I have said in the last few articles that I have been living in Europe. The city is Lisbon, one of the cheapest capitals in Europe. It has a great quality of life and it is pretty cheap to live here. It is not nearly a cheap as Tainan, but it certainly blows away the high cost of living in Orange County. Today I will give you some of the costs of living here and point you to a website I thoroughly enjoy, The Earth Awaits.
The Earth Awaits (TEA)
As you can see, living is Lisbon cost less than half of what it does in Irvine, where I was living before. It can often be difficult to gauge the cost of living before going somewhere. But with TEA you can input your lifestyle and get a reasonable estimate for the cost of living elsewhere. This is great if you are thinking of working abroad, hoping to retire somewhere where you can live more comfortably, or maybe you have another idea. I’d definitely recommend trying it out.
So if you have read my articles you’ll know I love a good deal. For meals, I eat breakfast and dinner at home and eat lunch at school. The first few weeks I was getting a €3.50 lunch that includes an entree with fries and salad. However, my classmates took me to an even better deal. For €2.65 you can get a piece of bread, soup, entree, salad, dessert or fruit, and juice. Admittedly it is not the greatest meal, but who can complain at that price.
We are renting a room in a flat with several other students for €640 a month including utilities. I have been told it is possible to get an entire place for this price, but coming from abroad I didn’t have the resources to get such a deal. Perhaps when the contract is up in June I will find something cheaper.
Lisbon scores a 99 Walk Score, meaning it is nearly the best place to walk. I would agree and say that you should stay away from using cars because the roads are one or two lanes and therefore have lots of traffic during arriving and leaving work periods. For the first month, I got a monthly metro and bus pass that cost €37. However, I lost my wallet recently and starting walking everywhere. And I think I’ll survive!
Living in Lisbon has been enjoyable and I get to experience something new. The wages here are much lower and the people manage to have a pretty good quality of life. I challenge you to try to experience other places if you are interested. You may think it is not possible, but I managed to do so while working and now I’ve crafted another year abroad. Finally, check out The Earth Awaits. It is fun to see others’ cost of living. Who knows, you might even become motivated to move.