meaning... if i were college aged....i'd work in an oil field/rig for a season to save up $$$...that way i could travel/kite with much less compromises.
this website is help for figuring out budgets needed..
i can say in cabarete...
if you want to live and eat the same the way as you do at home...expect to pay the same.
if you can do the beans&rice/no hotwater/basic everything thing...$300usd/m would probably suffice.
lowest costs i've personally seen was san blas, panama... i've met folks spending <$100/month living on a sailboats. (they eat what the catch..costs primarily beer&supplies). during dry season is kitesurf/foiling paradise.
colombia had the best value i've seen on cost of living. i'd live like a king on $2k per month goes in a lago calina near cali or la boquilla in cartagena..
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