Tagged: thailand

Cost of Living in Thailand

I’m sometimes puzzled at how cheap things are in Thailand, and how much value you get in return.

In Chiang Mai, a one-hour Thai massage costs $4.

In Bangkok, you can buy fruit salads on the street for about 30 cents. A full meal is only 70 cents.

My food costs in Thailand are about $5-10 a day, and that’s eating very healthy foods all the time, which costs more. Someone eating noodles at street vendors three times a day would only spend about $2!

In Chiang Mai, our hotel cost $25 a night. But that’s to rent a pretty large one-bedroom apartment with a little kitchen, in a hotel where they come clean your room three times a week (included in the price).… Read More »

Living in Costa Rica: Why We’re Leaving

For the past four years I’ve been spending my winters in Costa Rica. Each year, I’ve spent a minimum of four months and up to six months in what most people consider to be a tropical paradise.

That’s in addition to the several months I have spent traveling to this country before, and also visiting other beautiful tropical countries such as Panama, Thailand, Bali, Brazil and French Polynesia.

I’ve loved Costa Rica so much that I’ve thought several times of moving there permanently, making it my home base. Even this year, I looked seriously into completing the process of getting my residency there.

Yet, I’ve decided not to do this, and even more, when I leave in May I’m probably not going to come back to Costa Rica for many years.… Read More »

How to Escape the Winters

I might have told you this before, but in case you don’t know, I hate the winter!

I’m from Montreal, Canada, and one thing Canadians know very well is the snow. And the cold. And the long, dreary winters.

I never really liked wintertime, but as I spent more and more times in sunny and tropical places, I started disliking it even more.

At first, what I needed was at least a few weeks away from the cold and somewhere warm every winter.

Then, I increased that amount to a month or two.

At some point, it became clear that I wanted to avoid the months of January, February and March completely.

Then I realized that December also sucked, and so did April.… Read More »