Cost of living around the world- what will $100 buy you?

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

When living or traveling overseas, it still always amazes me how much, or how little, your money will get you in another country. Knowing exchange rates is very important to every traveler’s experience. Being wise in money will ensure you are better prepared but also help ensure you will not be taken for a ride during purchases. A good place to start would be on the internet with a quick XE currency converter search before you depart.

When I visited the absolutely beautiful Philippines back in 2013, I was amazed at how far my money went. I felt like a queen when a wonderful dinner out was the cost of a sandwich back home. It was just the opposite when I visited London during the spring of 2014. Doing the exchange rate math in my head, I was pretty discouraged, as my US dollar didn’t go very far there.

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So we thought it would be fun to show what $100 USD gets you in different countries and cities around the world. Pretty interesting!

What will $100 USD Get You Around the World

India

You can purchase a fancy dinner for two at an expensive restaurant with starters, mains, sides, dessert, and wine. You will probably even have money left over. A good example is a restaurant in New Delhi that my friends recently went to, Indian Accent. Check out the prices! $100 is 6000 rupees and that can get you a lot! If food isn’t your thing then you could afford one month’s rent or give the gift of education to a child for an entire year!

New York City

We all know the Big Apple is pretty pricey but you will be able to afford a taxi ride to and from JFK airport. Dinner, dessert and a drink for one person at a nice restaurant is also an option. Just be careful because tax and tip will sneak up on you when the bill comes.

Philippines

Amazing how $100 in the Philippines will get you food and electricity for 10 days. You can also take a boat tour to different islands for two people.

Oman

323 litres of petrol, 380 litres of bottled water, a speed boat for a morning of wild dolphin watching for two, or six days of food.

United Kingdom

Hungry? Go to Macca’s and you can buy 24 Big Macs (without fries and drink). That’s the best deal you are going to get because $100 USD won’t get you a hotel room but at least you can fill up your car’s tank of gas.

USA

The USA is a big place and depending on where you are you can get a lot or a little. How about 100 McDonald’s cheeseburgers, 6 drinks at the Four Seasons, 6 months of streaming from Netflix, a days rent in San Francisco, two bags of groceries at Wholefoods, or 8 adult tickets to the cinema?

Bulgaria

While this country is known for having amazing feta cheese, there are still lots of other things to be bought for $100 USD. You could get 50 liters of petrol, 15 Big Macs, 12 months of high-speed internet, or 15 adult tickets to the cinema.

Sydney

As beautiful as Sydney is, your money won’t go very far. You’ll get 5 adult tickets to the cinema, 1 Apple mouse, or 25 cups of coffee at a café. Been thinking about doing the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb? Think again! Depending on the time and day of the week you are not even halfway there.

Norway

10 beers at a local pub or 6 packets of cigarettes. Or maybe you prefer admission for 12 into the National Museum located in Oslo.

China

What can you buy in the most populated country in the world? How about web hosting for 1 year, 36 Big Mac’s or better yet get you and 61 of your friends’ admission into the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Indonesia

Amongst the beautiful islands there is much to see and do but did you know you and 4 friends could play detective for the afternoon at The Escape Hunt Experience for $100 USD? Maybe you prefer one month of food for one person or 215 litres of gasoline.

South Africa

Safaris, wild animals and vistas that go on for miles are among the many things to see and do in South Africa. Here are some other things to consider: a month of groceries, three tanks of petrol,  23 Big Mac meals or 6.5 cases of beer.

Brazil

It’s a big country so better start off right and fill your car with 64 litres of petrol. Walk the famous Ipanema Beach all day long because that is FREE!

United Arab Emirates

To quote my friend, “that’s about 367 AED and you could purchase one of the following: – unlimited booze brunch at a hotel – sand tour jeep safari for 2 people – one way taxi ride to Abu Dhabi – 3 spin classes at Fly Wheel – 2 Platinum movie tickets – moderate shopping as long as there are sales – a shit load of gas cus it’s dirt cheap over here.” Awesome! Thank you Jose.

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*NB: calculations are rough estimates based on the exchange rate at the time of publication.

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Game of Thrones: Cost of living and real estate comparison

Adam Vagley @goodmigrations

The countdown to the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones has begun and unless you’ve been living beyond the wall for the last 8 years, you’re probably aware of the exuberant excitement for the premiere.

One of the joys of the show is the incredible film locations that make us feel like we’re in a real world King’s Landing, Dorne, or other faraway parts of “the known world”.

So we thought we’d jump on the GoT bandwagon and show you what it would cost to live like royalty in a real palace in the real world. (Hey HGTV, take note: it’s time to start a Castle Hunters television series. We know Jon Snow would be a fan since he needs some decor inspiration — black fur just isn’t a great look in summer months.)

So here it is, the Game of Thrones Real Estate Comparison.

Game of Thrones Cost of Living Comparison Infographic

 

KING’S LANDING
Film location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Are there castles for sale here? Yes.
The Palace Soderini is located within Dubrovnik’s walls. It’s got true royal roots since it was built for an exiled member of Florence’s ruling Medici family. It’ll cost you just over $2.5M. That’s €2.2M.

WINTERFELL
Film location: County Down, Northern Ireland
Are there castles for sale here? Yes.
Live like a king in Gilford Castle. With 15 bedrooms and 207 acres, there is plenty of room to spread out.  Spend days hunting on your land or fishing in the river that cuts through it. There are stables, a kennel, and a sawmill on site as well. The cost to live here? $3M or £2.3M.

MEEREEN
Film location: Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco
Are there castles for sale here? Not exactly.
Ait-Ben-Haddou doesn’t have any comparable real estate, so we went to the nearest city in Morocco, Ouarzazate. There you’ll find the over-the-top 7th Art Palace, which was built by a movie producer. Each bedroom is themed after a famous movie, such as Cleopatra and Gladiator. This piece of life imitating art will cost you $2.9M (€2.5M).

DORNE
Film location: Seville, Spain
Are there castles for sale here? Si.
While it doesn’t have the Water Gardens, this 10,000 square foot palace with 145 acres of land does have olive groves. Living like the Martells (RIP) will set you back $6.7M (€6.0M).

HIGHGARDEN
Film location: Cordoba, Spain
Are there castles for sale here? Mas o menos.
Lady Olenna Tyrell (also RIP) would approve of this spot since nobility used to own this nine bedroom palace. It’s also the most expensive home on our list; costing you $11.4M (€9.8M). Even the name – “Palacio de Cordoba” – sounds upscale.

BRAAVOS
Film location: Šibenik, Croatia
Are there castles for sale here? Not exactly.
The free city of Braavos…er, Šibenik is fresh out of palaces and sword fighting (the palaces have been turned into museums and the swords are in those museums), but you can still get a palatial six bedroom modern villa in this coastal medieval town. You’ll just need to pony up $1.8M (€1.6M) for the beautifully named – and situated – Villa Novitas.

THE EYRIE
Film location: Meteora, Greece
Are there castles for sale here? Nope, nothing castle-like here besides a UNESCO monastery perched on a mountain, which is a pretty stunning sight.
We’ll admit it: we just picked out the first awesome villa we found. It’s nowhere near Meteora. But it is stunning. Meet The Venetian, situated on the western Greek island of Lefkada. If House Arryn could get a mulligan, they’d probably choose to live here. The price? $2.8M (€2.5M).

Artwork:
Super awesome GoT location icons by Lucía Gómez Alcaide
www.lucecitagmz.com

Real Estate Listings:
King’s Landing: https://bit.ly/2FnRzJs
Winterfell: https://bit.ly/2ukBgIg
Meereen: https://bit.ly/2KHrOFt
Dorne: https://bit.ly/2Uj5niI
Highgarden: https://bit.ly/2MMDCHi
Braavos: https://bit.ly/2UjDR4K
The Eyrie: https://bit.ly/2LJJIYL

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13 of the Scariest Places in the World

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Not all places are fun and beautiful to visit. There are many places and cities around the world with a dark and disturbing history.

And being that it is nearly Halloween, let’s take a trip and visit our 13 scariest places around the world.

1. Estes Park, Colorado- The Stanley Hotel

Stephen King’s inspiration for his novel turned movie The Shining. Also known as The Overlook Hotel.

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15 GIFs to Perfectly Describe All the Emotions of Moving Abroad

Adam Vagley @goodmigrations

Moving to a new country is a quick way to experience the full range of human emotion: Excitement, anxiety, sadness…. For those who are on the path to becoming an expat, here’s a fun post on what you can expect to go through. And for all the veteran expats, just think back to when you went through this experience and how good it feels to look back and laugh.

1. You’re moving to a new country?! Super exciting!!

2. You start to panic: Do I have the money for this? You check your bank account repeatedly.

3. The panic continues. OMG there are so many details to take care of! #Overwhelming.
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How far have you traveled?

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

When my husband and I decided to take the plunge and move abroad we did it right! We moved as far away as we possibly could from New York City and ended up in Sydney, Australia. Now, no matter where in the world we live, it will always feel much closer to home.

Despite nearly 24 hours of travel time between New York City and Sydney we still only traveled a total of 10,289 miles, which put us 14,612 miles shy of going completely around the planet.

We thought we’d hit that milestone when, back in 2013, we took 3.5 months off from work and planned what we called our “Around the World” trip. The trip started in Sydney and went to the Philippines, Thailand, Morocco, London, New York, Florida, and finally Los Angeles.

Even this globe trotting only amounted to 21,939 miles, which was still 2,962 miles shy of actually traveling around the world. So to-date we still haven’t made it “around the world”, but next time you’re in a boring party and need some trivia to liven things up here are some everyday items and how many of them it would take to go “around the world.”

It would take 626,082,286 apples to make it around the world.

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It would take 210,363,648 pencils to make it around the world.

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It would take 350,606,080 iPhones to make it around the world.

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It would take 267,230 football fields to make it around the world.

Football Field GoodMigrations

It would take 109,564,400 French Bulldogs to make it around the world.

Louise

It would take 32,869,320 Great Danes to make it around the world.

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It would take 199,208,000 toothbrushes to make it around the world.
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We’re interested in hearing from you. Whats the farthest distance you’ve traveled?

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