Our society is slowly changing and the thought of moving to another country is becoming more appealing to the younger generation. If you can move to a different country that offers a better quality of life, which comes at a much cheaper cost, what is stopping you? You will need to factor in a few things, it’s not as easy as buying a plane ticket and a way you go. With enough research done before hand, you can make this process easy. Look into healthcare- does it meet your needs and are you covered for living in another country? How will this change influence your family and your bank account? Will you have enough funds to survive and/or will you be applying for jobs in the country you move to? With the list of top 10 countries that are most welcoming to expats, these countries have made it easy to pack up and move. Let’s take a closer look into each country and the advantages of living there as an expat.
Portugal is known to be one of the easiest places to settle in abroad. According to Expat Insider, Portugal has the best quality of life in the world. From the friendly locals, the delicious cuisine and all the beautiful places to visit, you cannot go wrong spending some time in Portugal.
Mexico has become more popular for expats over the last five years. There are many different parts in Mexico that are filled with expats. Two places in particular would be Puerto Vallarta and the Mayan Riviera. Four out of five expats say it’s easy to adjust to the culture in Mexico and create a home in the country. There are some things to get used to in Mexico and one would be the water. You are not advised to drink the tap water. Just like anywhere in the world, there are things you need to adjust too!
Cambodia is known as ‘The kingdom of wonder.’ The main reason expats move to Cambodia is because the country is so affordable. It is also very scenic to explore and travel around. People can live in Cambodia for a very long time off of a bit of savings. Depending on the country you are from, Cambodia takes a bit more time to get familiar with. Transportation is different from many other western countries as well as the nourishment and the health care system. It’s nothing you can’t adapt to with time, as over 100,000 expats are now permanent residents of Cambodia.
4. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known for their rainforests, beautiful sceneries and also for their ‘Pura Vida’ (pure life) lifestyle. Everywhere you explore is green and offers incredible landscapes. Costa Rica is known as the ‘Switzerland of the Americas,’ because it is a little more expensive than other countries expats generally gravitate towards. It is known to be the happiest place in the world. Costa Rica has incredible health services, transportation as well as accommodation for all budgets. There is expats spread out around the country because the weather and landscape is so diverse. Depending on the climate you enjoy, you can choose from a few different places that many expats call home.
Many expats come to Canada for numerous reasons. Not usually because it is a cheaper option (unless you are coming from a country like Australia) but because the quality of life and the financial situation is good. Many people find it easy to get a job and can provide the basic necessities for their families without a problem. The healthcare, transportation system, ability to move up in the world is all a factor in why expats choose to come to Canada. The provinces with the most expats would be British Columbia, Ontario, and Alberta.
Columbia is improving year after year and is moving up in the countries that are most welcoming to expats. The countries finances and cost of living has made it easier for expats to live in Columbia. Expats say their disposable income is sufficient to sustain a good quality life in Columbia. It is one of the best South American countries in terms of services and hospitality of the locals. Just like any foreign country, Columbia in particular, you don’t want to advertise your wealth to people you don’t know and can’t trust. It’s for your own safety.
Spain is an expats paradise because the cost of living is so low and life is very relaxed. Since the cost of living is so low, the salaries are quite low. If you are a foodie, you will love Spain! You can eat out everyday because it is so economical. Some expats move to Spain to learn Spanish. It is a beautiful country to do so because the pace of life is comfortable
Expats do not go to Australia because it’s cheap. They travel there because it is such a unique country and there are many things to see and do there. The beaches, landscapes, coffee and beer are some of the Aussie favorites. Learning the Aussie slang is a lot of fun for travelers. Australians don’t have a problem speaking their minds to their superiors, so if you can be easily offended- Australia might not be the place for you. The lifestyle in Australia is fairly simple. They work hard, and play harder.
Singapore is a very progressive and innovative country. It is one of the world’s most advanced countries with a booming population since the 1960’s. Expats move to Singapore to start families because of the remarkable education system. The healthcare sector in Singapore was rated by Bloomberg as one of the most efficient systems in the world. Every patient receives top quality treatments. Singapore has a lower than average crime rate and a high-income rate, which is rather attractive to expats. Although clothing items and groceries can be a tad more expensive, expats still believe Singapore offers them a better quality of life than their home country.
Germany is appreciated among other countries for their career advancement opportunities. Expats who are looking to progress in their careers should contemplate Germany as a possibility. The economy is comfortable in Germany and many expats enjoy the civilization and proficient public transportation system. There is an estimated 250,000 expats living in Germany. Many expats find Germany fascinating, energetic and inexpensive for long-term living.
Depending on your needs and necessities, each country has their advantages and disadvantages. Whether you are looking for cheap living, job security, or a fun place to explore, you have many options to choose from. The greatest thing about being an expat is you can move around. If you get to a place and you’re not fond of it, you can move on to the next. J