When life’s drudgery gets to you, the grass on the neighboring ground may indeed be greener. Naturally, moving to a new location may enliven your hopes for a better future. Relocation isn’t a bad idea, but it is not so easy either. You need to conduct a lot of research into schools, health care facilities, travel infrastructure, social community, and many more about the new place, not to mention which places your financial situation allows for. To make things easy for you, here are five destinations abroad that make a fresh start easy!
This sunny, tropical country is a popular destination abroad among American tourists. Nestled between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, this country attracts tourists to its clean coasts, green jungles, and volcanoes. True to its motto “Pura Vida” (translated as Pure Life) this Española-influenced country offers hassle-free residential programs, good healthcare, and most importantly, good food. You can choose from coastal villages or developed properties to settle here.
Perched above North America, Canada is the most preferred country abroad for American ex-pats. Canada allures its visitors with a sound educational system, cosmopolitan culture, and endless adventure opportunities in unexplored forests. Toronto offers upscale jobs and modern city life, while Vancouver offers a work-life balance with opportunities to explore nature on the weekends. If you are retired or plan to retire early, European-styled Montreal or Quebec may suit you.
This tiny country in South East Asia is known for its international schools, high-tech job profiles, and well-maintained city infrastructure. If you are in your younger years, opting for this country can help you with a balanced work-life. Vacationing at exotic nearby locations — Thailand, Bali, Vietnam — is an added bonus.
This island offers an excellent work atmosphere and nature galore. You can enjoy fresh salmon and local vegetables for your healthy diet. Consider Auckland for the high commercial quotient or Wellington for its vintage ambiance. You can cover the northern and southern ends of the country within a few hours. Nature-lovers can explore a plethora of landscapes: glaciers, mountains, beaches, lakes, and springs.
A few years ago, Ghana rolled out a multi-year program to welcome African Americans. With increasing business opportunities in technology and low crime rates, Ghana has it all. Nature getaways, beaches, waterfalls, and national parks add to the charm of this West African nation. Not a surprise, Ghana is becoming a popular destination for American ex-pats.
The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, is a bustling and fascinating place. It’s the kind of city you could spend months exploring and still not see all there is to see. However, there are some must-visit spots for those who don’t have months to soak it all up. Here are just five of the best!
The Grand Palace
When the capital moved from Thonburi to Bangkok, the Grand Palace was built to become the official residence of King Rama I. While it’s still technically the official residence of the king, he doesn’t actually live there anymore. However, this stunning piece of architecture is a must-see for anyone in Bangkok.
Khao San Road
What used to be the hub of backpackers since the 1980s is now a tourist hotspot, filled with bars, hawkers, and street stalls. If you really want to experience the chaotic hustle and bustle of Bangkok, then it would be criminal not to experience Khao San Road. Grab yourself something to eat and drink, then watch the world go by.
Cruise along Chao Phraya River
If you want to see Bangkok from a whole new perspective, jump aboard a boat and cruise along the Chao Phraya River. You’ll find plenty of river cruises available, although some are quite expensive. If you want a cheaper option, hop on a water taxi for a few bucks.
Explore the floating markets
Sure, it may be another cliche tourist attraction, but you can’t visit Bangkok without at least taking a peek at the floating markets. Khlong Lat Mayom and Taling Chan are the most popular ones, with Taling Chan being the busiest.
Visit the Temples
The temples in Bangkok are a unique part of the culture of this city, so you must try and squeeze at least a few of the hundreds there are to see. Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun are three of the best to visit.
So, which hotspot is first on your list?