It’s time to get moving–but to a place that speaks your language, get ready for the cheapest places to live in the world that speak English.
Living abroad is a great thing to do. It is also a privilege that not everyone is able to afford. That’s why, if you have the opportunity, whether through a high school or a college program; during your career; or if you’re just so wealthy that you don’t need to work and can live wherever you please–this is a good thing to do. Actually it is especially good to do if you are super wealthy because, chances are, you’re kind of a jerk and could use to have your horizons broadened and your perspective cleared.
That’s not to say that living abroad is the only thing one can do to broaden their horizons. I really hate when travel writer’s push travel down your throat and act like if you just save up enough money–anyone can do it! No, some people really cannot afford it, and not for lack or work or saving. It is prohibitively expensive to fly domestically for some, let alone internationally, plus accommodations and food–even at hostels or the absolute most scrimping of street eat locations. I realize this, so when I suggest those with the means visit or move elsewhere I do it knowing what a rare opportunity it is for them.
My best friend lived in Paris for a year. She loved it but had a hard time as her French was not as strong as she would have liked. It isn’t that people were mean to her, it’s just a very isolating feeling to not be able to fully express yourself or communicate. Those who do it are brave to try. I have another friend who lived in Bangkok for a year. Many people spoke at least some English, but it is still an impressive step to take–even if it is for a job.
Beyond just one year explorations or job postings, there are those who truly want to embrace a new country. I could certainly imagine some great reasons for doing so. However, it might be just a bit easier to acclimate if the majority of people speak your language. If that language is English, then have we got the list for you.
However, just so you explore all of your options we also recommend some extra reading. You know, the kind of stuff you do in class if you really want to impress the professor? Check out the 10 Cheapest Countries to Live In Europe article. You can then decide how important language is to you. Maybe you’re up for learning a new one, or you already know one. Hopefully, you do and it’s better than my Italian. Six semesters and still I am a babbling barely coherent individual when it comes to Italy.
So if you’re terrible at second languages, like me, don’t despair. You could still vamoose to a new country with our list of the cheapest places to live in the world that speak English. The research methodology we have used began at The University of Sheffield, which helped us to identify majority native English-speaking countries in the world. Then we took that data and we ranked it through World Bank’s Living Cost Index.
In general, the cost of living index including basic expenses such as health care, housing, food, taxes, transportation costs, etc. So these numbers from the index helped us to filter countries in a way that we want–the cheap way. Except living cost index, which doesn’t show us enough details about specific prices, so we have provided some examples of prices for the each country in the list using Numbeo site. In order to find the most appropriate city for you, we have chosen the third most populated city in each coutnry or we simply chose the city which was available in Numbeo’s database because of lack of data.
Those cities are ones with enough population and services which are available and cheap for anyone’s pocket. For example, we will show the prices of meals for two people in a mid-range restaurant and monthly costs of 10 Mbit internet. Here is the list of cheapest places to live in the world that speak English:
The living cost index: 141.11
It’s like they say, “come to Jamaica and feel all right.”
16. Trinidad and Tobago
City: San Fernando
The living cost index: 133.62
One of my favorite co-workers ever, Susan, was from Trinidad. Her special skills included unsolicited advice, being hilarious, singing Destiny’s Child and baking.
The living cost index: 117.39
Internet and lunch for two costs more here than in Trinidad, but overall the cost of living index is lower. What are you guys ordering for lunch?!
The living cost index: 112.04
I recently hosted a bonafide Australian man who unironically said “G’Day,” when he was introduced to people so I’d say this is a good place to be.
13. United Kingdom
The living cost index: 111.84
A quick flight from New York and you’re in London where the Ben’s are big and the monarchy is old!
12. St. Lucia
City: Port St Lucie
The living cost index: 111.35
The number 12 in our list of cheapest places to live in the world that speak English is not too shabby for a very pretty locale.
11. Antigua and Barbuda
City: St. John’s
The living cost index: 110.32
We should note that the costs in Antigua and Barbuda’s city of St. John’s are higher than previous countries because Numbeo only has data for this city, which is the capital city of this country. It is generally okay to assume that are the costs in the capital cities significantly higher than the smaller cities.
The living cost index: 109.38
If South America is calling your name, you might want to answer them–or at least send them a text.
9. The Bahamas
The living cost index: 109.2
Live in a postcard! Sounds like a great game plan.
The living cost index: 108.67
Some of the greatest people in the world are Canadian and live in Ottawa, and I perhaps know them personally. This city is a major gem.
7. New Zealand
The living cost index: 108.05
If you are longing to be very far away from the U.S. this is a great option.
6. St. Kitts and Nevis
The living cost index: 105.65
Can’t go wrong if your country is named for a Saint? Well, probably not anyway.
5. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The living cost index: 105.07
Check out the original St. Vincent, the number 5 in our lst of cheapest places to live in the world that speak English, before that singing woman took the same over.
The living cost index: 104.73
Hello rolling green hills and Guinness a-plenty! You can afford them too with the cost of living index on the lower side. Time to finally look up soccer teams, what they do, and pick a side.
City: Saint George’s
The living cost index: 103.82
If you like nutmeg, you’ll love Grenada, the next one in our list of cheapest places to live in the world that speak English. They don’t call it the “spice isle” for nothing.
City: Orange Walk
The living cost index: 103.76
Who wouldn’t want to live in a country that is home to both jungles and Mayan ruins?
The living cost index: 103.73
The first place of cheapest places to live in the world that speak English list is Dominica. This country has the population of 71,000 people and most people speak English and French. Congrats, Dominica, you did it!