I’m officially Scottish, was born in England and currently live in Spain. I need to find somewhere new to live at the end of May 2016. Lease is up and it’s not being rented again. I could stay in Spain or I could go back to the UK. However, as I’m not bound to any one geographic location when it comes to work, and I have an insatiable appetite for exploration and all things new… I’m thinking of heading some place different.
I was wondering if anybody could suggest a possible country/city for me?
Must be relatively easy to get in, so the US is out. My brother has just become a US citizen, so that would speed up the process, but we’re still talking years. I’ve seen a few central and south American places where you just have to show $800 to $1000 in monthly income. That kind of thing would be fine. European Union would be a strong contender.
Must be cheap. Being a freelancer, some months I earn a lot of money, some months I don’t. If I have a string of months were I don’t earn that much, I don’t want to be bankrupt, have to leave or beg my parents for money. I’m 37, so those days are over. Hopefully! Ideally, somewhere where I can comfortably survive on $1000 a month would be good.
By comfortably… I mean somewhere relatively clean, safe and without a meth lab next door. By survive… I mean rent, food, taxes, bills, internet. Nothing else. Stuff like new clothes, books, eating out, travel, activities, gambling can be saved for the months when I’m getting more in from freelancing, or if I have some money saved up. So when it comes to rent, I’m thinking $400 to $600 a month.
If the official language of the country is English or Spanish that would help. English is my native tongue and although I’m far from fluency, I can definitely get by in Spanish. They’d probably put me in an ‘intermediate class’, so I can say a bit more than ‘two beers please’ and ‘where are the toilets’? Happy to learn another language if needs be though, easy ones are preferable!
Needs to be a relatively safe country/city, free from wars, frequent natural disasters, extreme gang violence, disease, infection etc etc. So Skegness and Dundee are out.
This is probably pushing it a bit, but if it’s in some kind of goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold, then that would be great. I’ve lived in Scotland, where -15 or less isn’t out of the question, so I’m reasonably hardy, but a low of 0 to 5 would be preferable. Heat… I’ve been in 40 degrees plus in Vegas and that was fine as it was dry heat. Don’t mind that, but high heat and high humidity is a terrible combination. Tropical jungles are out.
Somewhere friendly, open-minded, forward-thinking, big on equality etc.
And that’s about it really! Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Pimp out your country to me, or if you yourself have moved to a different country and can recommend one, that would be even better.
I can’t award a badge, $100 of marketplace credit, or a t-shirt for the best answer… but maybe I’ll take you for a beer if I eventually get where I’m going. That’s a point, they need to sell beer. No ‘dry’ countries allowed! And the cigarettes need to be cheap.