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Cost of Living in Turkey-Mediterranean Beach Life In Antalya On $1000/month

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Antalya is a beautiful and affordable city on Turkey’s coast. Prices here are lower than in Istanbul but still offer all of the amenities of a large city. Get your guide to the low cost of living in Turkey. Enjoy the expat lifestyle of Antalya with sunny beaches, historical culture, and savory food for $1000 per month.


   
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(@Ron Donoho)
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Very interesting take to focus on the cost of living in Turkey. Good research.


   
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(@Kristine)
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Wow, I had no idea that it's so cheap to live in Antalya! Well, I would probably spend much more money on food, but still!


   
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(@APRIL KEY RODE)
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Wow, what great tips for those who wanted to do the same. It is my dream for my hubby and me to travel and budget 1,000 per month when we retired. This is very helpful but I doubt if this will be the same price after 15 years. It's so cheap and the comparison makes sense as I did the same math a couple of years ago. Thanks for sharing!


   
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(@Travel with Mei and Kerstin)
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Very interesting. We know some people from Turkey who now live here in Luxembourg. According to them, it's certainly less expensive to live in Turkey, but it's also hard to find a job there... Also, we are surprised that the living expense in Turkey is just slightly higher than in Vietnam!


   
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Living expenses always depends on how your lifestyle, right? I lived well for $1000 in both Vietnam and Turkey. I just posted a new Cost of Living Guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the expats I interviewed spend $3,000 as a couple/ $1500 per person.

According to them, it’s certainly less expensive to live in Turkey, but it’s also hard to find a job there

Geoarbitrage always works best when you can earn Western salaries and spend in low-cost countries.

Geographic Arbitrage- How I Save $20000+ A Year Living Abroad


   
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I can't complain about living a blessed life 🙂

There will always be a new "up and coming expat hotspot" that can fill your budget. I first moved abroad when Prague was considered "cheap." When Prague became too expensive, Krakow took it's place. Now people are looking at Lviv or Tbilisi. The world is big and exploring is the fun part.


   
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Thanks Ron. I enjoyed living there. Hopefully things clear up and I can explore the rest of the country.


   
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To be honest, I would normally spend more, as well. The pandemic made me hesitant to risk eating out as much as I normally do. However, delicious food there is laughably cheap.


   
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(@Rudy @ Backpack & Snorkel)
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I have read a lot of good things about Turkey and its people years ago. With the unstable political situation and the current ruinous economical course that has led to double digit inflation, I would be careful. Hopefully that will change in the future.


   
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(@An Indian Traveler)
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This is such a great post. It is very well thought and researched. I really like the comparison chat. I have been to Turkey and would like to explore it extensively.


   
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There is normally an inverse correlation between inflation and currency exchange rates. If you're practicing geoarbitrage, inflation matters less when your base currency isn't in Lira. However, the political situation is sometimes tense. I was living there during last summer's situation with the Greek navy. But as with most political situations, the average resident or expat's daily life is rarely affected.


   
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I'm excited to explore more as well. I've only spent time in one area. Istanbul is high on my need-to-see-list.


   
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(@Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions)
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I had seen that Turkey was open to visitors relatively early last year and was thinking about spending some time there. I never got around to leaving Brazil but now I'm sort of wishing I did! That apartment is beautiful and sounds like such a good deal! Love your tip about Airbnb; I've found the same to be true most places. The fact that Antalya is very similar in cost of living to Vietnam is incredibly enticing!


   
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(@Chantelle)
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I'm so surprised at the cost of living here! It's always remarkable to me how inexpensive healthcare is in other countries compared to the US


   
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