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The Black Expat: How This Mom Lives In Guatemala For Less Than $1K A Month
Jackie O. is a Black expat living in Guatemala where she resides with her daughter Ruth.
She has lived, worked, and traveled through dozens of countries over the last 20 years and in 2019, she decided to leave the USA after resigning from a high paying corporate tech job.
In addition to being a full-time mom and student, she runs a coaching service to help aspiring Black expats come up with their own plan to live and work aboard.
Jackie O recently revealed to the expat community that she comfortably lives in Guatemala with her toddler for less than $1,000 a month.
Her two-bedroom apartment on a cliff overlooking a lake is $453 a month. Her nanny costs $91 per month, food and groceries total $100., Spanish lessons for 40 hours a week costs her $240, and transportation is no more than $5. When you add up her expenses, Jackie O said she spends $935 per month to live in Guatemala.
“I’ve been living abroad for years, and I have a wealth of knowledge on how to move abroad seamlessly and cost-effectively,” she told Travel Noire. “I’ve lived in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia, Spain, France, and Germany.
In an interview with Travel Noire, Jackie O revealed her five-step plan for relocating: