There’s an Infographic doing the rounds on Facebook, depicting the highest cost of living countries and the lowest. And there are the usual advertisements luring and enticing naive people in first world countries with the low cost of living in third world countries.

And the desperate and the no-hopers and those who have given up on the idea that they can earn a decent income are intrigued, as usual, with the idea of a low cost of living existence in a third world country.

Until they actually get to live in a third world / turd world country, that is. They’re not used to the breakdowns in law and order and infrastructure, the bribery and corruption, the dangers, limited options, unreliable services, bad medical services, the xenophobia, crime, disease, the kidnappings, and the filth. They’re not used to not having everything at their fingertips, like cheap, 24 hour high speed Internet and virtually unlimited choices in stores.

Having lived and in Africa for 45 years and traveled to Mexico, Mauritius, and Cuba, I know the cost of “cheap.” Like those who sold their homes in Vancouver and moved to cheaper areas: many regret those moves and they can’t afford to come back to our mild temperatures and quality of life. Cheap can be very costly. Going somewhere on a holiday is very different from living there.

Instead of constantly cutting costs and cutting down your dreams and cutting coupons, until your quality of life is down in the doldrums and you feel like you’re “down and out in Beverley Hills,” there is an alternative: increase your income.

And you can do it quicker and cheaper and more effectively than you think. With very little risk, too. Those imagined barriers to creating a good monthly income that will solve your financial problems will fade away when you talk with me about your options.

Robin Elliott