17 Beautiful Countries Where You Can Live Well With Under 20K / Year

If you are ready for a change of scenery it may be the right time to start figuring out there where and how. When choosing where to live you want to do considerable research. In this blog, I am alining information that may serve as an initial guide to your next short or long-term stay.


I am constantly infusing my students with the value of travel and why it can be really valuable to break the mold of- high school –> college –> work –> vacation —> work—>.  Travelling has helped me figure out who I am and I strongly believe it can be the best compass in our journey on earth.

Here is a list of places where the yearly average yearly income is under 20k:

Country Average  income annually  Monthly

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19,850 $ 1,654 $

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18,960 $ 1,580 $

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13,530 $ 1,128 $

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12,570 $ 1,048 $

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11,960 $ 997 $

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9,850 $ 821 $

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9,040 $ 753 $

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10 days for transit visa.

8,840 $ 737 $

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6,320 $ 527 $

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5,950 $ 496 $

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You can stay up to 60 days on your Thailand Holiday Visa. You may apply for 2 or 3 entries and each entry allows you to stay up to 60 days, however, you must leave the country and re-enter to go on to your next entry.

5,640 $ 470 $

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The maximum amount of stay you can arrange in advance as a tourist is 59 days.. After your initial 59 days, you can extend continuously as a tourist until you have been in the Philippines for 3 years, for citizens of most countries, including the USA

3,580 $ 298 $

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An Indonesian tourist visa has a maximum validity of up to 3 months

3,400 $ 283 $

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Tourists may extend their 30 day stay up to a 90 day stay through the Bolivian immigration offices. The maximum period of stay for tourists is ninety (90) calendar days per year.

3,070 $ 256 $

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1 – You apply for a 3 month multiple entry visa – either through our online service or through Vietnamese Embassy in US. When you are in Vietnam, you can extend your existing visa for further 3 months.

2,050 $ 171 $

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India allows USA Citz to get a 10-year multi-entry tourist visa with stays for 180 consecutive days.

1,680 $ 140 $

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A single-entry Kenya visa is valid for three months

1,380 $ 115 $

Make sure to see an outline of the Cost of Living in various cities of the countries listed above.

If you just want to be a nomad and live the simple life for a few months/years, here are some great organizations that can help you make that dream a reality. 

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA®) is part of a worldwide effort to link visitors with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices. Become a member today and gain full access to our network of organic farms.

Workawayers typically are interested in cultural exchange and learning and will help out for a few hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation, with visits lasting anywhere from a few days to a few months. Travel cheaply and stay for free, whilst making a difference to the communities you visit. Put your existing skills to good use, or try something new you‘d never normally get to do and pick up new skills along the way. There is an ever-growing list of 1000s of active hosts in over 155 countries offering all kinds of places to stay.

HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

If you want to know the difference between the three check here:

Workaway, Helpx, and WWOOF: What’s the Difference

This is by no means an all-inclusive list. This is a seed that might just make you curious about what is out there!

There is also the option of working remotely! Which is what I am trying to do 🙂 If you have any leads in Spanish Translation or something you think may be a good fit! Don’t hesitate to share 🙂

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