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Best Countries to Move To - For Less Dollars

Updated on January 14, 2017

Five Countries to Move To With Less Than 500.00$ Per Month!

What are the cheapest countries to move to while offering a good quality of life?

The cost of living compared to most western countries is one of the reasons that push many people to consider moving away. Especially in these hard economic times where saving money is not something doable anymore.

These destinations listed below are among the world's most exotic, beautiful and budget travel destinations on the planet. And the cheapest to move to.

Typically you must point the compass and follow two rules: first, if the destination is cheap to go on holiday, then so is living there. Secondly, the farther you go from towns and attractions, the cheaper it becomes.

I have only visited Two places out of this list and the rest come from doing research. Please do take the time and ask your travel agent for more information.


Five Countries To Move Too


500.00$ per month will not allow you to live in an apartment with a view looking out toward the sea, but you can find affordable accommodation. For 15$ dollars a month (give or take a few dollars) around northern Chiang Mai, or 80$ dollars if you're considering being closer to the coast.

The low cost of Thailand food sold on the street; you're looking at a dollar per chicken with rice or noodles. You will have plenty of money left for restaurants, shopping etc.


Recent history about Cambodia's poverty does not make this country one of the first that comes to mind as a destination for emigrating.

The cost of living is similar if not better than Thailand and with about 400.00$ per month you can live in the capital Phnom Penh.

The city is becoming popular with foreigners and housing prices are rising. It is difficult to find something for less than 200.00$ per month.

It is easy to live in Cambodia. Food prices are similar or perhaps even lower to those of Thailand. Dining at the restaurant will cost approximately 1.50$.

Living in Cambodia where there are no fast food chains, can change your life!

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Another exotic destination and economical place would be the Philippines.

The capital, Manila, is a little more expensive, but in the province of Cebu, one of the most developed areas in the Philippines offer golf courses, beaches and shopping malls. You can rent an apartment for approximately 150.00$ per month.

To buy food in the Philippines is not expensive. An average of 150.00$ per month will cover most expenses, including alcohol and tobacco.

The Philippines offer a special visa for retirees that you can get at the age of 35, with a deposit of 50.000$ in a Philippine Bank. Over 50 years, a deposit of 10.000$ is required and must provide proof of a pension of 800.00$ per month for individuals, or one thousand dollars a month, per couple.

Malaysia offers a similar program for pensioners called My Second Home.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

There's no need to have a lot of money to survive in Costa Rica. In addition, the nation has 12 different climatic zones to satisfy every need, even though the climate is typically tropical.

Prices in San José are low and the cost of living is among the lowest in the world. You can easily live with 425 dollars per month if you share a house or apartment with friends.

Of course the cost of a rental in San José is a lot higher. But if you were to go approximately 75 kilometres from San Jose in any direction you can rent a house medium-sized for less than 200 dollars per month.

You can get an excellent meal at any restaurant for less than 4 dollars. If you enjoy cooking it would cost you even less. The average cost of a dozen bananas costs about 30 Cents, and a pack of cigarettes costs 90 Cents.

Costa Rica offers the opportunity to learn how to surf, and also some basic Spanish lessons, at very low cost.


Your dream of paradise at an affordable price can come true in Belize. One of the most beautiful countries in Central America. It offers beautiful beaches and a sub-tropical climate. The official language is English.

Belize is also a paradise for lovers who enjoy diving, thanks to one of the finest marine ecosystems in the world.

The cost of living in Belize is similar to Costa Rica. For a large house in Cayo, about a one hour drive from Belize City, you are looking at approximately 210.00$ per month. If you intend to share and split the cost with two other friends then you are looking at approximately 70.00$ per month.

Food bought at the market is cheap but if you buy imported products you will spend a little more.

If you are above 45 years of age you can then consider retiring in Belize. The Retired Persons Incentive Program can help you live a lifestyle without taxes! You heard right! No more taxes!

Keep in mind that the climate in Belize has both a dry and rainy season. Rain begins in May and ends in October. It rains quite a lot and there are often hurricanes. If you want to spend only a few months in Belize then you should go between Novemeber and April.

I hope you have a great Life wherever you choose to live!

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      A Ercoli 5 years ago

      Hi Julie DeNeen, sorry for my late reply! :) The cost of living in most international destinations (especially if anyone is considering retirement) is much less than in the U.S.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      This is a very interesting idea. I am always curious what it would take financially to live in another exotic location. Great hub!

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      A Ercoli 5 years ago

      Hi Escobana, I've always loved the idea of living in Latin America. Belize offers that exotic atmosphere which I love. The experience or living with the attitude on a beautiful island- laid-back and enjoying the warm breeze! not necessarily Belize, but anywhere tropical would do! Well enough said! :)

      Thanks for the kind comment! and for your vote. I appreciate it !

      Glad you stopped by! :)

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      Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

      Oh la la! I'm thinking Belize in about six years or so? To retire or to combine it with life in Brazil. Can't handle too much rain. Then I could have easily stayed in Holland:-)

      I'm amazed by the pictures and its beautiful colors! And something caught my attention. Every time I click on the words that link me to another page, I see another great Hub of one of your followers.

      Úntil now I've never seen such a cool way of promoting other Hubs. I link and share Hubs but I never thought of this before. Love it!

      And have to say...I'm flattered by your lovely fanmail. Didn't know I could have followers, reading my work in silence, voting for it, without me realizing all of this.

      Gonna read more of your work for sure!

      Voted up, shared and hit some buttons:-)

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      A Ercoli 5 years ago

      Thank you Lisa, It is also a perfect place to simply enjoy a vacation. The Perfect Gateway to tropical Sun-drenched Beaches!

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Lisas-thoughts101 5 years ago from Northeast Texas

      Janga, great hub. We have friends planning to retire to Costa Rica and I have a friend retired in Belize. He loves it. I would love to retire to one of those places but I'm not sure I could be that far from my children and grandchild. Though with the savings, plane fare would be much more doable. My brain is working :) You definitely have me thinking. I voted up, awesome and interesting.


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      A Ercoli 5 years ago

      Thank you Gracenduta! Costa Rica! beautiful weather, but I guess anywhere the climate is tropical will always be considered paradise. Especially for me or anyone who lives North- with those long cold winters!

      Thank you for visiting my Hub! :)

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      Gracenduta 5 years ago from Kenya

      Costa Rica is the place I would like to go, great hub

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      A Ercoli 5 years ago

      Hi jamila sahar, thanks! Belize is a beautiful place to visit, as well as for those looking to retire, they get to live there tax free, the Country offers and interesting Incentive Program for those above 45! Belize is the perfect destination! One day, many many years from now lol, it would It would be a place I would consider for retirement!:) In the mean time I just enjoy travelling there every so often for a good vacation and excellent climate!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      jamila sahar 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing this great hub, and fabulous photos ! i hope to visit some of these places, i had heard belize was very beautiful, mesmerizing, and i can see from the photos it is true ! voted up useful and interesting !

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Thanks CondoLux Rentals, Belize is a great place without a doubt! Costa Rica as well. Although anyone who is looking to retire in Belize is always happy to know that the official language is English, that's always a plus for many. Though it is also a great place to simply take a yearly vacation and enjoy the wonderful climate!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it! :)

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      CondoLux Rentals 6 years ago from North Myrtle Beach,South Carolina

      Both Belize and Costa Rica are very appealing. I've been to Costa Rica a few times and it's quite nice. I'll have to visit Belize one day, I never knew their primary language was English. Great Hub!

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Hi jamila sahar, thanks! Beautiful Countries, and all of them have warm climate and friendly people. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. :)

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      jamila sahar 6 years ago

      Gorgeous Pictures ! I am working on it ! Voted up useful and interesting !

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Hi Kristine Manley,

      Costa Rica is a beautiful place- I agree, and it's a wonderful place for anyone who wishes to move there. It has 12 different climatic zones to satisfy every need. Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Hi Brett,

      Many of the places I'v mentioned on the list are great for any one who wishes to retire or simply move abroad. Low cost place to live, warmer weather, sandy beaches, tall mountains, or peace and quiet in the countryside. The best countries to move too are out there waiting. You just need to find the one that is best suited for you. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Costa Rica would be my choice. I think it's so beautiful. Nice Hub - voted up!

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Some great suggestions. Your budgets are bang on too, so long as you are not in the main areas. It would be hard to live on some of those amounts in the cities.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Isidora 6 years ago

      Of the central american destinations you mentioned, Costa Rica and Belize would be my choice. I have been to Thailand and Cambodia and agree that both are quite beautiful places and the people are amazing. Thanks for the great list. Looks like I'll be packing to Costa Rica!

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Thanks Tania, sending you a wink! :)

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      Taniatravels 6 years ago

      Awesome hub, well of course its Awesome, anything you write is always Awesome and well written!

      Thanks for sharing Jang! :)

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Hi Tracy Lynn Conway , i'm happy you took a mini vacation just reading it :) thanks for comment!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Jangaplanet, This was fun to read, the places on your list sound so exotic that just reading the descriptions felt like a mini vacation. It is fun to think of living so inexpensively. Well done!

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Im moving to Thiland!

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      Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      This is great. I am going to look into some of this.

      Thank you

      - Harlan

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      usenetreviewz 6 years ago from Washington DC

      I love the article.. Lets hope they dont keep inflating the money away. Not sure what they are doing in Canada but in the USA the dollar is weaker everywhere. I travel to south america often and like Chile the best.

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      ofeliaw 6 years ago

      Great Hub, very informative! I would most like to live in Costa Rica.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Yemen might be interesting and cheap but you may like to wait till the troubles are over!

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      FeliciaM 7 years ago from Canada

      We have also thought about living in Belize. It was enticing thinking of not paying taxes!

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      Ashantina 7 years ago

      Useful hub. I'm seriously looking into this now and planning to emigrate before the end of next year. I like the sound of Costa Rica or Belize.. will look into this. Thanks :)

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      A Ercoli 7 years ago

      Thank you Rastamermaid.I especially love Belize.

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      Rastamermaid 7 years ago from Universe

      Awesome hub,beautiful pics and great helpful info for someone looking to live abroad.

      As I am,in about 6 years.

      Thanks for sharing!