For many people, the notion of working abroad is both appealing and intimidating. The prospect of living in another nation is certainly appealing, but it poses some essential issues to consider. Even the most daring might be put off by the procedure of finding a job, obtaining a visa, and financing the necessities of daily living. Fortunately, it is not always as difficult as it appears. There are places where a lower pay does not necessitate a poorer level of living.
The following locations were chosen based on the following criteria: low cost of living, convenience of visa application, and possibility for work opportunities. While you may not make a fortune in some of the suggestions below, you will undoubtedly develop valuable abilities.
Portugal, tucked away on the Iberian Peninsula, is frequently overshadowed by its neighbour Spain. However, just because its culture isn’t as prevalent doesn’t mean it doesn’t have plenty to offer. Portugal has a slow pace of life, beautiful weather, and one of the lowest cost of living in Western Europe.
With the whole western half of the nation on the shore, there will be no scarcity of fresh fish and seafood. Produce is inexpensive and generally grown locally. In terms of major cities, Lisbon is the most economical, but Porto and Faro are two more options where you may live comfortably on less than 1000 euros per month.
- $1,011 is the average monthly local pay.
- The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is $705
- $400 is the average monthly rent for a shared flat in the city centre.
- The cost of a dinner in a low-cost restaurant is $9.
- Lisbon has a 57 percent lower cost of living than New York, NY.
Because China is so large, it goes without saying that there is something for everyone. Whether you live in a bustling metropolis or a remote country, the cost of living is more than affordable. Food shopping in Beijing is estimated to cost roughly $140 per month for a single individual consuming a local diet. Eating out in the capital doesn’t have to be expensive though, with a dinner at a budget restaurant costing roughly $5. In contrast, a smaller city like Harbin has lower food prices, with a monthly shop costing approximately $119 and a cheap restaurant dinner available for $3.
If living in Beijing or Shanghai isn’t for you, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Chengdu are popular destinations with plenty of facilities.
- $1,035 is the average monthly local pay.
- The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is $496.
- $359 is the average monthly rent for a shared flat in the city centre.
- A lunch in a low-cost restaurant costs $3.
- Beijing has a 57 percent lower cost of living than New York, NY.
Working vacation visa arrangements with six nations benefit Americans: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, Ireland, and South Korea. Even when factoring the main city of Seoul, South Korea is the most cheap of these options. U.S. citizens who are recent graduates between the ages of 18 and 30 can work and travel in the nation for up to 18 months on this special visa.
Do you not satisfy the requirements for the working holiday programme? South Korea is also a popular choice for people looking to teach English in another country, and with good reason. English instructors earn a high income and benefit from job packages that often include paid housing and airfare reimbursement. As if this wasn’t enough, most employers will take care of your visa for you. Jobs can be obtained in Seoul, as well as in smaller towns and rural areas. Of course, your money will stretch further outside of large urban areas, however you may live well in the big metropolis on teacher’s pay. Busan, Incheon, and Daegu are prominent cities for working professionals outside of Seoul
- $2,390 is the average monthly local pay.
- The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is $585.
- The average monthly rent for a shared flat in the city centre is $504 per month.
- $6 for a supper at a low-cost restaurant
- Seoul’s cost of living is 66% less than that of New York, NY..
I may be biassed because I’ve lived in Spain for the past three years. However, it is a very inexpensive area to live while keeping a good level of living. Although being a member of the EU makes obtaining a work permit more difficult, many Americans live and work in Spain on a student visa through teaching or au pair programmes.
Valencia, Alicante, Sevilla, Murcia, Logroo, and Toledo are all economical and expat-friendly cities outside of Madrid. I spent 420 euros a month living alone in a two-bedroom apartment in Alicante. I now pay 480 euros per month (including utilities) for a shared two-bedroom apartment just outside Madrid’s city centre.
- $1,582 is the average monthly local pay.
- The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is $776.
- $412 is the average monthly rent for a shared flat in the city centre.
- Meal at a low-cost restaurant: $13.
- Madrid’s cost of living is half that of New York, NY.
Mexico has always been a popular vacation destination for Americans, but in recent years, more US citizens have made the move permanent. Mexico’s gastronomy, culture, and inexpensive cost of living will most certainly continue to entice weary expats seeking a slower pace of life. Foreigners migrating to Mexico will find it easy to enjoy the finer things in life, even on a local salary: friends, family, excellent weather, and an unpretentious and superb culinary culture.
Outside of Mexico City, expats favour San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Puebla, and Merida.
- The average monthly wage in the area is $475.
- The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is $337.
- $222 is the average monthly rent for a shared flat in the city centre.
- The cost of a dinner in a low-cost restaurant is $5.
- Mexico City’s cost of living is 71% less than that of New York, NY.