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A Better Life for Half the Price: How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live Paperback – Jan 23 2015

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Jan. 23 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1505651697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1505651690
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 562 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Tim Leffel is an award winning travel writer, editor and author who has published four previous books on traveling well for less. He is editor of Perceptive Travel, established in 2006, and the Cheapest Destinations Blog, established in 2003. He is frequently quoted in the media as an expert on value travel and living abroad and has appeared in Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Men's Health, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Global Traveler, and more. He has lived in three countries and five U.S. states.

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Some good, unbiased information here. Some books and publications on living abroad are nothing but a sales shill with an axe to grind. This book presents the pros and cons of several destinations. A good, balanced guide to start one's search.
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This book consolidated all the information in an easy-to-read format. The links provided at the end of each chapter were IMO, worth the price of the book because of the time it saved me. If you are entertaining the idea of moving to a cheaper place long term, this book is a great starting point.
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So much information and guidance. Very useful resource
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HASH(0xaf8dea98) out of 5 stars Are you looking to move abroad, and to cut your expenses in the process? Then this is required reading, plain and simple. Jan. 28 2015
By Jets Like Taxis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is probably the most in-depth book I've ever read about moving/living abroad, being an expat, and "living the dream," if something like this is your dream. Besides being very informative and well-written, I love the fact that Mr. Leffel doesn't fill his book with false hopes and dreams. Too many authors who write about living abroad act like it's some sort of easy transition and gateway to paradise, with no negatives and no work that needs to be done. The author keeps as far away from that as possible. He's very experienced, having lived all over the world, and knows what the positives and negatives are for the entire lifestyle, as well as for a wide variety of expat locations on all continents. It's a no-nonsense book that readily mentions this lifestyle is not for everyone, and it's not all fun and games. Alas, if you want to do this (as we have), he's clear that you can make it happen and that you can really live a more fruitful life. This is definitely required reading for *anyone and everyone* who is thinking of moving abroad. Mr. Leffel is one of the best expat/travel writers out there; his book is full of essential knowledge and insight to living a better life for half the price.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaf8deaec) out of 5 stars This is by far the best book on the subject of living abroad Sept. 4 2015
By Expressed Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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While there are literally hundreds of books about living abroad for less, this one stands out as the best. I've read about 25 other books on the subject, and none come even close to providing the objectivity that this one does.

No doubt, if you've searched the Internet for the best places to live overseas, you've come across the propaganda of the publications from International Living. Even if you somehow avoided their website, virtually every article from other publications and magazines, quotes information from this very misleading source. Unlike International Living, whose primary purpose is to sell seminars promoting a country, 'A Better Life for Half the Price,' provides totally unbiased information, both good and bad about virtually every place in the world that is worth considering as a place to live.

Tim Leffel should be applauded for providing in depth summaries of all of the World's best locations to live, and doing so without an ulterior motive. In addition, he provides an extensive list of additional resources at the end of the book.

At first I was upset that this book wasn't available in a Kindle version, however, I now realize that a paperback edition is more useful. I've highlighted page after page with a yellow marker, as well as placed Post-it notes throughout. While highlighting on a Kindle is easy, I find that having a hard copy of this particular book just makes more sense.

If you're just starting your search for best places to live on a budget, I highly recommend that you purchase this book. Had I done so prior to wasting my money on all of the other books that I bought, I would have saved hundreds of dollars. Whatever you do, don't be mislead by the plethora of information on the Internet from International Living. As mentioned, their goal is to lure you into attending one of their expensive seminars, not to provide you with unbiased, factual information, such as is rendered in this outstanding book.

After reading this book, you'll have a much clearer idea of what countries are worth additional exploration. Than, you can browse Amazon for books that are specific to the country that you have an interest in.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaf8dedc8) out of 5 stars Highly recommended April 22 2015
By Bob Weisenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My wife and I are living overseas 2-3 months in each location. Our schedule this year includes Italy, Ecuador (where we are right now), Peru, Spain, and Argentina. The material in this book has been one of the most important things I've read in helping us learn how to live overseas. It's full of tips on just about everything, from country information to general travel tips. Tim's writing is simply one of the best, most comprehensive, wise, and pratical things I've every seen out there. And I've looked at a lot.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaf8e1300) out of 5 stars Makes you want to pack up and move! Jan. 26 2015
By Pit Stops for Kids - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Tim Leffel's book doesn't just paint a pretty picture of living abroad (though it does point out all the appealing aspects). Instead, it lays out the pros and cons in a very practical manner, with special sections on all the nitty gritty stuff: how to get your pets abroad, how to save real money on living expenses, and how to tackle the necessary paperwork and red tape. Best of all, Leffel breaks down the expat experience in over a dozen actual countries, giving people a good feel for what to expect (and how to plan where to live). I've always been intrigued by the idea of living abroad and saying adios to American expenses, and now I'm one step closer.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaf8e1318) out of 5 stars Now You Can Do More Than Just Dream About Living Abroad Jan. 26 2015
By Ray Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had the opportunity to read a preview copy of A Better Life for Half the Price. Tim's book is one of the most practical, if not the most practical books on living the expat lifestyle. Giving a country by country run down of affordable options, the book allows you to learn more about your special place in the sun. Tim provides plenty of straight talk about expenses, culture, food, utilities and even toilets.

The interviews and stories featuring real people add the needed dimension to the prospect of living abroad, and what it is like to live as a single or a family away from "home". This along with a description of the immigration process for each of the countries listed gives you as a reader (and expat dreamer) insight on how easy or difficult it is to make the move.

A Better Life for Half the Price has helped me in my search as I start to think more about my retirement.