The pandemic has unlocked many opportunities when it comes to working from home. With all this new freedom, why work from home in a boring apartment, when you can complete your days work on a balcony overlooking the coast of Spain? I know it may sound a bit far fetched, but I promise you it’s not! So, are you craving a new environment? Do you want to pick everything up and explore some new countries to move to? Here are a few places around the world where you can pick up your life and start fresh!
Here are some of the best countries to move to
Located in the South of Spain, along the waters of the Mediterranean sea, this town is home to beautiful beaches, cafés, high-rise apartment buildings and low-rise homes in the older villages. A 10-minute walk will take you from the narrow city streets, to the open waters of Costa Blanca. The weather averages around 28°C in the summer and 15°C in the winter. The small city is known to be super friendly and you’ll be making friends with locals in no time!
Cost of Living
Alicante is one of the least expensive destinations in Europe. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment averages around $625 and a two-bedroom for $900 a month. I know…feels like a punch in the gut compared to Toronto’s $2000 costs. Per person costs for utilities are about $60; for groceries and household items, $480; private health care insurance, $158; for internet, cellphone and tv, $30; for transportation, $24.
I know the language barrier might be a bit intimidating but there’s lots of online resources that can help you. A Spanish language speaking course in Alicante costs roughly $315 for a year!
Napier, New Zealand
At New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay, Napier is another beautiful city by the water. They’re recognized for their stone and pip fruit production and many say their lifestyle resembles that of the Mediterranean! Their long summer’s average to 24°C and winters,15°C. This is such a beautiful place to live and they have one of the most complete collections of Art Deco Buildings in the world. So, get ready to fall in love with where you live!
Cost of Living
New Zealand and Australia are known to be a bit pricy when it comes to the cost of living, but Napier is no where near it! The average cost of living in Napier for one person is $1,495 per month. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment averages around $790, with internet being $61. The monthly transportation costs are $52. Napier’s architecture draws in many tourists a year, so jobs in the tourism sector are always available if you’re planning the move unemployed!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kulala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and you can experience both city life and nature views in your new home! Its colonial architecture and myriad of natural attractions makes it a breathtaking city to move to! In 2017, Kulala Lumpur was named the most expat friendly city in Asia and in 2018, the second most livable city in Southeast Asia. Malaysia is hot, and many people spend their free time swimming in their pools. Living here makes it easy for quick weekend getaways and the beautiful Perhentian Islands aren’t too far away!
Cost of Living
The cost of living per month for a single person in Kuala Lumpur is $950. The quality of life here is way better than other Southeast Asian countries because if you compare the cost of living to their monthly income, it tops their neighbouring countries. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment averages around $340. Most people prefer the condo lifestyle, but if you’d like to live in a home, the land properties are in gated communities. Malaysia is home to many Australians and if you’re longing for the Southeast Asian culture, get to planning because this is one of the best countries to move to!
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is one of South America’s most beautiful cities! It’s compared to having the European vibe, energy of New York City, all while staying true to its Latin American roots. Buenos Aires is filled with life, it has warm, golden-sand beaches, desserts and towering mountains. Argentina holds tight to their traditions, while being advanced in technology and modern infrastructure. Spanish is their official language, but almost all Argentinians speak English, making it a welcoming environment!
Cost of Living
The estimated cost of living per person is $905 a month. You can easily find a one-bedroom apartment across the city for around $350. They have both public and private health care systems, but purchasing a monthly health care plan will cost you $50-$60. Buenos Aires is also known for their many international schools, making it a great place for your children to adjust to their new home! Argentina is definitely one of the best countries to move to.