11 Best Towns in South America to Escape U.S. Politics and Embrace a Better Life on a Social Security Benefit Alone—InternationalLiving.com

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Zero in on the 11 best-value escapes in South America today with InternationalLiving.com’s new interactive map, which pinpoints low-cost alternatives for retirement living and an easy escape from the chaos of this U.S. election season.

Medellin, Colombia

In South America right now, International Living editors have pinpointed 11 great-value escapes where expats can live well on as little as their Social Security benefits alone.

For anybody threatening to leave the U.S. post-election, take heart: There are good options overseas today. Celebrities keep saying they’ll dash to Canada or New Zealand. But better-value, better-weather options exist south of the U.S. border.

In South America right now, International Living editors have pinpointed 11 great-value escapes where expats can live well on as little as their Social Security benefits alone.

Plus, these towns also offer a relaxed lifestyle, established expat communities, friendly and welcoming locals, good healthcare, and great climates.

For example, International Living Colombia Correspondent Nancy Kiernan says that, working with a monthly budget of about $2,200, a couple can afford a comfortable life in Medellin. That budget takes into account a three-bedroom apartment in one of the most sought-after areas of the city, which costs $1,250 a month, monthly utility bills of just over $100, and even a twice weekly maid service coming in at $120.

Likewise in Loja, Ecuador, International Living Correspondent Jim Santos says that expat couples report being able to live very well on a budget of $1,000 a month, which includes renting a modern, furnished, three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo for $450. But if that seems like an excessive amount of space, there are also two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments available for $350. On the flip-side, a couple could live a more lavish lifestyle, such as eating out most nights of the week, and still get by on a monthly budget of $1,500.

International Living’s interactive map is designed to point potential expats to the specific communities in South America where they can find the best bang for their buck today.

Compiled by International Living’s team of expat correspondents and editors based in South America, it identifies the towns, cities, and villages most worthy of attention right now for anyone looking for a good-value, low-cost life overseas... and a post-election escape, as well.

Affordability figures prominently in the criteria used to select these great-value towns. But in addition to the cost of living, other important attributes help make a place comfortable and attractive for day-to-day living, including: ease of integration; access to quality medical care; a comfortable climate; good infrastructure; proximity to amenities like beaches, entertainment venues, natural wonders, and more.

Explore International Living’s interactive map of South America at: The Best Towns and Cities in South America Where You Can Live on Your Social Security.

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