Not all that long ago, I wrote the following something along the lines of, “You can have 5 times the life for 1/5 the price in a foreign country. It’s sad that a lot of people don’t realize this.”
Which, I believe to be completely true, but it is hard to believe until you have actually done it yourself.
It’s not only just the monetary sense of things, but it’s the fact that in many foreign cultures, close familial and friend relationships are incredibly important. There is a real sense of unity, that’s something you just don’t get all that often in the western world.
Case in point:
While I’m close with my immediate family (parents and grandparents), I really could care less about the majority of my cousins/aunts/uncles.
And even with my close family, I only see them (at most) once a year, given that I live on the other side of the world.
Anyways, a reader responded to this and commented:
Hello Kyle, I’ve grown up in America and speak Spanish and English fluently. I wanted to ask about your “five times the life” tweet.
I cannot imagine a life that’s not in the US or Canada.
The Spanish speaking all the time I can bare but the people seem frustrated and undernourished and I can never make one friend who doesn’t want to take advantage of me and the women are far from tortillas culture and are just trying to get out of those countries in the first place
He does have fair points…
I spent a few weeks in Colombia way back in 2015, and I wasn’t too impressed. Having to worry about whether or not you could take your phone out of your pocket while walking to the gym, in fear that you might be robbed at 3pm in the afternoon…just wasn’t a life I was about.
Not to mention:
Having to take a cab everywhere.
Metal detectors and pat-downs at every bar and club you went to.
This is no joke.
Even now, people try to persuade me to take a trip there for a bro’s week of partying or something of the sort. And I’m just not that interested. It’s not worth the risk of my life, or even the possibility of it, for me to consider going to Latin America in many cases. Take, for example…
My friend who was stabbed on Ipanema in Rio a few years ago while hitting on Brazilian women.
And for what?
Latin America is one place I’m not sure my theory applies.
Sure, you can have way hotter girls, a way cheaper cost of living, but it does come at a price. But, I do believe my theory is 110% accurate in a place like Kiev, Ukraine. Which is why, to prove said theory to you, I’ve broken down my entire cost of living inside this month’s edition of “Trouble Times“.