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How Much It Costs To Retire Abroad In These 33 Locales

Trista January 13, 2020
Go to the opera for $6 in Armenia. Shutterstock.

18. Armenia

Armenia isn’t the cheapest location on the list, but you can still live there for a fraction of what it costs in the United States. The rent for a fully-furnished home in an expensive area is $600. People can live in cheaper areas and rent for about $400 a month.

You can buy a loaf of bread for under $1, a bottle of wine for $3, and eat at a restaurant for $10 a meal. You will never get enough of the national parks, resorts, and natural beauty of the area. People love to eat organic food and they sell it cheaply in Armenia.

A visit to the primary care doctor in India costs about $11. Shutterstock.

17. India

There are 29 states within India, and you can save on everything in all of those states. While some areas are a little more expensive than others, you will always notice a savings no matter how luxurious you want to live.

A single person’s estimated monthly cost is about $700 to $1,000, and a family of four can live comfortably at $1,600. A fully furnished apartment is about $250 a month, and you can eat a whole meal for anywhere from $3 to $5. You can also buy a dozen eggs for $1 and a liter of milk for under $1.

Montenegro is not the cheapest area on the list, but it will still save you money. Shutterstock.

16. Montenegro

Montenegro is a small country, around the size of Connecticut, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot for you to see. The mountains are some of the most gorgeous sights, and the coastline is a great place to relax. There are dozens of national parks, history, and culture.

It takes a little over $2,000 for a family of four to live in the country. A single person can find a comfortable place to live and pay for their monthly bills for a little over $1,000. Monthly rent for a furnished studio apartment is about $255, utilities around $80, and internet about $17.

Zimbabwe is one of the more expensive places on our list, but still cheaper than the United States. Shutterstock.

15. Zimbabwe

People know Zimbabwe as a more expensive tourist destination, but it’s relatively inexpensive to live here. A single person can live off of a little more than $1,000 a month. A couple will spend closer to $1,500 depending on how often they eat out.

The primary lunch menu is around $8 a place and cheaper than your fast food type places, which can cost you closer to $10. A trip to the doctor will cost you about $30.

South Africa is a cheap place to live with over 10 official languages. Shutterstock.

14. South Africa

One of the most affordable English speaking countries to hang your hat is in South Africa. Live in a high standard of living for a fraction of the United States cost without the worry of having to learn another language. However, if you want to, the educational system is cheap.

You will never find yourself bored in South African with its diverse culture, history, whale watching, zip-lining, and much more. You can rent a one-bedroom apartment for as little as $350, eat at a restaurant for under $8, and have a beer for under $2.

Travel back in time by hanging your hat in Nepal. Shutterstock.

13. Nepal

Nepal is a location that will give you everything you dreamed of – a cheap place to live and always something to do. While you will spend more money in the larger areas, especially during the heavy tourist season, it’s a great place to retire.

A single person will spend about $1,000 a month, while a couple will spend about $700 more to live comfortably. A family of four can live well for a little over $2,000. Meals are anywhere from $4 to $6, and a quart of milk is under $1. A fully furnished one-bedroom apartment is about $400, and a monthly transportation ticket is $14.

Have a local beer for $1.50 while standing barefoot in the sand. Shutterstock.

12. Grenada

It’s easy to lose the time when you are in Grenada, as there are so many places to visit from beaches to jungles. Of course, there are clubs, shops, restaurants, and other places to mingle as well. The most expensive monthly rent in Grenada is over $700, but the average amount of rent is about $550 a month.

You can find a restaurant to eat for as low as $5 and as high as $7. One pound of chicken breast is a little over $3, and 2 pounds of potatoes is a bit under $2. You can also hire a house cleaner for about $3 per hour.

Poland is a cheaper place to live than its neighbor, Germany. Shutterstock.

11. Poland

Another country that surprises people for modest living in Poland. One reason is that it’s less known than its neighbor, Germany. However, it is less expensive than Germany and a popular location for tourists. Even in the larger cities, you will spend half of what you usually do in the United States or even Germany.

You can eat a meal from appetizer to dessert for around $5 and find a 1-bedroom apartment for under $350. You can also visit its history for free or a small entry fee. If you do decide to work, you can find jobs that pay well for the cheap cost of living.

The first wonder of Latin America, Chile, is one of the cheapest places to hang your hat. Shutterstock.

10. Chile

One of the reasons Chile is so cheap is because of its strong economy and happy population. People enjoy where they live, and they don’t tend to feel pressure to work so many hours to make their monthly bills. Of course, if you want to live along the southern Pacific Ocean, Chile is a little more expensive.

The average amount for rent and utilities is around $600. Groceries will cost you about $200 a month, and a plate to a restaurant is approximately $3 to $5. Most people spend about $50 a month on transportation. The average monthly budget for a single person is a little under $1,000.

Georgia is a developing country with a new structure going up steadily. Shutterstock.

9. Georgia

No, not the state of Georgia. This area is one of the cheapest places to live in Europe and is often part of the world’s top 10 countries that people miss but they shouldn’t. Georgia is a progressive country with much history. It is rising on the list of must-visit countries.

The average monthly budget for one person is around $535. Rent is around $300, and this includes utilities and a place to park. You will spend about $15 on transportation, and most people set aside $50 for entertainment purposes. The grocery bill is about $170.

Cambodia often makes the top of the list for one of the cheapest places to live in the world. Shutterstock.

8. Cambodia

Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, people know Cambodia as one of the most affordable places to live in the world. Not only can you view some of the most exotic temples, but you have little islands, gorgeous beaches, and warm weather.

You can spend the whole day at the golf course for under $65. For an apartment with air conditioning, utilities, parking, internet, and cable television is a little under $300 a month. No matter what you want in Cambodia, you can get it for under half of the price you would pay in the United States.

Spend $50 on a doctor visit by moving to Laos. Shutterstock.

7. Laos

Laos is not only known as one of the cheaper places in the world to live but also one of the most peaceful and quiet areas. Of course, if you choose to settle in a busy city, you won’t find as much quiet, but there is still a lot of peaceful and beautiful scenery.

Need a haircut? It only costs you about $3 in Laos. You can spend $7 for two people at a local pub or around $5 at a restaurant. Utilities are a little under $100 a month. To live comfortably, most families spend under $3,000 a month.

If you still want to work part-time while living cheaply, China is one of your best choices. Shutterstock.

6. China

One of the most surprising places on the list of the cheapest places to live is in China. Because China’s economy is booming, Chinese salaries are some of the highest in the world, but this doesn’t mean the country raises prices. Of course, some cities, such as Shanghai and Beijing, are more spendy than others.

Living in a cheaper area in China means you spend about $300 on rent for a one-bedroom apartment. You can also get your next meal at a restaurant for around $3 and learn a new language for free.

Croatia is a newly independent country that is continually growing and developing. Shutterstock.

5. Croatia

Croatia is full of beautiful gothic structures and often considered “The New Tuscany” because of its luxurious properties. The Gothic churches are something that you will never again see in your life, and the weather is incredibly warm, especially on the Mediterranean beach.

Croatia gained its independence in 1991, which is one reason it’s still reasonably cheap to live there. You only need a monthly budget of about $900 as rent and utilities are about $550. Most individuals will spend about $70 on entertainment, $50 on transportation, and around $200 on groceries.

You can eat in Greece for about $5 a plate. Shutterstock.

4. Greece

People know Greece as a beautiful country with incredible beaches, culture, ancient history, and nightlife. It’s low on crime and full of friendly residents to keep the atmosphere relaxed. Some of the structures continue to stand after centuries, and you can look out to what seems like the end of the world from the beach.

A single person can live in Greece for under $1,000 a month. Rent and utilities are about $550, transportation costs a little more than $30, and groceries are anywhere from $150 to $200. Because of the active nightlife, most people set aside $100 for entertainment purposes.

Another cheap and little known country is Albania along the Mediterranean Sea. Shutterstock.

3. Albania

The largest, and probably the most expensive place to live in Albania, is the city of Tirana. However, it’s still incredibly cheap compared to the largest cities in the United States. The country is always warm, with cozy, sandy beaches and friendly residents.

At one of the cheapest places in the world to live, a single person only needs about $600 a month. Rent is around $275 with utilities coming in at about $50, if not cheaper. You can go grocery shopping at $170 a month and get anywhere you want for about $15. Most people like to eat out or go to the movies every weekend, and of course, hit a few clubs, so they spend about $50 on entertainment.

Live among the castles and ancient temples of Romania. Shutterstock.

2. Romania

Romania sits on the Black Sea and a little south of Ukraine. It’s known as a digital nomad’s paradise as the location is one of the cheapest places to live in the world with incredibly fast internet. Most people like to spend their time hiking in the dark woods of Transylvania.

A single person has a monthly budget of about $700 to live in Romania. Rent and utilities are about $400, groceries are under $200, and transportation is close to $20 a month. Most people spend around $75 on entertainment.

Thousands of islands make up Indonesia and one of the cheapest places in the world to live. Shutterstock.

1. Indonesia

One of the most well-known islands of Indonesia is Bali, but there are thousands more. The scenery amazes people once they enter Indonesia as it’s made up of mountain tops, volcanoes, rice fields, and jungles. If you are visiting, you can stay in Indonesia for $5 a night.

To live in Indonesia, you only need a little more than $500 a month. Rent and utilities are about $300, and groceries will cost you a little over $100. There is so much to do that you will want to save at least $40 for your monthly entertainment and transportation is about $15.


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