These are the Top 10 Countries to Live in According to Expats

Expats are everywhere nowadays. Businesses expand abroad more than ever and like to bring in clever, hardworking foreigners who seek adventure and a change of scene. Expat Insider did some extensive research and looked at several topics such as; Quality of Life, easy to settle, personal finance, family life, cost of living etc. We also did some research ourselves by asking around in several Expat groups on Facebook, and these are the combined results!

10. Oman
This country may not come to mind immediately, but according to many expats around the world, it’s a good place to live. Oman is a safe country with a low crime rate, so it’s a particularly good environment to raise young children. Accommodation is usually included within an employment contract, which is also a big plus. Downside; it can be very very hot, so hard to move around.

oman

9. New Zealand
If you scoop around the internet, you see mixed results for New Zealand, and sometimes you don’t even find it in the top ten anymore, but we did a little of research on our own and discovered that many of you actually enjoy working in New Zealand. Yes, it’s expensive, but wages are good, the quality of life is (stunning nature for one!), and friendly people.

Expat Syndrome’ is a condition whereby many expatriates see mostly either the best of their own nationality and the worst of the locals, or see the opposite.

8. Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Everybody speaks English, there is a comfortable way of living and settling in is (fairly) easy. Those were some of the reasons why Amsterdam made it to the top ten. Downside; The Netherlands has one of the highest tax rates of Europe, but on the flipside, The country has also been ranked as one of the places where people are the happiest.


Amsterdam, still popular with expats

7. Costa Rica
It’s sunny, the people are friendly and life is easy according to expats around the world. Costa Rica is popular amongst expats, but they didn’t make it further up the list because they didn’t score very high when it comes to personal finance. If you live there it’s fine, but is it a place to make future plans? Many expats didn’t think so.

Costa Rica
We can see why people like Costa Rica

6. Denmark
No surprise that yet another Scandinavian country tops off a good-place-to-live list. Expats voted Denmark in the top three last year, and after talking to

5. Czech Republic (Prague)
Surprisingly, Prague scored poorly on settling in (such as making new friends, speaking the language), but scored really high on work-living and urban-living. Prague seems to be a great place to make a career, or at least use it as a stepping stone.

Bahrainis are very friendly and welcoming. Everyone speaks English.

Prague
Pretty Prague is doing pretty well

4. Mexico
It’s funny, because we keep hearing more and more people in our direct circle of friends, talking about moving to Mexico. Why? More than half of the people asked, give friendliness of locals highest rating. Cancún is the most popular city to live in, with Playa del Carmen and Tulum close behind. Mexico may not be the safest place, so people tend to be extra careful.

3. Ecuador
Surprise surprise, this country made a huuuuge comeback. We did hear that Equador was doing well a few years back, but dropped back in the list. Four out of five expats say that there is a good financial balance and that the way of living is good. (I’m sure the good weather also helps)


Pink walls in Ecuador

My favorite place to work and live would be on the Moon, coz humans are the worst living parasites. -Unknown Expat

2. Taiwan
Coming in at number 2 is Taiwan! Most expats asked, rated this country as having good healthcare, job security and quality of life.

Taiwan City
Taiwan from Elephant Mountain

1. Bahrain (Manama)
It’s a clear winner! In case you don’t have a clue; Bahrain is located just above Quatar and part of the Arabian Gulf. It’s capital, Manama, scores really good on urban work life. The city shows generally good results in both the Job & Career and the Work-Life Balance subcategories of Expat Insider. It’s also a popular place to live for expat families.

So there you have it, the Expat top 10! What’s your favorite place to work and live, and why?

Love,

Wander-Lust

 

 

5 places in Costa Rica you cannot miss out on

Costa Rica is the ultimate holiday destination for nature lovers and adventurous travelers. The country has 2 extensive coastlines, lots of jungle and more than half a million different plants and animals. The people and their lifestyle are considered incredibly friendly and relaxed, which rings true with the countries motto “Pura Vida”, meaning “the good life”. Below are 5 hotspots selected for you.

La Fortuna
La Fortuna is a small town at the foot of the Arenal volcano. The Arenal is one of the few active volcanoes in the world and when it is dark you can see the lava flowing down. At the foot of the volcano there are thermal baths and hot springs. It is an unforgettable experience to observe the volcano from the warm water of the springs.

La_Fortuna
La Fortuna

Turrialba
Turrialba is located in the central region of Costa Rica. Along the town runs the river Pacuare and is considered one of the 5 best and most beautiful rivers worldwide for rafting. In addition, Turrialba is located next to a volcano where where you can go hiking.


Hiking in Costa Rica

Dominical
Dominical is located on the pacific coast and those who like to surf will find themselves right at home here. Dominical itself consists of a paved road with some shops and restaurants. It is a cozy place with a hippie-like vibe and many interesting people. Check out this surfschool if you want to learn how to surf.

There are many beautiful beaches nearby and a lot of nature reserves

Ojochal
The small community of Ojochal in Puntarenas is located in the South Pacific, about 30 minutes south from the town of Dominical. Ojochal is a perfect base from which you can do all kinds of activities. There are many beautiful beaches nearby and a lot of nature reserves. It is also worthwhile to do a horseback tour there. 2 local guides will take you through the jungle and across the beach. During this tour you will also pass Cascada El Pavon, a small-but-beautiful waterfall with a pool at the bottom for swimming. Stay at Villas Gaia to get that local feeling.

Ojochal

Cahuita.
Cahuita is located in the northeast of Costa Rica on the Caribbean coast. This town also has a slightly hippie-like feel about it. Take a visit to the Cahuita national park where monkeys jump around all over the place, snakes are hidden in the trees and raccoons cross the paths. The largest coral reef in Costa Rica is also in the national park, so snorkeling in the colorful underwater world is a must. In the evening you will find a variety of good restaurants, as well as locals hanging out in the streets with friends and family, which creates a nice and lively atmosphere.

Love,

Iris

*Iris is one of our guest editors from The Netherlands. She’s got a big interest for fashion, poetry and traveling. She was only 3 months old when she was on the plane for the first time, and she has been to every continent in the meantime. She’s a dreamer and would prefer to be on the beach every day. You can follow Iris on Instagram.

Top 5 » Wanderlust Hotels

Ooh how we always try to find something that special, convenient and of course not too expensive place to stay whilst traveling.
The perfect accommodation. Thanks to companies like Airbnb and Nightswapping, we can sleep in some of the most fantastic places and areas in the world. There are countless hotels, hostels, bed & breakfast to rest your head, but sometimes you come across that very special one. To give you some inspiration for your next adventure, we’ve listed our top 5 wanderlust hotels:

1. The Wanderlust hotel in Singapore
Just check out their website and you’ll start to understand where they’re coming from. 
Every room has a different theme and has been designed by several creative award winning agencies. A bit crazy but definitely adventurous enough for a true wanderlust addict! 
2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494

http://wanderlusthotel.com/

gallery_01
PicMonkey Collage

2. 727 Fuselage Home in Costa Rica
Imagine waking up in a luxurious plane without the fear of crashing! (that’s my daydream) A refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines. It has been build into this amazing treehouse. This accommodation is quite famous nowadays so expect to pay about 400 dollars per night.
Hotel Costa Verde
KM 6 a Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
http://www.costaverde.com/

PicMonkey Collage
Source: southamericaadventures.com

3. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
These are treehouses for adults. Which is great because no matter how old we are, we always want to sleep in a treehouse! Tucked away in the rainforest of Vancouver Island in Canada, here you will find yourself one with nature. Write it down, it’s for your bucketlist!
420 Horne Lake Rd, Quallicum Beach, BC V9K 1Z7, Canada
http://www.freespiritspheres.com/


PicMonkey Collage

4. Das Park Hotel in Germany
Maximum comfort in minimum space. Yes, it can be done! 
Here you sleep in “use to be” rain pipes. Guests can request a key code online and pay whatever they can afford, which gives that extra friendly touch to it.
Ebelstraße 25 a, 46242 Bottrop, Germany

http://www.dasparkhotel.net/

Das-Park-Hotel
PicMonkey Collage
Source: psfk.com

5. Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji
This one is for the honeymooners. Or the the extreme traveller. Or the rich kid. Well, it’s just a very cool underwater hotel and it should be for anyone! Poseidon Mystery Island comprises approximately 225 acres and is about a mile long. Surrounded by a 5,000-acre (Holy moly!) lagoon, sea life will surround you. It’s still not ready and it’s not clear yet when it will open but an estimated 150,000 potential guests have registered to stay there.
http://poseidonresorts.com/

underwater-hotel-room-at-conrad-maldives-rangali-island-hotel-underwater-hotel-the-greatest-place-for-honeymoon
PicMonkey Collage

Which one is your favourite??

Love,

Elke