Sometimes all it takes to find a country you love is to go there on holiday, while other times you may find your future home while traveling for work or other reasons. Some people even love the element of surprise, and never visit their chosen country before settling there.
Figures suggest that millions of Americans choose to emigrate abroad every single year, and given the variety of destinations and choice on offer around the world, it’s no surprise that moving is popular. Here are some of the top international destinations for expats and families seeking a fresh new life in countries overseas.
A diverse continent full of thriving cities, gorgeous rainforest and much more in between, South America has a place to suit everyone. Those who like the buzz of a cosmopolitan city should head to places like Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, while those who want a quieter life can go to Patagonia on the continent’s southern tip.
One of the main advantages of Britain, of course, is that the main language there is English – so there won’t be any communication barriers or any need to learn a new tongue. But the country also offers a high standard of living, and there’s a lot of choice when it comes to finding somewhere to live. From the gorgeous rural hillsides of Scotland to bustling cities like London, there’s lots to pick from and somewhere to suit everyone.
If you’re thinking about moving to Asia, the city-state of Singapore is a great choice. Offering excellent standards of cleanliness and lots of high level professional services jobs, it’s a really popular destination. There is a very high standard of education available, and the Australian International School in Singapore offers excellent programs so that expat children can continue their learning, gaining qualifications that are recognized by higher education institutions throughout the developed world.
With its wide range of interesting cities and more rural idylls, France has it all. While the country and its major cities is not quite as well known for its professional services scene as other European expat hubs such as Frankfurt, there is still a large foreign community in France working in all sorts of professions.
With Paris being a hub for fashion and design, creative types may well find themselves more at home there than they would in their own countries. France is also ideal for those who love property and who would like to get their hands on a project: rural cottages in France can be expensive but many also come cheaply, so a fantastic design project may be just around the corner.
From busy cities with lots going on to charming rural villages, our world is full of diversity. There’s a whole world out there, and the places selected here are just a snapshot of the choices on offer. What’s apparent, though, is that there is an ideal place for everyone who wants to move to live abroad.