5 Places Where It’s Cheap To Live If You Want To Run Away
Running away is never the answer unless, of course, it is. This editor found that quitting her last job and moving to Bali provided amazing clarity in her life, and served as a reset button for a lot of the persistent issues she’d been facing prior to the (somewhat impulsive) move. Sometimes, when you’re likewise needing to refresh and revitalize, a simple vacation won’t do. Here, five places where it’s cheap to live if you’re looking to get the heck out of Dodge.
According to these numbers, the average monthly rent on a one-bedroom in Bali is $200. We don't think you're going to pay that (at least, this editor didn't), but even four times that is still considerably cheaper than rents in major US cities. Meals, groceries and the like are also much cheaper, and you can eat three-course dinners nightly for a week and not spend as much as you would in one or two nights in, say, LA. The only thing that isn't cheaper in Bali—and this is a big caveat for some of us—is the wine.
Not sure where to start? We found this adorable bunaglow in Ubud for around $650 a month.
Mexico truly has some incredible cities to choose from, and many are packed with ex-pats—Los Cabos, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City and Sayulita, to name a few. According to these numbers, the average rent in an expensive part of Mexico, for a one-bedroom apartment, is $750—we don't know about you, but that sure beats the $2,000 we're spending on a studio in Silverlake (Los Angeles).
Here's a happy little home in San Miguel from which to get your bearings for a little over $800/month.
Let's be honest: We all kinda want to move to Europe. For the most part, however, this type of relocation is cost prohibitive. Portugal, one of the hottest spots for travelers right now, is relatively affordable compared to other, more obvious spots (e.g. Paris). According to these numbers, rent for a one-bedroom in our favorite city, Porto, is under $500.
For your first month, maybe give this little spot a shot?
How jealous would everyone you know be if you up and moved to Morocco? No matter what traumatic life events caused you to do so, everyone would immediately assume you are both cooler and happier than they are. According to these numbers, the average cost of monthly rent for a one-bedroom in Marrakech is around $400, and you can enjoy a three-course meal for two people for around $25.
Here's a cute little starter home which, while more expensive than the purported average, could help you settle into town in local style.
For some reason (ahem, Brokedown Palace), Thailand is a bit intimidating to us as a prospective home. Still, it's beautiful, beloved by every visitor and pretty affordable when compared to major US cities. According to these numbers, rent in Bangkok averages out around $600, and you can eat some of the best food in the world for just a couple of bucks per meal.
Here's a simple apartment for rent from which to get your feet wet in this, your new and Instagram-worthy life.