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  • Quarantine's over and you can't wait to travel- but you're broke.

  • Lucky for you, today we're going to tell you just how far your dollar can stretch all

  • over the world.

  • Let's start with something called the Big Mac Index, which tells you how much you pay

  • for this super-calorific layered sandwich all over the world.

  • It's sometimes used to give people an idea about how expensive a country is.

  • If you have little cash in the bank for your vacation you might want to skip your trip

  • to Switzerland, which comes right at the top of the Index.

  • A Big Mac there costs a whopping $7.29, or at least as of January 2021.

  • Sweden and Norway come next, but what might surprise you is the US is in fourth place.

  • The home of the Big Mac isn't cheap.

  • We looked at DoorDash for an area in New York called Crown Heights and even fries were $2.27.

  • A Big Mac was $6.60, and so for a dollar, you can't really get much.

  • You can, however, buy two cookies since they are 49 cents each.

  • If you head over to Russia, you can get yourself a Big Mac for just $1.88.

  • We used an online delivery website again to see what we might buy for just a buck.

  • For about a dollar, you can get the egg and cheese muffin, which isn't bad at all, or

  • at least it beats a couple of cookies.

  • For just over a dollar you can also get two cheese muffins.

  • You can also get rolls with cottage cheese and a big tub of oatmeal both for around one

  • dollar each.

  • You can also get your fries for under a dollar and you can wash that down with a large Coke

  • which costs pretty much one dollar exactly.

  • That's the same cost as a large Coke in South Africa.

  • Just to put things into perspective, we tried to buy someMaccie Deesin Leeds in

  • the UK and that egg and cheese muffin was almost three times more expensive than it

  • was in Russia.

  • There was nothing on the menu for less than a dollar, not even what the English callfizzy

  • drinks”.

  • A single espresso was the cheapest thing we saw coming in at $1.11.

  • Those Yorkshire men and women sure have to work hard for theirscran”.

  • Lastly, we headed over to McDonald's in Thailand, a country where today you can walk

  • down the street and get a plate of rice with some stir-fried chicken and basil for about

  • one dollar.

  • This dish is arguably the most eaten dish in the country.

  • Sometimes it might cost about 40 baht, though, which is over a dollar.

  • At the Thai McDonalds, you can get a corn pie for under a dollar and also an Oreo McFlurry

  • and a chocolate sundae.

  • As for drinks, we couldn't find any for under a dollar.

  • We visited websites where people that call themselves digital nomads talk about living

  • abroad, including costs.

  • It seems these days there are many of these folks since working outside of an office has

  • become the norm for so many people.

  • We were told that Ukraine is a fabulous place to work and it is very, very cheap.

  • We are also just going to say here that prices vary from city to city in most countries,

  • but ex-pat websites will give you average costs.

  • In Ukraine, you can get a beer for about one dollar, or you could get two cans of Coke

  • instead.

  • The same website told us that in the US the same amount of beer costs five bucks.

  • Ukraine shops might charge you about one dollar for 12 eggs, which again is far cheaper than

  • the US.

  • For just under a dollar you could also get one kilo of rice or a kilo of apples or bananas.

  • To fill up, you could also buy two kilos of potatoes.

  • Again, just to give you an idea of how cheap this is, in the US in some places you will

  • pay about $2.50 for one kilo of potatoes.

  • Ok, now something for all you folks out there that embrace your so-called bad habits.

  • If you like beer and you aren't rich, don't bother visiting Qatar where half a liter of

  • beer is over 12 bucks.

  • If you want a beer for one dollar or less you might have to stay out of most of Europe,

  • and to be fair, most of the world.

  • But if you go to the countries of Colombia, Paraguay, Armenia, Vietnam, Ethiopia, and

  • Nigeria you can easily buy half a liter of beer in a restaurant for under a dollar.

  • As for another bad habit, smoking, you'd have to be positively wealthy to get through

  • a pack of Marlboros in a day in some nations.

  • In Australia, one pack costs a whopping $27 US.

  • In the UK it's $15 and in the US it's $8.

  • In Vietnam, the same pack will cost you just over a dollar and in Nigeria and Kazakhstan

  • you are looking at pretty much one buck a pack, give or take a few cents.

  • As for wine, that can also set you back a lot in some countries.

  • Even in places where some things are cheap, such as Thailand and Indonesia, wine is prohibitively

  • expensive.

  • A pretty low standard of wine in the former will cost you about 20 bucks and in the latter

  • country about 15 bucks, if you buy from a shop.

  • One of the reasons for this is the import tax and the fact so many wines are imported.

  • Usually, you'll be paying in the region of four times more than the country where

  • the wine came from.

  • If you want good wines for a dollar a glass, buy the bottle in the country it is made.

  • Ok, so what about that other popular drink that your car can't get enough of, gasoline.

  • It's pretty expensive in Hong Kong at $2.30 a liter, but then who wants to drive in a

  • city that looks like a real-life version of the game Mouse Trap.

  • In Australia, where you can drive for hours and hours and not see another car, a liter

  • costs about one buck.

  • In the US, you'll pay way less than a buck for a liter.

  • The US actually has relatively very cheap gas.

  • But if you want gasoline so cheap you'll want to take the stuff home with you, go to

  • Libya where you can get almost 10 liters for a dollar.

  • In Algeria, Kuwait, and Nigeria you can get almost 3 liters for one dollar.

  • In Qatar and Saudi Arabia, you can buy two liters of gas for a dollar and walk away with

  • some change in your pocket.

  • In Iraq and Malaysia for two liters you might have to use your entire dollar.

  • Ok, so let's imagine you really are going to travel abroad and work and you want to

  • make your money go far.

  • First of all, what so many budding digital nomads don't get is, sure you can live like

  • a local for very cheap in many countries, but if you want a modern condo, western food,

  • and you want to dine out, well, life might not be cheap at all, or at least not as inexpensive

  • as you thought it would be.

  • Still, some things will save you money and one of them is transportation costs.

  • Ask any Londoner who's got a long commute and needs to pay for a parking spot about

  • their travel costs.

  • It aint cheap.

  • English trains, too, what's up with them being so damn expensive.

  • Then you have taxis, which are often quite a luxury in parts of Europe.

  • But if you head to parts of South Asia you can get around pretty cheaply.

  • The average cost for a 1km taxi tariff in Germany is about $2.50.

  • In the US it is about $1.60 and it's a bit more in the UK.

  • But in beautiful Croatia, it's only about one dollar.

  • It's a similar cost in Palestine, South Africa, and Nigeria.

  • But man, if you head to Vietnam, you can scoot around for the same distance for 68 cents.

  • In China, you can go three times as far as in the US for one dollar, as you can in the

  • Philippines.

  • In Pakistan, India, and Uzbekistan, you can go way further for one dollar, with the reason

  • being that many people on low wages rely on taxi services.

  • With that in mind, if you're not intent on eating in Michelin-starred restaurants

  • in Hanoi's French quarter, and you can live without hanging withhi-sosin Bangkok

  • who've paid four times more for their Porsche than someone in the US, or if you don't

  • mind forgoing cheese and wine nights where only the wealthy dare go in Lagos, you can

  • live pretty cheaply since many low-wage earners need cheap food, cheap gasoline, cheap taxis.

  • Russia is one of those lands of extreme wealth gaps, too.

  • Moscow was one of the cities mentioned in a survey as being terribly costly, especially

  • if you want to visit swanky clubs.

  • New York City and Hong Kong were also mentioned.

  • But in the latter two cities, pretty much everything is expensive.

  • You can still travel by taxi in Moscow for a really cheap price, in fact, some of the

  • cheapest prices on the planet.

  • Your dollar will get you a short journey.

  • You can drive to the supermarket and for one dollar go three ways on a bottle of vodka.

  • Pick up a liter of milk while you're there for another dollar.

  • As for food, get yourself two kilos of onions for a buck, and for another buck get two kilos

  • of tomatoes.

  • Doing pretty much the exact same thing in Hong Kong will cost you about three times

  • as much.

  • In New York City you will likely have to spend four times as much for the same exciting day

  • out.

  • But let's now think about luxuries that everyone in a country wants, even in countries

  • with almost criminal wealth disparities.

  • One of those things is going out to watch a movie.

  • This is where the rich and the poor for once in their life might end up sitting together,

  • although one dude might not have bothered with the insanely expensive bag of popcornThe

  • Brits watching this know what we are talking about.

  • You can't actually watch a Hollywood movie that has just come out anywhere in the world

  • for one buck, although in Afghanistan you won't pay much more.

  • If you consider that most theaters in most countries have cheap days, maybe a buck is

  • possible there.

  • Another example is Montreal's Dollar Cinema, where you can watch movies for one buck if

  • you buy enough tickets at the same time and the film isn't a new release.

  • It's the same in India, you can get some sweet deals if you want to go and watch Bollywood

  • movies.

  • In the city of Chennai, the average cost of a movie ticket is only about 80 cents.

  • Take your family and buy some cheap snacks and you will likely pay no more than five

  • bucks.

  • When we say cheap snacks we mean it.

  • You can get five filled pancakes called dosas for a dollar if you get them in the street.

  • In food terms, this is the country where your dollar goes far and the array of tastes is

  • amazing.

  • On the other side of the world in the UK, a person with some Indian ancestry might want

  • to take their kids to see a movie.

  • If they do, that trip according to the UK media will likely cost them in the region

  • of $140.

  • Add to that taxi costs and you can understand why so many working class families would rather

  • stay in and watchEastenders”.

  • But then the UK has pretty much built an entire economy for the poor.

  • You have super cheap supermarkets such as Aldi, a place where many grocery snobs wouldn't

  • be seen dead.

  • There, you can pick up three cans of Everyday Essentials Baked Beans for one buck.

  • All you need now is bread.

  • You can get two full loaves if you buy the Village Bakery brand.

  • The children want cheesy beans, of course, so for one dollar, you buy a pack of eight

  • cheese slices made by Emporium Kids.

  • Now you've got a veritable feast for the family, plus you have the one-dollar bottle

  • of Orchard Apple Cider to wash the beans down with.

  • Ah, life is beautiful.

  • You can pity all those ex-pats in Asia paying four times as much for the same stuff from

  • their western-style supermarkets.

  • The problem is, if you want to fire up that TV and see what's going on inAlbert

  • Squareyou will need some electricity.

  • You may also need to heat your place.

  • The rent alone in the UK can pretty much take up most of someone's wage and you might

  • only be getting a tiny place.

  • We won't go into how much electricity and gas you can get for one dollar, but we'll

  • look at utility costs around the world.

  • The UK comes very high at an average of $218 a month.

  • Israel, Hong Kong, Austria, Slovenia and Germany are the only countries with higher costs.

  • In the US, where wages are similar to the UK but also where many houses don't resemble

  • rabbit hutches, the average monthly cost of utilities is $168.

  • Still, according to average house rental costs, the US average is slightly higher than the

  • UK.

  • Both countries are in the top bracket at over $1,000 bucks a month on average.

  • That will of course sound low to anyone here who is from Manhattan or most of London.

  • You can head over to Ecuador, or Belarus, or Malaysia, or Bulgaria, and in fact many

  • places around the world, and get a much better-looking place in a much better-looking area for a

  • third of the cost.

  • Your utility bills will also cost much, much less.

  • But if you live in Kenya or Bolivia utilities on average will cost you about eight times

  • less than in the US.

  • It's similarly cheap in digital nomad havens such as Mexico, Vietnam, Costa Rica, India,

  • Thailand, and Colombia.

  • Remember, though, what you save on heating the place you might lose on air-conditioning

  • costs.

  • So, there you go.

  • We hope we've provided you with some insights that will help you prepare for your post-lockdown

  • travel.

  • Now you need to watch, “Spend $1 Billion Dollars In 24 Hours or LOSE IT ALLCHALLENGE.”

  • Or, have a look at, “How Man Won Crazy Money By Hacking A Game Show.”

Quarantine's over and you can't wait to travel- but you're broke.

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