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Old 10-20-2009, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh PA
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Other than South Africa, that is.

Anyone know of any countries or regions of countries that match the topic's criteria? Countries that speak romance languages and a good bit of english are ok too, particularly french and spanish since I'm strong in both.
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Very cheap coutires where english is the official language include.
- India
- Pakistan
- Phillipines
- New Zealand (Just kidding on that one sorry)!

Mid cost countries include
- Singaore
- Malaysia

In all of the above not everyone will speak english, however you will have very little problem finding someone whos first language is english. The hard part maybe understanding what they are saying!

Also should add that most of the pacific islands have english as their first language, as well as most of the Carabein islands, and 20 or so other countries in africa. I am not sure about costs however.
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:34 AM
 
Location: Airstrip 1, Oceania
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Are you thinking of living and working abroad ? If so I'm not sure your question is relevant. You would almost certainly be paid in the local currency and all your living expenses would be in that currency. So it's exchange rate with the dollar wouldn't really matter.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:47 AM
 
Location: England.
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If you have dollars you will quickly find English speakers in any country.

When I visited Russia in the early 90s the rouble was so worthless it was pointless changing your currency as no one accepted it from foreigners. Ten dollars was like a month's wage, so your buying power was incredible. No doubt it is different now.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Macao
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The Philippines is ideal. They have a large newspaper all in English, plus the majority of signs are in English. Occassionally you'll see one of their many native languages put up somewhere, and it'll strike you odd that it doesn't make sense. Then you'll quickly remember that it isn't really an all English speaking country, but at times, it certainly feels like it!
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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Very cheap coutires where english is the official language include.
- India
- Pakistan
- Phillipines
- New Zealand (Just kidding on that one sorry)!

Mid cost countries include
- Singaore
- Malaysia

In all of the above not everyone will speak english, however you will have very little problem finding someone whos first language is english. The hard part maybe understanding what they are saying!

Also should add that most of the pacific islands have english as their first language, as well as most of the Carabein islands, and 20 or so other countries in africa. I am not sure about costs however.
You suck! LOL

Actually, I wouldn't mind visiting India. How safe are India and the Philippines? (socially & environmentally)
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Macao
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You suck! LOL

Actually, I wouldn't mind visiting India. How safe are India and the Philippines? (socially & environmentally)
I've spent a lot of time in the Philippines, and Manila CAN feel dangerous, but generally I find the Philippines to be safe. Basically you have the provinces (everything that ISN'T Manila) and you have Manila when it comes to safety. Generally Manila is the one with the shifty characters around, the rest of the country is fairly free from it.

There are an extreme muslim group - Abu Sayyaf that is in the farthest reaches of Mindinao. The U.S. military is all over Mindinao though, training Filipino forces, etc.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Bangladesh
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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You suck! LOL

Actually, I wouldn't mind visiting India. How safe are India and the Philippines? (socially & environmentally)
India is horrific. I'm a pretty travel-hardened individual; from dodging rioters and red army in Xinjang to being chased down the road by an irate farmer screaming in some rural Slovak dialect in Molynrovce, I've seen the good and the pretty bad, but I can't believe the condition of India north of Mumbai (Bombay). The south isn't much better, either.

It is, however, very safe and VERY cheap. If you have a strong stomach or just don't give a damn about hygiene, you could have a really good time for really really cheap.

Indian food is awesome, and almost worth the price you pay later. Indian beer is crap, but it's a cheap way to help you forget ignore all stuff you might find you don't like.

I'd recommend you visit, but go in expecting an ordeal you're going to hate. Of course, you can always spend western quantities of money and insulate yourself in the pretty and rich places, but then you might as well just stay home.

If you want cheap, nice, with lots of English speakers, I'd suggest Thailand. Cambodia and Vietnam are good too.

On the other side; Slovakia and Greece are nice, cheaper than the US and the rest of Europe, but much pricier than asia.
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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You suck! LOL

Actually, I wouldn't mind visiting India. How safe are India and the Philippines? (socially & environmentally)
Boracay is really nice, very friendly locals too! (Philippines)
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