Many of us have dreams of moving abroad; whether it’s to achieve a better work-life balance, improve our career prospects or the future of our children. Or perhaps, it’s to soak up another culture and transform your life in another country.
A recent survey by InterNations found that those who were the happiest living abroad were not necessarily earning a vast amount of money, or living in a country with a complex infrastructure. These countries offered expats something else which satisfied them; happiness.
Below are some of the destinations which make expatriates the happiest (both on and off the list), as well as providing a work-life balance, high quality healthcare, education and infrastructure, these nations have also delivered when it came to the cost of living and career opportunities.
Taiwan has topped the list as the best place to live overseas – with it not only claiming the top spot out of 67 other countries, but also ranking in the top ten for each individual index. It was particularly impressive when it came to quality of life and personal finances – with affordable healthcare which doesn’t hinder its quality of service.
If you’re moving to the capital, Taipei, then you’re choosing one of the most populated cities in the country. However, you will find that it’s one of the most connected places to live. With a good public transport system and the great outdoors as a backdrop – Taipei offers city living with a countryside nearby.
Surrounded by white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, there’s nothing quite like the Caribbean for a place to live. Home to paradise, the Caribbean is much more than just a pretty face when it comes to providing the glamour that living overseas holds.
As one of the most affordable places to live in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has a rich cultural history and is the perfect place to live for those that want to embrace local cultures and cheap living.
91% of those who live in Portugal state that they are happy living in the country, with the Algarve being one of the dream destinations for those who live in the country. A popular retirement spot, the Algarve is often favoured due to its low-cost of living and accommodation. With sunny weather year-round (3,300 hours of sunshine per year) and a large expat community, the country has a great support network.
If low-cost living is a priority for your move abroad, then you’re in luck as Portugal is home to one of the one of the cheapest places to live in western Europe.
Aside from being known as the birthplace of Hygee and the happiest country in the world in 2016, it’s no surprise that Denmark has become a home away from home for many expats living in the country.
With one of the shortest working weeks, and a work-life balance which many aspire to, Denmark delivers when it comes to creating a great professional and personal lifestyle. Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is one of the most popular places to live, with a small city which can be cycled round in around two hours – beat that London!
Despite the cost of living rising in Singapore, it remains one of the most popular expat destinations due to its vibrant lifestyle offering. It’s also a hub of many of the world’s largest companies, particularly when it comes to finance and oil trades.
In terms of lifestyle, Singapore is home to a range of attractions which are sure to keep millennials entertained. Marina Bay Sands is one of the country’s most famous landmarks and is home to a shopping centre, casino, hotel, a number of restaurants and one of the world’s most famous infinity swimming pools. Plus, it’s an impressive piece of architecture too – standing on top of the three tall towers is a boat-like structure.
Antigua and Barbuda
With a particularly British influence, Antigua and Barbuda is the place to live if you want to live in a country which retain familiarity, but also offers enough beaches for everyday of the year if you fancied it.
Homes are reasonably priced, estimated at around US$350,000 for a two-bed property. Like with many countries, the further you live out from the coast and most popular destinations, the cheaper you will find your living costs.
The Caribbean offers a number of Citizenship by Investment programmes for those wishing to call the sunny region their home. However applicants should be warned that the Caribbean has some of the strictest checks in place to uphold its reputation.
Micha-Rose Emmett, Group Managing Director at CS Global Partners comments, “with increased global awareness of threats to security, governments take seriously the vetting of applicants that apply through their investor programmes, as it is key that the quality of the individual applicant be established. Currently, the Caribbean is the region with the world’s most stringent due diligence checks.”
Lastly, it wouldn’t be a round-up of places to live abroad if Australia wasn’t included – coming in the top 20 for quality of life. Often the first country to pop into a person’s head when they consider relocating, Australia is home to an enviable laid-back lifestyle and promising job prospects also.
Aside from its much-famed lifestyle, Australia is a leader when it comes to educational opportunities and has some of the top schools in the world. In terms of working in Australia, then you’re likely to receive a higher minimum wage than you are used to, however, this is because the cost of living is relatively higher – with some of the best job opportunities available in the larger cities.
Article by:Rebecca Moore