Moving Out of the Country – Cost of Living

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Moving Out of the Country – Cost of Living

One of the most compelling reasons to move out of the Western world is to save massive amounts of cash by living in a new country where the quality of life is comparable to your home country, but where the cost of living is radically lower.

-By Caleb Jones

We Westerners often forget, or don’t realize, that the US, Canada, Western Europe, and Australia are some of the most expensive places on Earth to live. By the way, this is true even if you don’t count the high tax rates in those countries. When I say “cost of living,” I mean strictly that, your average monthly costs for things like housing, food, entertainment, transportation, healthcare and lifestyle, irrelevant of taxes. Taxes is an entirely different conversation (though the West is the highest taxed area to live in too, and yet another reason to get the hell out).
One of my favorite websites is Expatistan.com, where you can find all kinds of very cool cost of living calculators. You can input your home city, input any other city on Earth, and get a detailed comparison on just about every typical expense you can think of.
If you’re curious, here are the 10 most expensive cities in the world based on its datasets:
Zurich
Geneva
New York
San Francisco
Washington DC
London
Basel
Hong Kong
Lausanne

Nine out of ten are in the West. Yup. (And why the hell is Switzerland so expensive? Jesus you guys!)
It also has a good cost of living world map displayed at the top of this article, but you can use the interactive version here. As you can see, the cheapest places to live are, well, everywhere other than the West, including South America, Central America, Mexico, Russia, Africa, India, and some parts of SE Asia.

Eastern Europe is also very cheap, though as I’ve explained before, that’s still part of the West and thus headed for a socialist suicide. If you’re a younger guy (as in under the age of 35) and want to live in Eastern Europe for a few years to bang some hot babes, then go for it. But if you want to permanently move there to plant your final flag, you’re either delusional or need to do some more research. I live in Washington State, but the closest major city to my home is Portland, Oregon. Using that for my basis, I compared the overall cost of living to the five cities on my short list of places to move to in 2025. Here are the figures:
Overall Cost of Living Change As Compared to Portland, Oregon
Hong Kong: +27%
Montevideo: -21%
Santiago: -34%
Buenos Aires: -45%
Asunción: -49%
Asunción, Paraguay looks to be the cheapest, but there was a warning on the site saying that this was based on sparse data (unlike the other cities which had a complete dataset). Asunción would be the most third world option in my top five cities, and I’m not sure I’d be happy living there 8-9 months a year. (On the other hand, if I traveled a lot, which I would, perhaps I’d like the peaceful break when I was home. Not sure. It’s a difficult decision.)

As expected, my beloved Hong Kong is ridiculously expensive, being one of the most expensive cities on Earth. I don’t live extravagantly but I’m still sure to take some kind of hit if I lived there permanently. Montevideo, Uruguay is also surprisingly expensive compared to the other southern South American cities I’m looking at, and it also has the highest crime rate (including murder rate) of these cities, by far. The more information I uncover, the less attractive Montevideo looks to me.
That leaves Santiago and Buenos Aires. Both very attractive, though I keep leaning more towards Buenos Aires. I haven’t made any decisions yet, since over the next few years I’m going to spend a lot of time in both cities.

One important note about your cost of living. Outside of debt, your average, projected monthly cost of living is going to rely mostly on one thing: your family and relationship situation. If you’re married with two kids (or plan on getting married and having kids later in life), your cost of living, obviously, is going to be way higher than if you’re a single guy. But even you non-dads need to be careful. If you have no kids but have a wife, or even a serious or live-in girlfriend, again, your cost of living is going to be higher, at least a little bit. And no, it doesn’t matter if she has a job or her own income. Unless you’re dating a rich sugar momma who’s 20 years older than you, a female companion (wife, girlfriend, OLTR, whatever) costs money. Just trust me on this. (And the more money you make, the more likely this will be true.)

So if you plan on moving out of the country several years down the road like I do, you’ll need to guess if you’ll be in a pair-bonded relationship and/or if you’ll have kids at that time (or shortly after), and adjust the numbers accordingly. The odds are very high that I will have some kind of girlfriend/OLTR in 2025, so I’m budgeting accordingly. (You’ll also have to plan out international logistics like a 2nd passport for her.)
Take a good look at Expatistan.com and play around with it. It will offer hours of nerdy fun, as will other cost of living calculators.
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Thailand This is a country that is very friendly to foreigners and to businesses as well. It’s also a very easy place to date — guys kill it with Thai women. They’re very sex-positive. It’s inexpensive, although not like it used to be. But if you’re looking for someplace with a lower cost of living, you can live on the beach in Thailand for very little money. So economically, Thailand is great because it’s so cheap, and it’s great for women because frankly, it’s Thailand. Disadvantages: Bangkok is pretty shitty and the cost of living there is rising. A lot of people don’t like Bangkok, and it’s really not my type of place. It can also get humid there; something to consider if that bothers you. It’s definitely a hooker culture, so if you hate that, Bangkok isn’t the place for you. But you could live outside the city and do just fine. Thailand is a very, very good place to live for an Alpha Male 2.0. Economically speaking, it will not grow as quickly as other countries in Southeast Asia because Thailand has already experienced a lot of its growth already. It’s still a growth country, it’s just not skyrocketing economically like Vietnam.

Argentina I’ve mentioned Argentina many times on my blogs. It’s a crazy-but-super-fun place. But if you’re an Alpha Male 2.0, you have a location independent outcome and you’re making money from outside Argentina. I certainly would — I wouldn’t rely on income from inside Argentina with their shitty currency. But with income from outside the country, you could take advantage of their much lower cost of living. Buenos Aires is an amazing city. It’s a huge New York-size city, and the women are cute (thought not amazing). Argentina is a great place. Again, it’s a little insane, so if you’re younger (under 35 or so), it’s awesome. It’s almost got an old European vibe to it. Also, if you live there for a while, you can possibly get an Argentinian passport, too. Win.

Georgia For you Americans, I’m not talking about the state of Georgia — I’m talking about the country Georgia, the former Soviet republic. It’s in this strange little part of the world where it’s not quite Europe; it’s so far east of Europe that I don’t consider it a European country, but that’s a grey area. I wouldn’t move to anywhere in Europe. Eastern Europe won’t go down as hard as Western Europe; that’s a big topic for another time, but yes, Europe is on its way down. Georgia is one of the few former Soviet republics that is doing most things correctly. They’re embracing capitalism and opening themselves up to trade, free markets, and low taxes, and it’s a pro-business environment. It’s a really good place to base your international business. The crime rates are also the among the lowest in the entire world; Tbilisi is sometimes rated as the world's safest city. Disadvantages: The capital city, Tbilisi, is a very small town. If you’re looking for a giant, bustling city, Tbilisi may not do it for you. Also, one criterion I have for possibly moving to a particular country is that it shouldn’t border a place that’s prone to war and armed conflict. It’s sad, but Georgia borders a country called Russia, which is run by a dictator who likes to invade other countries. I don’t necessarily think Russia will invade Georgia, I’m just giving you the facts I have. Georgia is awesome for an Alpha Male 2.0, especially if you want to stay near Europe or have a quasi-European lifestyle.

Panama Panama is my favorite Central American country by far. It’s like a little Hong Kong in the middle of Central America. Panama City is fun, and the women are very hot and nice. Panama borders Colombia; you can basically drive between the two at your leisure, so a lot of Colombian women spend time in Panama. If Colombia is a little too rough for you, or if you have a higher income and like a nicer environment, Panama City is the best of all worlds. It’s a very pro-American place; one of the reasons there’s so much prosperity is that there’s a lot of American money down there. They have a very strong economy, and they’re friendly to foreigners. On the downside, it gets a little hot and humid, but not too bad. The women aren’t quite as hot as they are in many South American countries — but they’re still hot. Panama is a great place for women, dating, and business. It’s almost a miniature version of Colombia. It’s not going to see crazy growth like Colombia, because like Hong Kong, it’s already arrived. But it will do just fine. I love Panama. Highly recommended.

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Cambodia Cambodia is one of the rougher, more Third World countries in Southeast Asia, but like Vietnam, its economic growth is going to skyrocket, and it’s actually already begun. Similar to Vietnam, Cambodia is doing all the right things to facilitate this growth, but it’s starting at a lower point than Vietnam did, so the growth it sees could even exceed Vietnam’s. These are just predictions, but I think Cambodia is going to do extremely well. We talk about finding the next Singapore or Hong Kong, and Vietnam is probably it, but Cambodia could be right behind it. It’s a little rougher so you’re going to be roughing it a little bit, like living in Paraguay. So if you like everything nice and perfect and clean, Cambodia might not be the place for you. But if you want to get in on the ground floor of a rapidly economically exploding country, this is it. There are only a few countries I can think of whose growth will rival that of Cambodia. I’m going to be doing a lot of business there in the next few years. In terms of women, I can’t really speak to that where Cambodia is concerned. I’ve dated one Cambodian woman, but she lived in the U.S. and it was many years ago. I don’t know a lot about the dating situation there, but I think if it were bad, I would have heard about it. Overall, Cambodia is awesome, especially if your priority is business and money.

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Cambodia Cambodia is one of the rougher, more Third World countries in Southeast Asia, but like Vietnam, its economic growth is going to skyrocket, and it’s actually already begun. Similar to Vietnam, Cambodia is doing all the right things to facilitate this growth, but it’s starting at a lower point than Vietnam did, so the growth it sees could even exceed Vietnam’s. These are just predictions, but I think Cambodia is going to do extremely well. We talk about finding the next Singapore or Hong Kong, and Vietnam is probably it, but Cambodia could be right behind it. It’s a little rougher so you’re going to be roughing it a little bit, like living in Paraguay. So if you like everything nice and perfect and clean, Cambodia might not be the place for you. But if you want to get in on the ground floor of a rapidly economically exploding country, this is it. There are only a few countries I can think of whose growth will rival that of Cambodia. I’m going to be doing a lot of business there in the next few years. In terms of women, I can’t really speak to that where Cambodia is concerned. I’ve dated one Cambodian woman, but she lived in the U.S. and it was many years ago. I don’t know a lot about the dating situation there, but I think if it were bad, I would have heard about it. Overall, Cambodia is awesome, especially if your priority is business and money.

Chile Chile is one of the more capitalist, even-keeled countries in South America. I don’t expect it to grow amazingly like Colombia, but it’s still a great place. I think Chile’s growth was a little better 10 to 15 years ago, so that probably would have been the time to move there. But it’s still a very, very good place for an Alpha Male 2.0. I’ve heard very good things about the women down there. I’ve never been to Chile myself; it’s one of the few places in South America I’ve never visited. But I know enough about it to strongly recommend people look into it, spend some time there, and see if they like it. In terms of big-picture issues for the Alpha Male 2.0 — the location independent entrepreneur who is non-monogamous — Chile is a damn good place.

The Philippines This one is good for you guys who want to do this on the cheap and want to get laid a lot even though you have no game. It’s the best country in the world for Western beta males to get laid. These women are the horniest women on the planet Earth — and I say that as a compliment. Downsides to the Philippines include lots of humidity, if that bothers you. It’s a little rough around the edges down there. Filipina women are really fun, they’re great to be around, they’re very horny and sex-positive, but they can be quite emotional. You might experience a little more drama with Filipina women. It’s a very Hispanic-type culture where everyone pair bonds, but then cheats like mad dogs. There’s a very large gay community down there, and a lot of women complain they can’t find guys to hook up with, which is good for us. And it’s a super cheap place to live. You can seriously build your own house on the beach outside of Manila for around $12,000 USD. The Philippines is a great place for guys who are much younger OR guys who are much older. I know some old bastards guys who are over 65 who are widowed or divorced, and they go to the Philippines and find a woman to marry who’s around age 35 (or younger!) and and still young-looking. I’ve seen it work. So you guys who don’t have a lot of money but want to have sex with women who like Western men? Go to the Philippines! Great place for certain types of Alpha Males 2.0.

Malaysia Specifically, Kuala Lumpur, which is almost a baby Singapore. It’s a fancy, cool town. Malaysia is a Muslim country, but it is the mildest Muslim country in the whole world, I believe, even more so than Indonesia. It’s not a place where you really feel it. I know a lot of high- and mid-income guys who live in Kuala Lumpur and really like it. In terms of women, I don’t have a lot of information on that. But again, if there was a big problem with Malaysian women, I would’ve heard about it by now, because guys love to complain to me when things aren’t right. So I would say if your priority was business, Malaysia would be a good place for you. If your priority was women, perhaps skip Malaysia and go someplace like Thailand, the Philippines, or Colombia. Downsides to Malaysia include the heat and humidity. Kuala Lumpur is a few hours away from Singapore by train, so it’s a very hot, humid part of the world. I almost moved to Malaysia. I was that close. That’s how good Malaysia is, especially for you guys who are location independent business owners or want a higher-quality lifestyle somewhere that’s more First World than Third World but is still very cheap (cheaper than Bangkok!). I have never heard of anyone spending significant time there and disliking it — never.

Conclusion I just gave you 11 countries that are really good for the Alpha Male 2.0 to move to. They’re not all perfect for everyone. Your choice will depend on your age, your income, your taste in women, and where you are in life. If your reaction to this is, “I don’t like ANY of those countries! They’re all bad!!!” then congratulations, you just proved my point. You’re full of shit and making excuses. You don’t want to take action, you just want to complain and stay put in your collapsing country. Stupid. Once COVID is over (we’ve got a few more months, I’m sure), find a country you're interested in and take at least a week to visit the place — two or three weeks is better if you can pull it off. Get to know the people. Learn the area. Learn the economics. Date some women there if you can. If you hate it, go visit another country. You might be surprised. It’s a lot easier than you might think for an English-speaker. I don’t speak any other languages, and I do just fine. No more excuses. I just gave you 11 countries — the next step is up to you.
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Comments


  • Lon Spector 2016-09-05 07:55:19

    Once the Palestianin situation is resolved, the best place to live would be Jersuslem Israel. Israel will be compelled to establish a Palestianin homeland. Hillary will twist their arms. Israel has lots of natural gas. It gets along with Turkey now, and will even get along with Iran. (Iran will also become a world power) Egypt too.

  • Alejo 2016-09-05 08:03:03

    I wouldn't discard Uruguay, I never visited myself but I don't think is much different than Argentina, plus they have more libertarian politics (legalization of marijuana and legal abortion until 12 weeks pregnancies), but yeah, the cost of living there is higher. Dont trust public stats (like INDEC) from Argentina unless they are from 2016 or later, the last goverment adultered every public data they could put their hands on.

  • Confused 2016-09-05 10:15:03

    The taxes in Argentina and Chile are way to high. Both countries have a progressive income tax system that kicks in way faster than the US equivalent. They are higher than in the US depending on how you are structure. I can see living in them for a few years to pick up a high quality second passport but I don't know why you would live in them over a number of other countries. I also think you are silly to treat all of eastern europe as one homogenous entity, especially a socialist one. Also have you aware that the current Chilean government is quite left leaning and the Argentinian government until last fall has been pretty left leaning as well. These countries are far more socialists than many Eastern European countries which offer low flat taxes and cheaper cost of living. Eastern Europeans remember how shit communism was and do not want to go back. Yes, there economy will slide if western EU goes into a recession but that should just mean that everything is on sale for the people who still have money.

  • Caleb Jones 2016-09-05 10:50:02

    Dont trust public stats (like INDEC) from Argentina unless they are from 2016 or later, the last goverment adultered every public data they could put their hands on.
    I know. Stats from expatistan.com are not public.
    The taxes in Argentina and Chile are way to high.
    Every time I talk about moving somewhere, someone complains that that taxes will be too high there, requiring me to repeat, yet again, that I won't be earning income there as an Argentinian citizen with an Argentinian business with Argentinian customers. Instead, I will be following the Five Flags model here. This means I'll be earning income as a non-citizen from an internationally based business from international customers outside of that country. Thus I won't be paying these high taxes you're worried about. That's the entire point here. This is why my Country A (the country I actually move to) can have even higher tax rates than my home country (which taxes international income), yet still pay less overall tax. (And if that country actually does tax non-citizen international income just as high as normal citizens, then don't worry, I won't move there.) Pretty much every country in the world has high taxes (more or less). Pretty much every country in the world has a progressive income tax system (more or less). Leftists have (pretty much) taken over the world. You can't avoid this stuff. So complaining that X country has high taxes or a progressive income tax system doesn't really mean anything. They all do! (Pretty much, yes, there are rare exceptions which may not be nice places to live.) The least bad option is to adopt the five flags model so you can pay the minimum taxes while residing in a high-taxed country.
    I also think you are silly to treat all of eastern europe as one homogenous entity, especially a socialist one.
    Okay great, then give me the names of specific countries in Eastern Europe who will prosper economically over the next 20-40 years, even when Europe crashes, and back up your assertions with economic and political facts and stats rather than opinions and emotion. I can't wait for your answer.
    Yes, there economy will slide if western EU goes into a recession but that should just mean that everything is on sale for the people who still have money.
    Correct, but I can invest and/or buy low-cost stuff in Europe during or after the crash without physically living there in the middle of ground zero when the shit hits the fan. I'd prefer to buy those assets from very far away while getting a blowjob on a beach rather than looking for my shotgun (that will probably be illegal there) to defend myself against civil unrest (for example).

  • Steve 2016-09-05 15:20:42

    What do you think of Costa Rica?

  • Caleb Jones 2016-09-05 18:32:46

    What do you think of Costa Rica?
    In terms of Central America, Costa Rica and Panama are probably good options. They're too warm for me though.

  • Tyler 2016-09-05 21:52:48

    Aside from political and climate aspects, would Taiwan be a decent option for long term residency in Asia?

  • Caleb Jones 2016-09-06 13:20:25

    Aside from political and climate aspects, would Taiwan be a decent option for long term residency in Asia?
    A lot of men complain that women in Taiwan are very conservative and that pickup and dating is difficult there, more so than China. So other than that AND the climate AND the possibility of war with China, yeah, Taiwan is great.

  • Jorge 2016-09-06 19:12:03

    My mentor, Im that venezuelan guy that wrote you a couple months ago, I have being gathering a lot of info to decide wich country to move. Even Im also uruguayan I finally decided for Argentina, is a big country with lots of options to move in, you neccesarilly don t need to live in Buenos Aires where the crime ratio is a bit high, you have more options in the provinces with smaller cities that also have good infraestructure and lower crime rates. Still Buenos Aires is a very safe city if you compared to more dangerous countries like Venezuela :(, Colombia or Brasil. Btw remember I told you back then I was considering Ecuador and Chile, well I discarded those 2 after recent earthquakes, it seems the earth is gonna move a lot more from now on in the pacific ring of fire area, so it seems to me like a high risk to settle your final flag in any of the countries located there.

  • Rick 2016-09-07 12:44:32

    Caleb, check out www.nomadlist.com great site as well. I'm 36 and I'm living half of the time in Eastern Europe banging hot babes Tom Torero style and planning to keep doing that until 40+ so it's possible for "older guys" as well 😉 My current plan of the country to eventually live in is Buenos Aires, but as long as Europe is still a nice playground (for some years to come) I'll be playing there. When that changes, I'm out.

  • Haha! 2016-09-08 04:49:12

    @Rick Where in Eastern Europe? I'm almost done with my paperwork to stay here permanently in Kiev, Ukraine. My job is online and location independant. Tons and tons of super hot women, everything is dirt cheap. I don't do daygame or night game, but online dating works very good for me 🙂

  • Caleb Jones 2016-09-08 13:59:58

    I’m 36 and I’m living half of the time in Eastern Europe banging hot babes Tom Torero style and planning to keep doing that until 40+ so it’s possible for “older guys” as well ? My current plan of the country to eventually live in is Buenos Aires, but as long as Europe is still a nice playground (for some years to come) I’ll be playing there. When that changes, I’m out.
    Now THAT'S a good plan. Use Eastern Europe as a temporary playground, and when it goes to shit, get out.

  • Rick 2016-09-09 12:10:31

    @Haha! Warsaw, Prague and Budapest this year (in Holland now), but I'll be visiting Kiev somewhere between may-aug next year. What online site do you use? I mainly do daygame @ the moment. The end of the year I'll be in Lisbon, Valencia or Gran Canaria (Spain) until april. I love the vibe over there and the hot dirty Mediterranean girls 😉 and it's pretty cheap to live over there now, all things I take advantage of. But when it's a bit warmer in E.Europe... that's where I am. Those Slovic genes, long blond hair... fuck. I hate very cold OR hot weather, so I mix it up. One of the many great things that location independent living gives you. Living as a digital nomad in this day and age is golden, absolute freedom has always been my deepest desire and we now live in an age that it's possible, so all men who desire this should use this 10+ year window of opportunity to live the dream (until the West collapses, which it will). And avoid Western Europe as much as you can, it's slowly becoming the Mordor of Europe. Plan on getting the fuck outta dodge if you're still there.

  • haha! 2016-09-09 12:27:08

    @Rick I use atfriends.ru and ukrainedate.com both are paid ones, and both have english interface, each 120 bucks a year I think it was. Totally worth it. post me your email so we can get together dude 🙂

  • Jorge 2016-09-09 15:12:24

    That's a great plan @Rick and @haha!, wish I could live that nomad lifestyle and make E. Europe my playground too, but sadly my life have being harsh and my first goal now is to move out of Venezuela by all means possible. Can you guys give me some directions on what you guys do online for a living? There is so many stuff out there but I'm lost and haven't found anything that makes good income yet. At the moment I'm filling surveys but I barely do 200 dollars monthly and working a lot, like 12 to 14 hours daily, but filling those surveys are leading me nowhere. Still doing em at the moment to complete the money for my fly ticket :/

  • Julian 2016-09-10 04:22:32

    I would recomend Romania, as the cost of living there is so cheap and the quality of women is phenomenal. Also the climate is temperate and regarding taxes and money issues, basically the medium salay is around 350 euro/month. The issue i have with these countries is that the medical system is no bueno and the coruption is basically everywhere. But other than that, for a temporary relocation i think its a perfect option. I say it again: really hot women 😉

  • Mike 2016-09-10 06:50:38

    I never understood the Uruguay thing and couldnt find the 2 year rule you were talking about - but Santiago and Buenos Aires are definitely on my radar as well - maybe Panama too if I can handle the heat. I would be VERY interested in hearing your experiences if you make it down that way sometime soon. Taxes shouldn't matter if your income is from another country, and Argentina has a 2-year passport application (if you actuallly reside there) which is nice. The current Government is also -- for once -- on their way to making economic reforms and stability. My best friend growing up was from BA and he said for the first time in his life he is considering moving back part time (he is i his 40s) to escape some of the high cost of living in San Jose. Anyway, any further info on this is appreciated.

  • Gil Galad 2016-09-10 08:58:24

    @Julian: how difficult are the women ? And do they tend to be traditional/monogamous etc or are they more on the sex-positive side ?

  • haha! 2016-09-10 09:28:12

    @Julian Romania might be nice, but I don't speak Romanian, I do speak Russian and that works good in Kiev. Also Kiev is #1 city in the world of women to man ratio to my favor and that does miracles also.

  • Caleb Jones 2016-09-10 10:55:24

    I would be VERY interested in hearing your experiences if you make it down that way sometime soon.
    I will spend significant time there over the next few years, and will be giving all of you a full report.
    Taxes shouldn’t matter if your income is from another country
    I know. That guy above was just knee-jerk defending Eastern Europe without any logic. I always get one or two of these angry Eastern Europe defenders whenever I talk about these topics.

  • Rick 2016-09-11 08:10:17

    @Haha! Sounds good, you can reach me at digimadsway at gmail dot com. The first link looks good, the second one... I'm always a bit sceptical to English/International versions of such sites. You gotta be careful they don't play the provider-game (why are they on an English speaking site?). Same goes for apps like Tinder. @Julian It's on my 2017 list, any place in particular in Romania that's really good? Any of you guys have experience with Croatia btw? @Jorge Caleb gives some good tips in his book The Alpha Male 2.0 on ways to get you started, highly recommended read. Cool blog btw Caleb, like it!

  • Julian 2016-09-11 09:32:59

    @Gil Galad They can get quite bitchy but if you are from another country they are more open.The best aproach for this is Social Circle game (this strongly aplies if you are a local but depends on the cities). For a foreigner with basic english its great. Girls here love foreigners. They are mostly monogamous( i'd estimate 60%) because they love the emotional comfort but maaan do they cheat. @haha! You dont need to speak romanian. The wide majority of them speak english really really good. @Rick Good places : Cluj( my favorite), Oradea(bitchy girls and "bad boys "), Bucharest ( been there just once but heard its awesome) You can find really cheap rent by the way ..around 170- 200 euros / month. @Caleb Im really curious about your opinion about Romania (eastern europe). Thanks alot and great content btw 😉

  • Caleb Jones 2016-09-11 13:49:14

    Im really curious about your opinion about Romania
    Can't speak to that because I've never visited Romania. Super hot chicks I hear though. Romania would fall into my general Eastern European advice; go there to bang super hot chicks, but don't live there permanently for the rest of your life. It's on my list and I'll probably get there in 2018.

  • Mike 2016-09-17 14:32:42

    Another good site for cost of livinng is numbeo.com which gives you actual costs of individual goods and services from people who live there. Por ejemplo - from Panama City: Index Info Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 60.76 Rent Index: 36.80 Groceries Index: 59.40 Restaurants Index: 57.65 Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 49.50 Local Purchasing Power: 39.34 Markets [ Edit ] Avg. Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.77 $ 5.22-6.44 Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.04 $ 1.54-2.72 Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.86 $ 0.79-0.91 Eggs (12) 2.03 $ 1.87-2.20 Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.78 $ 3.00-4.54 Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.84 $ 3.63-4.22 Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.97 $ 3.63-4.31 Apples (1 lb) 1.69 $ 1.13-2.04 Banana (1 lb) 0.48 $

  • Juice 2016-09-21 21:44:48

    I'm surprised nobody mentioned Thailand or The Philippines.

  • dan 2016-09-26 23:41:12

    There's a reason N.A. and Western Europe generally have a high cost of living. Your capital is (relatively) safe there and the government is not likely to change unscheduled. My dad has clients for his business. One of his clients told him a story.. In Venezuela when she was growing up, the political party in power wanted to reaffirm support and look good to the public. There was a large, private-sector toy company that made bicycles and other stuff. The prime minister (or whatever, she was in charge) made the company give a bicycle to every family. She just took one for each family. The client recalled "her" bicycle to my father with such fondness. Another client he had grew up & lived most of his life in another South American country. His shop got broken into so he called the police. Instead of helping him, the police shook him down. Chief of police himself went, liked the wooden clock sitting on his desk. Told him "I like this clock". The most expensive thing for most people around here where I live (Bay Area, California) is rent. If you can wrap your mind around communal living (Asian and South Asians do this a lot) you can save a LOT of money (and unintentionally fight wealth inequality at the same time). Another option, move to parts of the neighborhood with a little bit of crime. You can live CHEAP and if you have moderate street smarts and keep to yourself you'll be fine. Not to mention reaping the superior standard of living of still being in the U.S.

  • Caleb Jones 2016-09-27 12:26:22

    There’s a reason N.A. and Western Europe generally have a high cost of living.
    That is not the reason, and I've found people use that as an excuse. Having safe capital and a stable government does not require sky-high inflation, sky-high prices, or sky-high tax rates to fund a mutiltrillion dollar government that wastes most of its money. The US was the safest place for capital back in the 1950s too, yet cost of living and taxes back then weren't nearly as high.
    Another option, move to parts of the neighborhood with a little bit of crime. You can live CHEAP and if you have moderate street smarts and keep to yourself you’ll be fine. Not to mention reaping the superior standard of living of still being in the U.S.
    It's interesting; I seriously looked into that. I looked into moving into Detroit so I could buy a house for $10,000. For that cheap, I could build a concrete wall around the entire thing and get the best security system in the universe. I'd still be in the US though, so I skipped it.

  • Elkay Mann 2017-02-06 12:15:12

    Not pretending to be a pain in the ass but it's "Asunción", not "AsunSción". Great article! I'm trying to figure out how much your U$S 75,000 a year would be for someone living in Argentina.

  • Caleb Jones 2017-02-06 13:21:35

    Not pretending to be a pain in the ass but it’s “Asunción”, not “AsunSción”
    Corrected. Thanks!
    I’m trying to figure out how much your U$S 75,000 a year would be for someone living in Argentina.
    Use that web site link above and figure it out!