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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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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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.
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.