Am I alone in here to have played thoughts of choosing another country for expat-living?
I lived in Germany, Austria, Portugal, Italy and (not just traveling) in Oceania and Asia for years. France was never really on my 'go list'...
I originally intended to come to France from Thailand and stay for a few months, then continue on to Costa Rica or Panama.
So here we go I'm curious to hear if you have seriously considered another destination for your expat living, either before having moved here, or either post-move. And , perhaps you still carry that LIST in some of your secret cupboard or mind? :)
With the current economic unfolding I am considering a more stable country, like Switzerland.
I don't have idea about the new immigration policies, being a entrepreneur and able to sustain myself, + speaking its 4 languages fluently I have some hope that I could relocate with ease. Yet need to investigate it seriously.
Am I tired to live in France? More keen to try something new, same-wise similar (or better?).
In the last days I searched for many places:
Iceland -> PROS wild and adventurous, they say water is purest up there. As a health freak really tempting. Fish and food should be plenty and people awesome.
CONS cold, language barrier
Norway ->PROS Bit like Iceland, its wild nature is attractive. Sky incredible at night.
CONS Because of the seize organizing your supply must be more difficult, Import Tax,
Expensive, Language Barrier
Portugal ->PROS Fantastic people and nature, good climate, reasonable priced if you go in country side you can find bargains. Good Food, lots of Organic.
CONS language is easier than ICELAND, Internet may be slow
Spain -> PROS Like the above, good climate, cheap housing
CONS Spain has more social issues, unemployment, even if it does not effect me short-term
its something i consider.
South America -> Too Far so taken out of equation right now. Otherwise CHile, Panama would be on my list.
Asia ->Been there, done that. Off my list due too much people density and pollution issues + social problems (prostitution etc.etc.)
Housing prices all over the world are surprisingly the same! In India you can get a house for 600 € and in France with 100 € more you get houses and added quality of life, stability, charm.
Renting in Costa Rica can be more expensive (often is) than here in France, the houses in Costa Rica look very poor quality, poor charm unless you go for some luxury but that is out of budget-range and senseless.
Summa Summarum. There's a reason why we are in France after all, not many countries (not even neighboring ones) can beat what LA FRANCE offers :) There's something so qualitative and at range, accessible if you can endure a few obstacles.
Most Europeans think of living in Spain as the perfect expat life (it once was like that) i would much favor Italy and to Italy I would favor France (that might be biased - i'm italian)
That said my current best alternative to France is its little neighbor SWITZERLAND
I would choose a region where both german and french are spoken, ideally.
What about you?