6 places you can live abroad with a nice apartment downtown for less than the cost of an apartment downtown in the United States.

6 places you can live abroad with a nice apartment downtown for less than the cost of an apartment downtown in the United States.

  1. Valencia, Spain: Valencia, Spain is Spain’s 3rd largest city. Valencia is surrounded by its Huerta, a fertile fruit, and vegetation farmland and is known for producing rice and the famous paella(an ancient Valencian rice dish shown below).  Valencia also has a buzzing dinner scene and offers free health coverage and prescriptions to its citizens. That’s not all, here you can snag an apartment downtown for $500 a month according to Numbeo.com. With the cost of living without rent sitting at $580, you can definitely live in Valencia like a king for $2000 a month or less.

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  2. Porto, Portugal: Porto, Portugal, with an average temperature of 67 degrees Fahrenheit, is a coastal city with plenty of bars, restaurants, and a laid back vibe where sipping wine is the norm. If you like cobble streets laced homes with balconies lined with flowers this is the place for you. The average cost of living is $525 monthly without rent and you can also rent a one bedroom apartment downtown for only $461 a month according to numbeo.com. Just another place where you can live like a king for a little over $1500 a month.

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  3. Medellin, Cali or Barranquilla, Colombia: Medellin has a history of violence but today the city is considered safe. The biggest complaint right now is traffic and the cities pollution. The city of Medellin has a population of 3.5 million with a vibrant nightlife scene and an average temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In Columbia, the cost of living without rent is $394 monthly. You can also rent a very nice apartment downtown for $230 monthly according to numbeo.com. So for around $1000 you can live wealthy. If you don’t like the hustle and bustle of the big city try Cali, Columbia or Barranquilla, Columbia.

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  4. Arequipa, Peru: Arequipa, Peru is Peru’s second largest city and sits 7,600 feet above sea level. Arequipa exhibits beautiful plazas, parks, modern technology, and restaurants. Arequipa usually has a spring type of weather throughout the year and is one of the main centers of education in Peru. You can rent an apartment downtown for $185 monthly according to numbeo.com. This make Arequipa one of the most affordable places to live. The beauty of the city is just a plus.

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  5. Antigua, Guatemala: Antigua, Guatemala is a small town with around 35,000 people. Antigua is a quaint town with plenty of hostels,  one 5-star hotel and thousands of places to eat. Antigua is only a 45-minute drive from a major Central America Airport so you never have to feel desolate. You can also link up with other fellow Americans with more than 2,000 expats living in Antigua. You can snag a 1 bedroom apartment downtown $368 a month according to numbeo.com. A pack of cigarettes will net you only $2.86(Marlboros) and you can eat in a restaurant daily for an average of $15.

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  6. Chaing Mai, Thailand: Chaing Mai, Thailand could attract people just from the weather alone. Chaing Mai has an average temperature of 89 degrees Fahrenheit and a very cheap cost of living for a city near the coast. Numbeo.com estimates that the average cost of living to be $484 monthly without rent. A 1br apartment downtown will net you about $300 a month on average with $50 more a month for utilities(numbeo.com). For around $1000 a month you can live wealthy in Chaing Mai. Don’t forget to check out Chaing Mai golf course.

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