Luke, What is Cost for Cambodia, Thailand, Central America?
Given the right on comments on lifestyle, I found Cambodia cheaper than Thailand but there is also less there. And you can't possibly give a comparison figure for Central America. Costa Rica is more expensive than Panama, for instance. In general Se Asia is cheaper than what I seen and heard about Central Am, but it's radically different too.
The idea of having a simple apartment in TRIBAL areas like Central and South America, Cambodia and often the Philippines or just 20 miles outside of Chang Mai, Thailand is often a huge challenge. To buy a coffee pot can mean a trip of 50 miles to the city, going to 5 shops, and settling to buy someone that is remotely close to what we had in mind, and 2-3 times the cost of the USA. All these small items are cheaper to buy in the USA than most anywhere abroad, Europe cost 2-3 times more than the USA. Southeast Asia, Thailand, Hong Kong can be cheap to buy things because they make it there.
Absolutely! It's important to research the availabilty of things important to you..