An Expat Guide To Beautiful Montenegro
So you’re looking to join the land of the expats? Living and working abroad is becoming an increasingly popular option for those seeking new adventures and cultures both. It can be hard to pick a destination to make a move to, with so many to choose from.
If you’ve been having a little research and Montenegro has caught your eye, then it’s not hard to see why! Montenegro is a country in the Southeastern part of Europe on Balkan peninsula. It’s a stunning place with a plethora of lakes, mountains and national parks to marvel at. If you’re considering having your expat adventure in Montenegro, let’s take a look at a few things you might like to know.
Cost of living
One surefire question on every expat’s mind before they take the leap is- how much does it cost? Well, if you live in the centre, you can expect to pay around €284 per month to rent a one-bedroom apartment. If you don’t mind living a little further out of the centre, then you can pay a bit less at around €208 per month.
Your basic bills on top of this will be around €95 a month. You’ll likely get the idea so far that the cost of living here is very reasonable and this is one of the reasons why it’s becoming so popular!
If you’re buying rather than renting a place in Montenegro, you can look to be paying around €1,450.09 per square metre for an apartment in the city centre. You’ll have some money left over to make some great renovations! For dinner at a standard restaurant, three courses for two people would come to around €25. But most importantly, the beer is €1.80!
For those worried about the language barrier, and wanting to find work in Montenegro, the good news is that qualified ESL teachers looking to work here will be able to find work in international schools or private language schools.
For one of these roles, you would expect to earn around $1000 at a language school and double this at $2000 if you can get work in an international school. If you don’t have an ESL qualification, there are plenty of places whereby you can study for this online.
Places to see
There are so many beautiful places to see in Montenegro; it’s hard to know where to start! Firstly there’s Tara Canyon, a stunning place full of many swimming spots to sample. It’s the second deepest canyon in the whole world (beaten by the Grand Canyon)!
You will also want to check out Durmitor National Park, a spectacular place of lush forests, mountains, and gorges. It borders the Black Lake, which you’ll undoubtedly want to visit to take in the breathtaking sights.
If you’re worried about there being not many expats in Montenegro, rest assured this isn’t the case, and the place is becoming more popular too! Take a look at expat groups on Facebook or Internations, and you’ll be able to find the community you’re looking for.