Picking The Right Country
“When you move from one country to another you have to accept that there are some things that are better and some things that are worse, and there is nothing you can do about it.”Bill Bryson
If you are planning to live abroad by choice and not by a job posting, it can be an overwhelming decision where to live. When I fall in love with a place, I often ask myself if I can live there. A lot of times the answer is no. It’s beautiful but it gets cold in the winter and I am way too used to California weather. I love hot tropical climates – but would I want that all the time? They are usually accompanied by rainy seasons. Beautiful places can be too isolated, too crowded or too many tourists in the summer. While it’s fun to use hand motions, in an emergency wouldn’t I want someone to speak English? I’m getting older so I do not want to be a day’s drive from the nearest hospital. Will not having a support system in place be too hard?
We will definitely rent something big enough to have guests so our friends and family can come visit. Making friends in a new country without work or school will be hard. Quarantine has prepared us for that.
There are some places I can rule out right away. I’m allergic to smoke and pollution so Southeast Asia and China are out.
I would definitely like to live somewhere where the cost of living is less, not more than Los Angeles. Most of the countries on that list have cold winters so they were already out. Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, France, Iceland and Japan were not a consideration. Unfortunately. Australia, New Zealand, Israel and the Bahamas are taken off here as well.
I do need access to a city. One of the things quarantine has taught me is that I don’t have to be busy all the time. Living in a beach town could work now. I can’t live my life without access to culture – museums, theatre, good restaurants but I don’t need so much of it now.
It’s going to be hard to pick the right place. The “grass is always greener” mentality plays in here. Running away from home rarely ends well so we have to research and try to make the right choice for us. Luckily, I have plenty of time now, to do this.