As an expat, you generally find yourself gravitating to a certain group of people based on your expectations, your challenges and what you want out of life. So what tribe do you belong to – are you a thrill seeker, a digital nomad, a wandering romantic, a settled family or a relaxed retiree? Read on to find where you belong.
Expat tribes and where you fit in…
A wandering romantic
Wandering romantics are expats travelling looking for love. Maybe you’re disillusioned with your prospective partners in your current country, or are escaping heartbreak, either way you fall into this category if you’re looking for a new relationship. According to InterNations, expats find greatest relationship happiness in the countries of Ecuador, Cost Rica and Malta. And if you want to settle down with a local, Peru, Greece and the Philippines top the list of countries where this is most likely to happen.
A relaxed retiree
If you’re retired and you want to find happiness, you’re likely to find a tranquil lifestyle and many people with the same mind-set living in Panama and Ecuador, with Spain being a popular choice for British residents – this is according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index for 2016.
Digital nomads are found in cafés plugged into their favourite device while beating the keys of a laptop. If this sounds like you, check out a website called Nomad List which rates countries according to their internet speeds and cost of living. The current top countries that appeal to Digital Nomads based on these criteria are Las Palmas in Spain, Budapest in Hungary and Thailand’s Ko Lanta.
Thrill seekers are expats travelling looking for the next adrenalin hit. According to an article on Buzzfeed, the top destination that attracts expat thrill seekers include base jumping off Kjerag Mountain in Lysefjord, Norway, Cliff Diving at the La Quebrada Cliffs in Acapulco, Mexico and white water rafting in Futaleufu, Chile.
If you’re moving with your family, you’re likely to be attracted to destinations that offer your family a great quality of life. The countries that top InterNation’s Family Life Index, which is based on the cost of childcare, the quality of education and family well-being include Austria, Sweden and Finland.
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