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Simply put, the cost of living in Thailand is astronomically lower than the majority of cities within Europe, North America and most of the world. There are an exponential amount of expats that are finding out how easy it is to get by on as little as $10 a day. The better news is that if you take advantage of these tips for living cheap in Thailand you may even be able to live on even less than that. Sounds like the perfect escape doesn’t it?

 
Well it can be.

 
This type of living isn’t for everyone, and there are many people in Thailand that spend an incredible amount of money per month in order to live affluently. However, if you are considering moving abroad to save money or are interested in finding an affordable vacation then this is the article for you. All you need to do is use common sense and cut a few corners here and there, and you may save more money than you even realize.

 
Where and When to Visit Thailand

 
One of the best ways to save money when traveling to Thailand is to plan your trip according to the low season. This is between May and November and means that prices for absolutely everything from airfare to hotels and even food at classy restaurants are a lot cheaper. You can even rent scooters for a better price and get discounts on attractions, drinks and shows.

 

An added advantage to the low season in Thailand is the fact that there are fewer tourists in the area, which means better access to a number of places and events for you. On top of that most business owners will be dropping prices and throwing in amenities and bonuses in order to compete for your valued money.

 
Steer Clear of Touristy Areas

 
Places such as Phuket and Ko Samui are known as top tourist destinations in Thailand, which means they come with extreme prices and are full of merchants looking to take the most money out of your pocket as possible. If you want to save money and connect with the “real” Thailand then try and head to the South and North Eastern parts of the country.

 
Cut Down on Island Living

 
The islands of Thailand are incredibly impressive and well worth a visit, but expenses can really stack up in these areas. Everything in the area needs to be imported which means prices for food, drinks and even services are much higher than on the mainland. You will definitely want to tour the islands, but leave your wallet at home and stick to souvenirs and restaurants in cheaper areas.

 
Overnight Traveling

 
Hotels and accommodations are probably going to be the most expensive part of your stay in Thailand, but you can eliminate part of that cost by taking overnight buses and trains. You can travel to an all new part of Thailand and get a decent sleep as many of the trains in the country are quite comfortable. While there are a number of overnight buses, trains are considered to be quite a lot safer, and far more comfortable.

 
Dining and Sleeping in Thailand

 
A good tip for traveling in Thailand is to never feel bad when locals, or anyone for that matter, offer you free things. Many Thai families are more than willing to share what they have and it is a part of their culture to display their kindness and ability to host. Turning down an invite to dinner may seem ruder than simply accepting and counting your blessings. Who knows, a family dinner may even lead to a free place to crash for the night. Now that’s what we call traveling cheap.

 
While you may not need to fork over any money, you should always be willing to give what you can when dining in someone else’s home or crashing on their couch. Simply offering to do the dishes or run some errands can go along way, and help you feel more welcome during your stay.

 
Find Free Water

 
You may not realize how expensive purchasing bottled water every day can get, especially when you are used to your Brita filter or just drinking from the tap. Instead, give this idea a try. Purchase large bottles of water, which are cheaper in the long run anyways, and then feel free to refill them in your hotel lobby before you head out for the day. It is quite a common occurrence for people to do so and you will not get the weird glances in your direction like you may if you did the same at home.

 
Fight your Urge to Tip

 
A lot of people see a lack of tipping as rude, but that is simply not the case in Thailand. While a lot of us have been raised and taught to tip based on good service, it is simply not expected in Thailand. Locals do not tip and foreigners are not relied upon to either. In fact, in some instances tipping is seen as a rude and unnecessary display of wealth.

 
Indulge in Local Cuisine

 
Surely you have had your fill of western food before heading to Thailand. To be honest, the imported foreign food in Thailand does not even taste the same or as good as the stuff at home, so why not just skip out on it altogether?
Thai food is delicious, cheap and diverse. The best part is that you will never be more than 5 minutes away from a food cart or a cheap restaurant where you can grab a quick bite to eat.

 
Leave the Alcohol in the Mini Fridge

 
There is more than enough whisky and beer available at the supermarket and it is extremely cheap when compared to bars and the mini fridge at your hotel. If you really want to cut down on costs then you can stick to cheap Thai Whisky, but it may leave you useless for the whole day after.

 
Added Tips about Thailand Law

 
Police in Thailand are more than willing to dish out fines for people not wearing seatbelts on the road and motorcyclists who opt not to wear a helmet. Just because the locals do it doesn’t mean that you are going to get away with it either.

 
Littering is taken pretty seriously in Thailand and a tossed cigarette or throwing an empty beer bottle in the street can lead to a fine if the police see you do it. This is another law that locals tend to get away with breaking but where foreigners and expats are fined all the time. Thai people may be welcoming and friendly, but they do not want tourists coming in and making a mess of their streets or beaches.

 
Employment in Thailand

 
There are quite a few jobs that are available where you can get paid under the table in Thailand, however it is illegal. Teachers and anyone planning on doing business within the country should make sure they go through the Visa process and fill out all the right paperwork. If you want to simply earn a little cash on the side while touring the area by all means go for it, but be aware that there are consequences for breaking the law if you are caught.

 
Thailand has always been a popular vacation destination and it is quickly becoming one of the most popular places where expats head to in order to work abroad and save money. However, just like with any other destination in the world it is possible to blow all of your cash here if you try to live a certain way. Use common sense, try to keep tabs on your spending and make a budget, and get caught up in the local flavours and culture.

 
The Land of Smiles has become the Land of Opportunity for many, whether they are looking for a brief getaway or a new life abroad in Thailand. It is up to you to make the most of this unique and dazzling paradise and these tips should help you along the way.

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Guest Article By Arjun Nanda

India is the second name of unity in diversity. India, versatility like nowhere else, you sure can’t find so many places worth watching, under one roof. India is the land of yoga, Ayurveda,  Kumbh Mela, meditation and much more. You name it and India has it. From the great Himalayas, to the seventh wonder of the world, sun kissed beaches, cold and hot deserts, jungle safaris, a wide range of flora and fauna and much more, a visit to India shall leave you gasping for more.

India offers you a blend of multiple cultures, colourful festivals, beautiful architecture, a variety of legends and hospitality like no place else. A huge beautiful blend of heritage, culture, religion, adventure, wildlife and hospitability, yes, this is what India is like.

In India you have beautiful hill stations like Srinagar, Shimla, Dahlousie, Dharamshala, Musoorie, Kullu , Manali, Darjeeling, Ooty, Mt. Abu and many others. Srinagar is even known as the only paradise on earth, owing to its serenity. Musoorie was named the queen of the hills by the Britishers. The climate and the natural beauty here is something that you’ll fall in love with. Also, not to forget that the north boasts a lot of beautiful temples in remote areas far from the routine haphazard life namely the temples of Amaranth, Srikhand, Kinnar Kailash, Mani Mahesh and Man Sarovar lake.

Then comes the belt of Haridwar, Rishikesh etc these places are not only famous for thousands of years old cultural heritage and temples but also for the adventure side like jungle safaris, such as the Jim Corbett park and river rafting. In the north other places worth a visit are Chandigarh and Amritsar. Amritsar is famous for the historical heritage and also the Golden temple. Then comes Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jaipur and Junagarh. These places boast a lot of royal heritage and architecture in the form of their traditions and architecture. India also boasts one of the seven wonders of the world, that is the Taj Mahal in the city of Agra.

India has beautiful beaches to flaunt and you can have a glimpse of them at Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bengal and Gujarat, given the long coast line of India.

The architectural beauty is at its peak in India. The fine examples of such work of beauty are Dilwara jain temple, Konark Temple, Qutub Minar, Lal killa, Char Minar, Konark temple, Sun temple, Mahabalipuram, Khujrao, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Fatehpur Sikri and the forts of Rajasthan. There is no dearth of adventure such as the angling, camel safari, beach sports, Himalayan trekking, paragliding, jeep safari, scuba diving, skiing, polo, rock climbing, Thar desert, hot air ballooning and the fun in kerala backwaters.

The adventure cities of India are Port Blair, Leh Ladhak, Gangtok and Jaisalmer.  The wildlife is available in plenty, and India makes sure to present it to you in the form of Gir national park, Kaziranga national park, Sundarbans, Periyar and the Bharatgarh wild park. India is also famous for its road tricks and legends. The national currency of India is Rupee, with 45 INR equaling to about 1 USD. The national language of India is Hindi but English is the official language, so that reduces a lot of trouble for the foreigners. India is a multi ethnic state and has a lot of religions prevailing in its territory, namely Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity, Muslim and Parsi cult. Thus with this kind of cosmopolitan approach India sure is making progress leaps and bounds.

Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata are the four metropolitans of India. These cities are a perfect glimpse of modern India. One on side they have a lot of historical heritage to boast and on the other side they have developed into being one of the most developed cities not only in India but also in the world. Besides, these four cities there are cities like Hyderabad, Banglore, Ahemdabad, Surat, Luckhnow and Gurgaon which are the technological hub of India.

Today, India is the next big thing in technology and is emerging as the strongest economic power of Asia and of the world. India is also making a lot of progress in Education with it producing the maximum number of professionals in various fields such as information and technology, engineering, management, science and defense.

India is producing a lot of job opportunities and is definitely being seen as the next superpower of the world. The BPO’s, LPO’s, the tourism industry, pharmacy, medical sciences and the human resources expats can fetch jobs in all the above said niches. The online work has flourished like nowhere else in India. The USD is easily and readily accepted in India and those who earn in dollars make good money in India as USD converts really well to INR. Though most of the Indian population is farming, there has been a rapid shift to technical jobs in the recent past. For anyone interested in owning a farm and spending a life of ease in countryside, India is the place to be.

In India the cost of living may vary from region to region because the cost of living here depends directly on your salary and generally where the cost of living is high you manage yourself higher salary provided you are skilled at your profession. The cost of living in India can be said to be in between 35 to 40 % of your salary. Housing is not bound to be a problem provided you are ready to pay the money. There is not a scarcity in the housing but it can be a little expensive, especially in the metropolitans. A lot depends on your local contacts because a lot of negotiation is possible before finalizing the price. In the end you may find yourself in the accommodation that you had just wanted and also on the price that wouldn’t pinch you much but all depends on the right type of contacts and yes, luck!

If you are considering moving to India then there was never a better time to do so than right now. India is a booming power in today’s world and there is a lot of opportunity available here, given the increase in its foreign trade and the infrastructural development at the pace of light. India is no wonder going to serve you as the best investment ever because in the times to come the world shall see India shining.

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Some modernity, quite a bit of serenity and a whole lot of tropical ease make up the ingredients of a perfect holiday destination, or the perfect place to throw down your hat and call home. If it is that sort of lifestyle you are after then Bahamas is definitely one of the places to be. There is often no better place in the world that offers these ingredients as well as a relaxing way of life with all the comforts of home as the Bahamas.

 
The Bahamas is spread over a number of islands that extends up to 700 and twenty five hundred cays. This alone provides one with sparkling opportunities to explore coral reefs, go scuba diving and dive down and snorkel. That is just the beginning of activities that are available in the Bahamas. If you love to do it, you will find it here. While it is impossible to get into all of the details of what the Bahamas has to offer, we are going to provide you with enough information to help you decide if this is a place that you want to call home.

 

A Little Bit of Background into the Bahamas

 

The capital of Bahamas is Nassau and it is the perfect place to be, given the ample number of beaches and resorts in the city. The entire country is rich in musical taste which centers on the traditional ‘goombay’ and some down town rake and scrape. Location wise, no wonder, it is almost impossible to find a better place than the Bahamas less than a 100 miles off the coast of Florida. It has the perfect climate averaging a tad over 75 degrees and is a dazzling destination for weddings, siestas, parties, honeymoons, family vacations and expats looking for a little more out of life.

 
Touring and Vacationing in the Bahamas

 

When in the Bahamas behave like Bahamians do. Check out the bars, restaurants, casinos, go scuba diving and take a stroll to Atlantis and check out the best shops in the world. The tourist activities are endless and you can just about anything that springs to mind. The water activities range from scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing. If golf interests you then there is no better place than the Cable beach golf course. You can go shopping at the famous Bahamian shops and boutiques and then there are the beaches of the Bahamas, apt for water sports, sun tanning and simply kicking back and getting away from it all.

 
You may also want to venture out and partake in exciting cruises. And that’s not all, while in the Bahamas you’ll have exclusive access to various museums such as the Bahamas historical society museum, the Pompey museum of slavery and emancipation and the Roselawn museum. The nation has a rich historical heritage that includes parliament square, balcony house and the queen’s staircase. Further, you can have a glimpse of beautiful gardens such as the Versailles gardens and the retreat.

 

The Bahamas is also well known for its rich flora, fauna and also has some interesting zoos to boast, for example, the crystal cay. The tourist attractions of the Bahamas are numerous and this leaves you with a lot of choice to pick from. The top rated tourist attractions are Bullocks Harbor, Chub Cay, the Eleuthera Islands, the Exuma Cays, the Exuma iIlands, Great Abaco, Harbour Islands, Inagua Islands, Nassau, Rolle town and San Salvador also known as the Rum cay and The Bight. You may get exhausted visiting all of these places, but the sights are not something you will tire of no matter how long you stay in this paradise.

 

Culture in the Bahamas

 

Culturally, The Bahamas is quite rich. It is a blend of African and European cultures and has a whole lot to offer. It is noteworthy that the bohemian culture at the present time is also deeply influenced by the American culture, music and television owing to the increased commercialization and growing amount of tourism. Despite all this the Bahamians haven’t lost their uniqueness.

 
The national language is English. The people have a great taste in music as Junkanoo music has originated in the Bahamas. The Bahamas also has given rise to many carnivals and fashion parades. It is a super religious country and is also known as the Christian nation, needless to specify that Christianity is the main religion here. The currency of the Bahamas is a dollar (BSD) and the GDP per capita is $22,359. 

 

Finding a Job in the Bahamas

 

If you are considering moving to the Bahamas to find a job then this is another country that boasts quite a bit of variety. The prime jobs for expats are those in the teaching and the hospitality industry, given that the Bahamas is a popular tourism spot. There are ample amounts of jobs available in the tourism industry such as jobs for scuba divers, hotel staff and chefs as well.

 
Second in the list are administrative jobs and legal jobs. You can even consider the insurance industry and the medical field because there is a constant look out for doctors as well as the nurses here. Besides those, you can always look for jobs in the field of accountancy, engineering and management. Nassau happens to be the hub of many such job availabilities.

 

The government has always tried its best to shelter the local banking industry and local financial industry, which in turn generates a lot of job opportunities for the local people as well as expats. The Bahamian government is a little strict about immigration and only entertains those who are key employees of a company or are specialized in something that the locals are not. However, you will find the immigration process in the Bahamas is far less strict than that of other countries and popular destinations.

 

The population of the Bahamas is well spread out and resources in the country are fairly distributed. The cost of living in Bahamas is generally said to be a little higher than that of other countries given the cost of goods here. This is simply because most items need to be imported and thus come in levied with heavy taxes which in turn make them costlier. Automobiles, food and clothing are the basic three subjects in this particular category.

 

Medical and dental treatment is less expensive in comparison to the similar services provided in the United States. You will find that many government run hospitals, such as the Princess Margaret Hospital in the capital city or the Rand Hospital in the city of Freeport, offer medical services that are quite affordable however the waiting hours can be long given the number of people taking benefits from such services.

 

If you sit down and truly decide to move to the Bahamas, finding adequate housing can be a bit of an issue due to overcrowding, but it surely isn’t a big enough problem to scare one away. In case you are moving in after you have managed to find yourself a job in Bahamas then your employer can always help you out. Don’t ignore the rules in terms of work permits before moving in, it is a must have.

 

Bahamas is a nation that offers an unprecedented amount of comfort for expats, especially if money is not really a concern. With the right job and the right amount of money you can get anything you want here as long as you get in touch with the right people. However, just like with any destination, you can learn to live cheap and bask in the island lifestyle no matter what sort of budget you are working with.

Thailand Backpacker Guide | Low Cost Villages & When to Travel

Posted by Drew On September - 30 - 2009
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Photo By Rene Ehrhardt

Thailand has long been one of the most popular Asian destinations for tourists from around the world, no doubt due to its beautiful countryside, friendly citizens and lovely beaches.

 

While the country of Thailand is renowned for its open spaces and beautiful scenery, it is known for its bustling city life as well.  The sprawling city of Bangkok is a riot of sights and sounds, with fast moving traffic, large international hotels, the best shops and gleaming office buildings.  The modern world is very much on display here, and the country of Thailand is a growing economic force on the horizon.

 

Travel Costs in Thailand

 
Budget minded tourists have known about Thailand for years, and this great vacation destination is one of the most inexpensive hot spots on the globe.  While the cities can be expensive, budget travelers can easily trim those costs by staying outside the city centers and exploring the countryside.

 

There are many wonderful villages to explore throughout the country, and the low cost only makes the country more charming and beautiful.  American and European visitors generally find that their money goes much further in Thailand than in other Asian countries, making it possible to enjoy a long and leisurely vacation at a very affordable cost.

 

Those wary of carrying large amounts of cash will find ATMs scattered throughout the country.  These modern conveniences are particularly widespread in the major cities and resort areas, but they are available in smaller towns and villages as well.

 

Credit cards are widely accepted in the large cities, at the country’s many shopping malls and at large hotel chains.  On the other hand most family run lodgings and many restaurants do not take plastic, so visitors should be sure to keep enough cash on hand.  Visitors should exchange most of their money for the local currency at one of the official money exchange centers, but it is a good idea to retain some U.S. or European currency for emergencies.

 

When to Travel to Thailand
Thailand is a land of many delights, but bad weather can ruin even the most delightful vacation.  Most people find that the best time for a visit to Thailand is between November and February.  During this time of year there is less rainfall, and less of the oppressive heat that often accompanies a Thai summer.

 

The peak tourist season runs from November to the end of March, so visitors going at that time should expect large crowds and long lines at major tourist sites.  Tourist traffic is also high in the months of July and August, but not as bad as the November to March peak season.  Those who want to avoid crowds and enjoy lower prices may want to schedule their visits for April, May or June, when the lines are shorter and the sites are less crowded.

 

Most major airlines have regular flights in and out of Bangkok, so getting to Thailand should not be a problem. . There are many discounters offering steeply reduced tickets, but it is important to deal only with reputable firms.  Paying by credit card is always a good idea when booking travel, since this type of payment offers a wealth of consumer protections not available with other forms of payment.

 

Many tour operators offer all inclusive packages to Thailand, including airfare, hotel accommodations, travel within the country and even sightseeing excursions.  These package deals can be a good way to see the country, but independent minded travelers may be able to lower their cost by planning their own itineraries.

 

Once they have arrived, visitors have a wealth of choices for how to get around.  Many adventurous travelers choose to see the country by bike, and this can indeed be a good way to get around. Visitors who want to bring their own bikes into the country are free to do so, but the bikes must be registered with the customs agency upon arrival.  Failure to do so could result in a hefty duty when leaving the country.

 

Those who choose not to bring their own transportation in the form of a bike will find a number of alternatives at their disposal.  The country features an extensive system of inter-city buses, making it easy to see the countryside at leisure.  Large cities like Bangkok have their own extensive public transportation systems, making it easy to see the sights and get from place to place.  Public transportation is also a very affordable option, leaving visitors with plenty of spare cash to spend at the shops and restaurants throughout the country.

 

Renting a car is generally not recommended, since the roads in Thailand can be difficult to navigate for the uninitiated.  The rental process can also be cumbersome and expensive, so most visitors are advised to rely on a combination of public transportation and taxis.

 

No matter how they get around, many visitors find the country of Thailand so enchanting that they can’t wait to return.  Thailand has many repeat visitors who arrive year after year to take in the delightful sights, sounds and smells of this unique Asian travel destination.

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Traveling Cheap in India | Budget Backpacking Tips

Posted by Drew On September - 9 - 2009
Crowded Streets Full of Culture

Crowded Streets Full of Culture

India is a country with very diverse cultures and languages that come along with a number of traditions, beliefs and rituals. This diversity along with the scenic beauty of the locations is the main reason why millions of people are visiting India every year. The unique taste of culture and history is also one of the attractive features of the country seeing as the civilization of India is one of the oldest and greatest of all time.

 
However, touring India without proper preparations can be a very bad experience. While many seasoned travelers have had the adventures of their lives after bustling around the country on a whim, this is a place where you are much better off with a plan of action. If you want to travel to the best places in India, avoid awkward situations, and stretch your money the furthest, then read on and take note of these tips. Jot them down, prepare yourself and get ready for the experience of a lifetime, without having to spend a fortune.

 
Travel Planning for a Trip to India

 
Getting the assistance of a travel planner or a tour operator can be a very good thing to do. While there are a number of ways to get the most out of your money on your own, you will appreciate India more in many ways if you seek out professional advice. Travel to India can be cheap if you get the assistance of a reputed tour operator. You can also opt for Indian travel packages by the reliable travel agencies, or just take advantage of daily tours. This isn’t to say that a packaged tour is the best or cheapest way to go, but it can save a ton of unexpected and unnecessary hassle.

 
Finding Accommodations in India

 
Finding the perfect mix of cheap hotels that include excellent features is obviously the best way to go. One of the best tips in terms of saving money on accommodations in India is to try and find hotels that offer payment in the local currency. Not only will the accommodations be slightly cheaper in Indian Rupees, but there is also a lot more wiggle room on the price and opportunity to barter. If you are looking for a deal then leave your credit card at home and pay in cash whenever you can.

 
If you are looking for a little more luxury though, it also isn’t very hard to find. India is a place where luxury has no limits, and you can find hotels that will pamper you beyond belief for a fraction of the price. Try to find the right balance and lay your head down in an affordable, locally owned hotel for a few nights and then pamper yourself for one or two nights of the week at a high class establishment.

 
Group Tours in India

 
Joining a group tour is often a decent idea as they can offer you great safety and companionship. Having partners for visiting the various exotic locations in India can be an added plus and make it easier to find your way around and get accustomed to local intricacies. Aside from connecting with other tourists you can also look into getting the help of a local guide while visiting the various destinations in India. While many travelers think that this isn’t really the authentic way to get around, you can gain from the insight and knowledge that these people have about the local customs and traditions.

 

Further Preparation for the Trip of a Lifetime

 

Getting travel insurance before you go on a trip to India is often a good idea. Unlike other more “cookie cutter” destinations, you cannot always be sure what is going to happen or what you may encounter. Even if nothing goes wrong though it can be nice to have some travel insurance in case you want to delay your return home and stay in India for a few extra days.

 

India cannot really be described as travel location, as it really offers more of an experience. The forts and palaces of India will give you an insight into the heritage of India and the wild life tours are also cheap as well as thrilling in India, as there are many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India. The diversity of the flora and fauna within the country will also floor you and appear when you least expect it.

 

India needs to be on your list of places to travel to. The only real advice to keep in mind is that you want to be prepared. If you plan ahead and seek out advice from expert travelers and tour guides then you can have the trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank.

 

Some of the best things in life are free, and that is especially true when you walk the streets of India and take in the culture and history that is abound.

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vene-beachImagine yourself being thrown in middle of beautiful landscapes, seductive beaches, serene mountains and beautiful waterfalls. That is just scratching the surface when it comes to what Venezuela has to offer vacationers and expats looking to start a new life abroad. While it isn’t always on the top of the list when it comes to most desirable places to live, it offers an exciting mix of eclectic culture and vibrant cities.
Venezuela is a tropical country located in South America and is bordered by Guyana, Brazil, and Colombia. Despite being a tropical country Venezuela has a diversified climate ranging from humid weather to glaciers which offers a varied lifestyle depending on where in the country you choose to vacation to or settle down. When looking at destinations for living abroad it can often be an added bonus for a climate to be diversified. While beach living is tempting, dry and hot weather all year long can be draining.
vene-caracasLifestyle in Venezuela

The capital city of Venezuela is Carcas. The population is estimated to be around 27,030,656. It has the fourth highest birth rate in South America and houses about 252,200 refugees. The majority of the population is Mestizo and then about one fifth have a European lineage and another one tenth of the population has a lineage from Africa. There is no official religion, as in a religion that is recognized by the state, with the country. The official language is Spanish with more than 30 other local languages in use. The president is both the head of the government as well as the state and is chosen by the system of universal adult suffrage.

Venezuelans have developed a very urban lifestyle and has evolved to a majority of middle class citizens. Local beer, rum and coffee are the most popular beverages and North American music as well as a little South America salsa and Latin soul add a little spice to life. While the majority of citizens are middle class there are quite a few elites within the nation that have built their lives around oil and have quite a bit of pull with the government.

Tourism in Venezuela

Carcas, Angel Falls, Gran Sabana, arid deserts, beautiful mountains and sandy beaches, Venezuela has a lot to boast. A cable ride to Sierra Nevada National Park is worth a fortune. If you find yourself in Venezuela then you do not ever want to miss out on taking a quick jaunt over to Aruba or Trinidad and Tobago also. Playa Colarada boasts of some world famous beaches and then Gran Sabana has some unusually flat mountain tops that are more than worth a visit. To cut it short the country has a dizzying array of attractions and sights. Venezuela is in no way one of those cookie cutter destinations where you find yourself doing the same thing day in and day out.
venezuela1Work in Venezuela
The currency of Venezuela is the Bolivar and at the moment of publication that the exchange rate is approximately 1 VEB = .000465 USD. The inflation rate is quite substantial and currently sits at 26% which obviously has quite an effect on the cost of living in Venezuela. The majority of jobs are offered within the service industry which includes employment sectors such as healthcare, retail, transport, education and of course tourism, seeing as it forms a vital part of Venezuela’s economy. The estimated average salary in Venezuela is 7,480 VEB which may vary depending on the personal factors which are not constant in all cases.
Job networking sites offer a good option if you are looking for jobs within the country. You can speak to local clients and connect with potential employers about the possibility of obtaining a full time job. However, in many cases you are better off simply saving up and heading to Venezuela, and then starting your job search from within. Companies and employers are far more willing to hire people in person rather than over the phone or via the internet.
Housing in Venezuela

Housing can be a bit of an issue in cities like Carcas. The prices vary according to the location and one of your best bets is to get yourself registered with the nearest consulate as soon as possible. The consulate can often help point you in the right direction for housing and accommodations and also help you take the necessary precautions. Venezuela is an earthquake prone country and is affected by torrential rains, so one must also take pretty serious precautions when purchasing property and housing insurance.
Crime rate in Venezuela

Unfortunately, Venezuela has the highest per capita homicide rate in the world. The violent crime rate is an issue of concern here with kidnappings, assaults and robberies occurring every now and then. Many harassment cases against U.S citizens have occurred and have raised a serious concern. The political climate is highly polarized and prone to violence. While this is the one side that is often seen by many foreigners, the issues are a lot more isolated than it appears. There are of course major areas of concern and you are advised to stay away. However there are also very safe communities and especially some safe resorts and areas for vacationers.

vene-desertTravel in Venezuela

Venezuela is connected through a major air route connecting South America with the rest of the world and thus remains a very easily accessible country of South America. It lies just above the equator and is situated in a part of the world that enjoys relatively pleasant weather all through out the year. This does mean that there is technically no off season or peak season in terms of traveling to Venezuela, but still to be precise the best time to travel to Venezuela is from September to April, which happens to be the dry season.
Yes there are a few drawbacks when it comes to considering moving, living and working Venezuela but there are also a number of wonderful opportunities. While some destinations offer an easy transition for expats this is not necessarily the case for Venezuela. However that is what makes it so appealing for some people who are trying to escape their routine life and break off the beaten path. Countries like Costa Rica and Mexico offer completely foreign communities that feel just like a southern American town. A lot of expats love that accessibility but it isn’t for everyone. If you are looking for something a little different then you may want to consider Venezuela. Just keep in mind that research and preparation are keys for a move to Venezuela, even more than for other countries abroad.

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