There is no better way to pursue your lifestyle design goals than by cutting your expenses and moving to a new country. Here are nine properties around the world that are under $300 a month.
Cebu City, Philippines
US$106 per month (5,500PHP)
Jomtien Beach, Pattaya City, Thailand
US$263 per month (9,000BHT)
Goicoechea, Guadalupe, Costa Rica
US$300 per month
Sihanoukville, Victory Beach, Cambodia
US$250 (including utilities, TV)
Dehivala, Sri Lanka
US$212 per month (25,000LKR)
US$264 per month
US$240 (with internet)
When looking for an apartment or house rental in any country, you will most certainly find better and cheaper accommodations if you start your search when you arrive. Most internet searches bring up vacation rentals which are considerably more expensive than other apartments and are often priced by the day or week. Also, owners savvy enough to professionally market their properties online will generally ask for more money. When you arrive in the country, check local publications aimed at foreigners and if you are going to be renting for an extended time, try real estate agents.
Foreigners are often taken advantage of so knock on some doors and comparison shop before you decide. Make sure you make explicitly clear what is included and what is not. You don’t want to be surprised with extra bills for TV, utilities or internet.
Remember that if your entry visa expires and you have to leave the country, you are not always guaranteed re-entry. If you are leaving the country, it probably is a good idea to stop renting and bring your valuables with you.
Finding the right place to stay can seem overwhelming but it really isn’t that difficult. Most landlords will be very helpful and trustworthy. Ultimately, your accommodations play a very small role in the quality of experience you have in a new country. Your apartment is just a place to sleep, get something safe and in a good location but save your money and invest in new experiences.
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