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Which country would you rather live in?

Am I happy to live and die in this same country? I think not.
I've travelled to many places across the world, and for a long time felt that this experience was enough. However now it is dawning on me that, given the opportunity, I would certainly like to live elsewhere... At least for a while. I have that opportunity and it is laid on a plate comparatively, many of my friends and compatriots have not such an easy option. A fool like me would hang around to be discovered as such.
What country best suits you?

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I don't want to stay in America for the rest of my life. I'm sick of the endless work culture here, the superficial materialism, the education system, and healthcare system. I plan to apply for Australian immigration within the next 5 years... Very Happy
Nick2008 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:53 am
@Nick. Australia is a great idea, but I think oversold. How about New Zealand? Particularly South Island. I'd say in a way all of what you have mentioned that irks you about the US is prevalent in Australia too in a milder form. Also the Australian dollar is much too strong, property prices hitting the roof. Even the education system is not as it used to be. New Zealand on the other hand is much more self-disciplined. I haven't been to New Zealand, but have many friends from the country and it does have the appearance of a gem. I'd say it may stand to Australia in the same way Canada stands to the United States.
deanhills on Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:38 am
I guess I don't really know for my personal life always would get in the way if you know what I mean?
Think I would end up moving from one country to another until I found my life was just the way I wanted it to be. Of course that only occurs if you want to do it and can make it happen.
Bluedoll on Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:05 am
I think I will spend the rest of my life in China......
degayygy2012 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:02 pm
@Bluedoll. You'd find yourself making the exact same mistakes every time. One gets a bit more experienced for the physical parts of moving and settling, but for the rest it follows a similar pattern. We can never get away from who we are. In fact, we tend to get a lesson about who we are with every move.
deanhills on Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:33 pm
I moved from the UK when I was a teen. I live in Canada now. However! I would totally live in Spain!!! The lifestyle is perfect with mid day naps. The weather and the surroundings. The food... everything!
TheLimey on Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:24 pm
I understand that Australia may have the same irks, but at least they are more progressive. In Australia, employers are required to give their full-time employees 4 weeks of paid leave every year (no similar requirements in the U.S.), they have a medical system that won't bankrupt you and a workers' compensation program that is less likely to screw you over compared to the U.S.

I like New Zealand as well, in fact becoming an Australian citizen grants you the right to live and work without restriction in New Zealand (according to the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement). I don't plan on buying property in Australia, I would prefer to rent, save as much as I can, and then use the strong Aussie dollar to put down a more considerable down payment in New Zealand (Today, A$1 --> NZ$1.25).

Australia is great for opportunity, but New Zealand is better for settling down permanently.
Nick2008 on Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:35 am
Now that is a plan Nick2008, New Zealand via Australia. Do it. Spain is a good location too, access to the Mediterranean.
Anyone from Spain or Australia want to house swap?
¿alguien aquí que son de España desea intercambiar casa
vicar013 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:13 am
Millenium of habit, I think I'd rather stay in the UK ultimately

If I was forced to either netherlands or sweden. Good infrastructure, legal system, culture, etc etc
Josso on Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:42 pm
There are so many places I want to go, so many location specific ways to powerslam adrenaline that I dream of experiencing but the place where I would love to call home and spend my days is the rural area of Provence. You go there and the place gets inside your head; it whispers,"slow down.. relax.. enjoy the moment.. breathe.. have a glass of wine.. listen to the valley.. have some cheese and sourdough.. smell the afternoon.. taste the sunset.. nevermind everything else.. turn your phone off, forget the laptop.. no, really, turn it all off.. it can wait.."
onebadpenny on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:49 pm
Anywhere by the ocean.
Croatia has really nice beaches.
Turkey is supposed to be beautiful as well.
Alternatively, I would love to spend some time in India.
or China.

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nityakanuri on Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:38 pm

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