Where to live in europe?

So, I'm a merchant seaman from the UK. I work 4 months on 3 months off. During my 3 months leave i no longer want to go back to the UK (unless i absolutely have to). Primarily because cost of living in the UK is extortionate but also because trying to find short term rentals for 3 months is virtually impossible and if you do manage to find something you have to pay way over the odds. Also, if I stay out of UK for 6+ months it makes me eligible for a 100% income tax deduction. And the UK is a fricking miserable boring place.
Ideally i would live in south east asia, but it's too far away. I have to occasionally attend courses in the UK, furthermore once my earned voyage leave is finished I need to be available to board a ship with 24hours notice. Basically I need to be able to get back to the UK within 24 hours.

tl;dr i'm looking for somewhere with cheap cost of living where it's easy to rent an apartment for 3 months, with cheap regular and ideally direct flights to the UK. Beyond that I'm not really fussy. Nice weather would be a big bonus.
I'm guessing somewhere in eastern europe/balkans? But where exactly? i'm interested to see where people on SighSee would go in my situation.

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  1. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I also need a trans friendly community btw

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      very funny dickhead

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      UK should be the best spot for you then, homosexual.

  2. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Balkans would be an idea, Romania/Moldova another.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's what I was thinking.
      Does anyone have experience being in these places longer term? Renting an apartment? Would be interested to hear.
      One of my main issues with the UK is the rigmarole of renting. Even for a shitty 1 bed shithole they want background checks, affordability checks, landlord references, employer references. It's a fricking ballache. Not to mention that in the nicer cities in the UK, places where you'd maybe actually want to live, there is severe housing shortages.

      https://i.imgur.com/rQ12wkq.png

      How about Spain or Poortugal?

      Just start, in the Mediterranean you will always find a place. I know people living months in Spain for free just to keep the house. I rented sometimes comfy 3 room flats for cheap just asking the Taxi driver. It's easy on the countryside, lot of empty areas because all the younger people want live in the city.

      I'll look into it but I don't think it's much cheaper than the UK, especially during the summer season.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        You can start with renting via Airbnb and the likes for a month or two and if you enjoy your stay, you can extend your contract with the landlord directly, cutting out the middleman.

  3. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    It depends, are you a deckie?

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      aye. i like sun.

      I would suggest Batumi, Georgia - buy you may struggle as everyone would expect you to know some Russian. It also is not as good as it used to be. Consider Canaries for all year spring, Bulgaria for cheap booze, don't go to Poland, don't go to Moldova.

      >I would suggest Batumi, Georgia
      georgia looks interesting but batumi looks absolutely soulless.

  4. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    >cost of living in the UK is extortionate
    go norf fc

  5. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    How about Spain or Poortugal?

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Those places offer a great blend of comfort and job opportunities, making it an ideal choice. What's even more enticing is that I can use both my Tap card and Revolut card there. Their services are something I absolutely don't want to pass up

  6. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just start, in the Mediterranean you will always find a place. I know people living months in Spain for free just to keep the house. I rented sometimes comfy 3 room flats for cheap just asking the Taxi driver. It's easy on the countryside, lot of empty areas because all the younger people want live in the city.

  7. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    What country or city is most like the crime free cities in East Asia?

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      anywhere rural

  8. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I would suggest Batumi, Georgia - buy you may struggle as everyone would expect you to know some Russian. It also is not as good as it used to be. Consider Canaries for all year spring, Bulgaria for cheap booze, don't go to Poland, don't go to Moldova.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      >don't go to Poland, don't go to Moldova.
      Why?

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        Crazy politics

  9. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Channel islands are comfy and (relatively) affordable, mate. Easy direct flights as well.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Affordable how?
      Quick look on Zoopla, cheapest 1 bedroom flat: £1200 a month

  10. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Albania. 90 day visa free travel for UK citizens.
    One of the coastal towns such as Durres or Sarande would be nice. You can rent an apartment with balcony near the beach for £300-500 p/m including bills. I would just rent through booking.com or Airbnb.
    If you're going to Durres you can fly to Tirana, most major airports in the UK have flights to Tirana (because there is a shitload of Albanians in the UK now) and the flights are usually very cheap. If you're going to Sarandë you're better to fly to Corfu and then get the fast ferry from Corfu to Saranda. The ferry sails multiple times a day and isn't far from Corfu airport, and takes you direct to Sarandë. This is much better than trying to travel from Tirana to Sarande, Public transport in Albanian is terrible so trying to travel across the country by bus is not recommended.
    That's one big negative of Albania. Terrible public transport. Maybe consider renting a car if you plan to travel about.

  11. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Have you considered Gdańsk (Danzig)? Might not be cheap but it's a seaport with a long history and direct flights to london

  12. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Odessa is cheap as frick at the moment- for obvious reason, such as risk of being killed by Russian ordinance. Very nice apartments for £200-300 p/m but, there is no flights (commercial no fly zone)
    It would be an interesting place to spend a couple of months. Probably still safer than going to paris, statistically.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Probably still safer than going to paris, statistically.
      can you delusional morons just stay on /misc/ already

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        i'm pretty certain thats true though.

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Paris is unsafe
          >Go to a literal warzone instead, even though it meets none of op’s criteria

  13. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Zagreb Croatia if you're white

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      why zagreb? why not a comfy coastal city like split?

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        croatia is kind of expensive anyway

  14. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Looking at a map, the Iberian Peninsula seems your best bet. Morocco if you are feeling more adventurous.

  15. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    bulgaria i suppose.

  16. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

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    Have you tried living on the street where you shit, Tap shill?

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  17. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you have the occasion, try Marseille or Italy. After 20 minutes spent there, your heart will know for sure if you want to spend more time here or never come back. There is no in between. Good luck in life.

  18. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    MonteBlack is worth considering.

    Cheap flights, £700 a month should get you a decent airbnb.

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