the earth awaits

The Earth Awaits

Do you sometimes wonder what it would be like to live, say in Ankara? Aren’t you the least bit curious to find out how much it would cost to live in Dhaka, perhaps? Or maybe you’d like to know what the freedoms are like in Nairobi? Once you’re on the path to financial independence, the freedom that comes with it, the liberties attached to it, they give us the audacity to think beyond our borders. So wouldn’t it be great if there was a place we could go to and gather all the information we need about life in different cities in the world?

Don’t we wish someone had gathered all this information and stored it in one place for all to see? But wait, there is such a place. It’s called the internet. And it isn’t just anywhere on the internet, it’s this website called The Earth Awaits.

What is it?

So The Earth Awaits is what they call, a travel hack search engine. This tool shows how much it would cost you to live in over 600 cities around the world. But that’s not even the best part. They’ll give you this data tailored to your budget. How does this work, you ask? Well, simply input your family size, housing needs and lifestyle, choose the continents you want the tool to identify cities from and just like that you get results of a variety of cities that suit your needs.

You can then go further to learn more about the city or cities you’re interested in. Information compiled range from the population, crime rate and pollution level to internet availability and quality of life. All this information is crowd sourced, gathered from people who actually live there or have lived there before.

How’s the user inferface?

The makers of The Earth Awaits spent time designing a website that is eye catching. The photographs of the cities are excellent and of high quality. The whole appeal of the website is welcoming. Once you’re in there, you want to wander around, glimpsing at all the information on the different places around the world. It actually feels like you’re taking a world tour. The pictures pop out of the screen and give you a true glimpse of the city. All these are excellent features for such a website. You feel the amount of thought that was put into setting it up.

Finding your way around is easy and painless. The whole website is simple. The first thing you see when you enter the home page is the search tool which itself is quite simple to use. There’s the section where you select your monthly budget, your family size and the apartment type you want to live in. You also get the drop down tabs where you select your lifestyle. The options here are very lean, lean, modest, ample and opulent. The next tab requires you to choose the crime rate you’re comfortable with. If you ask me, I don’t think anyone would choose very high. That’s unless you’re a super hero of course. Finally, decide the pollution level you can withstand then check the continents you would love to visit and click Search. That’s it. In a matter of seconds a list of all the cities that suit your budget materialize.

However, there doesn’t seem to be a local feel on the information on the website. The people that contribute are all Westerners who might, at times, give a stereotypic image of the city. Perhaps, moving forward, The Earth Awaits should gather more information from locals in order to give a more accurate representation.

Great tool all in all

All in all, this is an excellent tool. There honestly isn’t another place online where you can get such comprehensive data on various locations coupled with breathtaking photographs. The budget information is priceless as you’re able to find the cheapest places that suit your budget and lifestyle. So, with that, The Earth Awaits gets two thumbs up.

As usual, if you have any questions, Ask the Fellow!


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