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While there will be some debate on this topic, (because there are lots of amazing places in the world) not all of them make it easy to move to and earn a living there. The following countries are the places that not only do that, but also offer up substantial quality of life opportunities. So, here goes the list!
If you are under 30:
If you are over 30 or are thinking about a retirement location:
New Zealand has an immigration category for "Skilled Migrants" So, if you are a teacher, engineer, doctor, or other professional that falls into one of their categories, they want you there. New Zealand also has a pretty easy Retirement Visa plan as well.
Malta is known for their ease of immigration. The only caveat here is that you cannot work in Malta. So if you have a pension that is sufficient or you can work remotely then you are golden. Mediterranean climate, relatively low cost of living (30-40% lower than mainland Europe), than this might be the place for you. Bonus, there's no property tax and English is one of their official languages!
Costa Rica also has a pretty easy immigration system. In addition to the natural beauty, low cost of living, and abundance of recreation opportunities Costa Rica could be an excellent option. You'll need to learn Spanish, but this can be a plus as well. Costa Rica's cost of living is less than the U.S. but higher than some other South and Central American countries. With that though you get a more stable government and economy (yes,this is a generalization) but that can be worth a lot, especially if you've seen what is going on in Venezuela right now. Just a few years ago people were talking about moving there because gas is so cheap there. Everything comes with a price.
This list isn't exhaustive. I know several people who have lived as teachers, missionaries, students, and backpackers all over the world. There's a visa for just about every scenario, but some countries make it extra hard. I once tried to get a visa to teach English in Italy...let me tell you that was rough. I eventually just figured it wasn't meant to be. Our visa to New Zealand on the other hand, took about an hour's worth of work and a week's wait and bam! That's all it took. I didn't need to pay some fancy immigration assistance service or struggle through lots of bureaucratic nonsense. Moving to the other side of the world is hard enough without being bogged down trying to figure out complicated immigration law for another country where you're not fluent in the language.
Also, other countries who are members of the EU or are commonwealth countries have a much much larger network of countries that they can go to for working holidays. Americans have such few options because we do not offer reciprocal agreements to other countries. This is such a shame! If congress actually seemed inclined to do anything, I would encourage you to write them but I'd rather be planning my next trip...End political rant!
Have you lived abroad somewhere? Comment below with any of your tips and suggestions! In the meantime I'm going to be house hunting in Malta!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz