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Old 12-05-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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In Rome you could look into the Trastavere neighborhood. It's walking distance to ancient Rome and tons of sites. Other parts of Rome can be reached by metro (train ad bus) for 1.50 euro. In off season you can find small two bed flats for as low as $500 euro for week (about have of your total budget) on VRBO. Most rent by the week so you may be able to negotiate a small discount if renting for an entire month. In Italy 1st floor is what americans would call 2nd floor. A lot of building do not have elevators so a 3rd floor flat would involve a lot of stairs so beware.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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.. could I do the lodging and food in each town in a two bedroom condo or apartment for $5000 a month at a nice but not fancy spot?
$5000/month in most of Europe? Easily done. We lived on less than €1200/m (less than $1500) in Italy for seven years, and that's included transportation cost when we travelled within the continent (not included lodging and food during travelling to other countries) and we travelled very, very, very often. Granted, there was no mortgage on our home, but rent would not cost the other $3500 of your budget unless you stay in a hotel for the entire month, or unless you rent from VRBO where the owners think in term of American pockets instead of the local rental market.

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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Kind of depends on your interest as much as your budget, right?
If you're a big foodie, I think NY, Paris and New Orleans are top of the list. If you're big on museums, it'd be a different list (somewhat). If you're a fan of completely unfamiliar cultures, I don't think I'd pick any Western cities.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:17 AM
 
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Ho Chi Mihn City. Cheap, great food, lots of English speakers and it's a great hub to see other parts of SE Asia.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:37 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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My 6 cities might be:

New York
London
Paris
Moscow
One of the larger cities in India
Bejing


I've actually thought of something similar. But for a longer period of time. A year in each foreign city/country. My selections would probably differ from what I've listed for the one month stays suggested above.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Laughlin, NV and Southern Colorado
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"....or unless you rent from VRBO where the owners think in term of American pockets instead of the local rental market."

Where do you suggest looking for month-long rentals?
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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VRBO offers some reasonable options too, in addition to the expensive ones. We rented a VRBO apartment for the month of May in Paris, and in our experience you could definitely do that on your $5K budget -- assuming you do your own cooking, mostly.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Before suggesting cities, I'd want to know what months I guess. And how wide-ranging would you like to be. Obviously some cities in Asia would be much cheaper, so you could balance your budget that way. Without knowing what time of year you'd be doing this, here are some cities I'd love to spend a month in (with opportunities for side-trips, of course):

- Edinburgh
- Hong Kong
- Rio
- Amsterdam
- Rome or Florence
- New York

Of course, you're sticking to cities, and staying a month. I'd love to spend several weeks in the following places, not all of which are cities:

- Bali
- Thailand
- Montevideo
- Buenos Aires
- Paris
- Lisbon
- Greek Islands
- Istanbul
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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Where do you suggest looking for month-long rentals?
From the real estate agents in the town you wish to live.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:35 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I'ven ever been there yet but many of my friends have, and I would love to spend a month in Cancun. I would probably nevver get tired of the beach alone, plus there is the nightlife, and day trips to ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, fishing, coral reefs, and snorkeling.

Venice would probably be another cool place for an extended stay though it would be expensive.
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