1. Dean Saunders Mar 10, 2011 3:32 AM

    I like Mexico - Cancun

  2. fred Mar 10, 2011 4:12 PM

    what about Bangladish haaha 1$ dollar paid for aworker from 5 AM to 6 PM

  3. Marco Contreras Mar 11, 2011 11:12 PM

    Soy de Ecuador, pero me gusta Costa Rica.

  4. Liza Patino Mar 12, 2011 12:14 AM

    Viva Costa Rica!

  5. malungkot Mar 12, 2011 1:28 PM

    The cost of living in Manila (philippines) is incorrect, if you stay in the slums, it will cost you 1800 - 2500 pesos per month, say $40-$60 US dollars per month, and food is cheap, at pansaterias it will cost you 50 peso for a decent meal, just over $1 us dollar. you can easily survive for $200 US per month, unless your going to Mc donalds or jolly bee 3 times a day....

  6. Nizar Kanji Mar 16, 2011 4:40 AM

    I am planning to retire in Malaysia. Can anybody advise me if I can stay in small towns in Malaysia and rent one bedroom apartment food & utilities under 500 US. Which town or city is cheap in Malaysia.

  7. Janeth Rios Mar 20, 2011 3:31 AM

    Also vote for Costa Rica

  8. Canadian Mar 23, 2011 8:12 PM

    I've been ready some of the posts and noticeing that the conversations are about cost of living paying 200- 500 dollars a month for rent. Not sure if any of you are from canada but here min rent is 1200 to 2500 month although we have the best health care cheap, min wages are 9.00/hr. I would be in heaven to pay 500/month for rent in another country.

  9. guest Mar 26, 2011 4:59 AM

    lived in chiang mai thailand 2.5 yrs and yes i did it on 500 usd a month,i had a decent hotel studio room with a/c by the airport mall,bought a used honda mbike and ate street food which was great
    .went out for drinks 1x a week and bought clothes
    from 2nd hand shops left behind by b.packers
    so yes it IS possible i did it and was satisfied
    most of the posters want fancy western rooms
    i basically lived in a hotel room,4000 baht,and my cost me 300usd used,ran very well
    chiang mai is very cheap as to pricey bkk.

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  11. Aloo Mar 29, 2011 2:43 PM

    You should add Kolkata and Dhaka in this list.

  12. Skyrim Mar 31, 2011 9:14 PM

    I might just have to check out Thailand.

  13. Tim Mar 31, 2011 9:16 PM

    Sounds very appealing. I am in the makes of a country change. Thanks for the post.

  14. Marc Dorcel Apr 3, 2011 3:46 AM

    Costa Rica is super super beautiful

  15. chillerdog Apr 3, 2011 10:27 AM

    ty for suggetions i have bin working with financel planer. is looking good for next year or so. he figgers i will have around 1900.00 cad per month to get me to age 60 then i can start drawing from canada pention plan. will be looking in to areas to live and travel in wis hme luck on maken it happen

  16. Sash Apr 3, 2011 11:02 PM

    You could just about live on $500 a month in Belgrade, Serbia, but it wouldn't be so much fun. Small studio apartment will be 200 euros, then you have bills on top of that. Inflation has hit Serbia like many places, so food is not far off western prices. A beer in a nice bar will cost you around 1.6 euros, a meal in a mid range restaurant 10 euros.

  17. Canales Rivera Apr 7, 2011 1:42 AM

    me gusta Costa Rica

  18. 123abc Apr 7, 2011 6:13 AM

    brazil !!

  19. Your Name...Guest Apr 9, 2011 4:26 PM

    I have lived in Ethiopia, Thailand, Tanzania, Morocco, Laos, Kenya, Lesotho, Botswana, Eritrea and \vietnam. It is possible to live on less than $500 a month but as a foreigner I have always been targetted as a source of income for the local people. Paying hospital bills, school fees and entertainment means life can get very expensive.

  20. Ajarn Apr 10, 2011 1:37 PM

    I live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and I have been here for 27 years, so I know a bit about the place. First, your idea for what a place rents for is ridiculous. Your idea of $30 a month for rent should be increased 10 times to $300.00 a month for the heapest housing.
    You can eat as cheaply as $5.00 a day...
    It is still my Paradise, but please don't come and spoil it for me :)

  21. Sasha Apr 10, 2011 2:12 PM

    Ajarn is right, the people here that are saying that you can live on $500 in Thailand clearly haven't been there in a few years.

    Living on $500 a month is a pretty humble aspiration. It is now easier than ever to make a good living from anywhere in the world if you so choose.

    I do freelance sales and marketing, online buying and selling etc, and generally make a comfortable living.

    If anyone wants any hints and tips then shoot me an email at happyfish99999 at gmail dot com

  22. Merlin Apr 11, 2011 3:24 AM

    Costa Rica, of course!

  23. dtiller Apr 11, 2011 4:18 AM

    You couldn't PAY me enough money to live in Mexico!! Had a few too many BAD experiences there.

  24. Alexander Apr 12, 2011 12:42 PM

    looking for cheapest area to live for one month

  25. Courtney Gimenez Apr 13, 2011 1:25 AM

    I love costa rica

  26. sdfsdgfd Apr 13, 2011 8:52 AM

    I find myself coming to your blog more and more often to the point where my visits are almost daily now!

  27. Mary Apr 13, 2011 6:05 PM

    Which one dosen't have flying cockroaches?

  28. Isan Apr 14, 2011 5:44 AM

    If your wife is social with other Thais it is for sure possible to live with persons in a nice house with garden kitchen internet sattv, eat good and drink your beers for a reasonable price. Up to the number of visits to good restaurants depend for the outcome that will be absolute minimum for 2 persons 263 $ to 580 $ a month even if you drive a car and have an hospital insurance

  29. Noname Apr 18, 2011 4:38 PM

    There are so many families in this world that do not make more than $300/month or the equivalent of that amount. If you have a house(apartment), in most of eastern European countries a family of four can live on less than $500/month.

  30. Sasha Apr 21, 2011 12:59 AM

    Hey Rudz

    I have some things to ask you about Lviv if that's ok. My email is on my last post


  31. Ready To Jump Apr 21, 2011 4:29 AM

    Thinking about moving to the Philippines to retire, wife and I are 50 ,does anyone want to share if Im looking at the right spot. Is the 500.00 month a joke or can it be done without living below normal means?

  32. Mercco737 Apr 22, 2011 3:00 PM

    Just wondering if anyone on here could help me.
    I am desperately thinking about moving somewhere else in the world, i was considering thailand, india, costa rica and even italy as options.

    so are the stories of cheap and moderately comfortable living in thailand and india facts or myths? And most importantly I was looking to get heavily involved in affordable real estate, but some sources have told me it's impossible to purchase property in thailand and india if you are not native, regardless of whether or not you are a citizen.

    If anyone has better ideas on places to move, i will gladly hear them.

  33. Pami Apr 22, 2011 10:27 PM

    If you like lots of rain move to Washington state go online to fine out which city has the most rain.
    I live in Bremerton, WA and we get lots of rain, but other cities get more.

  34. Craig Apr 24, 2011 8:12 PM

    I share an apartment with my girlfriend in brisbane city, australia and i spend all up $300 a week. I earn $800 a week after tax for only 30 hrs a week work doing general labouring jobs while i study. Anyone can walk into one of these jobs in australia, and queensland is probably one of the nicest civilized states to live in the world, why bother living in these places of the world as mentioned above, we have it pretty good in the US, aus, uk?

  35. Jimbo Apr 27, 2011 12:52 PM

    I live in CR its beautiful; however, expect to spend what you spend in rural SE USA. You can live on $600 a month only if you plan on being bored to death. Rice and Beans and some Guaro will be your best friends. All countries expcept Panama has at least a 50% duty tax on all things imported. If you have to live on $600 per month, I recommend you just stay home. That applies to any country you might think of living, because, you won't live on $600 per month. If you can't do it on at least $2,000 per month, don't bother. Good luck on your stupidity.

  36. Terry Apr 27, 2011 2:43 PM

    Just to set a couple things straight here as far as the Philippines. If your a younger person looking to hang out at clubs partying eating out and so on your going to need allot more than $500 a month. As far as just getting by and living my wife's family of sixteen people in a village in the southern part of PI live on $2.00 a day food bill, yes that's for real. I know of families living and are happy on $400 a month. I reality if you want to live in PI and live comfortably $1000 a month will give you a nice place to live a maid and good food a little travel and some partying, $1400 a month you have a really nice house to rent, 2 maids, can afford a massage every day and eat very well and throw nice parties a couple times a week. If you have $2000 a month you basically do live like a king travel all you want almost all flights anywhere in the Philippines are $45 each way, you can have your own personal driver your kids escorted to and from school whatever you want. Oh by the way I just purchased the property next to my In-laws attached about a half acre with a old 4 bdrm house for $1,200.00 yep that's right they needed cash quick and the house is old and its being torn down right now. I love PI and plan to retire there with a income of at least $6000 a month plus

  37. traveler Apr 27, 2011 6:18 PM

    I have traveled to these all places. lived in Guatemala. it is not safe at all. CR is very expensive due to all of the gringos increasing the price for all of us. CR would be my choice even though it is not cheap

  38. peter Apr 30, 2011 8:49 AM

    live with my family of 4 in london uk and it is nightmare in the 6th year running. we left sri lanka after 10 years for the uk for kids education and jobs. can't wait to get away from here for good back to se asia. the best side on the www for up to date cost of living is

  39. peter Apr 30, 2011 8:58 AM

    sri lanka is a great place to live. a 3 bedroom house goes for £100-£150 per month. this rule applies to negombo, 30 miles north of colombo, near the airport. cost of living doubled the last 6-7 years but still a bargain. beaches, country side and people are fab. truly a taste of paradies

  40. Sammy Lee May 1, 2011 9:14 PM

    you want HEAVEN? - choose CR!

  41. Andy May 2, 2011 7:27 AM

    I'm from the UK but live in the Philippines (not Manila). Your $500 dollars a month is way off the mark! This place has gotten expensive! I reckon $1000/month is gonna be your minimum for a modest & simple life. I still earn £'s and typically take home about £3000/month (tax free) and even then it's a bit of a struggle but that's paying for a family life (nothing fancy... just simple). If you are single then of course you can do it much cheaper. "Luxuries" such as beer & cigarettes are cheap but the essentials are quite expensive Food & petrol are just a bit less than in UK. Electricity is the killer - it's about twice the price... and you're gonna use it for the aircon!

  42. Robert May 5, 2011 7:35 PM

    Hi, I have not read through but I have a question if anyone can help, I am a British citizen single male 38yr and in receipt of a Navy pension at roughly £580 a month. I am looking at living abroad and am asking if anyone knows where I can go legally?, I prefer the hot humid places of the World if my passport can take me there baring in mind immigration laws et cetara as I don't like the idea of being deported! costs like accommodation rental food bills and such, I have no savings except a few hundred quid to get me there, it would maybe be a permanent move so I would need to know immigration rights. Well thanks and hopefully someone can help, you can email me if you like at my names is Robert and I am single and bored out of my mind! lol take care, cheers.

  43. Fudpucker May 6, 2011 9:50 AM

    Gee whiz golly gosh .. who'da thunk it? U mean to say that da travel writers don't actually travel. They go place or make phone calls, chat online all dat stuff. Not da the true gritty travel buggers at all? I am shattered, gutted , flabbergasted, gobsmacked, traumatized. I need closure. How could da do dis to moi?

  44. Sasha May 8, 2011 1:28 PM

    Here's an idea, become "Location Independant". Get a job where you can work from anywhere, travel the world, and visit the places you are interested in, and make a decision about where you would like to live after that, or maybe just keep travelling :)

  45. Dale Mills May 8, 2011 2:31 PM

    Nicaragua,but be prepared to leave the country every 6 months (to Costa Rica) and keep it simple.

  46. guest May 11, 2011 6:10 AM

    I echo some of the comments on Costa Rica; calling it the cheapest place in CR is entirely false. Safest and most developed, perhaps, but also, therefore, the most expensive.

    In some cities in Nicaragua and Honduras, you can bargain with locals and rent a room with a shared bath with reliable electricity and hot water for about $50; In Nicaragua, I even found one once for $25, although it was basically a closet.

    I'm going to Bangkok soon, am lucky to have a half Thai/half American friend who has lived there for over 10 years. I trust her numbers more than this article; she quotes about $330 in Bangkok for a basic apartment with cable TV, $1 for street food, $10 for a nice meal out, and she also states what previous posters said about groceries being more expensive than street food.

  47. Guest May 11, 2011 10:06 PM

    You can live in Belize for $500 a month. Its beautiful. I lived there for 2 years.

  48. Magnus May 13, 2011 12:01 PM

    I am an expat living in the Philippines. It is a great place to live.

    Visas are just simply renewed no questions asked. So you can live for years just by renewing your visas. If you get married you get another type of visa which you renew yearly.

    Philippines has everything. Beautiful beaches, rice terraces, trekking, entertainment, etc.
    You can live on the lowlands or in Baguio, up in the mountains, with perfect climate and pine trees.
    You can buy a motorcycle if you have a Philippine license, which you can get easily. Just renewed mine last week. (two hour process).

    I pay 5000 php (110 usd) for a one bedroom apartment in Baguio. One of my favorite place to live is Dumaguete which is worth a visit. You can rent a good house for 10000 php (220 usd)
    I lived there for two years.
    Life is inexpensive here comparative to Thailand.
    We pay around 17 usd per month for electricity with moderate use here in Baguio. No aircon necessary here. 10 usd for water per month. Monthly Internet about 22 usd. To travel by bus or ''trike'' is very inexpensive. In Dumaguete you get around by trike or by your own motorcycle. Trike fare is about 17 u.s. cents.
    Here in Baguio we either take a jeepney home from town which costs about the same or taxi which costs 1.10 usd.
    You need health insurance if you want quality healthcare. Hospital care is expensive here unless you have insurance.
    What about dental work? Well, if I put it this way.... many westerners travel here to do their work here. Very inexpensive. So..... welcome to the Philippines!

  49. Magnus again May 13, 2011 12:13 PM

    Magnus again....

    So, how much do you need to l live in the Philippines? Say in Dumageute, Tagbilaran, etc.... 500 usd. 400 as well if you don't frequent bars and restaurants. I have a freind renting a house on Siquijor island for 1500 php... (38 usd) Another friend rents a house there for 3000 php... (76 usd). Yes, that sounds a bit cheap, but their houses aren't to bad.
    To live in the capital Manila will be expensive. Lived there for six months.... never going back.
    Ok.. so hat was just additional to my previous post...

  50. tomcat4 May 13, 2011 2:35 PM

    You can live indian village with less than $150 a month, my sal was $130 when I was at Delhi. I lived like that 1 year :D in 2009

  51. Guest May 16, 2011 7:27 AM

    Ive lived in Japan for 15+. You wont be living on 500 USD a month here thats for sure, some say to live comfortably you need 4 times that. Wages are high here if you can find a job. Japan has been in a defaltionary cycle for years, now we have the tsunami situation and less people are spending. Things arent looking good, but as far as Asia goes, Japan pays the most, then Singapore, HK, Tawain, China, then the rest of the SE countries. I have been to most of them. HK, for me, is the best. Wages are ok, life great and foriegner friendly. Japan is not foriegner friendly for long term residents. It can be an extremely stressful place to work as well. Many in Tokyo suffer from depression. True, its safe, but gloomy and cold. Plus side to Japan is its near all the Asian destinations and money can be good, depends on skills. The 5000 USD english teaching days are pretty much gone, you might get 2500 if your lucky. Rent might be subsidized by the company or live in a dorm, but most of the other teachers are haters from what I hear. Japan is a dinasoar, on its way out. China is where its at. I think you can live in China dirt cheap, but some of the areas are nasty. Peace.

  52. Vietnamess May 17, 2011 8:46 PM

    Only $55 can live in Viet Nam, Ha Noi Capital.$20 for rent a flat.$30 for food.5$ for phone,petro,...

  53. Jon May 20, 2011 11:26 PM

    Costa Rica is extremely expensive. Bolivia and parts of Peru are perfect for $500-$800 a month even though the dollar continues to fall. Lima, Peru offers a nice standard of living and relatively economical. (parts of San Isidro and Miraflores are more expensive than NY or LA) but parts like San Miguel or Pueblo Libre are safe, modern, and with $500 a month you could manage an average life. I think RENT is the most expensive thing in Lima. I bought a house in the jungle of Iquitos (over one million people reside in this city) and I paid $5,000 for it... in Iquitos or other providence areas of Peru you can survive pretty well on $500 a month.

    I wouldn't recommend anyone to move anywhere without a stable income or savings. Once you're there, you need to have savings for an emergency trip home... you can't even get a one-way ticket home for $500!! so do the math

  54. guest May 22, 2011 7:36 PM

    look, i live in miami and u can rent here places for $300 , but not the best area, plus you can get a beer as well 3 for $4. its all about your life style, u cant get nowhere great place for $500 including food, NO WAY,

  55. Guest May 24, 2011 9:52 PM

    I have traveled to most of these countries many times over the last 40 years. I have done business in some and others I continue to do business with long trusted local partners.

    I would say that in my younger years I was compelled at times to live for extended periods of time in many of these places. They were safe; crime was petty if at all. People were friendly and compassionate. Life was simple and good.

    But today things have changed. Once a dreamer like so many that posted comments in search of that cheap paradise I can see why they long for the adventure and the change. But to be honest your dreams of finding cheap paradise are over.

    Crime and corruption is a reality. It is just a matter of time before you experience it. Violent crime once unheard of today is rampant in many of these countries when it comes to foreigners living amongst the locals. What amazes me is the ignorance of all of this by those who seek to blindly move to many of these countries.

    Forget the way our laws protect you in the States. Forget about dialing 911 in a crisis. Forget about your money being protected in a local bank. Regardless of what you think while sitting behind your computer here in the States you will become a “mark” sooner than later while living abroad. A mark, a convenient target for the local crooks.

    Not much has been mentioned about kidnapping or the torture that follows while they try to extract money from your love ones at home. Kidnapping is big business in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and it’s picking up in many other countries.

    I can not see how one can live on $500 US a month in any of these countries unless you are a backpacker or tent dweller. Health issues are many. Especially parasites in the water and on the food. Sexual diseases such as Aids are also at alarming levels. Various diseases like malaria and cholera are available for you to acquire.

    Gangs have long made their presence know to locals and for the visitor to their country the foreigner is an easy mark.

    This article about living cheap for $500 per month. Yes it would be true if it was dated 1980. These places were truly a paradise back then. Safe with great people. Each country had its own food supply and imported nothing in those terms. Food was cheap. Americans were a rare commodity.

    The Eagles had a song with a verse that said it all: Call it paradise and kiss it goodbye.
    Well be forewarned. There are no “cheap” places to live abroad they all come with a cost you may not want to pay.

    Unless of coarse you wish to spend some money and find yourself in an American gated community with armed guards and burglar bars covering your windows. Yes, these people may be considered paranoid but either they have learned their lesson the hard way or wish to avoid the experience.

  56. Guest May 25, 2011 4:35 PM

    Not entirely true. There is very little crime in Japan and Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Tawain, all pretty safe I hear. Unless you go looking for it, you wont be bothered in Japan. Phillipines, Indonesia I stay away from. Thailand has some danger as well. If your talking South America, well of course, but I hear Brazil is developing fast. Cuba probably safe, but they dont let Americans I think for long term.

  57. Le Blanc May 26, 2011 10:54 PM

    This is the authors bio:

    I have travelled a small piece of world and I definitely want more. I have been in a constant move for a couple of years living in a few different countries such as Japan, Denmark, Australia, Spain or the UK. Though being quite stable for the last 1.5 year I have become kind of addictive to changes so the next destination is just a matter of time. In a meanwhile I enjoy surfing the net in search for the travel inspirations and some of my revelations I share with you at"

    So essentially this person gathered a load of crap off the add and threw it all on this site. Have visited all of the countries she mentioned and, much as I wish it were true, she is full of bull honky

  58. Le Blanc May 26, 2011 11:03 PM

    *should read 'off the net'

    PS: @ Nizar Kanji "I am planning to retire in Malaysia. Can anybody advise me if I can stay in small towns in Malaysia and rent one bedroom apartment food & utilities under 500 US. Which town or city is cheap in Malaysia" - not much of a plan mate. Did you just throw a dart at a map and decide to retire there?

  59. Guest May 29, 2011 11:29 PM

    Was in over 30 countries for 20 years & lived for periods of time in many of them. As discussions go, the nugget is: it depends on HOW you want to live. I agree with the people saying, 'why go to another country to pay more than what you can get by with in your own'. There are cheap places/ways to live in the US. Thankfully I did this travel & living while young. So newly retired it has to be a better deal. One thing I've learned: Never tell anyone the Best Place You've Lived in the World. It's like finding a great Mechanic & telling your friends about him. The next time you want your car fixed you'll have to wait 2 weeks to get into his lot. Look at what happened to places like Telluride CO & others because of the Buzz. Costa Rica, same; Thailand, where I managed to live 5 years tightened up their visas. I'd say if you are going anywhere, weight the options. Yes, where there is expat money there is crime. But people get killed all the time in downtown cities in the US sitting in their cars just for a laptop. "Seize the Day!' And don't' tell a single soul about it. Like old Ismael in KL Malaysia used to tell us: "Ssshh! —Don't spoil the market!"

  60. Panama Info May 31, 2011 12:52 AM

    If anyone knows anything about Panama, please email me. I want to visit soon. Thanks.

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  62. A guest May 31, 2011 11:27 AM

    What about afghanistan? Please write a review for afghanistan.

  63. Markoff May 31, 2011 11:42 AM

    I must defend author against all these naysayers, that is not possible to live in Thailand or in other countries for 500USD. I can live in Bangkok even with half, room in GH for 1 month is 3000THB, meals without beer let's say 2000THB and there are free ecafe, free bicycles, free Bangkok post newspaper on street, water refill machines for 1THB per 1.5L bottle so it's not problem to live on 5000THB per month whih is about 120EUR/172USD so if you want to have every day two more beers add 30*2=60USD and you have accommodation, meals, beers, intrrnet for 230USD and there is a LOT of money for fun and other expenses as clothes, hygiene, so you willbe still very far from reaching 500USD border. People who are writing is not possible just don't know how to save money and don't know how to adapt to Asia because they probably must have every day english breakfast, eat meals in farang restaurants and drink a lot of beers and spent money on other stupidities. Same as for Thailand goes for Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia (you can have house in Pangandaran for 400EUR per year! meals cost there 0.25-0.5EUR) or Vietnam. I'm right now travrlling in Asia so don't bother try to tell me my prices are not up to date, from last places I've been I stayed in Pai and Chiang Mai in nice rooms for 100THB, Mae Hong Son not so nice 100B, Mae Sariang 130B, Kanchanaburi nice room with wifi 70B, Bangkok many guest houses for 100-120B 3-5min of walk from KSR. In Ko Phangan you can rent house with one bedroom, bathroom, kitchen with fridge, wifi and all energies included for 5-6000THB per month, meals are more expensive, dishes usually 40B at night market but they have Tesco where you can buy ingredients or already prepared meals for 10-25B.

    Markoff (my blog in slovak language, I plan to start english website with list of cheapest places I know in near future because I'm tired of hearing from people how is everything impossible, how you can't live on 500USD in Thailand and similar BS)

  64. Markoff May 31, 2011 12:05 PM

    oh, I forgot, you can check my photo gallery where are descriptions to photos in english with many informations

  65. Joke May 31, 2011 9:59 PM

    This article is a complete joke. I've never read anything so ridiculous in my life. For that amount of money they wouldn't let you in a homeless shelter, in the countries you mentioned.

  66. Guest May 31, 2011 10:37 PM

    Harrisonburg, Virginia. 2 bed, 1 bath apartments around $800 per month, with pool. In America (sort of).

  67. Guest May 31, 2011 10:42 PM

    Are there any inexpensive French speaking countries where robbery isn't the national industry?

  68. chris hull Jun 6, 2011 1:31 AM

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  69. marie Jun 10, 2011 9:19 PM

    visa runs are costly. Ghana requires one to pay one to two years rent in advance. Food is very expen sive and so are taxis. Cars are almost impossilbe to buy. Road conditions and sanitation are awful.

  70. tropical david Jun 11, 2011 12:22 AM

    tropical david i lived in all these places trust me costa rica is out was good 14 years ago... i lived there 6 years had a resturant there..way to much money to live there .. nicaragua is cheaper and safer then costa rica but you need to travel around to find where you like there ,,but is cheaper in philippines i had places there for 100 a month food real cheap .. but this is what you do is just pay me to go with you and thats the best thing you can do ,,,, everywhere in the world they think americans are rich in a way we are ,,,,but ive lived in many countrys all over the world i know ways around these problems ,,dont find out the hard way how tuff this is... dont be a victim its easy.... if you try to wing it ,,just stay in america where you are safe ,,,but if you learn the ways of the people then you can have a great life in these places,, anyway its better to hire me to be your guide ill do all the running around for you im tropical david you can email if you like at im a small price to pay for the safe way to settle in ,,ive seen people robbed and ive seen people beaten,, ive know of people who have lost there lifes ,,and most of the time it was there fault thinking they were so smart and so careless and so unnessary others lived a great life ,,,just giving you somthing to think about

  71. holiday india Jun 13, 2011 10:53 AM

    Bali Indonesia is also cheap place to live

  72. Rick Jun 17, 2011 12:26 AM

    This has been a fascinating read. The comments section is usuallythe most interestig part of the whole experience.
    I have experience in several of these places and concur with prices being higher if you cannot cross the cultural divide, Ya ain't gettin Des Moines in Khorat. So trying will cost ya.
    But, more to my point - India.
    I am moving back there next month. It will be the third time in 10 years that I do so. When I read the usual schlock about how bad it is, I just sitback and shake my head, cuz they don't know what the hell they're talkin about.
    India is everythingand nothing like you've read, all rolled up in a colorful tapestry. It is affordable and complex. It is welcoming and filled with life affirmation. Vast in geography, climate, language, custom and proclivities.
    It ain't your daddy's Oldsmobile.

  73. Sasha Jun 18, 2011 8:16 PM

    I am now in Lviv. My apartment is $400(bills inclusive). Good quality bread is $0.50, double vodka in an expensive nightclub $1. Not only that but the girls are absolutely stunning and approachable. Maybe this is heaven and something happened to me?......I must have done good in my previous life :)

  74. Ami Jun 22, 2011 11:35 PM

    See above - anyone who reccommends Mexico and especially Guatamala at this time is home reading very old travel books. TheKillings by gangs in both of these countries makes it almost impossible to live, travel or get out alive . And both of these countries were twp places I spent much time and used to love. Now I miss them a LOT

  75. Guest Jun 23, 2011 11:12 PM

    I am from Cebu, Phil and most people live a comfortable lifestyle for under $200-$400 a month. A lot of people spend even less than that. Just don't expect you can drink and party every night and buy imported goods every time you eat a meal because you will surely end up becoming broke in less than a week!!!

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  77. Guest Jun 24, 2011 1:06 PM

    $500 is Rs 25000 in India. Ordinarily, a family of four lives on less than that in India. Out of this, they can save to buy a motor cycle after 8 months.

  78. Sasha Jun 24, 2011 11:16 PM

    I would like to visit India, but couldn't handle getting sick all the time.

  79. Sam Jun 26, 2011 9:01 AM

    Great blog. The article in itself is misleading, but the comments are awesome. We get the real picture behind the glossy travel propaganda.

  80. nathania Jun 29, 2011 5:11 AM

    indonesia is the cheapest, you can live a month for only usd 100 ( for food )

  81. dileep Jul 4, 2011 4:48 PM

    i live in madagaskar

  82. dane Jul 6, 2011 9:43 PM

    Hey i say Indian is much Cheaper among these Asian Countries. Beer below 1$ a decent meal at 50 cents, an avg room at 20 $ a day. now that sounds cheap.

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  84. Ram Tyagi Jul 9, 2011 12:35 PM

    I think India is a cheapest place on the earth. Lovely place and lovely people, only 30$ per month.

  85. bart Jul 10, 2011 2:06 PM

    I don't get you guys. In Poland we have the highest prices of gas and electricity (way higher than in the UK), petrol costs almost the same as in Germany, France or the UK (and two times more than in the US) and the minimum wage is 507$ a month. And over 90% of the whole population is not earning more than 1000$ (in fact, most of us make 500$-700$). So I don't believe people that say a man needs 500-1000$ to maintain in Thailand. I could rent a 30m^2 studio in Gdansk, Poland for 300$ and then spend the rest on food. Nothing special, basic, simple life, but absolutely possible! Two people earning 700$ each can have a very nice life here. The weather is really nice only 3-5 months a year, but we have probably the best docs in the world (and private exclusive health care costs less than 100$ a month including dents and really advanced operations like curing cancer, aids), cheap airlines (one can get to Sweden from Gdansk in 1h for 5$), very low crime and nice people. So i you have 500$-1000$ a month that's IMO the way to go. For the kick-ass lifestyle you need at least 1500-3000$ but earning 1000$ will be more than most Poles do.

  86. DTSD Jul 15, 2011 9:13 AM

    There are only 5 places in world where people can live in low budget. its really very disappointed.

  87. Quetzal Jul 18, 2011 10:58 PM

    Stop mentioning Guatemala, that is my retirement destination. If more people come here the higher the prices will get, this is my paradise.
    Don't mean to be rude but it took years to find this place and I don't want to leave, the U.S will crumble even more and thousands will flee here.

  88. Omar Ratts Jul 19, 2011 12:53 PM

    For me, Costa Rica it's the best place to live.

  89. Richie Jul 19, 2011 6:42 PM

    What a fanrastic well written practical article. Total hero- thank you.

  90. DealChief Jul 19, 2011 7:46 PM

    Took me a long time to read all these, but despite (or perhaps because of) a little bickering among the commenters, I think the discussion helped me get my mind around some of the issues I face. sure, I can be frugal for a while: rented room, wifi cafe, and street food (yes, and beer). But what then? What kind of life do I want to build for myself? Food for thought.


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  92. Shadow cat Jul 22, 2011 2:33 AM

    travelled to many countries,enjoyable and interesting .but as the saying goes..east west, home is best.

  93. yadab Pokharel Jul 22, 2011 9:31 AM

    What about Nepal.

  94. jack Jul 22, 2011 7:31 PM

    i have lived in cambodia, thailand and the phillipines the price quoted here are way off

  95. Markoff Jul 24, 2011 9:59 AM

    I'm at present time in Beijing, you can have here AC room with cable internet in nice clean modern shared apartment for 1200RMB (186USD), warm meal/dish costs 7-12RMB (1.1-1.9USD), overpriced McDonald menu burger+fries+drink is 15RMB (2.3USD), same with Subway sandwich, so if you eat twice a day warm meal you will pay on average about 3USD, so 30x2x3=90USD for food + 186USD for nice room with internet and aircon and you are at 276USD only and you are in Beijing, one of the most expensive cities in China, so much for bullshits in comments how is it impossible in less developed Thailand and other countries compared to EXPENSIVE China. for those 224USD if you buy hygienic and other stuff let's for 74USD you still have 150USD for fun in country where you can have big beer for 0.4-0.6USD in restaurant and bucket of Coke+Whisky in pub for foreigners (90-95% of visitors are foreigners) cost 25RMB (3.9USD). bus ride (~1hr) usually cost 6 cents, subway is more expensive for 30 cents with as many changes of lines you want

    if you would live outside of Beijing your expenses would be significantly lower, even in Beijing you can have your own apartment for 2600RMB (403USD) incl. everything (electricity bill etc.) as fridge, washing machine, internet, AC, (but of course for this price with quite low standard)


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  97. Guest Jul 26, 2011 9:45 AM

    Let me just put some of these guys who live in Thailand right.

    It is possible to live in a nice place for $200 a month you may be able to speak bar thai, but i can speak and read it.

    You can rent a decent furnished studio apartment in Ratchada (bangkok) for $200 per month 6k thai baht.

    This will include swimming pool and Gym and 5 mins walk to the subway.

    I am living in a 2 bed house in a private villiage just outside bangkok 20 mins from Dom Muang airport for $230 per month.

    If you dont belive me its in thai so you will need to be able to type and search thai but this is where cheap property is.

    Any website in English will charge you more whether you can speak thai or not!!!

    In fact a friend of mine has moved to a town called chacheongsao which is 45 mins from Bangkok and 1 hr from pattaya he has a two bedroom single floor terraced house with air con and shop front for 2.5k baht per month.

    I guess its who you know really that counts here in Thailand.

  98. Geno Jul 29, 2011 6:57 AM

    Cuba is cheapest and safest and guys.. no aids there

  99. Victor Anatoly Aug 1, 2011 10:14 PM

    Believe, Costa Rica its the BEST!

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