Living “abroad” is an incredibly valuable and enriching experience, no matter what stage of life you are in. If you are ready for a change of occupation, change of pace or just a change of scenery, trying a new country may be a great move for you! Here are a few countries that are especially enticing for American expatriates.
Thailand has already created a reputation of incredible hospitality towards their tourists. The reputation extends to its residents, who are a core part of the cultural beauty that this country provides. Surround yourself with some of the most generous and relaxed people in the world, enjoy their food, and take advantage of all the financial benefits of a low-cost living! Taxis, home maintenance and cleaning, and residential costs, in general, are a fraction of what those same goods or services cost in the United States. Plus, the stunning scenery is a pull for hundreds of thousands of tourists—that same scenery and warm weather can be within your reach at all times. Finally, if you work in the tech industry, Thailand is one of the fastest-growing technological bases in the world which can offer you amazing job opportunities you could not find anywhere else!
Another richly cultured country you may consider is Mexico. Mexico is very welcoming to tourists and outside investment. “Warm” doesn’t solely describe the climate—the people are also eager to help you learn their cultural practices, make you feel at home, and create a feeling of family. This makes it a prime location for extended residence! Like Thailand, living expenses are significantly less than American costs. Food, housing, and healthcare are just a few examples of things other expatriate residents commonly list as more affordable and accessible! Explore the towns of Mexico that are ready to make you one of their own!
If the language barriers of Asia or South America make you hesitant, England may be a great move for you! The English countryside is breathtaking, and life in them is simple and relaxed. The culture is vastly different from American practices, as well, so you can enjoy immersing yourself in a completely unique culture while maintaining your ability to communicate and learn easily. Travelling within England is also a huge benefit of English living. Take advantage of all the country has to offer and enjoy the relationships you’ll build with the proud English!
Make the move—wherever it may be—to a new country that will teach you more about culture, perspective, and fresh starts. What will initially be an exhilarating adventure in foreign lands will quickly feel like home!
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