finding countries that are fun to travel in is easy, but finding a place that you can really clear up down for a bit and call home is a whole other ball game. You need to make sure that the place you choose is affordable, has good health care, suitable grocery stores and plenty to keep you busy. We’ve been to 45 countries, and only a few of those destinations are places that we could actually live.
Sure, we return time and time again to the cities/countries we love, but that doesn’t indicate that we could live there. here are 5 cost effective countries (and their best cities) that we recommend you immigrate to! (În nicio ordine anume)
Basic 1-Bedroom apartment or condo in Bangkok
Meal In A Restaurant
$450 USD / Month
We love Thailand and have spent months on end in this country. From chaotic Bangkok and party crazed Koh Phangan, to chilled out Koh Kood and sublime Koh Lanta, Thailand has enough to keep you busy, while giving you all of the amenities that you need when living somewhere.
We found a beautiful, modern, one-bedroom bungalow on Koh Phangan, close to the water for just $300 USD / month. We have friends who have a luxurious downtown apartment or condo in Bangkok for just $450/month. Thailand is absolutely affordable, and with fabulous local foods and western grocery stores like Tesco and Lotus, you can find pretty much any food your heart desires.
Street food in Thailand is very inexpensive and delicious, but getting groceries is amazingly cheap. We gotten 6 chicken breasts on sale at Tesco for $3! Affordability, friendly people, complete safety and natural appeal all add up to make Thailand the best place to relocate!
Basic 1-Bedroom apartment or condo in Merida
Meal In a Restaurant
$350 USD / Month
Mexico is a great, cost effective country to step to. sensational mountain towns like San Cristobal offer culture and nature, as well as funky cafes, cobble stone pedestrian streets and delicious white wine bars. bustling cities like Merida and Mexico City, have all of the action and nightlife a city-slicker could ask for. even in Merida, a larger city where prices are higher, we found a great one bedroom apartment or condo for just $400 USD / month. grocery stores here have it all and eating out on the street is incredibly cheap.
There are also ultra-laid back islands like Holbox, where the pace of life slows and everyone gets around on golf-carts. If we were to relocate to Mexico, we would probably choose one of the smaller cities like Valladolid or San Cristobal. Both have the best mix of authenticity and necessity and there’s enough enjoyment to keep you busy for a few weeks, months or years.
Basic 1-Bedroom apartment or condo in Kuala Lumpur
Meal In a Restaurant
$600 USD / Month
This place has everything you could ever ask for in a long-term home. For those who take pleasure in cities, Kuala Lumpur is the best place to live an urban life. With wild, all-night bars, a great metro system, cheap food and good budget apartments, you can’t go wrong in KL. but there are many more places to choose from. check out duty-free Langkawi Island where the booze is cheap, the accommodation is of great value and there are lots of cool activities to keep you busy, from go-carts, to a floating suspension bridge in the mountains.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaezia.
If you’re trying to find a really chilled out, quiet life abroad, you can head to one of Malaysia’s lots of islands.
The Perhentians in the north are a popular vacationer destination with sensational white sand beaches, while Kapas and Tiamen are best for those who want to escape the bustle of the mainland. trying to find a metropolitan feel without sticking to the capital? Georgetown is a funky, vibrant city with all of the nightlife, action and amenities of the capital, but with a completely different vibe. The greatest part about living in Malaysia is that you can base yourself in any of the above provided cities, and then take cheap flights to kick back for a few days elsewhere in the country.
Basic 1-Bedroom apartment or condo in Tbilisi
Meal In a Restaurant
$350 USD / Month
For us, if we were to step to Georgia, we would absolutely set up shop in the nation’s capital, Tbilisi. With a mix of ultra-modern and old-world architecture, sensational tree-filled parks, riverside walkways and shaded pedestrian-only back streets, Tbilisi is one of our much-loved cities in the world. Sip an ice-cold mug of beer while enjoying street performers downtown, or enter a medieval winery and taste some of the oldest vintages on earth. Tbilisi has all of the modern necessities you need, but with a historical backbone that could keep any visitor intrigued. but you don’t need to stay in Tbilisi to take pleasure in this country, there is a huge expanse of countryside where you can explore and get a good feel for the real, rural Georgia.
Basic 1-Bedroom apartment or condo in Istanbul
Meal In a Restaurant
$550 USD / Month
There are many cities in Turkey that we would be delighted to call home. From the eastern cities of Van and Kars, to the lively capital of Istanbul, Turkey is a fantastically diverse country with beaches, bars, architecture and history that would be hard to match anywhere else. If we moved to Turkey, we’d probably clear up in the nation’s liberal capital of Istanbul, where there’s a good mix of standard Islam and a a lot more modern, western mentality.
We love the sound of the mezzanine’s call to prayer early in the morning, but we also like to be able to wear t-shirts and shorts when we want to. Istanbul is a place where you can do just that. We enjoy having drinks on the Bosphorus Bridge at sunset, and exploring ancient behemoth mosques like Hagia Sophia, but it’s Istanbul’s buzzing cross-continental vibe that really sets this diverse metropolis apart from anywhere else. accommodation is cost effective in Istanbul, but you can find even better value in other cities like Gaziantep, Gerome and Sanliurfa.
The sensational Ayasofya Mosque in Istanbul
Places worth An Honorable Mention
Indonesia – Cheap, fun and lush
China – great place to show English!
India – Goa is calm (for India), liberal and beautiful
Belize – Uber-laid back islands, quiet and funky
Greece – lots to see & do, a good mix of beach, bar, outdoors and history.
We’ve been to quite a few countries that we could see ourselves living in, but as you can tell by this post, it really comes down to the individual towns, cities and villages. The local people have a huge impact on our idea of a life-worthy destination, but so too does cost and comfort. If there’s anything we’ve learned from our time both living and travelling abroad, it’s to find your long-term accommodation when you arrive, not on the Internet beforehand.
Hotel rooms can be booked in development with no issues, but apartments found online are nearly always holiday rentals and are as a result over-priced. Not only do online apartment or condo rental sites charge large service fees, but the owners that use them are normally targeting tourists and short-let tenants. show up, find your apartment or condo and get a steal of a deal.
Our apartment or condo in China, $350 USD / Month. cheap because we found it on arrival!
We love living in new countries and experiencing cultures first hand, rather than just passing through. travelling is a great way to get a taste for lots of different cultures and learn a lot about the world and its citizens, but living somewhere is a special experience that allows you form a closer relationship with the places you visit and the people you meet.
We haven’t been to lots of places where we could see ourselves living long-term… have you? tell us where you could see yourself setting up a life in the comments below!
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