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cost and style of living in other places

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1. Posted by jayeemily (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm thinking of visiting other countries in which I might want to live, at least part of the year. I'm interested in some input on countries where living can be safe and comfortable, but less than US.

Thanks for your help.


2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

China and Thailand come to mind, although they less developed and might be a bit of a culture shock to live in for an extended period of time. If you are looking for work, english teaching is in demand there.
Mexico and South America may also be an option and they are on your doorstep.

Otherwise perhaps Eastern Europe, but it really depends on what you like and what you want to get out of the experience. Eg. are you looking to experience a different culture? English speaking countries?

It's a pitty that countries like Australia, New Zealand, Western/Central Europe etc. that were once cheap aren't all that cheap now for you guys...New Zealand might still be an option though.


3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Am on a similar path myself. Erm, been looking and on the road a few years and still not much closer.

Your biggest problem will be culture, language, money, politics and you. Not in any order. And the you means it takes a different kind of person to get up and move for good. Taking the other things I mentioned it can be a headache.

As for countries. The real answer there is; which ever you feel is like home. It depends on your personal interests and what you like.

You could live in Thailand cheaply but without residence or work visas you will constantly be border hoping renewing your visa and hoping the give it to you. In actual fact this is pretty true of most places in Asia if not the world.

Go on a trip if you can afford and if you like a place. Stay. Make contacts. And try for a work permit followed by a residence permit.

Don't mean if this is negative, it's not, I'm living that life now. But if you are serious you need to factor a lot of things in.

I hope all works out for you

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 1, 2008, at 8:54 AM by outcast ]