Guatemala, Romania, and Bulgaria. What do these three places have in common? They are all on the list of the 50 cheapest places to live in the world.
I came across a couple of interesting websites yesterday. The first one is www.xpatulator.com which compares the cost of living in various cities and countries around the world. It does have a "pay" section, but there's a lot of free information as well.
The list of 780 places includes cities and countries in general. It takes into account a basket of cost of living expenses. The most expensive countries? Japan, Switzerland, and Australia are among the top ones.
And another website I found gives you the cost of goods in other countries and even puts it into your own currency. Very useful for figuring out expenses if you are traveling to another country. www.numbeo.com
Where we are in Mexico, a dozen eggs is about 87 cents. In Ottawa, Canada it's about $2.98 and in the United Kingdom it's almost $4.00. How about $7.00 a dozen in Zurich, Switzerland!
Neat stuff, but even in expensive countries there are deals to be had. We just booked our bus trip from London up to Wakefield, England for a total of £3.25 ($5.50) each for the four hour journey. Our friends Glen and Steve told us that booking bus or train travel in the U.K. is often cheapest when done far in advance and it seems they were correct.
Another great voting day yesterday with 236 votes registered. We surpassed the 3,000 mark yesterday afternoon and are now within spitting distance of the leaders and we should surpass them within four days!
Thanks for voting...have a great day!