Have you ever dreamed of living in a villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea? Or an off-the-grid ecolodge in the jungles of Costa Rica? Strolling through the vineyards of Tuscany? Or maybe a high-rise apartment in Penang with the best Asian food just steps away…The perfect country is out there for you, but which one?
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Why do people move to a different country?
There are many reasons why people want to move to a different country.
#1- to enjoy life (slow down)
#2- more time w/ family
#3- cheaper cost of living
#4- culture, food, learn a new language
We wanted all of the above. Basically what it comes down to is that we want to learn something new every day.
How do you find the perfect place for you?
Make a list of what you like and don’t like about the place you live now.
Then make a list of your “perfect place”. The weather, the activities, the food, your neighbors, dog-friendly, cost of living, etc.
Now it’s time to do the nitty-gritty research. The following are all things to consider to find the perfect location for you:
Do you want seasons? Do you want warm weather year round? How hot (or cold) can you stand it, and for how long?
City life or small town?
In the city you have access to restaurants, shopping and events. You probably wouldn’t need a car because everything is close and there is public transit. But living space will be smaller and more expensive, outdoor space will probably be hard to come by, and it’s noisy. Smaller towns or outside the city will give you more space, but you will either need a car to get around, or choose a place with reliable transit.
Beach, mountains, jungle or desert?
This depends on what you like to do for outdoor activities. Hiking, scuba diving, zip-lining, and volunteering are just some activities to consider. Keep in mind most beach towns will have higher priced homes or condos on the beach.
Is your “prefect place” in a natural disaster zone? Does it have a hurricane or typhoon season? Are there volcanoes within 100 miles? How often are earthquakes felt? These are some important things to checkout. They can affect your insurance rates.
Cost of Living and Safety
For cost of living and safety factors, check out Numbeo.com. This website allows you to compare your city against your “dream” city.
Are you ok with eating one type of ethnic food? Or do you want an international community with more choices?
Mainstream or dialects? Are you only comfortable with English? This will limit your destinations. Canada, Belize, England, Ireland, Malta, Jamaica and the Bahamas all speak English.
Proximity to “home”
How close do you want to be to an airport? How long will it take you to get back home if there is an emergency? How close do you need to be to your family? How often will you go back “home”?
How will you support yourself?
Will you need to work? Will a company hire you, or will you work remotely via the internet? Do you need a work permit? Or are you retired and living off of savings or Social Security?
What are the requirements for the country you are going to? Do you need to contact the consulate in the United States to start the temporary or permanent visa process before you go? (Double check how much money you need to “prove” you can support yourself)
What is the level of healthcare in your chosen country? Will you be able to get public or private healthcare?
As you can see there are many factors to consider when moving to new country, but the adventures you’ll have are well worth the effort!