Friday, November 7, 2014

If You Want to Leave the US, Five Alternative Countries to Consider

By Simon Black

As we talked about yesterday, moving abroad isn’t as difficult as you think.

Sure, it’s not always cookies and cupcakes, but the benefits and opportunities of living abroad are often unparalleled.

Only by moving abroad can you truly curtail how much you contribute to your corrupt, bankrupt home government.

And you just might find that in many cases you can live better, cheaper, and enjoy a far greater quality of life than what you could achieve back home.

It’s also important to recognize that there’s very little in this world that’s forever.

So even if it doesn’t work out, you can always head back home later— this time with some overseas experience under your belt, and perhaps even some new language skills.

But it begs the question—where to go? There’s literally an entire world of opportunity out there, but here are a few suggestions to get you looking:


For English speakers, moving to Ireland gives you all the thrills of living in a foreign country without the stress of having to learn a foreign language.

The Irish are some of the warmest and friendliest people you’ll ever meet, with a vibrant and upbeat culture. Plus the country itself is really gorgeous. You’ll never look at the color green the same ever again.

Ireland also ranks 9th on the Economic Freedom Index, making it a great place to set up your business in. Doing that can also qualify you for a residency visa itself. [Note to Premium Members: More on this in an upcoming Alert.]


With its very laid-back and welcoming culture, as well as all the conveniences of modern life, Thailand is a very easy transition abroad, while at the same time being exotic and otherworldly.

If you’re into tropical beach lifestyle, you’ll love Phuket, which is very popular with expats and offers all sorts of amenities you’d require—excellent health care, international schools, modern shopping malls, a well-connected airport, first class dining etc.

Chiang Mai in the north offers a serene and even cheaper lifestyle amid burgeoning and lush nature and Thailand’s highest mountains. It’s a laid back city that is a major hub for young digital entrepreneurs, as well as retirees.


This is an often-overlooked Baltic gem. With a high degree of economic freedom, quaint architecture and culture, low living costs, cheap real estate, great summer weather and ubiquitous knowledge of English, Estonia should be on your radar.

Estonia offers an attractive business residency visa, enabling you to live and move freely throughout much of the European continent (and escape the Estonian winters for a more pleasant Mediterranean climate).

Like its Baltic neighbors Latvia and Lithuania, Estonia is safe, modern, and technically advanced. And it doesn’t hurt that the people seem to all be exceptionally attractive.


If you’re looking for all the conveniences that you’re used to back home, Chile is a very easy transition. Familiar North American restaurant chains abound, as do huge and modern shopping malls.

Santiago offers all of the first world amenities that you’d expect, such as high quality medical care, private education, and privatized infrastructure.

The weather is excellent and the business climate is refreshingly less burdensome than in the West, yet replete with opportunity.

You also have the advantage of being in the center of South America’s burgeoning tech scene. Who knows, if your idea is good enough you might even get paid $40,000 to move here.


In a recent survey by InterNations, Ecuador turned out to be the top expat destination in 2014.

In particular it’s an increasingly popular retirement destination because of its high quality yet very affordable cost of living, cheap real estate prices, vibrant culture and good weather.

The official currency is the US dollar, which is a comfort to many people.

It’s also an incredibly diverse country, with beaches, mountains, big cities, rainforest and everything in between for you to choose from.

The world is a big place and these are just a few suggestions to get you started.

While it’s important to do your own due diligence based on your personal preferences, this process shouldn’t hinder you in any way in your desire to look for greener pastures.

Go and see for yourself and find out that the transition abroad really isn’t all that difficult.

Simon Black is Senor Editor  at

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