3. Lisbon, Portugal
monthly budget: $ 2,800
Lisbon is a coastal city located at the point where the river Tagus falls into the Atlantic Ocean, where Linha de Cascais has a floating beach. This historic city houses world-class museums, galleries, music, theater and cuisine, all dating back to centuries of classic architecture. While living here, you are taking a short flight from major cities in Europe, and in many places the region is served by the low-cost airline industry. Portugal’s health care and education systems are world-class. The people of Lisbon are a friendly, welcoming bunch, with a flair for revelation that reflects their love of music and dance. Also, for the long alliance with Britain, many of the Portuguese people you encountered will speak English.