Have you ever felt the desire to pack a few bags and leave everything else behind? To move somewhere exotic and live simply, without technology or the stresses of everyday life? Just in case you ever decide to make the move, here’s a list of 10 best affordable places that are made for just that — a simple, peaceful and beautiful stress-free life.
1. Alicante, Spain
The beauty and quality of living in Alicante has been preserved, and people live simply and frugally. Alicante is a beach city located in the middle of the Costa Blanca, to the east. Famous for its wonderful climate, delicious cuisine, unique entertainment and relaxing lifestyle, Alicante also has the benefit of the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Renting a one-bedroom apartment in the city will cost you about $550 a month.
2. Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza lies right in the heart of Argentina’s wine country. The local economy is strong and thriving, so if you are looking to start a business somewhere, Mendoza is the place to do it. A one-bedroom apartment in the city will only cost you around $380 a month to rent, or $60,000 to buy.
3. Bali, Indonesia
If you’ve ever seen pictures of Bali, it is probably already on your bucket list. Located in Asia, Bali is a low-cost living city with a vibrant nightlife and a thriving tourism economy, which makes it a great place to set up shop. A one-bedroom apartment will cost you about $300 a month.
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai has one of the nicest climates in Asia. The mountain town has a rich culture, great food, and friendly people. You can escape from a fast-paced life and relax with fabulous food and unique sights. A one-bedroom apartment in the city will only cost you $250 a month.
5. Corozal, Belize
If you really want a stress-free and relaxing environment, Corozal is the place to settle down. It has beautiful beaches, unique restaurants, and it is a hotspot for meditation and yoga. A one-bedroom apartment in Corozal will cost you around $190 a month, so it is incredibly affordable.
6. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Many places in Mexico are affordable, but Puerto Vallarta is at the top of the list. The scenery is beautiful, but tourism is heavy due to the romantic nature of the city. Renting a one-bedroom apartment in the city costs $450 a month, and buying a townhouse will cost around $55,000.
7. Ojen, Spain
Ojen is known as a tranquil and beautiful spot, hidden in the hills of Marbella. The town has whitewashed walls and fantastic mountain views. You’ll find million-dollar villas in Ojen, but you’ll also find an affordable living. A one-bedroom apartment in the city will cost you $330 a month while a traditional townhouse will cost you around $100,000.
8. Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui will allow you to live the ideal beach lifestyle with its palm tree-lined beaches, beautiful ocean, and year-round tropical weather. It offers the best of both worlds — a quiet and laid-back life where you can enjoy the water and the sunset, or you can find activities for the adventurist in you — salsa dancing, zip-lining or chartering your own sailboat. You can rent a two-bedroom apartment in Koh Samui for around $614 a month.
9. Goa, India
Goa is known for its sandy beaches, friendly people and laid-back lifestyle. Goa has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures, creating some surprising and delicious cuisine. It is regarded as one of the most peaceful states in India. A one-bedroom apartment will only cost you around $275 a month.
10. Grenada, Nicaragua
Grenada is a colorful and vibrant town with boldly painted buildings and clay tile roofs. Here, you can walk along bright, flowering plants, shaded parks and clean streets. Grenada is known for being a romantic city and a natural playground for adventurers. It has three volcanic lagoons and is rich in agricultural land, capable of growing large varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and coffee. Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America, and you can rent a one-bedroom apartment from as little as $500 a month.
If you are not quite ready to make the move, these places are amazing travel spots as well. With a little more research, you can plan the perfect vacation to a spot you’ll never want to leave. With breathtaking views, vibrant cultures and tasty cuisine, a vacation may be just around the corner.