Where to live Overseas on 500 Dollars per Month

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Where to live Overseas on 500 Dollars per Month

Real true stories from people who live in paradise locations for 500 Dollars per month in lifestyles that would cost 2000-3000 per month in the USA.

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2. Specfic Hotel, Apartment, or Lodging by name.

3. Cost of the lodging per month.
The lodging shall not cost more than 200 U.S. per month, leaving 300 Dollars per month for other expenses.


I lived in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico from 2004 to 2007. I rented a 2-bedroom apartment with some furnishings and dishes for $230 US/month. With utilities including phone, electric, and dial-up internet my apartment was less that $280. My expenses with food, entertainment etc. were another $300/month.

In the same town I knew of a retired US Navy sailor. His pension was only six or seven hundred dollars a month, so he had to live on a tight budget. He rented a room in a house with communal kitchen and bathrooms for only $120 US/month. He made most meals at home, but would go out every day for a cheap lunch at a restaurant or a beer in the local pub most evenings. About once every six months he would hop on the first class bus, and take several days to do a run up to the Texas border. He'd stay overnight, and then make the trip back with his renewed tourist visa, visiting a few cities along the way and making a vacation out of his visa run. He really enjoyed his life, had enough money to cover his living expenses, and seemed pretty happy.

It has been 10 years, and I'm sure prices have gone up since then...


I live in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Rent: $210 us for a furnished 1 bedroom apartment in a good area. Includes electric, water and cable. I pay an additional $15 for internet. $12 for a cell phone plan with 75 minutes

Transportation: No Taxi's for me. I travel like most local. Squeezed between 6 other people. I take publicos, cars that have 4 people in the back seat and 3 people in the front. Cost 20 pesos (50 cents). Easy and fast when you learn the routes.

Food: There is a restaurant across the street that sells plater of the day. For 85 pesos ($2.50) I get rice, beans, salad and a meat. That is my main meal of the day.


I live as a work exchanger at PachaMama in Costa Rica for under $500 a month. The work is really chill and the environment and community is amazing here. I highly recommend it. You can be here as a guest, work exchanger or resident if you decide to buy and build a house. Life is good :)


If you can live in Dominican Republic under $500. Rent in $171. Cereals and sandwiches for lunch breakfast and Supper. Yeap. A good 3 course meal in the evening or cook even better. Nice beach, friendly people and other things can lead to wanting to bring a little more. No man is an island as it goes, so the occasion beer in non tourist area (2.00 large beer) which 2 of those and your nocked-cold. in addition if you are traveling alone you might want to consider someone cooking for you and having a little lefted for his/her food and be prudent on the gifts.


What is a work exchanger?


according to web it is working a few hours a day so you can earn free room and board.

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