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Finding a Plan B: Top 10 Countries to Consider for Secondary Residency

Ecuador has been a favored destination for years in the expat community, but for many, the rising crime rates since the pandemic have put a damper on its appeal.

If you’ve crossed Ecuador off your list, any of the 10 countries we cover here could serve as a good Plan B, especially if you’re not retired yet. They each have a variety of visa options and a lot of great things to offer, including higher safety ratings.

Why a Plan B Country?

Even if you love your current country of residence, it’s an unstable world so it’s a good idea to have geographic diversification, or multiple places you can call home.

Since we decided to leave the United States and move to Ecuador, it has always been our intention to get an additional residency once our dogs were gone and we obtained permanent residency in Ecuador.

After the passing of our beloved dog, Daisy, on August 30th, 2023, we now have the freedom to start that exploration. Thank you to everyone for your heartfelt condolences over the last few weeks.

For us, Ecuador will continue to be our home base, but now that we have permanent residency, we only need to be inside the country one day every two years to maintain it.

That means we have a lot more flexibility to take extended exploratory trips to our Plan B countries.

The Criteria We Used

It wasn’t easy to narrow down our list to a manageable number, so we decided to apply some criteria to help get it down to ten.

  • Visa Options: Qualifying for a visa was the first criteria. Since we’re not retired or rich, we immediately crossed a bunch of countries off our list.
  • Safety: Now that Ecuador has fallen so much in the safety rankings, we want a Plan B that is still considered safe. It wouldn’t make sense to choose a country that’s just as dangerous or even more dangerous than Ecuador.
  • Tax-Friendly: As U.S. citizens, we have to continue paying taxes even if we live on the moon. That means we would like to minimize our tax burden as much as possible by choosing a territorial tax country or at least a country with tax incentives for foreign residents.
  • No Brutal Winters: We’ve been spoiled living in Ecuador with mild weather year round. Neither of us like the snow or overly cold temperatures so we chose countries with winters that are a little more mild.
  • Closer to the US: We have aging parents and may need to return to the US on short notice so we eliminated most of Southeast Asia for this reason. Also, Amelia still works part-time for a company in Colorado so it’s better if she doesn’t have to work in the middle of the night.

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The Top 10 Countries for Secondary Residency

With that criteria in mind, here are 10 countries that might be a good option for a second residency:

10. Paraguay

View of a colorful park and old buildings in Asunción Paraguay.Paraguay offers a blend of natural beauty and affordability, making it a strong contender for those seeking an alternative home base. With easy residency options and a territorial tax system, it’s worth considering despite its developing status.

  • Visa Options: Easy 2-year temporary residency; Investor residency with a minimum investment of $70k.
  • Tax System: Territorial tax.
  • Pros: Affordable, beautiful landscapes, safe.
  • Cons: Developing, distant from Ecuador, hot summers and wet winters with bugs and humidity.

9. Malaysia

View of a river and colorful buildings in Malacca Malaysia.Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures, boasting a unique blend of modern cities and natural landscapes. Its Digital Nomad and MM2H visas offer flexibility for various financial situations, but its distance from family and hot climate may be drawbacks for some.

  • Visa Options: Digital Nomad Visa requiring a minimum income of $2k/month; Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) 10-year visa with significant financial requirements.
  • Tax System: Territorial tax.
  • Pros: Culturally diverse, English-speaking, developed infrastructure, beautiful beaches, and nature.
  • Cons: Distance from family, hot climate, crowded cities.

8. Costa Rica

Tortuga Island Costa RicaKnown for its “Pura Vida” lifestyle, Costa Rica offers a mix of natural beauty and a relaxed pace of life. While it may be on the expensive side and has seen a rise in crime rates, its variety of activities and scenery make it an attractive option.

  • Visa Options: 12-month Digital Nomad Visa, extendable for another year.
  • Tax System: Territorial tax.
  • Pros: Pura vida lifestyle, natural beauty, and varied activities.
  • Cons: Increasing crime, rainy season, relatively expensive.

7. Malta

View of Marsaxlokk Harbor, Malta with colorful boats in the foreground and old buildings in the background.An island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta offers excellent weather and a developed infrastructure. Despite its population density and some environmental concerns, its Digital Nomad Visa and English-speaking population make it a convenient choice for many.

  • Visa Options: Digital Nomad Visa with minimum gross annual income of $35,200, valid for 1 year and renewable up to 3 years.
  • Pros: Great weather, English widely spoken, developed, safe.
  • Cons: Crowded, pollution, lacking public transport, island isolation.

6. Albania

Main city promenade in Saranda, Albania.Albania provides an affordable and safe environment, coupled with a stunning array of locally grown food and natural beauty. Although it’s still developing and has somewhat of a language barrier, its strategic location in Europe adds to its appeal.

  • Visa Options: 1-year tourist visa; Long-term stay visa valid for 1 year, renewable up to 5 times.
  • Pros: Very affordable, safe, locally grown food, natural beauty, good European location.
  • Cons: Developing, lacking services and infrastructure, language barrier.

5. Croatia

Dalmatia region of CroatiaCroatia combines rich history with a convenient European location. While bureaucracy and language could be challenges, its affordable living, safety, and robust healthcare system make it an attractive destination.

  • Visa Options: Digital Nomad Visa with income or savings requirements, valid for 1 year.
  • Pros: Affordable, great location, historical architecture, good healthcare, safe.
  • Cons: Bureaucracy, economic challenges for locals, language barriers.

4. Spain

Panoramic View of Gran Via, Madrid, SpainSpain offers a vibrant culture, excellent healthcare, and the added benefit of being Spanish-speaking. However, frequent changes in Digital Nomad Visa requirements and a higher cost of living may deter some from making it their Plan B.

  • Visa Options: Digital Nomad Visa with $2,500/month income, valid for 12 months and renewable up to 5 years.
  • Pros: Spanish speaking, safe, excellent healthcare, vibrant culture, efficient transport.
  • Cons: Changing visa requirements, higher cost of living, high taxes, bureaucracy.

3. Greece

Beautiful panoramic view of Assos village in Kefalonia, Greece with vivid colorful houses near blue turquoise colored and transparent bay lagoon. Greece is a land steeped in history and natural beauty, from its islands to its mainland. Despite its bureaucratic nature and the difficulty of learning Greek, its variety of visas and cultural richness make it a strong contender.

  • Visa Options: Need at least $3,800/month; retirement visa with low tax rates.
  • Pros: Delicious food, rich history, friendly locals, beautiful beaches and islands.
  • Cons: Higher cost of living, language barrier, bureaucracy, wildfires.

2. Panama

Panama City, Panama at night.Panama offers the advantage of being close to both the U.S. and Ecuador, along with good healthcare and solid infrastructure. While it has seen a rise in prices and political protests, its territorial tax system remains a significant draw.

  • Visa Options: 6-month tourist visa; Digital Nomad Visa valid for 9 months, extendable for another 9 months.
  • Tax System: Territorial tax.
  • Pros: Close to the U.S. and Ecuador, good healthcare, solid infrastructure.
  • Cons: Rainy season, rising prices, political protests.

1. Portugal

Streetcar in Porto, Portugal.Portugal emerges as a top choice for many, owing to its safety, excellent healthcare, and pathways to permanent residency and citizenship. Learning Portuguese and navigating housing prices could be challenges, but its overall benefits are compelling.

  • Visa Options: D8 Digital Nomad Visa; D7 passive income visa.
  • Pros: Excellent options for permanent residency and citizenship, excellent healthcare, safe.
  • Cons: Need to learn Portuguese, expensive housing, bureaucracy, many foreigners.

Final Thoughts…

For us, Portugal emerged as the standout option, but the beauty of earning online income gives us the flexibility to explore multiple countries before making a decision.

The future holds a lot of exploratory trips for us, and perhaps for you as well. Whether you’re looking for a temporary getaway or a permanent change, these countries offer a broad spectrum of possibilities.

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10 Retirement Visas with Low Income Requirements

Have you ever dreamed of retiring in an exotic location where the cost of living is so low you could enjoy a lavish lifestyle for a fraction of what you’d spend back home?

In a previous article, we explored 10 countries where you could live on less than $1,000/month. However, some of you commented that these countries often have retirement visa income requirements that are higher than $1,000.

So, in this article, you’re going to read about 10 countries with affordable retirement visas, having income requirements of $1350 or less per month, and several are under $1000/month! Plus, none require a hefty deposit into a local bank.

Keep in mind that these visa requirements often fluctuate. They may have changed already! The income requirements also vary based on currency exchange rates, which fluctuate quite a bit.

We highly recommend working with an immigration attorney who’s up-to-date with all the latest laws and can assist you in navigating the process.

Watch Our Video About 10 Cheap Retirement Visas

Common Visa Requirements

Before we delve into the details of the 10 countries, there are seven common requirements for most of these visas.

You’re going to need:

  1. A valid birth certificate
  2. A passport valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay
  3. Federal criminal background checks, state police reports, and possibly background checks in your new home country
  4. Proof of funds, typically in the form of bank statements or income statements
  5. Potential proof of health insurance that’s valid in the new country
  6. Potential taxation on your global income, including social security (consult with a qualified tax professional before committing to any country)
  7. Translation of your documents into the local language plus an apostille or legal certification

Each country has slightly different requirements so do your research and check with a local visa agent for the specifics.

10 Countries With Cheap Retirement Visas

Now, let’s explore the ten countries offering affordable retirement visas, starting with the highest income requirement and moving to the lowest.

#10 Ecuador

Parque Calderon in Cuenca EcuadorThe Ecuadorian Pensioner Visa requires a monthly income of at least three times the monthly minimum wage, which currently stands at $450. So, you’d need a monthly income of at least $1350.

The visa is fairly easy to acquire and valid for two years. Plus, Ecuador doesn’t tax social security income, unlike some other countries.

If you have a university degree, you might qualify for the Professional Visa, which doesn’t have any income requirement.

See Also: Ecuador Temporary Resident Visas

Why Ecuador?

Ecuador is a paradise for retirees, thanks to its stable weather, low cost of living, and excellent healthcare system.

The country’s economy operates on the U.S. dollar, which eliminates currency conversion hassles and offers more stability. There’s no hyperinflation like some of the other countries on this list.

Ecuador’s varied landscape, ranging from the Amazon rainforest to Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands, is simply captivating.

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#9 Paraguay

Aerial view of a church in Villarrica Paraguay.Paraguay offers a Pension-Based Temporary Residency Visa. You’ll need to demonstrate that you receive at least 100 times the current minimum wage or about $1300/month.

The visa is valid for two years, and there’s no physical presence requirement. However, you’ll need to go to Paraguay to get the visa and to renew or convert it to permanent before the 2-year expiration so you’ll need to plan a couple of trips.

Why Paraguay?

Known for its safety, Paraguay is one of Latin America’s more secure countries.

Its capital, Asunción, is a colonial city with a European vibe. The country boasts a myriad of natural attractions, including lakes, forests, waterfalls, and wetlands.

Plus, Paraguay isn’t overrun with tourists, offering a peaceful lifestyle amidst nature. It’s about the geographical size of Germany but with about 10% of the population.

#8 Guatemala

Colorful street view of Antigua City Guatemala with a volcano in the background.The Guatemalan Pensionado visa requires you to be retired in your home country and you must be able to prove a monthly income of at least $1250.

This visa is valid for five years, during which you can be out of the country for up to one consecutive year.

Why Guatemala?

Guatemala is the “land of many trees,” with over a third of the country covered by forests. Its biodiversity, jungles, lakes, black sand beaches, and incredible scenery offer retirees a tranquil life close to nature.

The country’s rich Mayan culture and affordable cost of living add to its appeal.

#7 Nicaragua

Yellow and white colonial style building in Granada Nicaragua.In Nicaragua, the Pensionado visa requires proof of $1250/month income.

The minimum age to apply is just 45 years old, and the visa is valid for one year, renewable for an additional two.

Why Nicaragua?

Nicaragua is a nature lover’s paradise with 78 reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries. The country is known for its stunning rivers, lakes, and colonial cities.

Add to this mix the world-class surfing opportunities and affordability, and you have a compelling retirement destination.

#6 Panama

Aerial skyline view of modern buildings in Panama City Panama.The Pensionado Visa in Panama requires proof of a monthly income of at least $1,000.

This visa is permanent, so you never need to reapply once you’ve got it.

Why Panama?

Panama offers direct flights to the U.S., making it a convenient location for retirees with family back home.

Known for bird-watching, Panama has lush forests that invite you to reconnect with nature.

With beautiful beaches and the use of the U.S. dollar as its currency, Panama presents a hassle-free and serene retirement.

#5 Costa Rica

Picturesque waterfall in La Fortuna Costa Rica.Costa Rica’s Pensionado Visa mandates a letter from your bank stating you have a monthly pension or retirement income of at least $1,000.

The visa is valid for two years, and you must be present in Costa Rica for at least one day per year.

Why Costa Rica?

Costa Rica’s laid-back lifestyle, famously called “pura vida,” is perfect for a relaxed retirement.

The country is a nature lover’s paradise with stunning beaches and rich jungles.

Plus, direct flights to the U.S. make travel back and forth easy and convenient.

#4 Peru

Llama photobombing a picture of Machu Picchu Peru.Peru offers the Rentista visa for retirees, where you need to prove a minimum monthly income of $1000. It must be from a pension or social security; rental income, interest, dividends, etc. do not qualify.

The visa is indefinite, but you have to spend at least six months each year in Peru.

Why Peru?

Peru offers retirees a glimpse into rich history and culture, with attractions like Machu Picchu.

With 28 individual climates, there’s a spot for every retiree, whether you prefer mountains or beaches.

Peru’s world-renowned cuisine and low cost of living make it an ideal retirement haven.

#3 Colombia

Skyline view of modern buildings surrounded by trees in Medellin Colombia.Colombia’s Retirement M Visa requires 3x the monthly minimum salary, which currently equals around $900/month.

The visa is valid for three years, and you can be absent for up to six months.

Why Colombia?

Colombia is a warm and friendly country known for its festive culture and mouth-watering cuisine.

With a wealth of biodiversity, the country has attractions ranging from mountain ranges to the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, along with dense jungles. If you’re a birdwatcher, this is the place to be!

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#2 Cambodia

Angkor Wat Cambodia with a perfect reflection in the nearby lake.Cambodia’s new retirement visa, the ER visa, requires a monthly pension or retirement income but they aren’t specific about the amount. You’ll need to prove you have sufficient monthly income to support y0urself.

The visa is valid for one year and can be renewed, but you can only be out of the country for a total of 90 days per year.

Why Cambodia?

Cambodia, known as the “Kingdom of Wonder,” boasts incredible history, culture, and natural beauty.

The country is home to wonderful markets, delicious food, and friendly people.

From the mystic ruins of Angkor Wat to the bustling city life of Phnom Penh, Cambodia has something for every retiree.

#1 Bulgaria

Colorful aerial view of a resort on the Black Sea in Arkutino Bulgaria.Bulgaria’s Pensioner D visa requires a monthly pension or retirement income of at least 700 Bulgarian Lev (around $400 at the current exchange rate).

The visa is valid for one year and is renewable, and you can be away for up to six months each year.

Why Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is affordable and safe, ranking 30th on the Global Peace Index.

The country’s rich history, diverse culture, and great location in Southeastern Europe make it an attractive retirement destination.

Whether it’s the golden sands of the Black Sea coast, the grandeur of the Bulgarian Revival houses, or the snow-capped peaks of the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria has a beauty that captivates.

Final Thoughts…

There are certainly more countries offering retirement visas, but these ten are among the most affordable options we’ve found, without the requirement of a large deposit into a local bank.

Do note that these requirements are subject to change, so we recommend doing your research and contacting a local immigration attorney for the most current info.

Each of these ten countries has its unique charm and appeal, offering affordable retirement options that cater to diverse preferences.

So, pick the one that resonates most with your retirement dreams, and embark on your next exciting life chapter!

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10 Reasons Why Living Abroad Is Better than Staying in the United States

Some people have been giving us a hard time lately, accusing us of “bashing” the United States because we often talk about things that frustrate us about living there.

The U.S. has changed a lot over the past 30 years, and life has become more difficult for many. Things are more expensive, there’s more uncertainty, and people seem to be at odds with each other more than ever.

Life can feel so stressful!

We decided to leave the U.S. back in 2017, and honestly, our only regret is not doing it sooner. Our lives are a whole lot different now than they were when we still lived in Denver, and the changes are all for the better.

Now, let’s dive into the top 10 reasons why living abroad has been a game-changer for us compared to staying in the U.S.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Living Abroad is BETTER!

There are A LOT of reasons why living abroad is better, but these are our top 10. If you have others, please share them in the comments below!

Reason #10: Better Weather

Imagine not having to shovel snow or rely on air conditioning!

Where we live now, in the mountains close to the equator, the temperatures are consistent and comfortable year-round. There’s no extreme heat or cold, and even though it does rain, it’s not all the time.

It’s like enjoying spring every day with temperatures in the 70s F (around 21°C). How amazing is that?

See Also: Weather In Ecuador & Best Time to Visit

Reason #9: Easier to Make Friends

A group of Unconventionals at our meetup in Cuenca Ecuador on July 30th, 2023.You know how in the U.S., it often seems like it’s all about what you do for a living? When you live abroad, there’s a sense of global community and support.

We’ve made friends from all over the world, bonding over common interests with people who also live abroad.

Plus, the locals love meeting folks who choose to live in their country, especially if you’re learning their language!

See Also: Expat Social Activities in Ecuador

Reason #8: Don’t Need a Car

Owning a car is so “American,” isn’t it? But here, we’re saving around $1200 per month without one.

Public transportation is fantastic, and taxis and private drivers are abundant. Plus, we walk several miles each day running our errands so we get lots of exercise.

It’s so much more affordable, less stressful, and far healthier than owning a car.

See Also: How We Save $1,200/Month by Ditching Our Cars

Reason #7: More Time to Enjoy Life

Our weekends used to be consumed with errands and work seemed never-ending, but those days are behind us.

Living abroad has opened a door to constant exploration, fun, and new experiences. Every day feels like an opportunity to discover something new, whether it’s a local market, a hidden beach, or a fascinating cultural tradition.

We don’t wait for weekends or vacations to enjoy life; it’s become our everyday priority. The joy of trying new things and immersing ourselves in different cultures has transformed our routine into an endless vacation.

It’s a lifestyle filled with excitement, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Reason #6: Safety

Despite what some might say, we feel safer here in Ecuador.

There are no random mass shootings, and most crime is petty theft, domestic, or gang-related in areas we don’t visit.

Latin America might have a reputation for danger, but our experiences and research show otherwise. In fact, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of our list of Safest Countries compared to Latin America.

See Also: Safest Countries in Latin America

Reason #5: More Tranquilo – Not So Stressful

Say goodbye to the relentless hustle and bustle that often defines life in the U.S. Here, we’ve learned to slow down and soak in life’s pleasures.

The culture encourages spending more time relaxing, savoring meals, enjoying the company of friends and family, and appreciating the little moments.

Gone are the days when we felt a constant urgency to get a mountain of tasks done in a single day. Instead, we’ve embraced the local philosophy of “Tranquilo,” finding peace and joy in a more unhurried, contented approach to life.

It’s a refreshing change that has greatly reduced our stress and enhanced our overall happiness.

Reason #4: Better Mental and Physical Health

Living abroad has led to a transformation in both our mental and physical health. We’ve shed some extra pounds, but more than that, we’ve learned to let go of the need to control every aspect of our lives.

Challenges are no longer obstacles but adventures waiting to be experienced. Even small triumphs, like conversing in Spanish or understanding how to navigate the local systems, feel incredibly rewarding.

Embracing this new lifestyle has taught us to trust the process and savor the journey, leading to a much richer and more fulfilling experience.

Reason #3: Better Healthcare

One aspect of living abroad that’s really amazed us is the quality and accessibility of healthcare.

Gone are the days of waiting weeks for a doctor’s appointment or paying exorbitant fees for medications. Here, we can see a doctor within a few days, and labs and tests are available super fast.

Doctors take their time with patients, offering personal attention and even house calls. The equipment and procedures are current, reflecting modern medical practices.

And the best part? The costs are 70% to 90% less than what we used to pay in the U.S.

Quality healthcare that doesn’t break the bank has added a whole new level of comfort and security to our lives. It’s a benefit we truly value and one that often surprises our friends back home.

See Also: Our Ecuador Healthcare Experience

Reason #2: Lower Cost of Living

Who doesn’t want to live well without spending a fortune? That’s exactly what we’ve found abroad.

We’re enjoying a lifestyle that costs roughly a third of what it would back in Denver, Colorado.

Within three years, we were able to pay off all our debt, and now we’re comfortably saving for retirement. The consistency in costs means we can plan trips, dine out, and indulge in hobbies without the constant worry about finances.

It’s not about living cheaply; it’s about living richly without the hefty price tag. The financial freedom and peace of mind we’ve found here have added a new dimension of joy to our lives.

We pay a lot less for a much higher quality of life, and we’re incredibly thankful for that.

See Also: Cost of Living in Ecuador

Reason #1: More Freedom

The concept of freedom takes on a whole new meaning when you step away from a life tied to jobs you don’t enjoy, just to afford health insurance or the high cost of living.

For us, living abroad has opened the doors to real, tangible freedom. We’re no longer confined to the 9-to-5 grind (or 8-to-6 or 7-to-7); we’re thriving on our own terms.

We earn enough from our YouTube and blogging business to afford not just a comfortable life here, but a high-quality one.

Our schedule is ours to create, allowing for spontaneous trips to the movies on a Monday afternoon or the flexibility to travel as we please.

It’s about doing what we want, when and where we want, without the constraints that once held us back.

It’s more than just a perk of living abroad; it’s a profound shift in our lifestyle that feels empowering, liberating, and deeply fulfilling.

Final Thoughts…

We’re not alone in this journey. We’ve heard from so many people who have left the hamster wheel behind and are living their Unconventional Life abroad.

And you can join them!

Living abroad may even allow you to retire early or pursue something you enjoy, even if it doesn’t pay as well, because you need so much less money to thrive when you live in a lower-cost-of-living country.

If you’re intrigued and want to earn WiFi income to feel truly FREE but aren’t sure how to start, we’ve created an Online Income eCourse to show you how.

It’s packed with the tricks we’ve learned during our mostly online/remote working careers to help you get started quickly and fund your life of time and location freedom. Check out the details and enroll here…

We’re living proof that there’s an exciting world beyond the borders, waiting to be explored. Why not take the leap?

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10 Countries with Great Weather: From Mountains to Beaches, There’s a Perfect Place for Everyone!

They say records are meant to be broken, but I don’t think “they” were talking about temperatures.

The United States is experiencing the worst heatwave on record, as is much of Europe and Asia. Records are being broken daily in many countries around the world, but there are a few places where it’s still nice and cool, even when they break records.

In this video, you’ll learn about 10 countries that have great weather and cooler overall temps throughout the year than the US and southern Europe. Several have 4 seasons, but others have mostly the same cool temperatures year-round.

You can get a 90-day tourist visa to wait out the hot summer in all 10, and you can apply for residency in several so you can stay longer if you wish.

You don’t have to suffer through the heat. You can escape to better places!

Perfect Places if You Love Four Seasons

If you still prefer 4 seasons and don’t mind cold winters, these first 5 countries are for you.

#10 Chile

Santiago Chile

Chile, a long and narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge, is a destination with an incredible variety of landscapes and climates.

With over six thousand kilometers of Pacific Ocean shoreline, Chile has everything from the driest desert in the north to the icy expanses of Patagonia in the south, including the Chilean Antarctic.

Visitors to Chile can explore the mountainous Andes, enjoy the Mediterranean climate of Santiago, or embark on outdoor adventures such as hiking, skiing, and relaxing on beautiful beaches.

Santiago, the country’s modern capital, remains cool during the North American summer, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s (around 10-15 C).

Chile’s diverse geography is matched by its reputation as one of South America’s safest countries, making it highly popular with tourists.

One unique experience to be had is visiting Isla Magdalena, where you can see penguins, or trekking through the iconic Torres Del Paine National Park for breathtaking views.

Beyond the natural beauty, the cost of living in Chile is relatively low, and the water quality is excellent for drinking. These factors combine to make Chile not just a place for short-term exploration but a viable option for those considering a longer stay.

From its vibrant cities to its diverse ecosystems, Chile offers an unforgettable experience that draws travelers from all over the world. Whether you’re seeking adventure in the Andes or relaxation on the Pacific beaches, Chile provides endless opportunities for exploration and enjoyment.

#9 Uruguay

Montevideo Uruguay

Uruguay, a South American country known for its vibrant culture and high-quality lifestyle, enjoys four distinct seasons, though they are not as extreme as in some other countries. Winters in Uruguay are mild and don’t get cold enough for snow.

During the North American summers, temperatures in Montevideo, the capital city, are refreshingly cool, ranging in the 50s and 60s (around 10-15 C). This makes it a perfect destination for those looking to escape the heat.

Uruguay is well-regarded for its tranquility, affordable healthcare, and “live and let live” mentality. It has even taken progressive steps in recent years, such as legalizing marijuana. This creates a unique atmosphere that many foreign residents and tourists find appealing.

The country’s art, culture, and history are diverse and fascinating. From exploring the eclectic streets of Montevideo to relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay offers a rich experience for all visitors.

The relatively low cost of living, combined with a high quality of life, makes Uruguay a popular destination, whether for a summer getaway or a more extended stay.

#8 Ireland

Kinsale Ireland

Ireland, affectionately known as the Emerald Isle due to its lush greenery, enjoys a climate of four milder seasons.

The hottest month in Dublin is July, with temperatures in the 60s (around 15-20 C), while in the south, Cork experiences slightly warmer temperatures in the 70s (around 21-26 C).

Though it does snow in winter, the snowfall in Ireland is seldom heavy. The country’s weather is often gray and rainy, which lends to the lush landscapes that have made Ireland famous.

Beyond its weather, Ireland is a land filled with rich folklore, culture, modern cities, and incredible scenery.

Whether you’re seeking to kiss the Blarney Stone, a legendary act that bestows the kisser with eloquence and skill at flattery, or enjoy the thriving arts scene in cities like Galway, Ireland offers a blend of myth and modernity.

Though the cost of living can be on the higher side, the quality of life and the warmth of the Irish people make Ireland a highly popular destination with expats.

From the rugged cliffs of Moher to the bustling streets of Dublin, Ireland’s charm lies in its vibrant culture, historical landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes that offer a unique and enchanting experience for all who visit.

#7 Germany

Rostock GermanyGermany, a country renowned for its cultural heritage and natural beauty, experiences four distinct seasons, with winters that can be particularly cold.

Summer, on the other hand, provides a cool and pleasant escape. Visitors can take advantage of the average temperatures in the 70s F (around 21-26 C) in Berlin, making it an ideal time to explore the bustling capital.

Germany’s reputation for safety and structure extends to its excellent healthcare system, making it a comfortable destination for travelers.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy activities year-round, from hiking in the Black Forest to skiing in the Bavarian Alps.

Known for its rich culinary traditions, including a variety of foods, beers, and wines, Germany offers something for every palate.

The country is also famous for its contributions to classical music, literature, and art, with iconic figures like Beethoven and the Brothers Grimm hailing from this country.

Whether you’re taking a scenic drive along the Romantic Road, exploring historic castles, or enjoying Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany’s blend of modernity and tradition makes it a captivating destination.

The blend of cultural festivals, natural landscapes, and historical sites offers a rich and varied experience that appeals to a wide range of travelers.

#6 Czech Republic

Prague Czech Republic

The Czech Republic, a landlocked country in Central Europe, offers a blend of modernity and history that is appealing to both tourists and expats.

With all four seasons, the Czech Republic can have harsh winters with temperatures dipping below zero (-15 C), while summers in Prague are moderate with temperatures in the 70s (around 21-26 C).

What makes the Czech Republic stand out is its excellent public transport system, allowing easy and cheap travel within the country. This accessibility opens the door to explore beautiful parks, mountains, the rich history of cities like Prague, and the many other hidden gems scattered throughout the country.

Attractions such as Podyji National Park, with its ice caves, vineyards, incredible views, and medieval ruins, are a must-see.

Prague Castle is another significant landmark. It’s almost a thousand years old and one of the largest in terms of area.

The cost of living in the Czech Republic is also attractive, averaging around $2,000 per month per person. This affordability, coupled with the country’s rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and vibrant art scene, makes the Czech Republic a compelling destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves in Central European charm.

Whether you’re exploring the ancient streets of Prague or hiking in the scenic countryside, the Czech Republic offers a diverse and enriching experience.

Countries for Mountain and Beach Lovers

If you want both the mountains and the beach, consider these 2 countries (although, the mountains will be cooler).

#5 Mexico

San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Mexico, often thought of as a destination to escape the cold winters of North America, has much more to offer than just its beautiful beaches.

Along with its tropical coastline, Mexico is home to a variety of mountain towns, where temperatures often linger in the pleasant 70s and 80s (around 21-27 C).

Cities like Lake Chapala and Ajijic, elevated at 5000 feet (1500 meters), and the colonial cities of Guanajuato (6600 feet / 2000 meters) and San Miguel de Allende (6200 feet / 1900 meters), offer cooler climates. Their locations, close to major urban areas like Guadalajara and Mexico City, provide convenient access to more bustling locales.

Mexico is not just about its climate. It’s a country rich in history and culture, with large and welcoming expat communities. The affordability of living in Mexico adds to its allure, with many tourists finding themselves tempted to extend their stays.

Whether you’re exploring ancient Mayan ruins, enjoying vibrant street festivals, or relaxing in a mountain town with a local cup of coffee, Mexico offers a multifaceted experience. From the coastal beauty of Cancún to the artistic charm of Mexico City, every visitor can find something to love in this diverse and enchanting country.

#4 Panama

Boquete Panama

Panama, a country known for its tropical allure, offers a climate that is divided into two primary seasons: wet and dry.

While the coastal areas can get hot, the mountain towns provide a moderate refuge during the summer with temperatures often in the 70s (around 21-26 C).

One such town, Boquete, is very popular with both tourists and expats. While rainier during the summer months, it doesn’t rain all the time, and the rainiest months are typically September and October.

Panama’s appeal goes beyond its weather. With a variety of visa options and an overall affordable cost of living, it’s a welcoming destination for both short-term visitors and those looking to settle down.

Whether you’re drawn to Panama’s stunning beaches, lush rainforests, or vibrant urban areas, you’ll find plenty to explore.

From the cosmopolitan Panama City with its iconic canal to the serene islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama offers a rich blend of cultures and environments.

Its unique combination of natural beauty, modern infrastructure, and friendly locals make it a standout destination for those seeking both adventure and relaxation.

Countries with Spring Temperatures All Year

Want to enjoy spring temperatures year-round? Spend your hot summer months in the Andes mountains of these 3 countries.

#3 Colombia

Medellin Colombia

Colombia, the second-most biodiverse country in the world, offers a range of climates and landscapes that has something for everyone.

Whether you prefer large, modern cities or small, intimate towns, Colombia’s mountains and beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are sure to captivate.

The weather in Colombia is varied, with great weather in cities like Bogota & Medellin, where summer temperatures range in the 60s to low 80s (around 15-27 C).

Though it can get rainy in the mountains and humid on the coast, the overall climate is appealing and affords many opportunities for exploration.

Colombia is also known for its affordability. The pensioner visa, for example, has a low monthly income requirement, making residency an option for many.

Whether you’re wandering through the historic streets of Cartagena, dancing to the rhythms of salsa in Cali, or exploring the lush coffee plantations in the Coffee Triangle, Colombia’s rich culture and diverse landscapes offer a vibrant and colorful experience.

Colombia’s transformation over the past few decades has turned it into a sought-after tourist destination. With friendly locals, delicious cuisine, and breathtaking natural beauty, from the Amazon Rainforest to the Andean peaks, Colombia is a country that invites visitors to discover its many hidden treasures.

#2 Ecuador

Cuenca EcuadorEcuador, a country known for its diverse ecosystems and two distinct seasons – wet and dry, offers an “eternal spring” in the mountain regions of Cuenca, Cotacacchi, Loja, Vilcabamba, Baños, and Quito. While it can be rainy in spring and summer, there’s often more sunshine, brightening up the lush landscapes.

In the capital city of Quito, the high elevation can cause the weather to feel surprisingly cold during the winter. What’s attractive about Ecuador’s climate, especially in the mountainous regions, is the lack of need for air conditioning or heating, thanks to the consistent and moderate temperatures.

Ecuador’s weather isn’t its only appeal. The country also has a variety of visas that make it easy to get residency. With breathtaking mountain vistas and rich cultural heritage, Ecuador has something to offer every traveler, from adventure seekers to those looking for a serene and affordable retirement destination.

Whether exploring the Amazon rainforest or walking through the historic streets of Cuenca, you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere and a variety of experiences to enjoy.

#1 Peru

Cusco PeruPeru offers a climate similar to Ecuador but with its own unique charm and attractions.

Lima, the coastal capital, provides a comfortable escape during the North American summer months, with temperatures resting in the 80s F (25 to 30 C). Nights in Lima are cool during the summer, offering a respite from the day’s warmth. However, visitors should be aware that it can also be foggy during this time, corresponding with Peru’s winter months.

In the more elevated regions of the country, such as Cuzco and the world-renowned Machu Picchu, the weather is dry from June to September, and temperatures hover around the 70s F (22 C). Due to the high elevation, the sun can feel intense, making it feel much warmer than the temperature would suggest. While this period marks the dry season in Peru, unexpected heavy rain is not uncommon, so travelers should be prepared.

One of the greatest attractions to Peru, aside from its rich cultural history and stunning landscapes, is its affordability. As the most budget-friendly option among the listed countries, Peru is an enticing destination for those looking to escape the heat without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re exploring ancient Incan ruins or enjoying the vibrant city life in Lima, Peru offers a wide range of experiences for every traveler.

Final Thoughts…

There is no need to suffer through a hot summer or cold winter when so many countries offer incredible weather and lifestyle options.

From Chile’s diverse climates to Peru’s affordable living, there’s sure to be a place that fits your preferences.

Pack your bags with cool weather clothes and explore these amazing destinations!

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Medical Tourism: Escape The USA Healthcare Scam!

Healthcare and Health Insurance in the United States is a huge headache that can rightfully cause you a lot of distress. We know people who work jobs they hate or even delay retirement simply because they need health insurance. It doesn’t have to be that way!

Before we moved to Ecuador, JP had two surgeries on his back that ended up costing almost $1,000,000. After that, our health insurance premiums skyrocketed. It’s a familiar story, but we found a happy ending, going outside the States for our healthcare needs. 

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 countries that have better health care at a fraction of the cost. Now you can plan your next medical procedure along with the trip of a lifetime!

What is Medical Tourism? Best Countries for Healthcare

The concept of medical tourism may sound a little out there, but it’s becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason! In many of these locations, you can pay for a month long medical tourism trip and still spend less than you would to get the same procedure in the United States.

Medical tourism companies can help you get connected with doctors and ensure you have everything you need, including the proper visas. Another option is to apply for permanent residency, allowing you to stay there and pay a lot less for your healthcare. Global health insurance is also available, and if you exclude the United States from the list of places you get treatment, it can be extremely affordable. 

Let’s jump in and look at our favorite places to get medical care!

10. France

France is known for its high quality – but low cost – healthcare.  Every year, CEO world puts out a ranking of the top healthcare systems in the world, and this year France ranked number seven! 

There is even a specific healthcare system for foreigners called Protection Universelle Maladie (PUMA). It allows access to state healthcare after only three months of residence. If staying in France for three months isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you can also turn towards private or global health insurance to help cover the costs. 

If France sounds like the perfect place to get your medical problems dealt with, you’re not alone. Medical tourism is incredibly popular in the area. You can enjoy all the romance and beauty that is in France while getting the care you need. 

9. Spain 

9. Spain 

If you’ve ever dreamed of living where they filmed spaghetti westerns or where delicious Spanish wine is made, you might want to consider medical tourism in Spain. CEO World ranked Spain number 8 on its list of healthcare systems. 

This country features both a public and private healthcare system. If you’re looking to use the public system, you’ll need to contribute income tax and social security, but there are extremely affordable options for private insurance. In fact, some of the prices are as low as what we pay in Ecuador! 

Spain is incredibly popular for medical tourists because of its beauty and culture, as well as the long-term options for visas. 

8. Czech Republic

Ranked number 14 by CEO World, we love the Czech Republic because of its excellent health care, multiple options for visas, and low cost of living.  They are known far and wide for their excellent universal healthcare. 

If you’re looking to become a permanent resident in the Czech Republic, you are required to get private health insurance. There are lots of English-speaking practitioners, and medical tourism is popular, so they will be familiar with your situation and know how to deal with it. 

One of the unique offerings in the Czech Republic is its spa designed specifically for cancer survivors

7. Portugal 

With their state-of-the-art facilities and significantly less expensive procedures, Portugal is very popular among medical tourists. CEO World ranked its healthcare number 22, and treatment there can cost between 50-30% of what it costs in the US. 

Public health insurance is available for both citizens and residents, so if you go there as an expat, you’ll have no trouble using their system. It’s almost free, paid for with taxes and social security. 

6. South Korea

6. South Korea

South Korea was ranked number 1 by CEO World! It’s known for being safe and affordable, as well as having lots of things to do and see while visiting. That, combined with their available one-year medical visa, makes South Korea a very popular destination for medical tourism

We have heard from lots of friends that it’s a joy to live in South Korea as a foreigner, so this is one destination you won’t want to write off. 

5. Thailand

An excellent option for medical tourism, Thailand is ranked number 13 by CEO World. Thai hospitals are some of the best in the world, and the procedures cost a mere 10-20% of what you would pay in the US! 

Thailand is a popular destination for expats because of its exciting culture and low cost of living, so you may want to consider a longer-term visa. You never know if you might fall in love with the country! 

4. Malaysia

Even though CEO World ranked Malaysia number 34, the only ranking lower than the United States, we’ve done our research and believe that it’s a strong choice for your procedures. While the pandemic hit this healthcare system hard, they are back on track to returning as one of the top healthcare systems in the world. 

They’ve been putting a lot of effort into their medical tourism, which isn’t a surprise because their hospitals are top-notch and provide care for as little as 20% of the cost in the United States. Malaysia does have public healthcare that expats can access, but you’ll end up paying higher rates, so private health insurance is a great option – and not too expensive. 

You aren’t required to have health insurance in Malaysia at all, so if you want, you can pay out of pocket for procedures. 

3. Argentina 

3. Argentina 

Argentina is one of the best countries for healthcare in South America. CEO World rated it number 27 out of all the healthcare systems in the world. They have private health insurance that’s extremely affordable and just recently started to include medical marijuana. 

The healthcare costs are 60-70% cheaper than those in the States. There’s so much to experience in Argentina over your stay, and with a one-year medical visa available, you’ll have more than enough time to enjoy this country fully.  

2. Mexico 

A long-time favorite of medical tourists from America, Mexico is easy to get into and offers high-quality procedures at a fraction of the cost. Ranked number 29 by CEO World, Mexico’s healthcare system is 3–4 times less expensive than the US.

There are even hospitals all along the border that cater specifically to medical tourists! Many doctors got their training in the US, so they speak fluent English. There are both private and public insurance options, so no matter what, you’ll be able to find an option that works for you. 

1. Ecuador

Cuenca EcuadorIt should come as no surprise that our favorite place to get healthcare outside the US is Ecuador! Ranked number 25 by CEO World, it came in five better than the States.  

Our costs here are so low we’re always shocked when we go to the doctor to get anything done. We have health insurance that covers both of us for only $192 a month (with JP’s pre-existing condition).

We haven’t had any major procedures done since coming to Ecuador, but we know people who have had cancer treatments, shoulder injuries, and heart surgeries that they were very happy with. In general, healthcare will cost a mere 25% of the cost in the States, and many doctors speak English. 

You will deal directly with the doctor right away; you won’t have to spend weeks or months just interacting with nurses or admin staff. So many people come here for dental tourism as well, and it is significantly cheaper even with travel. 

Bottom Line

Healthcare can be such a complicated and stressful thing to deal with. We hope that by making you aware of the options, we’ve opened your eyes to the whole world of possibilities available to you with medical tourism.

Watch Our Video About Medical Tourism

Here are links to the references mentioned in the video:
CEO World Healthcare Rankings (2021)
Allianz Care Global Health Insurance
Cigna Global Health Insurance
GeoBlue Global Health Insurance
Bupa Global Health Insurance
The French Social Security System – PUMA
France Medical Tourism
Spain Medical Tourism
Czech Republic Medical Tourism
Czech Republic Medical Spa
Czech Republic Health Insurance
South Korea Medical Tourism
Thailand Medical Tourism
Malaysia Medical Tourism
Argentina Medical Tourism
Mexico Medical Tourism
Ecuador Health Insurance & Healthcare
Ecuador Dental Tourism (Cuenca)
Medical Tourism Country Index

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Top 10 Expat Countries (According to Expats)

Are you planning to move abroad to enhance your quality of life? The process is complicated and you have several things to consider before you take the leap.

Your first and most difficult decision is to decide where you want to live. To help people who are planning their move abroad, InterNations asked 12,000 expats in 181 countries what they thought about their home away from home. So in this article you’ll learn about the top 10 expat countries for 2022 according to the people who already live abroad.

Top 10 Expat Countries

InterNations ranked the top 10 based on several factors: work opportunities, ease of settling in, quality of life, health, safety, culture, locals, climate, cost of living, and language.

As you read through these countries, keep in mind that the respondents are from a variety of demographics, including younger people who work overseas. Some of these countries may not be the best places to retire, but they may be great places to live and work.

10. Singapore

10. Singapore

Although Singapore is generally an expensive country with a high cost of living, the destination offers exceptional perks for expats. Besides being one of the cleanest locations, it offers excellent housing options. Expats can get a mortgage or rent a home; remember that property and rentals may be expensive.

The small island country of Singapore is ranked #9 on the Global Peace Index, suggesting that it is safe. According to the CEO ranking, it is  #19 on the Quality of Life Index, so you can expect a  good time living in Singapore.

What are some of the best things about expat life in Singapore? You can benefit from fantastic healthcare facilities. With the #24 ranking on the CEO Healthcare Index, Singapore offers universal healthcare- among the best in the world.

Furthermore, expats vouch for Singapore’s excellent education and reliable transport.

9. Australia

Australia has a strong economy, but the country is quite expensive. Nevertheless, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney make excellent expat locations.

Why? English is widely spoken throughout the country, so you do not have to worry about a language barrier. The cultural shock is also less than in many other countries, though you may feel isolated as Australia is quite far. With a #27 Global Peace Index, the country is incredibly safe for locals and expats.

Besides excellent education, Australia offers various sports and job opportunities that make it enticing for young expats. Not to mention, the quality of life is excellent in this nature lover’s paradise, with a laidback lifestyle. Furthermore, Australia is ranked #6 for healthcare, eliminating that concern.

8. Thailand

8. Thailand

Thailand’s tourism is known worldwide and it is among the world’s most visited countries. Tourists flock to the country for its rich culture, exciting history, and well-developed modern buildings. Besides attracting vacationers, Thailand offers fantastic benefits for expats.

Locations like Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok are popular with expats for several reasons. Thailand is affordable, beautiful, and safe! It ranked #38 on the Quality of Life Index 2021 and #103 on the Global Peace Index.

Besides having a low cost of living and crime rate, Thailand boasts stunning mountain ranges and beaches. What else? The country offers excellent healthcare, ranking #13 on CEO Healthcare Index. Not to forget, Thai cuisine is loved among expats.

7. Vietnam

7. Vietnam

It may not be as popular a country, but Vietnam is great for expats looking to move abroad. Whether you are a young individual or a retiree with kids, this country will not disappoint.

Vietnam has a sizeable expat community of close to 100k. However, more expats are choosing it, thanks to the excellent advantages. While it has a lot to offer, the low cost of living in the growing economy should be compelling enough. The best part is that you can find incredible luxury rentals at super-affordable rates.

What else? Vietnam has an exceptionally low crime rate- ranked #44 on Global Peace Index. It is generally safe, so you can rest assured that residing in the country will not risk your family’s safety. Vietnam’s healthcare is also reasonably good; it ranks #66 on CEO Healthcare Index.

6. United Arab Emirates- UAE

6. United Arab Emirates- UAE

The United Arab Emirates comprises seven emirates, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi being the most popular. It is among the top expat locations regarding the diverse people in the UAE expat community.

No income tax policy and a wide range of job opportunities are the primary reasons expats prefer the UAE. Although the cost of living is high in these emirates, the incredible cities with stunning infrastructure and beaches make them worth moving in.

While Arabic is the primary language in UAE, nearly everyone, including locals and expats, speaks English as a communication medium. Most expats do not experience much of a cultural shock, though the UAE is quite conservative as it is an Islamic state.

Although extremely family-friendly, women’s rights may be restrictive. Additionally, you must dress modestly in public in all UAE, with each emirate having its laws. For instance, Sharjah bans mingling with individuals of the opposite gender unless you are married to them.

Nevertheless, UAE offers excellent education, safety, and healthcare, among other benefits. It ranks #60 on the Global Peace Index and #20 for healthcare according to CEO World.

5. Spain

Are you an expat looking to move to a country with a laid-back vibe? Spain should be your number-one choice; it offers several incredible benefits for expats!

The European country is known for its rich culture and history, modern cities with a stunning infrastructure, and beautiful natural attractions. Every year, many tourists flock to Spain to have a relaxing vacation.

That said, Spain is just as popular among expats, and rightfully so. The country is ranked high on the Quality of Life Index, coming in at #20, and it is ranked extremely high for health care; CEO World ranks it #8.  Though petty crimes may be a problem, it is a highly safe country. It ranks #29 on the Global Peace Index. Spain boasts pleasant year-round weather, with lots of sun. While it can get dry and hot during the summers, expats enjoy the warm climate.

It is affordable, with popular locations like Barcelona and Madrid comparatively expensive. While it offers many benefits, the language barrier can pose difficulty as English is not as widely spoken.

4. Portugal

Besides being a popular tourist location, Portugal is excellent for relocating. Expats love the country for its friendly environment and locals, rich culture and culture, and great food and wine. It is incredibly family-friendly; perfect for expat couples with kids.

The country is affordable and has a generally low cost of living, though the energy costs have increased in recent years. The housing options may also be a little expensive in popular expat areas.

The high rates are mainly due to the increasing demand for rentals in these locations. Therefore, you might want to avoid homes in areas like Porto and Lisbon. Coimbra, Viseu, and Braga are the more affordable options.

Additionally, Portugal has a low crime rate, ranking #6 on the Global Peace Index. Not to mention, the country offers good healthcare for its residents; it ranked #22 on CEO Healthcare Index.

3. Taiwan

3. Taiwan

InterNations ranked Taiwan third out of ten expat countries for its excellent benefits and facilities.

New Taipei City, Taoyuan, and Kaohsiung are most preferred by individuals and families looking to relocate, with Taipei topping the list. A large number of English speakers is one of the significant reasons for Taipei’s popularity among expats.

Apart from the language ease, Taiwan is known for its friendly locals who never fail to make expats feel welcomed. The locals are incredibly accepting of Westerners, so you do not need to worry about adjusting.

Taiwan is generally safe for locals, expats, and visitors, ranking #20 on the Global Peace Index. The country ranked #15 on the Quality of Life 2021 Index, thanks to the solid infrastructure, reliable transport, and affordability.

What is the best part? Taiwan ranks number #2 on Healthcare Index- promising medical help for everyone!

2. Indonesia

Interestingly, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, comprising an extensive group of five major and thirty smaller islands.

Thanks to Indonesia’s excellent nightlife, stunning landscape, shopping opportunities, and rich culture, it is popular among tourists and expats. Who would want to miss the world-famous beaches and volcanoes, after all? Not to mention, Indonesia has a lot to do, you will love the exciting activities on the diverse islands!

Currently, Indonesia has a reasonably large community of 350k expats. The country is highly affordable, having an incredibly low cost of living. Jakarta is among the cheapest cities, perfect for expats. The huge cities boast a busy yet laidback lifestyle, and you will find significant cultural diversity.

Safety is not an issue in Indonesia, as it is generally pretty safe- ranked #47 on the Global Peace Index. Healthcare ranks #52 on Healthcare Index, though medical facilities are quickly improving.

UPDATE:  Indonesia just passed some restrictive laws that apply to citizens, residents, and tourists limiting personal freedoms and freedom of speech.

1. Mexico

Live Abroad MexicoInterNations ranked Mexico as the number 1 expat country for many reasons. However, the proximity to the US and the American lifestyle remain on top of the list.

While it is excellent for expats from all across the world, Mexico is particularly great for Americans looking to move abroad. The best part about relocating to Mexico from the US is the significantly low cost of living. The country is much more affordable than many parts of the US.

You can choose from multiple expat-friendly cities for relocation, including Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Playa Del Carmen, Chapala, Merida, La Paz, and more. Mexico has a rich culture and boasts many attractions and activities. For example, you can find excellent beach destinations in the country. Not to mention, the weather is fabulous and Mexican cuisine never disappoints.

Besides, Mexico ranked #46 on the Quality of Life 2021 Index. What else? It isn’t ranked as high for safety, ranking #137 on Global Peace Index, but many areas in the country are generally safe.  And the healthcare is very good- ranked #29 on Healthcare Index.

Bottom Line

We hope the above list helped you narrow your expat destination options. You can pick one of the top ten expat countries listed by the InterNations, according to your preferences. Most options have a low cost of living and offer incredible benefits for expats.

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Top 10 Countries with Cheap Rentals

Renting a home or apartment in the United States is notoriously expensive. And this is not about to get any better any time soon. A tiny one-bedroom apartment with one bath in Denver can cost upwards of $1,800 per month.

10 amazing countries

It is increasingly difficult for people to find affordable rental options, especially for those living on a tight budget. But did you know that you can live comfortably and affordably in various other places around the world? You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg renting a home.

In fact, many countries, including Vietnam, Ecuador, France, and others, offer incredibly cheap rental options that may surprise you. They range from tropical paradises to bustling cities and everything in between. Moving out of the United States doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality or comfort.

In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 countries with affordable rental options and why they are so cheap. You don’t have to live in the US to enjoy a comfortable and affordable place to call home. So buckle up and get ready to explore the world of cheap rentals!

1. Lyon, France

1. Lyon, France

France is a lovely country with breathtaking views and rich culture. It’s no surprise that it’s a popular tourist destination. But did you know it has some of the cheapest places to rent while still maintaining great quality?

Lyon, for example, is the 2nd largest city in France and is known for its affordable housing options. Located in the Rhone-Alpes region of the country, Lyon has a lot of charm, with a bustling city center and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.

As the birthplace of cinema, there are also many cultural attractions. The city has museums, street-side cafes, great restaurants, and local markets. The city also offers an extensive public transportation network, making it easy to get around. However, it’s still walkable, making it even easier.

Safety is also a priority in Lyon, so you can rest easy knowing that you and your family are safe wherever you go. The city has many English-speaking expats, so finding a roommate or someone to show you around should be no problem.

A one-bedroom, one-bath apartment in the suburbs of Lyon can cost as little as $800 a month. It would come fully furnished and include all amenities, so you can move in without buying furniture. You can find such a place offering 64m² (700 ft²) of space, with kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and even a balcony with a nice view.

2. Pisa, Italy

2. Pisa, Italy

Italy is a popular tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why. It has some of the most beautiful cities in the world, with picturesque views, delicious food, and vibrant culture. Cities like Rome and Florence are truly a sight to behold.

But Italy isn’t just for tourists. It has some of the most affordable rental options for those looking to live there. Pisa, located in the Tuscany region, is a great city to consider if you’re looking for an affordable place to rent.

Pisa is a university town and home to the famous University of Pisa, founded in the 12th century. You will find many places to visit here, from archaeological sites to art galleries. The city also has an extensive public train transportation system, making it easy to get around.

It has weekly markets in the Centro Storico, the historic center of Pisa, where you can buy local produce. You will also find many bars and restaurants and quaint cafes and shops in this area.

The coastal areas are exemplary tourist attractions, with some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. Locals in Pisa are very friendly and helpful. Once you move in, you will quickly feel like part of the family.

One of the best things you can do to save money in Pisa is to avoid tourist restaurants and eat at local eateries. You can also find genuinely affordable accommodations. A newly renovated two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a balcony, fully furnished kitchen, and air conditioning can cost around $853 a month. To top it all, it’s also located in the heart of the city.

It would come with a parking space and is close to local shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants.

3. Davao, Philippines

3. Davao, Philippines

The Philippines has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, a rich culture, and a warm climate. Unsurprisingly, it has become a popular destination for travelers and expats alike.

Beautiful cities like Cebu, Manila, and Davao are great choices, offering a mix of modern amenities and local charm. But what’s even better is that the cost of living here is incredibly low.

For example, in Davao, one of the safest cities in the Philippines, you can rent an affordable two-bedroom, one-bath condo for $472 a month. For this money, you can get a 45m² (5,484 ft²) apartment located in a building with a pool, clubhouse, gym, and 24/7 security, and close to malls, shops, restaurants, and cafes.

The Philippines has outdoor activities, from hiking and trekking to whitewater rafting and kayaking. It is also home to several cultural attractions, including centuries-old churches and museums.

The city offers great, affordable food options with various restaurants and cafes. It has many shopping malls and outdoor markets, and the locals are friendly and hospitable.

Living in the Philippines is a great option for those looking for an affordable and comfortable lifestyle. The average cost of living per month ranges from $1,000 to $1,500, depending on your lifestyle and needs.

With its modern amenities, plenty of outdoor activities, and friendly people, it’s no wonder why so many people call the Philippines home.

4. Medellin, Colombia

4. Medellin, Colombia

Colombia, the only country with coastlines on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is an amazing place to live. It has a rich culture, diverse landscapes, and vibrant cities.

The city of flowers, Medellin, is a great choice for expats looking to relocate. It is the 2nd largest city in Colombia, known for its beautiful architecture, strong economy, and friendly people.

Medellin has excellent weather, a low cost of living, and affordable healthcare. It has only two seasons, rainy and dry, which means you will experience warm temperatures year-round.

It is home to the only metro system in Colombia, the Metro de Medellin. With it, you can get around quickly and cheaply.

Medellin is also a great place for people who love the kitchen. It has a farmers’ market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

The cost of living in Medellin is relatively low. For instance, a newly furnished two-bedroom, three-bath condo offering 110m² (1184 ft²) of living space in a secure building can cost around $977 (3.7 mil pesos) monthly. This condo has a balcony off the bedroom and a study area. It is located in El Poblano, a convenient and safe neighborhood with plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops.

Colombia is an amazing country to call home. Located in the middle of Colombia, Medellin offers stunning views, vibrant culture, and plenty of outdoor activities.

5. Chapala, Mexico

5. Chapala, Mexico

Despite its reputation, Mexico is a fantastic place to live and an excellent choice for expats looking for a vibrant culture. From the stunning beaches of Quintana Roo to the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, there is something for everyone.

Lake Chapala, in the state of Jalisco, is a great option for those looking to live a relaxed lifestyle. It is Mexico’s largest expat community, home to a mix of American, Canadian, and European expats. Around 20,000 expats live in the area.

The town of Chapala offers stunning lake views and plenty of outdoor activities. It has a vibrant culture, with various festivals throughout the year. The weather is ideal for indoor and outdoor activities since it is 5,000 feet above sea level.

The cost of living is roughly half that in the U.S. and Canada, making it an ideal location for those looking to stretch their retirement savings or enjoy a lower cost of living. A 140m² (1,500 ft²) single-family home in a gated community can be as low as $800 per month. It would come fully furnished, with a gardener, internet, cable, and a pool included in the offering.

Ajijic is another charming fishing village with more expats located near Lake Chapala. However, it is slightly more expensive than Chapala. Guadalajara airport is only 1 hour away, making it easy to travel in and out of the area.

6. Cuenca, Ecuador

6. Cuenca, Ecuador

Ecuador uses the same currency as the U.S., the American dollar, making it easy to use for expats. With its stunning landscapes and breathtaking views, Ecuador is an ideal place to live for those looking for a relaxed lifestyle.

Ecuador is home to numerous cities, each offering its own unique culture and environment. Cuenca, located in southern Ecuador, is a great choice for those seeking an affordable and tranquil lifestyle. It has a vibrant culture, with various festivals throughout the year.

Cuenca is known for its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. It is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its stunning architecture and beauty. The city is surrounded by majestic mountains, volcanos, lush vegetation, and numerous rivers.

The great restaurants and unique shops make Cuenca a great place for foodies. It also has plenty of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, bird watching, and more. Cuenca is walkable, but public transportation is also available.

Ecuador has many visa options for expats, ranging from retirement to digital nomad visas. It has a lower cost of living than most places in the U.S. and Canada, making it an ideal place to live. A three-bedroom, three-bath house with a courtyard and fountain can cost around $800.

The example we’re looking at is a 1,800 ft² house that comes fully furnished and includes a master bedroom, shower, jacuzzi bathtub, and an outdoor deck. It is located in El Vergel, a neighborhood in Cuenca known for its safety and convenience. The tap water is drinkable, and the electricity service is reliable.

The great thing about Ecuador is that it offers a mix of culture, nature, and affordability. Cuenca is the perfect place for expats to live comfortably, explore the beautiful scenery, and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle.

7. Da Nang, Vietnam

7. Da Nang, Vietnam

From its vibrant cities to its stunning countryside, Vietnam is a great destination for expats looking for adventure. It is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and has a low cost of living. The average cost of living ranges from $1,000 to $1,500 per month, depending on the city.

Da Nang is known for its stunning beaches, spectacular mountain views, and vibrant culture. It has two world-class golf courses, a bustling nightlife scene, and plenty of outdoor activities. There are various international schools for expats interested in staying long-term in Vietnam.

Da Nang is a highly livable city due to its clean and friendly environment. It is known for its lush vegetation, spectacular views, and vibrant culture. Many expats have decided to call Da Nang home due to the low cost of living and numerous attractions.

You need a visa or visa approval letter to stay in Vietnam for over 15 days. You can apply for a Vietnamese multi-entry visa, which allows you to stay up to three months in the country. In addition, there are various work visas available for those seeking to stay long-term.

The cost of living in Da Nang is fairly low, with a luxury two-bedroom, fully-furnished apartment, with a large master bedroom, internet, and air conditioning, costing around $850 per month.

Da Nang in Vietnam is a great destination for expats who want to explore the culture, enjoy the stunning scenery, and live affordably.

8. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

8. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodia is a fantastic destination with stunning beaches, plenty of outdoor activities, and vibrant culture. It is known for its rich history, lush vegetation, and beautiful temples. The cost of living in Cambodia is fairly low, and most expats can live comfortably on a budget.

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and the most populous city in the country. It is a great destination for expats due to its natural beauty, vibrant culture, and low cost of living. The city is known for its bustling nightlife scene and numerous attractions.

You can walk around the city to explore its attractions, such as the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, or take a tuk-tuk for a more comfortable ride. There are also plenty of restaurants, cafes, and markets that cater to all kinds of budgets.

Expats looking to stay long-term in Cambodia must apply for a work permit. The work permit is valid for one year and can be renewed. In addition, you need to have a valid passport and provide proof of sufficient funds to receive a visa.

The cost of living in Phnom Penh is fairly low, with a luxury two-bedroom apartment costing around $600 per month. For this money, you can rent an 85m² (910 ft²) apartment located in a central area and which comes fully furnished and has a large master bedroom, internet, and air conditioning.

Phnom Penh in Cambodia is an excellent destination for expats looking to explore the city’s culture, enjoy the stunning scenery, and live affordably.

9. Atenas, Costa Rica

9. Atenas, Costa Rica

One of the smallest countries in Central America, Costa Rica is a popular destination for expats. It has stunning beaches, amazing rainforest hikes, and vibrant culture.

Atenas is a small city in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and one of the most popular destinations for expats. It is known for its peaceful atmosphere, stunning views, and friendly people.

The cost of living in Atenas is relatively low, with a luxury two-bedroom apartment costing around $625 per month. Such an apartment would provide 90m² (970 ft²) of living space, would come fully furnished, and would include internet, air conditioning, and a large master bedroom.

While in Atenas, you can explore the city’s culture by visiting the local markets and churches or take a guided tour of the nearby rainforests.

The Costa Rican government requires expats to obtain a valid residency permit through the National Immigration Office. You must provide proof of sufficient funds and a valid passport to receive the permit.

The residency permit is valid for one year, and you can renew it after the expiration date. Costa Rica is a great destination if you want to explore the country’s culture, enjoy its stunning scenery, and live affordably.

10. Chaves, Portugal

10. Chaves, Portugal

Portugal is the oldest nation in Western Europe, known for its stunning beaches, beautiful architecture, and delicious cuisine. It is an increasingly popular destination for expats due to its high quality of life and low cost of living.

Chaves, located in northern Portugal, is one of the best places to rent in the country. It is a small city with plenty of attractions, including a castle, old churches, and numerous parks.

Despite being a small city, Chaves is home to all the necessary amenities. A luxury two-bedroom apartment costs around $650 per month. This price is inclusive of internet and air conditioning.

For this money, you’ll get a 90m² (970 ft²) apartment that comes fully furnished and is located near the city center with easy access to restaurants, shops, and other attractions.

Chaves is 10km south of the Spanish border, making it an excellent base for exploring Portugal and Spain. The area is also known for its hot springs, which are a great way to relax and unwind.

The residents of Chaves are warm and welcoming, providing a great atmosphere for expats. They are also friendly to tourists, making exploring the city and its culture easy.

Takeaway

Living as an expat abroad can be a great experience. From the vibrant culture of Ecuador to the stunning scenery of Vietnam, there is something for everyone. Each country offers something unique with its low cost of living and great amenities.

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Best Countries for Expats Who Speak English

When you’re planning your move abroad, learning a new language may be too much hassle on top of everything else you need to do before you leave home. You might feel a lot more comfortable if you can just speak English.

In this article, we discuss the top 10 popular expat destinations where you can speak English. You’ll learn about the pros and cons of each, and the visa requirements for these destinations.

10 Best Places Where English Is Spoken

10 Popular Expat Destinations Where You Can Speak English

The countries in this list have a lot to offer, and expats can find a community of English speakers. There are other factors that we have also covered to help you with the decision-making process.

10. George Town, Malaysia

George Town is a beautiful place situated on Penang Island off the west coast of Malaysia in the Straits of Malacca.

One of the best things about moving to Malaysia is that it is affordable. George Town is an ideal place for English speakers and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Visas

Malaysia offers a digital nomad visa for which you must show an annual income of $24,000 (109,799 Ringgits). It is valid for 12 months, but you can extend it for 12 months. Additionally, they have a 10-year permanent resident visa, but it has much steeper conditions.

You have to show a monthly income of $8500 (40,000 Ringgits) per month at current exchange rates. Also, you need to deposit $213,000 (1M ringgit) in the bank account.

Pros

Buddhist temple Kek Lok Si, Georgetown, Penang island, Malaysia

The place is famous for its fantastic architecture, cuisine, and culture. It is a highly developed area with robust infrastructure, rich history, and beautiful scenery. Moreover, it has an optimal healthcare system and a large expat community, with many English speakers.

Cons

The weather is hot and humid and there are monsoons/flash flooding. Also, moving there can be a bit expensive, and the poor traffic can be a culture shock to many. It is best to learn some Malay since most people outside of George Town don’t speak English.

9. Cyprus

Cyprus ExpatsCyprus is an Island on the eastern end of the Mediterranean, south of Turkey. A lot of people speak English since the island was a British colony. The best thing about Cyprus is its fantastic weather and high quality of life.

Visas

Cyprus offers a digital nomad visa for 1 year, but you must show a minimum income of €3500/$3500 per month. You can also get an investment visa by investing a minimum of €300,000/$300,000 in the real estate market or anything other than Cyprus investment.

Pros

It is said to be the sunniest place in Europe, with incredible history and culture. Also, the high quality of living, healthcare, and open-air markets for grocery shopping make it an optimal choice. Plus, it has a lower cost of living than the US and other European countries.

Cons

Although safe, there is a chance of tourist scams or pickpocketing. Moreover, there are issues with the bureaucracy and the transportation system, and the government confiscated money from depositors during the banking crisis in 2013.

8. Malta

8. Malta

Malta consists of 5 islands in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African shore. It’s called an archipelago and is a popular tourist destination due to its historical sites dating back to the time of the Romans and Moors. Additionally, the country has fantastic beaches and water activities, cafes, and a lot to offer.

Visas

The Malta Permanent Residence Program (MPRP) allows you to get residency in this country. However, it can come at a high cost since you need €500,000/$500,000 as an investment, out of which a minimum of €150,000 needs to be in assets.

Also, you should have a property valued at a minimum of €300,000/$300,000 or rent of €10,000/$10,000 to €12,000/$12,000 per annum. Additionally, you need to renew the MPRP every five years.

Pros

It has an excellent climate, weather, outdoor activities, and historical sites. English is the primary language, and you can find people from all over the world.

Cons

As a popular tourist destination, some areas are very crowded and the visa requirements can be a challenge. They eliminated their program to buy citizenship, but this wasn’t an option for most people.

7. Barbados

7. Barbados

If you want to find a high-end place close to the US, then Barbados is the ideal choice. The region’s colonial past is the primary reason many people speak English. You’ll also find many UK and US people on this island.

Visas

As a US citizen, you can stay there for six months on a tourist visa. You can also apply for a digital nomad visa, allowing you to stay and work there for 12 months. However, you need to show an income of $50,000 per annum or have the same amount in savings.

It has 2 types of retirement visas to apply for a temporary residence visa. Additionally, the Special Entry Permit allows property owners with a property valued at $150,000 or more to come and go as they please.

Pros

The capital is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Additionally, it is famous for historic sites, active nightlife, incredible beaches, and much more! Furthermore, Barbados has the best healthcare infrastructure in the Caribbean.

Cons

The cost of living is higher over there, and it is also known for hurricanes. Flights are expensive, making it difficult for you to fly back and forth to the US.

6. Ireland

Ireland ExpatsUS Americans can find the idea of moving to Ireland quite fascinating. The nation is in the north Atlantic, just off the coast of England and Wales. Most people consider moving to this country because of the fantastic culture and benefits.

Visas

Ireland offers a retirement visa where you have to show a minimum yearly income of €50,000/$50,000. Also, you need to have additional funds to cover unexpected expenses.

Pros

You can find a fantastic culture and folklore with beautiful scenery (known as the Emerald Isle). It is safe and peaceful, with good public transportation. The country has affordable healthcare for permanent residents.

Cons

The cost of living is higher because of soaring rents. Weather is quite different from the US since there is rainfall throughout the year and the temperatures can be chilly.

5. The Algarve, Portugal

Algarve Portugal ExpatsPortugal is an optimal location to enjoy your retirement. It has breathtaking beaches and is a popular choice to visit and relocate.

Visas

You can get a digital nomad visa by showing an income of €3000/ $3000 per month from working online. Also, if you make €740/ $740 in passive income, you can apply for the D7 visa.

The Golden visa is also an option, but you need to have €500,000/$500,000 in investment and can’t buy property in Lisbon or Porto.

Pros

Healthcare in Portugal is state-of-the-art and much less expensive. You can get various public and private insurance options. It is a family-friendly country with many outdoor activities, including boating and golf, and an excellent public transportation system.

Cons

Some areas are more  expensive due to the influx of expats from various countries. Also, utilities, cars, and appliances are more expensive. You should learn some Portuguese to mingle with the locals.

4. Belize

4. Belize

Belize is also a fantastic place in the Caribbean, bordering southern Mexico. It is just a 3-hour drive from Cancun and is famous for its tropical island living!

Visas

You can take advantage of the Retired Persons Incentive Program (QRP), which requires you to be at least 45 years old and earn around $2,000 a month or $24,000 per year.

Pros

The country has a small population of around 400,000 people and a lower cost of living. Local stuff such as fruits and vegetables are cheaper and are only 2 hours away from the US.

The Belize dollar is pegged to the US dollar, making it less volatile. It has a tropical climate and a beach and jungle, and you can get 12 hours of daylight in 2 seasons, wet and dry.

Cons

It can be buggy with a lot of hurricanes. Imported products are typically more expensive, and healthcare may be lacking. However, there are public and private facilities for healthcare services and the government is making improvements to their healthcare system.

3. Boquete, Panama

3. Boquete, Panama

Boquete is a popular destination for expats because of the mountain ranges and other historical sites. It is as far south as you can go in Central America and just north of Colombia.

Visas

You can apply for a digital nomad visa, which gives you 9 months plus the option for an extension. However, you have to show a $36,000 income for a year.
They also have a retirement visa (Pensionado Visa) for people older than 18 with a monthly income of at least $1,000.

Pros

The best thing about this region is the low cost of living and good healthcare. It is also closer to the US and has a good infrastructure. They have a large expat community, and It is located in the mountains, making it more relaxed and cooler than other areas in Panama.

Cons

Political turmoil is a drawback for this region. Also, it is a cash-based society with less dependence on credit cards. The rainy season stays for around 6 months, and it lacks some services like an airport.

2. Ajijic, Mexico

Ajijic Mexico ExpatsAjijic is located an hour south of Guadalajara and 30 minutes south of the GDL airport. The region has mountains of about 5000 feet and a captivating, tranquil lakeside town with excellent weather.

Visas

Mexico offers a temporary or permanent resident visa. For the temporary visa, you need to show an income of MX$48,384 or $2500/month or MX$812,850 or $42000 in the bank. For the permanent visa, you must show an income of MX$81285 or $4200/month or MX$3,251,400 or $168,000 in the bank.

Pros

The region has a beautiful view with perfect weather. It has many English speakers and US oriented goods and services which is why we call it “America Lite.” You can also find great locally grown food and other specialty items that are more affordable than in parts of the US.

Cons

You can find a lot of expats; almost 50% of the residents are expats. The cost of living, particularly housing, is on the rise. Also, the crime rate has increased, and the air quality can be poor at times.

1. Cuenca Ecuador

Cuenca EcuadorLastly, Ecuador is located in South America, just below Colombia, and Cuenca is a fantastic place to be. It is a UNESCO Heritage site since it is one the oldest cities in the world with modern amenities.

Visas

There are a lot of different visa options including the retiree, professional, investor and digital nomad visas.

Pros

It is the oldest city in the world, with fantastic architecture and history. You can also find a large expat community that speaks English. It is an excellent place for food enthusiasts. The city has excellent and the most affordable healthcare in Ecuador.

Cons

Since it has a higher elevation (8400 feet), some people experience difficulty breathing and altitude sickness. The weather can be a bit cold and cloudy. The noise and increasing crime are also a drawback of this place.

Conclusion

We hope you now know where you can move to without learning a new language. However, learning a new language can help you blend in with the locals easily and quickly. Nevertheless, you now have a lot of information to help you determine the right place for you.

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Top 10 Cheapest Countries for Expats

There are many countries to settle in as an expat. We live in Ecuador and love it here. However, we know there are other great places for the perfect expat life, and yes, they are cheap. We have done our research and will highlight a few countries where couples can live for less than $2000/month.

All of these countries have a variety of visas, including tourist visas, 1-2-year temporary visas, and permanent visas, so you should qualify for at least one.

Here are the top 10 cheap countries to live in as an expat.

#10 Portugal

Portugal

Portugal kicks off our list at number 10. It is the perfect country with that friendly energy relocating couples want. You and your family will get every amenity at a pretty affordable rate, especially if you are relocating from the United States or the United Kingdom, where the cost of living is really high.

Portugal Transport services are good for their rates, with taxis, buses and trains available. So a personal car is not a necessity.

The country has four distinct seasons with varying temperatures in different areas. The southern part experiences mild winters and hot summers while it gets really cold in the deeper inland. Keep these seasonal variances in mind when choosing an area.

If you are the outdoor type, the Algarve region has incredible beaches with more than 14 hours of sunshine in the summer.

Portugal’s health care level Is pretty good. It is ranked number 22 out of 195 countries globally, and the good thing is that the services are cheap. You can get yourself, and your family insured almost free of charge as a taxpayer.

#9 The Czech Republic

Prague, ranked number 7 best Expat cities in the world, tells you everything you need to know about the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic is a country with many English speakers, so you will settle in quickly. The same cannot be said about the weather, though. During winter, it gets really cold with temperatures going below zero. In contrast, the Summer heat can explode to as high as 35C / 95F.

An advantage of living in the Czech Republic is its proximity to Austria and Germany in the south and west, respectively. The country has excellent connected road networks with transport that’s very affordable.

There are many things to do in the country, like the incredible parks, Mountains and the popular Podyji National Park, which has a vineyard, ice caves and breathtaking medieval ruins.

#8 Cambodia

Cambodia is called the Kingdom of Wonder for good reason. The incredible temples and rich history of one of the most culturally inclined Asia countries make it one of the most livable places for expats.

There are many English speakers in the country, and most are expats, so you are likely to make friends quite easily, especially in the capital, Phnom Penh. Sihanoukville and Siem Reap are nice places to find expats too. The US dollar is the second most popular currency after the local Riel.

Westerners are warmly accepted in Cambodia, and there is a safe atmosphere around the entire country. However, watch out for petty thieves and pickpockets.

Cambodia does not fare well in health care, ranking at number 118, but it does have a better rank in dental care. Active healthcare insurance will allow you access to better services, while serious medical situations may require you to get advanced attention in neighboring Bangkok or Singapore.

#7 Thailand

Thailand is a really affordable and very friendly country to live in as an expat. Its capital is the most popular area to find fellow expats, while Chiang Mai and Phuket are other popular areas to make friends.

The country has a good transportation system. You can get a bus, train or the local tuk-tuks if you don’t have a car.

The healthcare system of Thailand is great. CEO World ranks the country’s healthcare at number 13, which is excellent when compared to top western countries. Thailand’s food culture is great and highlights the locals’ healthy nature.

Having a nice recreational time in Thailand is relatively easy. There are great Jungle and beach destinations, which are perfect for the country’s warm weather.

#6 Vietnam

Vietnam is popular with expats, with Cities like Da Nang, Hanoi and Hoi Chi Minh among the World’s most acceptable destinations. It is a country famous for its high-security level and low crime rate. The food is good, and so is the warm, friendly culture.

Vietnam is big on coffee, so if you dig a nice warm sip every morning, you will likely find a shop within every 5-minute walk.

The country’s weather is relatively warm and excellent for a nice sunbathing or a walk in a park. There are lots of parks available so you can enjoy the outdoors. You can also sand surf for fun, as there are many natural elevations spread throughout the country. The country mountain region is the coolest part of the country and does not receive as much sun.

Vietnam is big on traditional festivals, so be ready to have lots of fun while munching on local foods. The country’s healthcare is not the best, though. It is placed at number 66 by CEO World.

#5 Nicaragua

Nicaragua is known as the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, so it is generally warm but nothing out of the ordinary. It can be considered a subtropical region and has two seasons: wet and dry. The average temperature around the country is 80s F/ 27 C. The temperature supports the country’s diverse rainforests. There are freshwater lakes that serve as homes for sharks.

Nicaragua locals are just as wonderful as their natural artifacts. They are friendly and are one of the kindest you will find as an expat.

Nicaragua has an excellent transport system. Local buses may look familiar from your childhood and they’re often called chicken buses. There are also shuttles for short intercity movements.

Based on the CEO world ranking, Nicaragua’s Healthcare system is something to seriously consider. It is globally ranked at number 107 for healthcare. The country can handle small medical conditions, but more serious complications may require seeking better treatment from more equipped countries like neighboring Costa Rica.

#4 Bolivia

Bolivia boasts the lowest cost of living in South America, which makes it a great choice for budget conscious expats.

Some of the major cities where you will find expats are La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. Spanish is the major language, followed by 36 other indigenous languages. If you only speak and understand English, you may struggle in your daily activities.

Bolivia is a landlocked country and is quite far from the United States. It has immense culture and high diversity, making it a fantastic location to blend with the locals. There are many tourist locations to spend your leisure time. The Amazon and Incredible Andes are nice destinations to check out.

Bolivia is ranked 106 in healthcare by World Population Review so you might want to visit Uruguay, Paraguay or Chile for more serious conditions.

#3 Colombia

Colombia is a nice place to relocate permanently. It is safe and has modern developed cities in the mountains and coasts. The weather varies across cities, with mild temperatures in Bogota and Medellin. Santa Marta, Cartagena and Barranquilla are excellent choices for sunnier Caribbean beach cities.

Colombia has a diverse culture and it’s ranked the 2nd most biodiverse country in the world so it’s a nature lover’s paradise.

The transport system is excellent, and so are the healthcare institutions, with the country’s health system ranked at number 35 globally according to CEO World.

#2 Ecuador

Based on our personal experience as expats in Ecuador since 2017, we can confirm that the country is by far one of the best to settle in, especially if you are from the US and Canada.

It’s very affordable and easy for a couple to live on less than $2,000 per month. You will get by with half the price if you want to manage as an individual.

There are a lot of things to do in Ecuador to keep you busy. The culture breathes color, and so do the natural mountains, which are excellent sightseeing destinations.

Transportation is not a problem as you can always get a bus, taxi, shuttle or private driver. Uber is also available in several cities.

Ecuador ranks number 25 in the world for healthcare. The public IESS system is available to expats once you have your visa and cedula, but you’ll find higher quality healthcare in the private system.

#1 Peru

Peru concludes our list of really cheap countries with excellent living conditions. The country has excellent amenities with improved living conditions compared to most developing countries.

It’s most famous for the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, but there is so much more that Peru has to offer, especially for expats. The country is known for incredible food, natural diversity and low cost of living.

Peru has a standard healthcare system and is ranked number 62 for healthcare by CEO World.

Final Thoughts

These countries are ideal for expats living on a tight budget. They are exciting places to live, with several offering high quality healthcare, quality road networks and the opportunity to create unforgettable moments.

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