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If you could start a new life in a new city anywhere in the world, where would you chose?


I'm seriously considering it. I feel a bit sad that I haven't done it sooner... I still live in the same city where I was born and I HATE it. I have no friends, my work is from home, I hate this town and I want out.

My options are wide, but I don't have a clue. I am from the U.K. but I'd like to go abroad (I only speak English)

Where would you chose any why?
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Probably a rural desert area in Nevada. Or maybe Colorado. I'd pick up and move tomorrow but I kind of have roots where I am now so it's not so easy.
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I'm seriously considering it. I feel a bit sad that I haven't done it sooner... I still live in the same city where I was born and I HATE it. I have no friends, my work is from home, I hate this town and I want out.

My options are wide, but I don't have a clue. I am from the U.K. but I'd like to go abroad (I only speak English)

Where would you chose any why?
If you can earn a reasonable amount working from home you could consider Thailand. Maybe up in the north in Chiang Mai or even Bangkok. I haven't been to Chiang Mai (yet) but Bangkok is a great city - lots of expats already there, good infrastructure, and considerably cheaper than Western countries.

I have no interest in starting over anywhere. I have my family here so I'd never move somewhere else for good. I will spend a lot more time up in Asia as I get older though, as long as my health holds out. It's more fun - there's a feeling of life out in the streets. And your money goes a lot further.
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I'd move 2 miles north, to the small city of 10,000 next to my town. And I'd be able to start a new life there if I wanted to, because nobody knows me anyway.

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Based on cities that I have been to, a few stand out.

1) Leafy suburb of Seattle. My favourite city.
2) Chitose, Hokkaido (I found Tokyo too much after a while). Sapporo would be an alternative. Disadvantage would be needing to learn the language first.
3) San Francisco - although property prices are insane.

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If I could get a work visa or even better permanent residency, I'd move to Australia in a heartbeat. I think if I already had a visa, I could find a job there.

Melbourne sounds nice. Not as hot as Sydney but good public transit. Living in Australia would be like living abroad light. No need to learn a new language. Similar culture. But still an escape from many of the problems of the US- screwed up medical care system, gun violence, little to no vacation/paid-time-off.
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If I could get a work visa or even better permanent residency, I'd move to Australia in a heartbeat. I think if I already had a visa, I could find a job there.

Melbourne sounds nice. Not as hot as Sydney but good public transit. Living in Australia would be like living abroad light. No need to learn a new language. Similar culture. But still an escape from many of the problems of the US- screwed up medical care system, gun violence, little to no vacation/paid-time-off.
Melbourne's alright I guess. It does get hot here in summer - up to around 40 Celsius on some days. Not humid like Sydney though.

Getting pretty busy here - close to 5 million and will overtake Sydney as the biggest city within a decade most likely. Supposed to be 2500 new people arriving each week. (and as I like to say - they all seem to get on my bloody tram)

The other things you mention are probably true - especially if you can afford to live in a decent suburb.
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Melbourne's alright I guess. It does get hot here in summer - up to around 40 Celsius on some days. Not humid like Sydney though.

Getting pretty busy here - close to 5 million and will overtake Sydney as the biggest city within a decade most likely. Supposed to be 2500 new people arriving each week. (and as I like to say - they all seem to get on my bloody tram)

The other things you mention are probably true - especially if you can afford to live in a decent suburb.
Have you been to Brisbane? My work colleague loved it when he lived there, says it's way better than Sydney or Melbourne. I've been meaning to travel to Australia for a while. Maybe next year.

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Have you been to Brisbane? My work colleague loved it when he lived there, says it's way better than Sydney or Melbourne. I've been meaning to travel to Australia for a while. Maybe next year.
Yes I've been there a couple of times mate - but I don't know it at all. Last time was about 6 years ago around the time my father died, he lived for ages up around there. The Sunshine Coast is quite nice, north of Brisbane - lovely beaches without all the nonsense of the Gold Coast.

Not really an area I ever think about much tbh. Sydney and Melbourne are the two cities I know - I grew up in Sydney but have been in Melbourne for 25 years. Perth's a nice city too - quite a few Brits there from memory. Great beaches as well and much quieter than the east coast of Australia.
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I'm seriously considering it. I feel a bit sad that I haven't done it sooner... I still live in the same city where I was born and I HATE it. I have no friends, my work is from home, I hate this town and I want out.

My options are wide, but I don't have a clue. I am from the U.K. but I'd like to go abroad (I only speak English)

Where would you chose any why?
I'm already living that new life and am living abroad.. if you really want to do something, then go for it!
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Rural Tennessee. Lots of job opportunities there. Cost of living not as low as here, but cheap enough home ownership wouldn't be a problem. Nice scenery as well with lots of space, trees, and mountains.
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