This insane election cycle has voters on both sides of the aisle vowing to move out of the country if one presidential candidate or another gets elected.
Seriously, Google it. Or search the hashtag #MovingToCanada on Twitter. Or ask your uncle – the one who likes to pontificate after he’s had a few too many Genny pounders.
In a Vox poll released last week, more than a quarter of respondents said they would consider leaving the country if Donald Trump is elected president.
In a Global News/Ipsos poll released earlier this month, 19 percent of voters said they would move if Hillary Clinton won the presidency.
After the March 1 primaries, there was a huge spike in people searching Google with the phrase “Move to Canada.” The traffic was so intense, it bogged down Canada’s immigration website.
Perhaps you’re considering making good on those threats to flee the country. Or maybe fantasizing about it just keeps that nagging sense of impending doom at bay. Either way, you may be interested to know where you can live abroad on a tight budget.
Tim Leffel, author of “A Better Life for Half the Price,” compiles an annual list of “The Cheapest Places to Live in the World” on CheapestDestinationsBlog.com. Each country has its challenges, and matters of visas and citizenship are a whole other subject. But here’s what he found this year in terms of price.
Nepal. In this South Asian country, you can live the high life on $1,200 a month. If you don’t mind living a bit more modestly, you can do so comfortably on $600 per month. If you’re trying to live solely on Social Security, this may be the place for you.
India. You can rent a house in a small city or one of the Himalayan mountain towns for a couple of hundred dollars and take a family of four out to dinner for less than 10 bucks. Again, you can get by on $600 per month or live like a baller on $1,200. Prices can be much higher in bigger cities, though.
Indonesia. You can make a very nice life for yourself in an out-of-the-way area in Indonesia. How nice? For less than $1,000 a month, you can meet all your monthly bills and still have enough left over to hire servants! The island of Bali is swarmed with tourists, though, and has gotten very pricey.
Colombia. The American dollar has almost doubled in value against the peso. Lots of expats have made their homes in Medellin, where you can get a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with granite countertops, pool, sauna and balcony for $391 per month, according to MedellinLiving.com. Your Internet, TV and phone bundle will run less than $40. And you can buy Viagra for 87 cents a bottle. Just saying.
Ecuador. You can rent a house for 300 bucks and quality health care costs a tenth of what it does in the states, but imported liquor is taxed at 100 percent, so weigh your options carefully.
Nicaragua. All it takes is an income of $12,000 a year to live a middle-class life in the Central American country. A three-course meal for two will set you back $20, a ticket to the movies is $4.50 and you can get a one-bedroom apartment for $172.
Cambodia. An annual income of $24,000 will put you among the wealthiest of the wealthy. Even with half that income, you could afford to hire a gardener and a maid, and eat in restaurants every night.
Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia or Romania. Sound infrastructure, fast Internet, yummy food. And all for half of U.S. prices.