How to live “A better life for half the price”

Have you ever realised that you can have a lot more for your money in a much better part of the world? Well, if you haven’t, it’s time to start thinking about it. And I know the perfect eye-opening book for this.

“A better life for half the price” is an inspirational book by Tim Leffel who is trying to show you that there are places on Earth where you can indeed live a better life for half the price.

If you are already thinking about moving abroad, this book is going to help you decide if this new life really is for you. If you are not thinking about it, the book is going to help you to understand what it’s like to live in a different, much more affordable place. It will give you an idea of the cost of living in some of the cheapest destinations of the world, what the real prices are and the real problems and struggles of the people.

A better lifeWhat is this book about?

“A better life for half the price” answers some pretty serious questions like: why you should move to another country, why you should NOT move to another country, how bills can be drastically lower in some places, how to choose your next destination to live in, etc.

The point is, that most of the world’s treasures are well hidden and the ones that aren’t, are the most expensive. So I could say that this book is an eye-opener for what, exactly, is going on in the world, where are the places you can live in without ending up broke, and the places where you can really feel at home.

It describes well what to expect when you make the leap, how to prepare and even how to figure out if you are ready to do it. There are plenty of reasons to move abroad, but there are also as many reasons not to move abroad. When you read the book you will know for sure if you are ready to take that risk.

For instance, if you dream of living in a lakeside cottage looking up at jagged snow-capped mountains, you don’t have to spend $100,000 a year in Switzerland.  “You can move south of Bariloche in Argentina and live for one-fifth that amount instead.” How does that sound?

Or imagine that you’re paying $1500 a month for a one bedroom apartment and utilities in San Francisco. For the same apartment you would pay just $247 in Delhi, India with no transportation costs because it’s within walking distance to your job. Yes, you will earn less, but your bills will be 5 times lower than before! Therefore, you’ll be able to save more for travel, activities and entertainment. This is just one of the many real stories from Tim’s book which prove to you that you’ll get more for your money in some other countries.

That’s exactly what I liked about “A better life for half the price”. There are so many price comparisons and real stories of people moving to chase a better life for their money. You can easily picture how your life would be in those countries.

Living abroad

As it turns out, I’m very lucky to live in a country with such low prices. I saw my life in Bulgaria as a burden, rather than an opportunity, before I read this book.  Yes, the world-class events are happening in places like New York, London or Paris. When you ask people where they want to go, their first answer will probably be some well known destination. Bulgaria is, most of the time, one of the last places to be considered.

What I learnt from the book is that each place has its own value. “A better life for half the price” opened my eyes to the fact that people who want to live better, should want to come to countries like Bulgaria, and I should not want to get out of here.


“Life in Bulgaria.

Pros: cheapest housing in Europe, fast internet in urban areas, stable currency, fresh food, good beer, cheap alcohol, well-preserved nature, skiing, outdoor activities, relatively easy residency.

Cons: government corruption, oligarch power, low birth rate with high emigration, very few jobs, poor shopping, inconsistent health care.”

“A better life for half the price”, Tim Leffel


In this book you’ll find lots of possibilities. You’ll find various destinations described and practical tips for living in them. The book shows you life in Mexico, Ecuador, Panama, Hungary, Portugal and many more. Some you’ll fall in love with, others will not be your perfect fit. But that’s the good thing about this book. It not only shows the good side, but also the cons of living abroad so you can decide properly if this life is for you.

If you consider moving abroad in pursuit of a better life for half the price, or just want to see what it’s like to get more for your money, you can get Tim’s book in PDF, ePub and Mobi format or you can get the paperback version.


Do you (or think to) live abroad? What’s the mosth scariest thing about it?

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Travel blogger and tourism graduate from Bulgaria, working in the field of Digital Marketing and PR for travel brands.

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    That’s quite observational to say that every place has its own value. I feel that at times we undervalue our origin countries, like Bulgaria, in your case, or Latvia, in mine, and do see it as a burden… And yet there are so many benefits in living in the countries like ours! Yes, as you said, the life standards are lower, but at the same time, it’s you yourself who makes up what your life should be (i.e. how high the level of it is), and not the society, corrupted government, etc. I realized that here in Ecuador, too.

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    I guess this idea only works if you already had plenty to start with when moving to a cheaper country because if you have to factor get a job in these places you wouldnt be paid much and would therefore have to move back to the higher wage paying country and travel back to cheaper destination for quality of life.

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    Will have to check this book out. I never thought about it in this light. The fact that yes you can live in the environment you want, you just have to accept that it won’t be a popular destination.As someone looking to live abroad, I think it’s important to question what you want and where you want to live.

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    Interesting viewpoint but I believe in the end, the definition of ‘a better life’ is so so subjective. It all depends on what things are important to you and what you believe adds to your life. Yes, you could move somewhere cheaper, and enjoy living in a bigger sea facing apartment but then you might have to deal with power cuts, or have a sprawling slum down the same street, or missing a cosmopolitan environment.
    If you’re not rigid, the chances of a better life in half the price greatly increase. But the bigger or rather let’s say more liberating realization is that you do not need a lot to be happy and if you can wrap your head around that, then it’s easier to live the life you dream of.