Sick of your old job? Tired of the same old day-to-day? Searching for a warmer environment? Looking to meet new people? There are oodles of reasons to search for greener pastures, but finding that perfect place is downright intimidating. There are all sorts of considerations; the cost of living, safety, job security, schools, childcare, and rules and regulations, to start. It all depends on where you are in life; your job status, family life, preferences and tolerances, and what direction you want to head in life. Lots to consider I know and the decision is never an easy one, but the more information, the better and that’s what this article is all about. Giving you the information you need to make the best decision for you and your circumstance. Here are a few of the top places to relocate overseas based on the economy, experience, and raising kids abroad, with alternative categories in each.
Exceptional Healthcare – Japan
Japan may be ranking a little low in the economy department, but it rocks in healthcare, culture, and traveling opportunity. It also helps that the food is super tasty and healthy, ranking tops in local cuisine and diet. And if you have kids or plan on procreating while abroad, Japan ranks well in raising your children abroad because of excellent, affordable education for expats. The people are warm and friendly and will go out of their way to help foreigners even if they really don’t understand what you’re saying. It’s advisable of course to do your job homework before you relocate to ensure there is work in your field; and that you have the required paperwork to get your permits.
An Opportunity for Business – United Arab Emirates
UAE continues to shine in high-paying job opportunities for foreigners; particularly if you’re young and well-schooled. You’ll find excellent working environments and living options in this wealthy nation. And don’t forget to make note of the spectacular shopping malls and high-class hotels. Keep in mind you’re in for some huge culture shock, so dramatically different from North America. Islamic culture and beliefs are very strict and ultra-conservative; so you’ve got lots of rules and regulation for public conduct you don’t want to breach. Add to this the fact the language is very difficult, making it tough to make friends and get involved with the community.
Aussie’s – Down Under
It’s no secret that Australia gives expats such an amazing quality of life they don’t want ever to leave. That’s a great place to start. And there’s a lot more to Australia than just crocs and kangaroos. This ultra-friendly country ranks well in cuisine, entertainment, assimilation, weather, and other factors of experience. The economy falls in the average range. A couple of downsides to note are child minding and crappy public transportation. It is all about the people, though, right?
Prime Minister Trudeau aside, Canada is one of the best relocations for expats looking to mold nicely into their new culture. Well educated with open arms and extraordinary multicultural diversity is how this leading nation is often described; the county everybody loves. The quality of life, housing, and the environment all rank high. One downside might be too much emphasis on work and not enough on your social life, but it’s all good knowing the healthcare is excellent and the education system ensures the kids have a top quality education.