Where can you live on $500 USD per month

This report asks, Where can you live on $500 USD per month?

Michael reports being able to live on $500 per month in Brazil. He is able to go over budget when needed because his social security income from the USA is about $1500 USD per month.

Here are Michael’s monthly reported fixed expenses:

Recurring Expense

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Niece’s Rent






Hi Dan.

This is album 2 (Downloaded from Michael’s Google account). Photos of apartment and Condo (pool, bar area, gym, etc). If you need a description of any of the photos, let me know. The name of my city is Santo Antonio de Jesus,. In the state of Bahia.

Google Map (link)


Hi Dan

Yes, I do have photos of my town and my condo/apartment that I’ve taken myself. I’m away from home for a day, but when I get home tomorrow evening I’ll send them to you.


Hi Michael,

Please look over these questions and add or remove any you think would

be appropriate. Then reply with whether you would prefer a morning or

afternoon zoom interview and what day(s) would be best.

Background Information:

Where are you from?

Why did you decide to leave your home country and at what age did you

start thinking about living or retiring overseas?

In the last 20 years, how many years have you spent living outside your

home country?

You mentioned in the comments of another video that you are living in

Brazil on about $500 USD per month and you have been to all of the

Latin American Countries. What Latin American countries have you

visited are your top 3 favorites?

What is it about those 3 countries that cause you to put them as the top


What Latin American Countries would you say you could live on for $500

USD per month?

Where are you living now, how long have you lived there, and why did you

pick it?

Are people friendly to you here? More or less than your home country?

Do you feel safe living there?

Is it easier to find highly desirable love there; or in your home


Cost of Living Where you are now:

What does a 1-bedroom apartment rent for around there on a 1-year lease?

What do you pay in utilities per month: gas, electricity, and water?

What do you pay for the internet at home?

What do you spend on groceries per month?

What do you pay for your smartphone per month?

What are some of the things you do for fun there?

Do you feel safe living there?

What type of visa do you have: Cost, renewal period

Do you have health insurance or do you just pay as you go here?

Looking Back at what you have learned:

If you could do it all again, what would you do differently?

What advice do you have for other people thinking of moving here?

Do you ever think of moving home, or to another country?

Are you happy?


From: Michael

Subject: Living in Brazil

Message Body:

Hi Dan – I’m responding to your response to my comment on one of your YouTube videos. You asked if I’d be willing to appear on your channel regarding my Expat life in Brazil, and my answer is yes.

I first came to Brazil in 1999 and fell in love with it. I had previously traveled to almost every country in Latin America and had lived in Mexico. I’ve lived here in Bahia, Brazil on and off for the past 22 years, and I recently became a permanent resident. The U.S. dollar is currently quite strong against the Brazilian real, and the cost of living is very reasonable. My monthly expenses are about U.S. $500. Anyway, I could go on about all the reasons I love it here ( as well as the “cons”). If you’re interested, you can contact me through my email (omitted for privacy) or here on your site. Happy travels. Michael Andrade

Thanks for checking out our report, Where can you live on $500 USD per month?  This is Dan from Vagabond Awake, the Youtube Channel for VagabondBuddha.com.  The world is your home. What time will you be home for dinner?