When you go on vacation, you typically go with the attitude you’re there for a short period. After a couple of weeks, you’ll make your way home and resume your regular life and then essentially forget about it. It was fun while it lasted.
Sometimes, though, that doesn’t happen. You wind up falling in love with the place so much that you want to live there indefinitely.
Every year, millions of people go abroad, find something they love and then decide that it’s for them. But which are the holiday destinations that people most often make their home? Let’s take a look.
Copenhagen is one of the world’s most famous cities for expats, but you rarely hear people talking about it. (Perhaps that’s because they want to keep it a secret.)
Once you leave the city after a break, though, you invariably wind up missing it. Not only is it beautiful, but the residents all seem to be happy to get on with their lives. Even though the divorce rate is sky high, the Danish capital scores incredibly well for infrastructure and education, meaning that it is an excellent place for growing families. Plus, it also offers some of the best cycling networks in the world. Most people here don’t bother using their cars unless they’re leaving town. That means low congestion and pollution.
Vancouver is Canada’s most celebrated city. It is a center of culture and offers some of the best amenities that you can find anywhere on the planet. It scores highly for both education and the environment. And it is also seen as one of the most stable cities in North America. The likelihood of rioting is low.
Vancouver was the world’s number one city on the Global Liveability Report for many years, achieving the title for eight consecutive years between 2002 and 2010. Since then, the city has fallen in the rankings, but it remains a thriving and popular place – and perhaps Canada’s finest tourist destination.
Singapore is another holiday destination that people often wind up making their homes. The city is a jewel in Southeast Asia’s crown, offering clean streets and unrivaled wealth. The standard of living is as high here as it is in any part of the world – and probably higher.
Those looking to move to the region can pick up properties via HDB sales of balance, a system the country uses to allocate public housing. You can also buy private condos in the country, though you’ll need to pay a large tax bill if you want to take up semi-permanent residency.
Vienna is now the undisputed king of the hill when it comes to the world’s most liveable city. When people travel here, they fall in love with everything it has to offer and often wind up wanting to come back for more. Every street has something beautiful to offer. And the architecture is nothing short of stunning. The city isn’t a victim of modernism.
The schools, education system, healthcare, and stability scores of the city are also extremely high. Added to that are things like the sense of adventure and the affordability of the place. There are plenty of opportunities to go on Danube cruises, experience the arts, and eat in the finest restaurants. It’s a city that will keep practically anyone entertained for decades. Plus, you can walk around it at night and feel perfectly safe. It is quite remarkable.
While Sydney is Australia’s most famous city, many people believe that Melbourne is the more livable of the two.
The city actually achieved the number one spot on the most livable cities globally for seven years straight, before being pipped at the post by Vienna in recent years.
As a tourist destination, the city is relatively popular. It embodies many of Australia’s freewheeling personality traits – sophistication and free-spiritedness. And it remains famous for its cuisine and coffee. Its parks are also quite spectacular, providing a welcome break from the heat and urban sprawl.
While Tokyo is a “world city,” Osaka is undoubtedly the cultural heart of the Japanese civilization. The city is the third-largest in Japan, but it doesn’t feel like that. It retains much of its traditional charm and isn’t just a place to work, sleep and eat – which is the sensation you get in other parts of the country.
Those who visit the region invariably fall in love with the food specialties and wind up wanting to stay.