Expat Cost of Living

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How to Blaxit Without Blowing Your Budget

Whether you’re ballin’ out or ballin’ on a budget, the cost of living plays a big factor in determining where you live and how much you can afford. Investopedia defines cost of living as “the amount of money needed to sustain a certain standard of living by affording basic expenses such as housing, food, taxes, and healthcare.” Comparing your cost of living in the United States versus the cost of living in your destination country is one of the things you need to consider when moving abroad.  

Ideally, you’d want to move to a country that has a lower cost of living than the U.S.  This will enable your money to go further and in the best of circumstances, afford you a better standard of living and quality of life.

Cost of Living Resources for Expats

Blaxit Global has compiled a list of some of the best online resources to help with your research.

Expatistan is a cost of living calculator that allows you to compare the cost of living between different cities which will give you a better understanding of the cost of living before you decide to move there.

Nomadlist contains the biggest crowdsourced database of cities in the world analyzing 250,000+ data points to help you choose where to go next. They also have a rating system which assesses factors like cost, internet quality, and safety of each city called a Nomad Score.

Nomad Score–Auckland and New Zealand
Nomad Score – Auckland, New Zealand

Numbeo is a crowdsourced global database, similar to Expatistan and allows you to evaluate the cost of living between cities based on a number of indicators. 

Chrishan Wright is an award-winning digital marketing expert and creator of Blaxit Global. She is a loving mother to two children, an avid traveler, and an aspiring expat. Since creating Blaxit Global, Chrishan's been featured in The New York Times, Huffpost, PBS, InStyle Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Travel Noire, and more. Chrishan is the recipient of the "40 Under Forty" award from The Network Journal Magazine. In 2019, Chrishan was recognized for her work on the Advil PM brand with the Gold ARF David Ogilvy Award.

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  • I am an elder and a long time activist. But, I’m getting really fed up with how we are treated here in America
    I’m ready to leave, I’m interested in finding a community or a growing one to socialize and help others when I’m able to get out of here

    • Yes, many are feeling exhausted by our treatment in America. Just know that we are here to support your journey! If you haven’t done so already, please join us in the Blaxit Global Facebook group.

  • My daughter & I plan on visiting Ajijic, Mexico in October & we’re looking for a very nice B&B for one month! The goal is to find long term residency!

  • The information on nomadlist is often wrong.
    It should not be relied on for information lest one be on for a surprise when they learn the reality of the place

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