The survey is in! It’s been published.
I am an expat who lives in the Philippines. The people who read this website are interested in the Philippines – either living in the Philippines or at least visiting.
However, even if we are mostly interested in the Philippines, we owe it to ourselves to see if there are other expat destinations that warrant our attention.
With that in mind, lets take a look at the survey, and where it found to be the top expat destionations.
Before we talk about it, let’s take a look at the top 10 places to be an expat, according to the survey:
- Hong Kong
OK, there you have it! Those are, based on this survey, the top 10 places in which to be an expat.
What is my take?
Well, firstly, I am very happy to see the Philippines appear in the top 10. Number 8 is just barely in there, but still, that is an honor. Since I live in the Philippines, that is really great news.
There are some surprises to me.
Luxembourg and Switzerland. These are expensive places to live. Not “good weather” spots either. Not places where I would choose to live. Becoming an expat usually means that it is a place where you are choosing to locate. Of course, if you are becoming an expat for employment reasons, that does tend to take the choice out of your hands, though.
USA? I just don’t see it. I do admit that for people all over the world, many do have a desire to go to and live in the USA. But, frankly, I am happy to be out of there.
Every other place on the list, except for the 3 I have mentioned, I can see as plausible expat spots. I mean, lots of nice weather, or interesting destinations in one way or another.
I do admit that I am very partial toward living in Asia. There are 3 Asia expat spots on the list: Singapore, Philippines and Hong Kong. All three are, in my view, great places to check out. For Europe, I do feel great about the possibilities in Spain as well. That could bring some real cultural charm, in my view. Mexico is another place where I think would be a fun desination.
What are your thoughts? Is there any place that you feel is missing from the list? Any places on the list that are just glaringly wrong in your view?