1. Travellingchez Aug 25, 2010 1:19 PM

    I lived in Indonesia until recently. I used to live quite comfortably on 10million Rupiah (about $1000US) a month with some to spare.

    On that I ran a car and a motorbike (petrol is cheap).
    I had a maid, ate out quite often and would disappear on local weekend breaks most weekends.
    I rented a 3 bedroom house on a gated complex that had a swimming pool all for 12 million rupiah ($1300) a year!

    While the government are corrupt as anything and the infrastructure in some places isn't great it's definitely a great place to live. And the people are so friendly.

    I'll definitely be going back there :)

  2. keith Aug 26, 2010 1:04 AM

    i am astonished that anyone can live on 500 usd a month but if possible im all in. I live in Phoenix az off 3000 usd a month and am content but if i can work near a beach and live, consider me in. if anyone knows of a good place to sit on a beach after working hard with a beer and a smoke in your hand, please comment. definitely out of u.s. tho haha

  3. panda Aug 26, 2010 3:52 PM

    so basically this author is just a person who is probably affiliated to some sort of holiday agency or paid by some of these governments to promote their country in order to boost tourism

  4. anand Aug 27, 2010 2:38 AM

    well if its a question of $500/month southern india and northern himalaya are the perfect place.

    accomodations will range from:65$to 200$ per month depending on places of your choice chilly hillstation , beaches whatever you want for good villas & apartments. food costs around 10$ per day average. $2 if you cook yourself, beer costs around 1$ . pack of smokes 1$ for us cigarettes, indian smokes below 1$. rest food & drinks are not scarce here you have got lot of options. and people here are nice, even if anyone meddles with you there will be someone in the crowd to help you out. so no worries

  5. anand Aug 27, 2010 2:46 AM

    well if its a question of $500/month southern india and northern himalaya are the perfect place.

    accomodations will range from:65$to 200$ per month depending on places of your choice chilly hillstation , beaches whatever you want for good villas & apartments. food costs around 10$ per day average. $2 if you cook yourself, beer costs around 1$ . pack of smokes 1$ for us cigarettes, indian smokes below 1$. rest food & drinks are not scarce here you have got lot of options. and people here are nice, even if anyone meddles with you there will be someone in the crowd to help you out. so no worries

  6. Bangkok Aug 27, 2010 2:47 AM

    Thailand is awesome, and certainly doable for under $500/month. All the "world travelers" bashing the OP, I doubt some of you have been out of mom's basement, but some of his numbers are a little sketchy.

    If you want to stay at say, Madarian Orient, then no, you are not going to do it, but still, you can stay there if you know someone for close to $125/night esp. in the rainy season. If you want to stay at a solid hotel, price varies. I am at Legacy Suites, in the 2nd biggest room they offer, and b/c of a local friend, paid 30,000 Baht for the month ($950).

    My buddy who lives here, has a 88 sqm apt for 20,000 baht. None of us are looking for bargins, but if you can get luxury places between $650-950, you can certainly live in a modest place for half that.

    You need to know a local, it helps a lot. And paying a indefinite barfine does not constitute knowing a local. Just like the TukTuk driver getting a cut for dragging ignorant farangs everywhere but where they wanted to go, given the poverty level, everyone works together to get the most out of tourists as possible.

    Be smart, never get in a cab not running his meter. Don't do Tuktuks, and tell your crazy motorbike driver you will give him 20 baht, not 60 for the gray hairs you got arriving at your destination. Personally, I love traveling via motorbike, beats sitting in Bangkok traffic. The BTS/MTS are great, super cheap ways to travel.

    REMEMBER, in general, Thai people are very poor compared to a US/EU standard (and are very happy and gracious people, proving money does not make for joy), so if you do what the locals do, you will indeed live super cheap. If you are the type to sign up for tours at the travel agent, or if you stay at a nice hotel and have them arrange things, you will pay way too much. 4 people were in my party and we rented a longboat for 500 baht. He took us everywhere, 3 hours of sightseeing. It's offseason now, and combined w/ the recent 'unrest' people believe this place is dangerous. I assure you it is not. Point is, everything is negotiable, and if you are not a complete twat about it, you can bargain for a fair price. Paying $4 a person for a great river tour, and stopping to see places like Wat Arun was well worth the money.

    The best food is street food, and it is fantastic and cheap. Everything here is super fresh. I doubt I will ever be able to eat another egg in the US unless I go get it from the hen house, which, aren't exactly near me in Florida.

    The best thing about going to different countries is experiencing the culture. Getting out of Bangkok is a great way to do it, and once out of the city, the poverty level goes up, so prices go down. Stay off the trendy tourist spots, and you will get the same prices locals get for the most part.

    A few places up north in Chaing Mai may charge a little more with money going to education or some other cause to help poor farmers, so, if you want to pay $20 or $30-$35/night it's up to you.

    I stayed at my Thai friend's family's home on night, great perspective on life, and free. Be thankful for what you have, accept how other people live and how their spirits are not deterred because pf being poor. Travel safely everyone and enjoy the world, It is really an awesome experience.

  7. avatar letsgo Aug 27, 2010 11:55 PM

    If you wanted to experience working in the farm fields of Kern County in cities like Delano, Arvin, Lamont, Wasco, Shafter....or working in the Oil fields in Taft or could find a cheap room in one of these cities if you really looked...wouldn't be easy, but it would be an experience!

  8. askmaxim Aug 28, 2010 5:48 PM

    Thank you, the author, for an illustrated account of glamorous options, and thank you all who contributed. May I add my 500-buck-a-month destination?

    Think Montenegro!

    This is a beautiful baby-country in Europe, with only 500K citizens (all country population is like one greater Buffalo, NY).

    Unlike the places listed above, this country appears safe, not even 'petty crime'.

    Winter temperatures are in 50's F / +10C and above, summer mostly within 80's F / up to low 30's C.

    Best of all, you can rent a big 2-bedroom at USD 300 per month. Skype my nick for details

  9. Sun2 Sep 2, 2010 1:28 AM

    At Malaysia town's 'Ipoh' ,you may live less than $500, rent a appartment with 3 room with kitchen only cost $100 per month.and food will cost $1.50 to $4and beer will cost you about $2. if you want to get a good double storey house only will cost you $200 without utilities.

  10. andre pesterhuysen Sep 3, 2010 8:07 AM

    Yes, Britain is the cheapest.Make a hot British girl pregnant,and you are made for the rest of your life.Than you as foreign father will get free med,free housing and pension when not working.The lazy brits are leaving with their pensions to live a kings live in countries such as Bulgaria.

  11. x Sep 4, 2010 5:56 AM

    India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan are cheaper countries. It is possible to live there with 300$ or less.

  12. Gaust man! Sep 4, 2010 11:41 PM

    Hey i dont want to live in costa rica i wana spend 2months in it i saw it in google photos and it looks amazing how ever i hope some one tells me [that have been there ] how is it?
    is 500$ enough for an entire month?because i am yung am only 21 so i leave my contry and i go to some where to party and have fun and must of all..Explore! i love Islands that are cheep and awesome.
    i hope you get my point.

  13. tattoo zeke Sep 5, 2010 12:55 PM

    o.k i read this from 'cover to cover',Icould have missed it, but not once did i see the cost of air thailand .it seems to me. it shoudl be included on the 500$ cap. when I was in thailand about 6 yrs ago and i made at least 4 or 5 trips a year from Raleigh/Durham to bkk arprt.for bussines and personal. few years. bought a small but nice condo on soy ha sip see/patarna kan road in Bankok....while i was there ,and i dont reccomend this,buying a condo, at all unless you are working and living,their, you will lose your shirt when you leave thailand if you sell the condo. I dont believe it was possible to live in Thailand then on 500 us a month then and every thing was a lot cheaper then. of course if you live at a friends house and dont pay any rent or chip in for isnt cheap for a 500$ a mo. budget. you may be able to borrow a moter bike...after all what did you go to Thailand for in the first place? includes eating at side walk stands..And id like to say my wife and I ate at hundreds of side walk stalls and never once was either dissapointed or got the slightest bit ill..the price? very reasonable, i would call it cheap..another thing if y ou are going to see Thailand I would be patient until I met someone that could tag along and new how, when and was the best money i invested for my personal tour of thailand..zeke

  14. Guest Sep 7, 2010 3:16 AM

    India is also Very Best around the world

  15. Samuel Sep 7, 2010 4:57 PM

    To andre pesterhuysen

    Piss-Off with your anti-British tripe. We would work in our own country, if it were not for all you bloody foreigners coming over here and taking them. Get rid of you lot from the Uk and we would all have jobs. It is not our fault your crap countries pay such low wages. COMMUNIST TOSSERS!!!

  16. Vaibhav Sep 10, 2010 12:17 PM

    Being an Indian, I can bet that India is among the cheapest country .It's a upcoming world power and city like Bangalore will provide you the living standard same as that of any Europian country.

  17. Eastern European Sep 12, 2010 7:13 AM

    500$ is now like 1500PLN in my country. You can rent a nice room for like 500PLN, and for a 1000 you can live nicely if you're single. A ticket for one month is like 50PLN, you can move around a whole city using underground, buses and so on. You can choose free entrance parties, and buy drinks around 10PLN, but it's cheeper to buy some alk in a grocery and drink it somewhere in the way to the club, it's very common. Concerts, museums and stuff like that are free, or very cheep for students, others has to pay like 20PLN. Cinema is around 20PLN for student, 40PLN for an adult. You can but some clothes in stores like H&M, ZARA, but spending more that 200PLN a month for it would be stupid. We have a sea, lakes, mountains, and 4 seasons. White winters and colorful Autumns, hot Summer, and blooming Spring. POLAND IS SOOO CHEAP! And you can earn like 500$ and more working as a bartender, or a waiter, or any other place. Spending it wisely allows you to even travel from time to time, using cheap flights you can go somewhere in Europe once in 3 months, just for a weekend. It's although a post communist country so you can experience some old concrete flats, or so called PGR's, thanks to Stalin it's still around, and getting rid of every sign of communism would be very expensive for a government, so you can't expect pure european classy beautiful architecture, and clean big cites (like Germany, Switerzland) However it's a nice historical experience. Oh! AND WE'RE NOW ORGANISING EURO 2012 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP!! VISIT US! :D

  18. In Costa Rica Sep 13, 2010 12:25 PM

    Expect American prices around here - sometimes more, sometimes less - usually more.

  19. William Sep 13, 2010 6:18 PM

    What I would really like to know, is how much can you make in place like this? Would it be possible to acquire $1000 a month, as their budget implies? Do College Degrees mean anything in these beautiful places?

  20. carlos Sep 14, 2010 9:20 PM

    Costa Rica is not cheap. I went over there and most prices are similar to the United States if not more. It was a kind gesture by the author, but at least in my experience, Costa Rica is not nearly as cheap as other countries

  21. steve Sep 16, 2010 12:44 AM

    anybody familiar with teaching english,or the schools to acquire cert. i do not hold a degree , and told, i will have little trouble teaching with cert. any update on visa info would be helpful also.

  22. Arax-Rae Sep 17, 2010 12:17 PM

    I spent 6 weeks in Thailand and only spent $800. So I guess this is pretty accurate. I would love to go to the Philippines, but the comments about safety here are scaring me. Great list though.

  23. Dan. Sep 19, 2010 2:23 PM

    llisten if you really want to live on $500.00 TRy camping permanently on God's earth, somewhere beautiful, plan for change, survival, a differ lifestyle, give it a try, then decide, it's all about attitude, not foreign places,remember attitude, good luck wish all well.

  24. pete Sep 20, 2010 3:41 PM

    I've been living here in Costa Rica for 2 years now and am planning to move to Panama. The cost of living is high here. !000 a month barely makes it. Trust me. I know.

  25. Bullyson Sep 20, 2010 6:41 PM

    I'd say the BEST is Venezuela.LOL

  26. guest Sep 21, 2010 3:58 AM

    In india One can lavishly live with about $350

  27. JustinCase Sep 23, 2010 2:51 AM

    Dear fellow readers and writers - shouldn't we define the meaning of the infinitive "live" or "to live" before talking about the cheapest places to live? The cost of living is relative to means - In each of these places, what does it mean "to live"?

  28. max Sep 23, 2010 11:53 PM

    simmie sucks

  29. anton Sep 24, 2010 9:31 PM

    This is very good site for information which for a normal life as a human being the costs are:
    North America $ 3000 per month
    Central America $ 1000 per month
    South America $ 2000 per month
    Europe $ 3000 per month
    Africa $ 1000 per month
    Middle East $ 1000 per month
    Asia $ 1000 per month
    Australia and Zealand $ 3000 per month
    Oceania (islands) $ 1000 per month

    Les than $ 1000 is a life for nonhumans and now that the world has changed all to a third world country, 80% of the humans everywhere live under $ 1000 per month and this is a tragedy

  30. anton Sep 24, 2010 9:43 PM

    Globalization will bring the collapse of Europe and North America where most of the 15% of the other 20% of the humanity lives. who are responsible for the destruction of the life of the 80% of the humanity,the nonhumans,zombies or what slaves etc.The stolen money is consumed in weapons and in the super life of the 20% of the humans of the 7 billion beings living on Earth

  31. Anne Sep 25, 2010 1:41 PM

    Are there any very affordable, safe places for American families to live and work in South America? We have 4 children age 5 to 13, so it must be very safe.

  32. Rory Sep 25, 2010 2:59 PM

    Hi , well nice to read all your posts , beats Face book . I have lived on Mallorca , for 16 years yes expensive , quality living yes . Thinking of a change , posssibly Honduras for a start . Any ideas I have my own construction and sales business . Cheers

  33. roko Sep 26, 2010 1:03 PM

    haha u guys think dis is cheap come to nagaland u can get accomodation for a month in just 50$ to 70$ a month

  34. Nepal Sep 28, 2010 5:31 AM

    there no other cheap country like Nepal. if you have just 150 US Dollar, that is enough for a month. 45 $ is enough for good room in kathmandu. rest 105 US Dollar for food is enough for lunch dinner and breakfast. so i dont think there are other cheaper place then nepal

  35. brownieman Sep 28, 2010 7:41 PM

    I have been to Honduras and its pretty cheap if you stay put in one place. Taxis are about 40 cents. calls to us about 5 cents a minute.
    Meals are about 2 bucks and you can rent cheap rooms for 100 bucks

  36. tommy Sep 29, 2010 8:46 AM

    i live in makati, philippines. i live comfortably on 700 dollars per month. im in the best city in philippines. i been here for 6 months and now im moving to an island called surigao. i have never been hassled or robbed or even had words with someone. im not that goodlooking, but the girls treat me like a rock star.. i love the philippines!

  37. Anthera28 Oct 2, 2010 12:02 AM

    Sorry to disagree Panama is not cheap. The currency can be read as balboa but actually is dollars. If you buy your honey bunches of oat cereal in USA for 2 or 2.50 you will pay the double for the same brand in Panama. Electricity, phone, is very expensive . SO you can live with 500 dollars a month but you will feel like you are struggling like the rest of the panamanian with a 350 a month salary,

  38. pimp Oct 3, 2010 5:34 AM

    this is all bullshit

  39. Bob Oct 3, 2010 2:33 PM

    A friend of mine (from UK), Alan Dines and his americian wife where murdered in Belize walking along the beach.

  40. johneamer Oct 3, 2010 5:54 PM

    I am 57 and recently retired ND LIVING IN cANADA. I am thinking about living overseas but would like a travel buddy as opposed to just hoping off a plane alone in Cambodia or the Dominicon Republic for instance. Are there any good web sites that could help me in finding a travel companion. Thanks.

  41. johneamer Oct 3, 2010 5:56 PM

    excuse the typos above

  42. Guest Oct 4, 2010 3:49 AM

    If you actually read the post, and the background of the author, you'd realize that she knows the prices she puts up aren't going to be exactly the same. Plus, she didn't say what kind of houses you could rent. She just gives you a price. Her purpose is to give you a look at some countries that are absolutely beautiful and on the cheaper side than most islands in the Caribbean, etc. I think it's wonderfully informative and if you look in the right place, you can find a great deal. I can't wait to visit Costa Rica now!

  43. thai in US Oct 5, 2010 2:22 PM

    I am Thai in US, I gonna move to Chaing Mai very soon, I reservation apartment there for 2 months, before I buy a house there

    this apartment $300 a month in Chiang Mai

    1 US dollar = 30 baht on Oct 4th 2010

    a medium house 3 br 2 ba price US$30,000-40,000 no property tax

  44. doug Oct 6, 2010 7:51 AM

    Great information!

  45. Ukchap Oct 7, 2010 10:07 AM

    Interesting thread,really enjoyed reading through it.

    My pennies worth....I think it depends who you are. I mean are you in your 20s or 30s and looking for adventure and hence don't mind roughing it or are you retired and want health care and comforts?
    I'm 35 and have lived in many asian countries,India 4 years running a guesthouse,China 6 months teaching English,Thailand backpacking 6 months and I have travelled to Mongolia,Laos,Myanmar,Cambodia,Mongolia,Pakistan..So I can pass my comment on such places. Firstly you can probably live in any of those places on $500 but your standard will depend on which country. India would be easy,you could go to Kashmir or Ladakh and live a great life for that money in beautiful mountains. Goa would also be a good bet, sun,sand,and plenty of sex with tourists if that's what you are looking for. Thailand would be a much more frugal existence. It can be done though in any of those countries. In Mongolia you could rent a yurt and live comfortably in the grasslands for that but why? You'd be bored very quickly. Personally I don't like Asia that much ( holidays yes,life no ). The heat and humidity is too oppresive for me, I don't like sweating all the time, hygene in places like India or Pakistan is not good and I was ill numerous times with Amoebic or Cacilaric dysentry, not to mential Giardia! Also I like chasing women ( hookers are not really my scene although I dabbled in Thailand,Laos,Cambo and Indo but only very occasionally ) and Asian women don't offer much of a challenge, I like white women who challenge me and I have to chase a little,use some game skills!
    That's why I love going to Eastern Europe!!!! I have spent a lot of time in Russia,Moldova,Belarus ( oh, lovely Belarus how miss you !!!! ) Ukraine and all the EU eastern European states ( Rom,Pol,Slo,Cze etc ). I love it there but the EU states except Romania and Bulgaria have become much more expensive,try living in Warsaw or Riga with $500! You'd be bin dipping for your dinner! Well it probably could be done but damn it would not be too much fun if you like the occasional splurge.
    So Belarus: Cheap,incredibly safe,great women,visa a pain in the ass but can be done. Also little English spoken but I rented an apartment in Gomel for $100 a month.
    Russia: Cheap outside of Moscow ( forget Moscow on less then $1000 ), the women are second to none but you need to know how to talk to women, safe if you are not a complete fool,need to learn some Russian to get the most out of it, great scenery,sub tropical climate down south in Sochi if you want a tan,incredibly good people once they know you,a great country for fun. Also visas are easy to get and you can stay 6 months out of the year with little difficulty.
    Moldova: Poorest country in Europe, that should tell you everything. Chishinau is not the cheapest but get into the smaller towns and prices are unbelievable. i've rented an apartment for $80 a month in towns like Ungheni. Great women,would love a foreign boyfriend, friendly people,good wine ( nice not to have to drink Vodka at parties like in Russia/Belarus ). You could do it on $500 a month, I promise you, it would be a bit frugal but no doubt you could do it,especially if you had a local girl. i know places in Moldova i would not share with anyone because I've had such great times there and I would hate people to go and ruin it by paying more then needed. If you want cheap in Europe then look no further.
    Finally I spent time in Kyrgyzstan ( central asia ). Ok, it's messed up politically right now but that should not deter you. It's got everything you might be looking for...
    Amazing scenery,mountains,mountains,mountains. Nice climate with hot summers and mild winters,women that really want foreign boyfriends,REALLY want foreign boyfriends, good food,clean,safe if you don't go to bad neighbourhoods at night ( although I did and had no probs at all ), and cheap,no I mean cheap! $500 hell yeah and you'll save money!!! It's an adventurous place,not for the older visitor who wants to retire but for a younger person who wants to learn Russian and have adventures it is perfect. visas are easy too,get one on arrival at Manas airport.

    So after that rant my top two would be Moldova and Kyrgyzstan. Both cheap,a bit wild,little visa regulations,nice women. $500,yeah no probs. i'm planning my next trip soon.
    If anybody wants to contact me you can reach me at benswift101(at)

  46. Oct 8, 2010 6:00 AM

    for traveling with a tight economy of and best traveling place is wonderful nepal. If anybody who have ever been to nepal the he will know that the real statement of cheapest traveling place about nepal.

  47. Vicky and Sarah Oct 10, 2010 7:36 PM

    Sound!! :) . . we're out of here!! Costa Rica!!

  48. Saurav the smart boy Oct 13, 2010 2:47 PM

    India me to mehngayi dayan khaye jat hai

  49. Eastern Europe Oct 16, 2010 2:28 AM

    totally agee with Ukchap, Eastern Europe rules, what adout ex-Yugoslavia ?

  50. Marthy Oct 19, 2010 8:56 AM

    Bali is the cheapest place to live in the world with the beautiful natural panorama and a unique indigenous culture.

  51. geraldi Oct 20, 2010 1:58 PM

    geraldi edward

  52. Guest Oct 20, 2010 6:49 PM

    I honestly dont know what most people here are on about!... I live in London in Zone 1 by hyde park in a beutiful victorian building and only pay £290 per month (I share with my partner so it comes to £580 a month) and with food we spend about £20 per week so if we can do that in London you can easily do that in a different country where the exchange rate is even better- you just need to look around!

    I travel to India every year during x-mas which is the peak season and besides the plane ticket being very expensive you can very easily live with only £10 per day, thats about £300 including accomodation, food and drinks and tobacco. you will obviously not pay as little as that if you travel to india and only want to stay in resorts or the most popular beaches where all the tourist are but if you go to more hidden places which are even more beautiful and preserved from the tourist rubbish and filth (check out agonda beach in south goa) then you can survive on peanuts! As I said if you only see the five star hotel in front of you thats what you pay- if you actually take time to talk to the locals you will get great deals, just need to look around- and not everyone is there to rip you off- if you expect them to then they will but if you give humanity a chance they may surprise you!

  53. Steve Oct 21, 2010 11:16 PM

    I been in all the south east asian countries. The dude writting this article has no CLUE at all. Thailand for 500 USD is the same joke as New York for 1000 USD. In Thailand you spend only on the VISA expenses each month about 80 USD. If you want to live in a normal non fancy place, but not full with wankers and sex tourists you will pay at LEAST 700 USD just for your appartment. A beer is at least now 2 USD. McDonald menus are around 2.50 USD. A hamburger about 1 USD. The whole world has heard about Thailand now, and so the crowds go there and have pushed up the prices. Not to mentioned that you will be treated as lower level human if you are not from Thailand, is just another reason to avoid it. Bombs, bullets and crapy Goverment tops the pie but not last. I rather would look into eastern europan countries for a cheap place instead of any asian destination now. its 2010 not 2000 or 1995 ...

  54. mind made up Oct 21, 2010 11:25 PM

    OK well all of you have done one thing and done it well. You have convinced me that the US is and will always be the best place to live even with it's bs. I have been all over the world and to 2 of the places mentioned here. I am looking on retiring in the next year or so and will just simply set my kulo right here in good old USA

  55. Dave Oct 22, 2010 7:21 AM

    When moving abroad you have to consider what you're really giving up for all the money are you are saving. Hows the hospitals in these places? General standards of safety and maintenance (building codes, garbage disposal, roads)? Local services (police, fire, utilities), local representatives?
    Seems to me the allure of living abroad stems from the perceived escape from the everyday and the chance to live the good life at a reasonable price. True, most tourists and wealthy individuals that retire to another country might only briefly dabble in the non-brochure version of their exotic paradise. They generally experience the best of what the location has to offer.
    Trying to maintain a budget in these places means you will need to deal with the realities of the quality of life of a local. You will be treated like an outsider whether you realize it or not.
    You might be paying less to live, but after the novelty wears off and you realize you are here for good, what will you miss? You will need to determine whats important and you might realize the higher costs of our society also afford us a lot of things we take for granted.

  56. Smokey Oct 25, 2010 6:07 PM

    I am an American expat with 27 years overseas, as I did 2 to 3 years contracts as a pilot.I have lived in all countries mentioned to include Guatemala, and unless you want to live barebones with no activities, $500.00 a month isn't possible. What is the point in going to a beautiful country if you just watch TV or walk on the beach because you can't afford activities? Cheapest for me was Phu Ket because of the cheap diving excursions, but I still spent about $2,000.00 in one month.And although Guatemala was cheap for two years, you can't travel outside Guatemala City after 4:00 PM because the banditos control most roads after that. And if you live outside Guat city you need security 24/7. Belize was beautiful offshore, but walk in Georgetown after the daily rain and you walk through sewer filth most places, great for the medico business, though. You don't mention communication: Unless you are a hermit, you want contact with family and friends. Belize, Guatemala, Philippines, Thailand, Costa Rica, your phone and email will easily run $400.00 a month. UAE was cheapest communication-wise, but terribly expensive and repressive,typical of Arab countries.
    You can live cheaper in Florida or Texas if you know where to go, and I know many wannabe expats who left after realizing they could live cheaper in places they know. Just this expat's opinions.

  57. steve Oct 25, 2010 7:10 PM

    disappointing. the new world economy and new world access to t.v. and movie violence seems to have ruined peacefulness and greatly demeaned respect for us lovable opportunistic sexy proud pompous yanks.

  58. steve Oct 26, 2010 3:09 AM

    Riveting,alerting,i stand forewarned; thank you. I am disappointed but grateful for the honesty on this travel site concerning the perils and pitfalls of hedonistic travel for single men,young bucks. I am old, 70, and would have been a victim, an easy target as a white man with a buzz-cut and and a wallet. This website scrupulously saves lives. I am 6ft and 185, and travel alone, but now days the way things are its time to retire my adventures, thanks again for saving me the time and trouble of both guns and badges alike.

  59. steve Oct 26, 2010 4:12 AM

    disappointing. the new world economy and new world access to t.v. and movie violence seems to have ruined peacefulness and greatly demeaned respect for us lovable opportunistic sexy proud pompous yanks.

  60. Daniel Oct 26, 2010 9:00 AM

    I'm sure you can live in these countries for that price, but definitely not in those pictures.

  61. Norbert Oct 29, 2010 3:09 AM

    I really doubt your reports on Costa Rica and Belize, since these 2 countries are the two most expensive in Central America. It is a lot cheaper in Nicaragua and Panama for example (just spent 6 months there), as well as in Guatelmala and Honduras.

  62. joel Oct 30, 2010 3:08 PM

    thailand under 500 dollars?!! you are kidding yourself. With this amount you will live like a stray dog.

  63. Marc Nov 3, 2010 11:10 AM

    Somebody knows the situation in the Indian Ocean islands...? Seychelles? Mauritius? Reunion? Madagascar?

  64. jimbean Nov 3, 2010 11:36 PM

    good job copy and pasting this article!

  65. jerome Nov 4, 2010 5:13 AM

    i lived in nicaragua for 20 dollars a day that was between $3.50 and 8 us dollars a day accomodations 3.50 to 10 dollars on food $1.25 pack of cigs $2.50 for 26 ounzes of their cheapest rum and still some money for the bar of course there were days i spent much more up to 40 dollars haha

  66. Waterlily Nov 4, 2010 7:40 AM

    What abt Malaysia ?

    Not just cheap where you could get a decent apartment at USD250 a month, the food are variety - stalls and delivery home cook.

    Come to Malaysia to experience these ...

  67. Waterlily Nov 4, 2010 8:02 AM

    What abt Malaysia ?

    Not just cheap where you could get a decent apartment at USD250 a month, the food are variety - stalls and delivery home cook.

    Come to Malaysia to experience these ...

  68. Desertgnu Nov 7, 2010 4:02 PM

    Go for the ''B''s`....Bulgaria and Botswana both score B+ - higher than anywhere else I think. Cheap, fun, etc etc.

  69. name Nov 8, 2010 5:18 AM

    not many people have even thought about the african continent here, a couple mentions of egypt and one or two other places. you can find some of the cheapest, most pristene environments there. don't expect all your western facilities, but who needs those in paradise. check out transkei, mozambique, even malawi (not on the sea but has one of the biggest lakes in the world).

  70. royalfuzziness Nov 10, 2010 5:59 PM

    SE Asia Though beautiful it's also has the worst air and water pollution in the world.

  71. Joe Nov 10, 2010 8:57 PM

    Those asking about India. Visa is only 6 months then you have to leave for two, unless anyone knows another condition that would allow year round. tibetan photo project dot com

  72. Joe Nov 10, 2010 8:58 PM

    if you are asking about India. Your visa is only good for 6 months and then you have to leave for 2 months

  73. Allie Nov 11, 2010 1:51 AM

    Ah now that's the American way.. ship the old folks out to thrid world countries and hope they die there.. these places mentioned are different cultures.. i'm an American and want to live cheaply in my own country

  74. Robert Nov 11, 2010 4:35 AM

    Costa Rica is not all that cheap. I live in Panama close to the border with Costa Rica and everybody knows it is quite a bit cheaper to live in Panama. Costa Rica of course is a very beautiful country. It is better to live on the Panama side of the border and visit Costa Rica whenever you wish. Panama has the lowest taxes on imported items such as an automobile but other than that, supposedly it is cheaper to live in Ecuador. I am an American who has lived in Panama for ten years now. Panama has it's advantages but no place is perfect. There are some things I miss by not being in the States.

  75. Robert Nov 11, 2010 5:15 AM

    Here in Panama I pay about $200 a month for electricity, satellite TV, pretty decent internet service and water. A new Nissan Frontier 4x4 with a 3.2 liter diesel engine costs about 20 thousand. I don't currently pay property tax. Diesel cost $3 per gallon. Food costs are similar to some of the cheaper parts of the US with fresh fruits and vegetables being cheaper and canned goods being more expensive. I pay $10 per day for someone to clean the house or work in the garden. You can easily build a house for $500 per meter but by being careful it can be done for $350 per meter. Here in Volcan, Chiriqui you can buy a lot for $15 per meter. Block layers get $20-25 per day and so do welders.

  76. morgan Nov 11, 2010 4:58 PM

    How about medicare coverage. Don't believe medicare would be available in these places. The language barrier is another problem. The culture differences would be a problem. Does one abandon lifelong friends. Try the southwest coast of FL. Homes are cheap there. Morgan

  77. Greg Nov 12, 2010 12:17 AM

    You can go anywhere...but you always be where your heart is......!!!!
    There's no place better than your homeland... hard or easy.. you can arrange things and way to live... If you look for cheap.. cheap you wll be... Nothing like US and Europe fo live.. I live 13 in USAand 2 years twice in Europe.. its a little rush, but you can have anything anytime, if you're honest ad work person... vacation is good anywhere but live in other country can be like change your paradise with fresh grass, for torn in somebodyelse garden..
    by the wa. am brazilian

  78. Robert Nov 13, 2010 10:40 PM

    I was stationed in the Philippines and got orders just before the volcanoe blew. I met my now wife , i went back there to marry her. She lives in the batangas provience lipa city. My question is, i get 900.00 us per month for retirement. What kind of paperwork do i have to do to move there. i already have a passport. Can anybody help me on this matter. i need to know everything, and what will i have to do when i get over there.

    Thanks robert

  79. wes Nov 14, 2010 3:20 AM

    Ok . I dont know about asia but i can give a little insight on central brother has lived there for 10 years and i can tell you it isnt the paradise you think it is . 500 Amonth
    is not exactly possible.more like 1900 a month . Something to concider is gringo pricing. take what the locals pay and double it .this is if you are liked , if you are an asshole , triple or quadruple it. i was looking to move there as my job allows me to work 6 months a year and clear 50 thousand . but after looking at all the hassle i stayed here and work year round . as far as safety, in alot of these places ,the cops are police by day and criminals by night . there have been many times we have awakened to machine gun fire . the people will look you over to see if you are too big to rob . as i go six feet two inches and about two forty i dont have problems but keep your wits about you because they will slip you if they can . food for seven dollars a meal is available if you dont mind amoebas and hepititus. remember, these countries dont have the same health laws we do . wash everything in clorox and carry toilet paper .they have john wayne tp there( its rough ,tough and dont take crap off anyone). and there aint nothing like wiping with the fluffy stuff when you have montezumas revenge . flights are interesting . I was in the bar waiting on a flight when two pilots came in . they had about three whiskey sours and went to work. when the new pilot asked about drinking and flying ,the senior pilot said,"dont worry , this is central america , they dont report on us down here . and by the time we land we will be sober."believe me , i looked in the cokpit as i went by to make sure these guys werent driving . it is beautiful down there but just remember if it seems to good to be true it is

  80. Walt Nov 14, 2010 5:13 PM

    I'm in US and wanting to move abroad while playing the US stock market online. I might teach English a bit too. A lot of the cheap places are a no go, because the time zone is opposite the US market.

    India and Nepal are doable though, as well as other countries West of there. South America also works. I'm looking for countries here with a fast and stable internet while being cost efficient. I also enjoy Buddhism/enlightenment, which is why I leaned toward India/Nepal etc.

  81. Elena Nov 15, 2010 12:03 PM

    It's more like 500 euro/month for one person in Thailand, Phangan island. I live here with my boyfriend and this is what we both spend per month - 1000 euro and we don't count every penny, both smoking until recently (I quit), bungalow on the beach or in the jungle, keeping the European standards as much as possible as many of the things back home cannot be found here.

  82. Hallo Nov 16, 2010 12:38 AM

    Taiwan is very nice country..Safe & Cheap..
    U will pay same as local..
    Taiwanese very friendly & very helpful..
    I m sure u will love Taiwan..if u visit there..
    I have been travel there & I love there..
    so i lived there..

    Taiwan Touch My Heart..

  83. Hallo Nov 16, 2010 12:57 AM

    Thailand is not cheap like u think...They will cheap for local..but if u r foreigner & U can't speak Thai or U can speak a little bit..U have to pay for high price...They want to cheat ur money..

    Western Foods in Thailand the price is same as in Europe but the taste is different..

    In Thailand is not safe..a lot of crime..Robberies..I got stolen my bag before last year..I lost about 2,700 USD..

    & They have Protest Violence..fighting & Got Bomb many places around Thailand..

    I think We should to find safe place to live..
    not only think for cheap place..

    Cheap but not Safe..Ur life will get shorter..
    Why u not keep ur life & enjoy life longer?

  84. Share Nov 16, 2010 1:30 AM

    Thailand also a lot of of prostitute & Low Class Night Club Girls like to catch Western guys & Cheat them money..also A lot of Gay & Lady boy in Thailand..

  85. Benson Nov 16, 2010 1:39 AM

    Where is safe place & not expensive to live?

  86. ARG Nov 16, 2010 7:23 AM

    places shown are good... but you can live anywhere in world with less money(less than $500). Rather if you go to these places from US, you will and have to spend extra because whenever you go out u do. and how will you stay there for a long time? from where will the money come

  87. Sasha Nov 16, 2010 10:34 PM

    You also have to remind yourself that low prices = low standards = cutting corners = economic problems = corruption etc!

    Perhaps there are other countries in the world that are more expensive but have a better standard of living, more opportunities, positive atmosphere etc.

    All i'm saying is price is not everything, and I know this because I have been living somewhere 'cheap' for over a year. But i'm sick to death of too many things now, and I am contemplating moving somewhere else.

  88. Sasha Nov 16, 2010 11:08 PM

    Why would you limit yourself to earning $500 a month?, I mean really, is that all your worth?. Start an online business that you can run from anywhere with a net connection. Internet marketing, online sales etc.

    Better still stay in your own country and find a rich partner :)

  89. HimalayanHoosier Nov 22, 2010 9:04 PM

    Lots of good comments here. I have visited over 120 countries and wrote a book last year that includes 6 tropical paradises where you can live for under $500 a month.

  90. nick tucker Nov 23, 2010 4:21 PM

    i lived in thailand in bangkok you get an ordinary room with fan double bed for 300 baht a night in kah san road thats 9000 a month plus food at 300 a daythats 9000 and beers at 600 a day thats 18000 equals 36000 a month and in british pounds equates to £734 a month so a thousand with 2007 it was £ a big increase just cut the beers out to save.

  91. Ute Nov 24, 2010 7:28 PM

    I'd like to include Egpyt. Recently, I paid about 120$ a month for a two-bedroom, 2 terrace, 2 bathroom and 1 balcony flat in the neighbourhood of the Pyramids, and less than 5$ per day for food, transport and everything else!

  92. guest Nov 26, 2010 1:02 PM

    I'm from France but I lived many years in Argentina and the USA.
    Argentina is still pretty cheap compared to north america and europe, while you still get a good quality of life and european style living for about 600-700usd/month. Wheater is good and seasons are oposite to northern hemisfere, argentina has incredible landscapes, food and win are great, buenos aires is one of the world's most dynamic cities, and infrastucture in general around the country is far better than in poor countries in Asia. The people, especially in big cities, is also more cultured and educated than in central america. Even if the country is becoming more more atractive and prices are going up, it remains a good deal.
    Uruguay is also cheap, pretty developed, nice beaches and possibly the safest country in latin america.

  93. guest Nov 26, 2010 1:24 PM

    Looking for a peaceful, affordable, and stable country to live:
    Just move to uruguay, second to only canada in the whole continent by several life quality rankings:

    that's why you never heard bad news from them!

  94. Jaav Nov 28, 2010 3:38 AM

    Definetely Mexico!
    Im french and I lived there for two years
    warm & happy people
    lots of sightseeings
    beautiful views
    im looking forward to go back
    i love it, its a great country

    Greetings from Aux le-Riens

  95. glynn Nov 30, 2010 4:36 PM

    Kanchanaburi,Thailand......Rafthouse for 100 baht....4 times street food,120 baht...5 litres water,25 baht,large chang from 7/11 store 45 is 290 baht.All for just under 10 u.s dollars per day,lol.

  96. glynn Dec 1, 2010 1:06 PM

    Correct breakdown if given 500 u.s dollars a month to live on.........I think Kanchanaburi is difficult to beat for value.You can get a discount on the cost of your room if you stay for 1 month.For example,a ensuite rafthouse,with a fan and porch on the river kwai can cost as little as 100 baht per night($100 per month).If you eat the street food,then for a pad thai dish or chicken/pork fried rice dish etc you will pay 30 baht or less,same price for lots of other dishes including banana pacakes and so on.So eating 4 times a day can cost no more than 120 baht per day(4 u.s dollars).5 litres of water will be more than adequate for the day at around 25 baht or less from 7/11(under 1 dollar),and if you push the boat out and throw in a large bottle of chang beer from the 7/11,then your total cost for the day comes to 290 baht.(less than 10 u.s dollars).Multiply that by 30 days,and you arrive at 8,700 baht.Add 300 baht for the laundry service that the guesthouses provide,and that is more than enough to take care of your laundry for the month,bringing us to exactly 9,000 baht,or 300 u.s dollars for the month.This still leaves you with a whopping 200 u.s dollars for the month to play with.This is a huge 40% of your overall budget to squander on getting rat arsed at the weekend,cigs,getting around,or eating now and then at restaurants.Whoever said that you cannot live off 500 dollars a month is talking out of their anus.I hope this helps.....a budget conscious traveller.

  97. Rezaansar Dec 4, 2010 4:37 AM

    brother/sister.... bangladesh is the best country, u can live under $100

  98. carl Dec 8, 2010 12:48 PM

    i'm just wondering which of these countries offers easy access to high speed internet and is safe for a family? i play poker online for a living so this could be a viable option for me. my wife is indian guyanese living in america and i am white american if that makes a difference.

  99. Tony Dec 10, 2010 7:29 AM

    Argentina is a great place to live and very cheap for a 3 bedroom house rent would cost you 400 dollars a month water gas etc is around 100 a month. Medical is free. Property is all so cheap 20,000 dollars for a good size property then building a house would cost around 30 to 40 k dollars food is really cheap as well eating out would cost you around 2 to 3 hundred dollars. Visa there is not such a big deal once you buy property Visa just goes out the window then lol.

  100. Richard Dec 11, 2010 3:15 PM

    Argentina has been advertised as a cheap destination to retire on the Web but it is not. I research this destination by going to a Yahoo of expat living there and I have been told by several of its members that it is fairly expensive. You cannot live there for 500$ not even 1000$.

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