As the digital nomad lifestyle has become increasingly popular, countries have made it easier for foreign workers to move abroad. As a result, many people have packed their bags and set up homes in different places. So if you’re contemplating living the expat life for the foreseeable future and you’re looking for a place that balances affordability with safety, high-speed internet access, and good entertainment options, Kuala Lumpur is your best bet, according to a new report from Preply, an online language learning platform. By Dobrina Zhekova
What makes Kuala Lumpur the best city for expats?
The Malaysian capital topped the ranking with an overall expat relocation score of 6.62 out of 10 and the lowest cost of living per month: about USD 1,057 (INR 87,553). According to Preply’s data, sourced from Numbeo, expats in this Southasian city can expect to pay, on average, USD 407 (INR 33,712) a month for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre. Kuala Lumpur is also home to the most affordable coworking spaces out of the top 20 cities in the ranking, where the average cost is around USD 86 (INR 7,123) a month. Affordable dining options are also a major factor for expats.
A meal in Kuala Lumpur costs about USD 3.21 (INR 265) — the only city in the top 10 with a lower average meal cost per meal is Bangkok. And with 322 landmarks, including the famous Petronas Twin Towers, the capital also offers plenty of things to do, such as gallery hopping, exploring its exciting music scene, visiting its many temples and religious sites, and trying out its delicious cuisine.
However, Preply points out that Kuala Lumpur underperforms when it comes to internet speed — with 11Mbps, it is among the slowest on the ranking. The company also estimates that it would take an English speaker about 900 hours’ worth of language lessons to achieve professional working proficiency in Malay.
Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is second on the list of best cities to live in as an expat, with an overall score of 6.58. While the city is more expensive than Kuala Lumpur in terms of average monthly rent (USD 651 or INR 53,923) and cost of living (USD 1,346 or INR 1,11,492), Tbilisi has one of the best safety scores on the list.
Lisbon takes the bronze medal on Preply’s ranking. The Portuguese capital, which is also one of the best places to retire, draws expats with an incredible variety of landmarks and things to do, low cost of living (about USD 1,600 or INR 1,32,532 per month), reliable internet speed (29 Mbps), and a high safety index score.
You can read Preply’s complete list here.
This story first appeared on www.travelandleisure.com
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