wibsey a village close to Bradford UK,Morgage free,£20 a week on food at Morrisons,internet, phone out 8 times a month Direct debits Mx3,2 trips to Thailand total 3 months up to date gadgets,only £130 per week,Beat that--------

  25. uijiatalor Oct 23, 2009 6:45 AM

    ewu in esan central of edo state is also a cheap place to live less than $300 a month.

  26. duka Oct 24, 2009 1:48 PM

    visit the philippines, number one in hospitaly and 3rd english speaking country in the world. we have 7,107 island to visit! we are forward to see you here! welcome!

  27. Nancenchance Oct 26, 2009 10:45 AM

    This has been a very enlightening educational read. I am glad to hear of the experiences of real-life people, and would like to hear more on locations in Poland.

  28. nancenchance Oct 26, 2009 10:52 AM

    Also, I would be interested to hear about the conditions, weather, types of work, etc both in Poland and Albania. I am in Austin TX of Polish descent, but I do not, regrettably, speak Polish.

  29. vagabondette Oct 26, 2009 12:42 PM

    It can easily be done in the Mexican cities I've lived in/visited. I'm currently paying $300/month for a beautiful 1 BR loft style apartment with a huge patio, all utilities included (fresh water, electric, gas, internet). I could get an apartment for about 1/2 the price but I've been living budget for a while so I wanted to splurge.

    I had an apartment in Merida that was about 1/2 that (though it was louder because of traffic).

    Food, if you shop at the local markets, is cheap. I can make a huge salad out of fresh veggies, pasta and tuna that will cost me less than 50 MXN (@ $4 USD) and last for 3-4 meals.

    I eat out fairly regularly and I've still never spent more than $550 in a month here in the last 10 months and that was while I was doing all the tourist stuff and staying in hostels/hotels.

    As for the guy who says you're stupid for renting, I say you're stupid for tying yourself to a bit of land. Why in the heck would I want to buy? I want to TRAVEL not grow roots. Just because people want to live a different lifestyle than you do doesn't make them stupid, it makes them different.

  30. lina Oct 27, 2009 3:34 AM

    Cost of living really depends on the person's lifestyle, way of life and what he is willing to pay. Any place on earth could be cheap or expensive. How much are you willing to pay?

  31. joecc Oct 28, 2009 11:51 PM

    i think thai is still cheap, not as cheap as lets say 10/15 year ago. But when I compare things back home (Ire), e.g. a pizza from beach restaurant, costs 4 euro in thai - back home would be double. A beer in beach restaurant - about 2 euro - back home, something like 4.20 euro. Food on street is cheap - under a euro - and probably a hell of a lot nutritious than say a wedges and chicken frm a hot deli back home. Acccom in a private room in bangkok with T.V , air con, shower - eight euro. A shared room in a dorm back home - at least 15 euro. A hooker back home for half an hour 150 euro - in thai 20 euro for much more time.
    Yes I do believe that they charge 'Farang' more than the locals - which is bad

  32. Berlin Mony Nov 1, 2009 4:50 AM

    Hi!!! Guys upon reading all this and comparing all the prices in the world....My best & Cheaper part of the world is INDIA only....You can leave and Medium Class Life in India for Just $100...Amazing...Yes..Leaving in a Bed Space or Sharing cost you just $18 / Month..Average Food for you cost $1 / Day...Even its cheaper if you cook yourself...Other $2 for your Soaps,Shampoos,,Oil etc...You can have go to Theatres 4 times a month @ the cost of $1 / ticket..All this come around $ 55 only...The rest $ 45 can be used by any way...Amazing....
    (Note the Average Earnings for a Medium class Family in India is Just $100...With this they manage a whole family)

  33. PGTX Nov 3, 2009 8:12 PM

    I want to try living in a new place - country! I need to experience more - which place would be the safest for a single young woman...?

  34. JDUBBLEU Nov 10, 2009 1:52 AM

    If the only expense you are taking into consideration is living costs and food then you can live in fort lauderdale florida for 500 a month. Shit, I have a 4 bedroom house that i pay 300 a month for my bedroom. I am about 5 mins from downtown and 5 mins from the beach. If you eat at mcdonalds or burger king you can eat off the dollar menu for 5 bucks a day. So in short, food and lodging here is 450 a month and my house and burger king every day is better than anything you will get anywhere else in the world for 500. Plus i have air conditioning, a pool and internet. forget thailand. women are free here if you have any

  35. Guest Nov 10, 2009 4:46 PM

    I will agree. I live in Albania and it is very cheap. I pay 100 dollars renting a house in the capital and the food is very cheap. At most I spend 300 dollars a month. Italy and Greece are very close and there are fairres and buses leaving from Albania to Italy or the capital to Ahtens Greece for 25 Euros. The food is natural and delicious.

  36. Guest Nov 12, 2009 2:06 AM

    I have been to most of the places listed. Are they that cheap--not for most people but if you look around you can do much better. For example, Thailand you can get a small studio apartment with AC in Bangkok for around $250 (Thai friends have them-with 1 year lease). When I was there in May I found a long term hotel room (clean, small, with bath and AC) for 6000 B / month. 2 blocks to subway. Only Thai lived there then but owner was happy to show it to me (for next time). Western Breakfast you can get for 70 B ($2).
    China is cheap too--I spent 2 months there earlier this year as well. Best thing is to talk to friends who live in these places--friends from there not westerners who over pay for everything.
    At least Thailand is safe even when they have airport delays.

  37. ticojohn Nov 12, 2009 6:34 PM

    I have been in Costa Rica for 6 years and live in a fairly small city about 50 KM from San Jose. 5 years ago you could live well on $100 a month. Now, it is really tough. Inflation typically runs 12 to 15% annually here in CR, and has for many years. And the Government recently changed the requirements for 'rentista' residency from $1000 to $2000 per month.
    Does that suggest anything to you?

  38. ticojohn Nov 12, 2009 6:35 PM

    TYPO ! That should be $1000 a month in the second line. OOPS!

  39. ricky Nov 15, 2009 12:17 AM

    i lived 4 years in Philippines,,.....8 months in xian city in china,,,i have been in Ghana (africa) 2 poland last year(accomodation cheap, food expencive-DINNER cost 4 dollars in restarant)..iN Ghana i payed for room 1 dollars and food around 1,5 dollars...but it was 2005...the best place i love was Xian city..beautiful place on earth and girls so beautiful...but hard to pick up...hookers cost a lot -30 dollars per hour.....In Philippines I been in Cebu,,dirty city...but not so expencive,,,outside of city i rented 2 bedroom house for 80 you see not so cheap in comparrision to Ghana...i was bitted almost to death in Bohol island...because I am White...Ghana girls-look like chocholates,,very friendly, cute and they like to marry Whites,,,,Mostly Brown and Black people everywhere,,not many Whites..they are friendly,,not rasists like Afromericans...The best was Xian in China,,rent costed me 50 dollars a month,food 3 dollars a day,,beer big bottle i payed less than 1 dollar,,but it was in 2004,,,Xian is fantastic but winer bitter cold,,,people nice,,friendly,,safe place..but i still think of Ghana...i have beed too short there,,,I love Ocean there,,,I got aurthetism ,,,,pain bones i could not walk properly,,,After 2 months in Ghana I am fine....this country is safe for girl in Kumasi city was pretty and ask me only 50 cent a day,,,but I did not wana pay and keep her,,,She was too silence person..and she did not cook for me...i fire her...

  40. Asif Rasid Nov 18, 2009 9:47 AM

    Well South Africa YES you can easily manage. 500 usd means 3750 Rands. Here You can get a
    house for about R 2500 with every thing and if you share with one its lets say 1500 rands and 1750 for food is quite enough. Probably you can buy it in resturants (take away). R 100 for food is enough today in 2009. but if you booz everyday gal friend and other nonsense its gona add up the price. But in 500 USD you can manage easily. Remember Im staying here for 5 years I spend 3000 Rands (shared flat) incl. Driving a 1300cc car and cooking at home.

  41. Razaq Nov 18, 2009 9:52 AM

    What about Pakistan?

    Die in a bomb blast. come on people die in lot of ways car accident sickness aeroplane crashes etc. I think i can take a chance.

  42. Nome de plume Nov 19, 2009 8:10 AM

    Sucks !! world is full of poor people...

  43. juanwilly Nov 23, 2009 4:17 PM

    Having been employed by both the US government and the private sector in Latinoamerica, I have a "bit" of insight that the average tourist might not maintain, or that the average US citizen might NOT "want!" Serving in education for more than twenty-five years, my perceptions have been molded by time, my travels, education (my own, as well as that which I have aided my students, peers and friends to acquire), and, finally by means of the quest, and oft times fulfillment of life's myriad of processes and experiences. Without fail, I love life! Hence, "WE" must urge the vital and correct "critical mass" to accept empowerment. It is critical that we remain diligent, that we continue to share mutually beneficial information by all means possible, including semi-public forums on the world wide web, that we attempt to disseminate our insights and findings in a variety of tongues and languages, and that we learn to live dynamically, ever-changing and never allow ourselves to merely "exist" accepting 'force majeure'--trust me they are awaiting our surrender.

    That stated, it must be asserted that one can NOT live in Latin America for $500 per month.

  44. thefishman Nov 26, 2009 2:14 PM


  45. robert Nov 27, 2009 5:40 PM

    any thoughts on malaysia?

  46. dougiefresh Nov 28, 2009 5:01 PM

    You can live in Detroit for less than $500/mo. and get season tickets to the Lions games!

  47. Giri Nov 30, 2009 4:48 AM

    there is one country which is very cheap. its name is Nepal. in Nepal if you have 200$ then its enough for single person.

    Best Regard

  48. KP Dec 1, 2009 5:18 PM

    I live in Newport Beach, California for around $750 a month. Found a nice apartment with an ocean view for only 500/month. Me and my roommate rent the top part of a house out but it's nice. Granite counter tops, neighbors have ferrari's and aston martins. You can find cheap accomodations anywhere you want if you look hard enough. $500/mth rent and this city was named the second most expensive zip code to live in in America....

  49. Traveller Dec 1, 2009 6:57 PM

    Morocco is very cheap outside of Casablanca and Marrakech..You can live in lovely cities like Agadir,Fez, Meknes or the south for 500 USD very confortably...Ridiculously cheap food ..Eating out..roasted leg of chicken with rice, french fires and a side of beans or lentils cost 1.5USD in nice snack-restaurant..salador bowl of delicious soup:.0.5 100-150USD a month for a nice 1Bedroom Flat..Very safe country with great atlantic and mediterranean coast.and very cheap delicious fish..all of this at only 14 kilometers south of Spain through the strait of Gibraltar....This is the best kept Secret in the world....I have been living here for the past 10 years on less than 500 USD a month and loving it!!! also , beautiful, friendly women averywhere :) )

  50. Brisbane Hotels Dec 4, 2009 7:11 PM

    Bangkok is really a cheap travel. For shopping spree, this is highly recommended with its very low low prices.

  51. E Dec 4, 2009 8:25 PM

    My husband and I lived very comfortably on about $150 a month in Ecuador. $80 for a nice, two-bedroom apartment with a yard for our dog in the center of a tourist town. $10 a week on FRESH groceries at the local market. About $30/month on transportation and fun or the occasional dr. visit (10 dollars without insurance!).

    I know the key was that we paid ECUADORIAN PRICES though, as my husband is Ecuadorian. They would have charged me the double "gringo prices" if he had not made all our financial transactions!

  52. Chel Dec 5, 2009 6:32 AM

    These comments are among the most depressing things I've ever read. It makes me ashamed to be a 'westener'. Get over yourselves. Of course it is 'possible' to live on less than $500 no matter where on this earth you are. People do it everyday... all their lives. Part of the travelling experience is to CHANGE your lifestyle and experience the culture of these countries.
    You do not NEED mod-cons, in fact you'll be a better person once you realise that. And I'm tired of reading about safety... so, you know someone who knows someone who got mugged in (insert any non-western country)... well I've been mugged here (UK) ... it happens... everywhere!!
    Sorry for the rant but these comments have brought me down. Westerners need to get down of their pedestal.

  53. Exile Dec 6, 2009 5:27 PM

    You can live in a lot of these places cheap but don't expect to live like you do in the U.S. If you earn like a local you live like a local.

  54. Soon to be expat Dec 7, 2009 6:35 AM

    For the people telling they spent X years living in those countries, what is your revenue source ? Do you work there ?

  55. Bryan Dec 7, 2009 4:58 PM

    Stop arguing about these poor countries guys( and gals)! Come to the island of Mauritius $1= MUR 35!!! Cheap, Safe and Sunny !!! We speak English and French too...

  56. pedro Dec 7, 2009 5:42 PM

    Muy poca gente escribe sobre Marruecos, recientemente he heredado un apartamento en Rabat, soy español y estoy planteándome vivir allí, puede alguien informar sobre commo se vive allí, cuanto cuesta el seguro de salud...

  57. Bryan Dec 7, 2009 5:59 PM

    And in Mauritius there's plenty of work too!!!

  58. Luis Dec 7, 2009 7:32 PM


  59. Mohammed Falah Dec 8, 2009 2:05 AM

    Can I know some place i the world where there is mist almost a large part of the year? And rain? I love rain. I want to build a shed at a green place, have tea and watch the rain. Trance is so alive there if u know what I mean.

  60. J1 Dec 9, 2009 7:42 PM

    The information given in this article sounds very different from what I know. So I will just tell you my personal experience.

    I traveled Thailand, Malaysia and India back in 2000-2001, for about 9 months. I know costs have gone up, but I will tell you what I paid then.

    In Thailand, I was able to live on about $450-500 a month. This was living in cheap hotels with the squat toilet. Often I was right on a beautiful beach though ! Hey it's backpacker style ! I ate in restaurants every night. I didn't drink that much. Alcohol is the one thing that seemed to not be much cheaper than in the US. A little cheaper but not much. If you are going out to bars a lot you will spend a lot more. My costs include all traveling by train, bus, and boats. However I would increase my amounts as costs have gone up now. So I could probably do the same now for around $600-650.

    In Malaysia, costs for the same type of travel were just slightly less than in Thailand. Maybe $450 a month. I'm thinking I could get by on $600 a month there now. Go to the Perhentian Islands ! Incredible.

    India is dirt cheap. I traveled all over India for about 4 1/2 months. It was probably less than $300 a month. Extra low budget hotel rooms though. It's not a vacation in India. Fascinating place to see and experience, but not a vacation like some of these other places. Wherever you go, someone will always be trying to sell you something, or begging for your change. I'm sure I could do it for $400 a month or less these days. I took a train from one side of the country to the other side, for ten dollars ! Ha ! Cool place though, India, if you are looking for a very different perspective.

    Have fun.

  61. Argentina Dec 11, 2009 2:40 PM

    Southeast Asia is cheap, its true, i spent usd 300 in a month (year 2006) but Costa Rica is quite expensive!!! with usd 500 you can live only 10 days, i think. please check, thank you!

  62. Palm Beach FL Dec 17, 2009 7:17 AM

    all of these prices beat 1200.00 us dollars a month for a 700 sq ft apartment... and lets not forget utilities and food. I am so ready to get out of the USA. If anyone is looking for an honest travel companion/roommate email me at

  63. W. Palm Beach FL Dec 17, 2009 4:59 PM

    Mohammed (Dec 8) - you want to live in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Panama is very wet and in Bocas it rains constantly. In fact, Pan-a-ma mean "constant downpours." (just kidding).

    Thailand gets to be a hassle because of the language difficulties - in that respect India and Phillipines and even Indonesia are better.

    I can handle Spanish, though, and like Colombia - was there for the third time recently and it is a very pleasant place other than having to deal with the federal police when traveling.

    Mexico can also be quite cheap - no big city has cheaper rent per quare foot than Mexico City. Agree Belize is a dangerous shithole. And all of Mexico and most of Central America are pretty filthy and full of garbage - in South America the people take a little more pride in their surroundings.

    Best countries to live in though are US and Australia!

  64. Almost there ... Dec 17, 2009 9:04 PM

    Did some other web searching to give myself a better picture of the "current" economic climate for living out of the country. The information below is as of October 2009. Hope this helps some of you -

  65. Noah Vail Dec 20, 2009 12:57 AM

    What most people here don't seem to consider, when talking about how cheaply you can live in all these tropical paradises, is the visa complication. Making a visa run every three months is fine for a while, but eventually you have to get legal, if you really want to live somewhere. And I think you'll find that the cost, not to mention the nuisance, of dealing with this bureaucratic requirement will make your cheap utopia somewhat less of a bargain.
    If you really want to live somewhere, that shouldn't deter you, of course. Just remember there's a difference between backpacking and retiring.
    (I'm not exceeding the $500 a month budget by much here in Vancouver, by the way. Biggest economy: no car, just a bicycle.)

  66. Mr Dir Dec 20, 2009 7:20 AM

    I live in Poland and it is very cheap. I pay 300 dollars renting a flat in Krakow and the food is very cheap - 170/m. At most I spend 500 dollars a month.

  67. Ge Web Dec 20, 2009 7:25 AM

    It's true

  68. steve Dec 20, 2009 6:40 PM

    I want to know can you live in the philippines for about 1000 a car and say in cebu=maybe a 2br -1 bath with maid=just eating out maybe 2 times a week at a medille of the line place=can someone give me a monthly breakdown of exp. and how far is the beach from there and how much is medical exp. for a average 45 year old man? thank Steve

  69. avatar illpete Dec 20, 2009 9:40 PM


    I am in the middle of writing a documentary about retiring over seas in inexpensive countries and I need to speak with a few samples of people for my film who have successfully retired. What I am looking for is people between the ages of 25 to 45 that have retired in third world countries like Thailand, Costa Rico, and etc. If you know anybody that would be willing to talk with me I would appreciate it.

    Pete Dawood

  70. avatar illpete Dec 20, 2009 9:41 PM

    Sorry forgot email

    my email

  71. bullshit Dec 24, 2009 12:24 PM

    How much are prostitudes in those cheap countries ? I like very big butt and no shave underarms and puss and butt hole.

  72. true Dec 25, 2009 6:53 PM

    mauritania is the cheapest country..200 USD a month is enough !!

  73. Alberta Dec 26, 2009 2:01 AM

    Noah Vail, I find it hard to believe you're living in Vancouver for $500 a month with any sort of comfort when the average apartment starts at $1200 let alone your food & other living expenses.
    Must be in rehab , living at home or on the streets. No, a hostile isn't considered living....existing maybe.

    Can someone shed some more light on living in Brazil?

  74. Caleb Dec 26, 2009 2:30 PM

    Thank you for this fun article. It really gets me dreaming!!

  75. Anand Dec 29, 2009 1:17 PM

    I am an Indian. I strongly disagree with john l. statement which was posted on Jul 4, 2009 9:35 PM. As he mentioned that affording food for $2 INDIA will end up with doctor. Have you ever been to India ? If not I would like to help you understand the living conditions in India.

    If a $2 meal will take you to Doctor. Do you know India has a population of more than 26 million people live India. How can they survive ?. You can get best quality food for $1. You can survive having this food for more than 80 years.

  76. Dr. Anil Khari, M.D. Dec 29, 2009 1:21 PM

    How quickly the things changes, nearly eight months ago, i had pasted a comment here that India is one of the cheapest place to live and one can live in a city like Delhi under USD 500 per month. Dramatically things have changed and evrything have become nearly three to four times expensive in India with in last eigth months and I don't think even USD 1000 p.m. will be enough to live there with little comfort in any city of India. Rightly not a correct place to live. One of the most expensive place to live among developing countries and I feel sorry for the poorers of India those account above seventy percent of toatal Indian population earning less than four USD a day, just a litre of unhygenic milk and a Kg. of sugar each cost nearly a USD. There is extreemly gross desperity between rich and poors. Organizing C'mnwlth Games - any justification?
    Dr. Anil Khari, M.D. - Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.

  77. Anil Khari, M.D. Dec 29, 2009 3:08 PM

    Mr. Anand please don't get irritated by comments and views of readers, and learn accepting the truth. Less than a year ago I also had an openion that one can live in India in a city like Delhi under USD 500 p.m. was a real truth and a dream of past now. With in last eight months the prices have sharply gone up ( 3 - 4 times) and even USD 1000 p.m. not enough to live with basic comfort for a family with two kids. Mr. Ananad think 80 % of indian earn less than USD 4 a day and remaining 20 % earn between USD 100 - 10000 a day or even more. We hv to accept the truth that life for poorer is extreemly hard in India. Meal for less than a $ 1 is available but with fair chances of landing you to doctor with AcGE. We 20% are enjoying at the cost of 80% Indians. Lets pray for those 80% as they are also human beings and our fellow Indians.Dr. Anil Khari, M.D. - Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.

  78. Miss Jamaica Dec 29, 2009 9:40 PM

    Jamaica is a paradise for foreigners.

    Rent in gated community:$275
    Food (local) : $220
    Transportation: $60

    Live in Jamaica, I can't wait!!!

  79. roy Dec 30, 2009 9:51 AM

    You can get a place in Cebu for around 250us, anything less than that would be living in squalor. There is Mactan Is. just outside Cebu, they have condos and apartments for 350us, it is very close to the beach and it is secured. Food is cheap if you buy it in the local markets. Budget around 200-250us. You can get a live-in help for 60us or have somebody come once a week to clean and do laundry for 4-5us. Like any place in the world, you need to be careful whom you hire. You don't want any undesirables. My sugestion is to check: website. they have a breakdown of the cost of living in the philippines. Also join thier forum, get some info, help and make friends. Most of them are expats. It is hard to do it on your own in other countries specially if you don't speak the language.

  80. Me Dec 30, 2009 3:13 PM


    "admit it, you've never been to any of these places have you. For $500 a month you will have to live like an absolute loser"

    Was Gandhi a loser, you effin' moron?

    My definition of loser is someone who defines himself by the money he spends or the commodities he owns, that is you.

    Somebody who lives happily in prison is not a loser. He's just someone who knows how to be happy in a situation you wouldn't be happy in. A more emotionally capable and skilled individual.

    But most people in civilized countries have no emotional skill whatsoever. They really are losers, whatever they think isn't the truth, obviously.

  81. me Jan 1, 2010 1:38 PM

    can someone who lives or has lived in the philippines / thailand / vietnam recently email me as i have a few questions about living there. thanks in advance

  82. us plz Jan 2, 2010 9:30 PM


    plz tell about cheap places in us to live , also safe places

  83. Dan Jan 2, 2010 9:33 PM

    Well ,I can tell you this for living in the Philippines. I pay rent 3 bed room house nice, aircon only in bed rooms-5,000php about $115.00 us dollars per month. water-400php, electric-1,800php,food-10,000php, drinking water-300php, cooking gas-150php, gas for motor bike-500php, This is 18,150php ,about $405.00 per month. This is for 2 people. But I spend about $600.00 per month live very good.

  84. PA, USA Jan 4, 2010 1:32 AM

    I agree with many people here. You can live cheaply, but are you confined to your living status? Is status really what everyone worries about?! What about love? or living for what makes you really enjoy life? like dating, sex, food, and all other activities. Im a college student... doing the average robotic everyday things a college student would do. But maybe I don't want to put 1/2 my life behind a desk with my face crammed in a book. Don't get me wrong, I love to read as I just acheived my second 4.0gpa this semester. But LIFE is short, shall I not see the world? My question is where is the best place to go for great food,sex, and cozy living arrangments with the nicest and hottest women! :)

    p.s. im male!

  85. indonesian Jan 4, 2010 11:58 PM

    i'm engineer in indonesia. my salary is about $ 500. I can live, can take credit for a house, still be able to travel to bali (just dont have the time), having fun.. Most of the others salary are about $100 to $200.. And I still can save some money

  86. Mark Jan 5, 2010 1:08 AM

    For real people, everyone lives different. You cant get by on $ 500 a month? lol wtf get the spoon out of your mouths, for real people who want to travel Thailand, there are loads of cheap/clean guest houses with sat tv, internet, air con, starting from $3 a night, if your a super budget traveller like me, you can get by on $6-8 a day for food and lodgings, obv i dont smoke anymore :) or drink much, so these are not included .

  87. Mark Jan 5, 2010 1:12 AM

    Also you can rent a very nice room/apartment, with AC, TV, luxury bed, wardrobes, fridge from 1800 baht per month for a 14 x 14 m room upto 5000 baht per month for best 20 x 16m room

  88. mark Jan 5, 2010 1:14 AM

    sorry that was meant to be 4x4 metre room not 14 lol and 6x4 metre room

  89. Donald Jan 5, 2010 8:43 AM

    I see prices have doubled in Costa-Rica since
    I was last there back in 1990. I find it one of the
    most beautiful places in the world and also my

  90. Russ Jan 8, 2010 10:39 AM

    This story is compiled of uniformed rubbish! You cannot live in these places for that price with any reasonable level of comfort. $500 a month? That's $16 a day! Sure if you want to live like Gandhi in a backpackers dorm room eat one street meal a day and drink only water. Forget about any entertainment and oh, by the way, you won't be able to afford being sick or to the dentist. How would you even be able to buy a new pair of shoes if you needed to? Get real or get a job so you can afford a decent life and not have to eat cat food!

  91. Mark Jan 8, 2010 8:49 PM

    Russ: you ever actually done this? im here now and yes i live in a nice room for 92 pounds a month, check it, thats the most expensive in the block, $10 a day can go far unless all you care about is hookers and booze, so ignorant
    check my apartment out

    its no ritz, but is that disgusting living?

  92. chrisyellowfever Jan 11, 2010 6:15 PM

    I have been reading all the comments. I think we all dream to much of something better. I just come back from thailand for the 4th time. The country is changing and not for the better. Im trying to be sensible and look for work in oz. Skills shortage there and perth full of asian chicks. Salarys can be high. Civilised and then have vacations in bangkok soi cowboy...yeah man! Do it in style and have a little isaan chick back home in perth keepin the bed warm...most likely with one of your friends while your gone but whos perfect!

  93. chris Jan 11, 2010 6:53 PM

    Its in our nature to want something for nothing or next to nothing. We try and beat the system. But at what price? sacrifices! I would not dare try and live in thailand on 500 a month. Damn hell no! Thats worse than thinking a bar girl loves you. Street food gives you shits! 1 beer a day is no life! Shitty room with manky shower and no aircon! Nana rejects at 4.30am. God it just sounds worse by the minute.! I salute any person who can live on the cheap and be truly happy on 500 a month. I could do it but only if i wore orange and became a monk!

  94. Jerry Jan 14, 2010 6:55 AM

    zun, there are good country to live, but the main thing is whether you can stay in the country and not always on the border have as thailand. thailand life is cheap, but you get no visa for a long time. Only if you are reiree

  95. LightOne Jan 18, 2010 1:27 PM

    From what I have read in my opinion the Ukraine would be the cheapest places to live and I am sure it out performs the cities listed above. First of all, it has all four seasons and a Black Sea for all your summer vacations. Now the city I would be talking about has 1.5mill population called Kharkov where I'm from. Rent in main downtown city life is $250-350 Euro style apartment (basically top notch), outside city by metro you can rent for as little as $100 for 1 bedroom. And condos for purchase are $500-1500 per square meter in a newly built building (100sqm plenty of space=50k to 100k USD) Now this is city life, you have museums, theaters, movies, attractions, clubs, stores, malls everything you can think of it has it. Local beer as low as .40cents and the "Name Brand" like Stella for 0.80cents. Keep in mind that their bottles are 0.5 liters not the 12oz like in USA. To eat at a Cafe for a full meal with desert and tea $4-6 dollars per person. And to buy your own food at supermarket is just beyond imagination cheep.
    Hookers cost $25, Club entree fee $3-6, Movies $5, Opera Tickets $2-5 depending on show, ADSL as low as $5 I forget the speed but I was paying $22 for a 2mbps line, Cell phone $22 for unlimited everything data, text, voice, images everything, Cable TV $5, Settlite TV with channels in English, French, Germany whatever you speak over 500 $18, Electricity $5 for every 100kilowats, Dentist visits $10 for cleaning, any filings drilling pennies on a dollar like $2-3 bucks, Doctor visits $10, pills, medicine mad cheep, Taxi $3 includes 5km and 0.12cent for every additional 1km. And again this is city life for 5km in city you pretty much covers a lot. Now this is city life move just outside it and prices drop significantly I mean cut all that by 3 or 4. Now compare all this to a vacation spot with nothing but palm trees, constant rain and a sandy beach that you have to travel too cause you ant got a beach front penthouse. Now a life like that would get boring in a heart beat. My uncle is retierd and he gets $778 a month and he moved back to Ukraine and he loves it he said $500 would be plenty for me but he get $778. Now in the summers you can go to Krim area part of the Ukraine, to Black Sea. Rent $5-25 per person per night depending on the location and type.

  96. Jason Odom Jan 18, 2010 7:35 PM

    You seriously need to check out the Vanabode lifestyle. It enables you to travel the most geographically diverse country in the world (America) and live anywhere you want for $20 a day and you can do it forever! My wife and I have been out for 4 years now.

  97. VeggieVeda Jan 19, 2010 2:52 AM

    what is the vanabode lifestyle?

  98. krema la krem Jan 19, 2010 7:10 AM

    Consider this:Well you know ya got to make them sacrifices to get er done....
    I've been looking in to this moving thing since
    2004...stay put for awhile more.

  99. Yep2Happy Jan 22, 2010 11:04 PM

    I live in Costa Rica. I make $900 and live quite well. My rent is $200 a month and I pay about $200 a month for living expenses. I don't have any bills (cell, car, mortgage, credit card). So, the rest is mine to keep. I've lived in CR for three years and have had to leave every 3 months to renew my visa. 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. This place is cheap but you have to be flexible. I rent a room in a house. I have hot water and use of the kitchen. I have electric, water, internet and use of the phone for local calls that is included in the price. I know how to cook, but you can eat out fairly cheap too if you know where to go. A beer here costs about $1 because I live near a college campus, which is always cheaper than most places. Other than the safety issue, it's a fairly nice place to be for a couple of years. I'm looking now to move on to the next place though. I've been here long enough. The last place I lived was in China for two years. That was cheap too but anything having to do with a hospital in rural areas was just too scary!! CR is very cheap for medical and dental. I paid $12 for a full physical exam! My friend had a cap put back on for $10! China is very cheap too, but SCARY! Hope this helps. Craig's list is a good place to look for places to stay but you can find cheaper places on a board at a university or supermarket. That's how I found this place.

  100. carlos Jan 24, 2010 11:48 AM

    He viajado por varios de esos paises y el bueno bonito seguro y barato no existe.Tampoco paraisos aunque halla lugares muy bonitos.
    Los paraisos pueden estar en lugares cercanos a donde vivimos con buena compañia,buena comida,seguridad...
    Pero me gusga esta pagina de soñadores vivir bien con poco,mas que irse muy lejos puede ser una forma de vivir.
    Pero a quien no le gusta el exotismo y encontrar esos lugares.

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