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If all you wanted was broadband, a modern gym, and clean air

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1. Posted by webworldly (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Greetings!

I've read (and enjoyed) several other threads that discussed similar topics...but I'm hoping that more specifics can be offered here.

If all that one requires is:

  • highly reliable broadband internet connection billed monthly for unlimited bandwidth (no upload/download caps)

  • modern gym facilities within walking distance

  • marketplace/grocery store with fresh veggies, meat, and fruits...within walking distance

  • clean air

  • English is enough to "get by" for all normal interactions

....and if there was no need for employment (work is done on the internet), no need for schools or other family related services, no preference for geographical location (so it could be anywhere in the world), no preference for climate, no preference for landscape (beach versus mountain versus lake versus desert, etc.)....and if there was a desire to not need a car....

....and if the only criteria for selecting among options was total cost per month to live in accordance with the lifestyle described above...

What specific properties (if you can be that specific....otherwise cities or regions) come to mind....and why?

I'm betting there are a lot of members/lurkers here who would love to hear some great feedback on this...so bring it on!

CHEERS!

David

2. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 10y

ZERMATT, Switzerland.

Brand new WiLan broadband system installed last year. Air doesnt get cleaner, No cars allowed in the town, German or French help but can get by easily with just English. High altitude increase effect of training, a couple good gyms. Met a couple cats that are programmers or web designers tht live up here.

Good Luck

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Good question; looking for a place like this for later this year myself :) although with family requirements

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

By the way, at the moment I am leaning towards Buenos Aires for a few months to help improve my Spanish somewhat.

We'll also be spending some time in Melbourne as well which would meet your requirements by the way.

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Quoting webworldly

if the only criteria for selecting among options was total cost per month to live in accordance with the lifestyle described above

Quoting moscowmetr

ZERMATT, Switzerland.

Somehow, I don't think that Switzerland is going to stack up very well for 'total cost per month'

I would say somewhere in Asia is likely to work out best. One of the larger cities would be best to ensure the facilities required. Though then the disadvantage is the frequent lack of clean air ..

[ Edit: Edited at May 1, 2006 2:24 AM by Peter ]

6. Posted by webworldly (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Quoting Peter

Quoting webworldly

if the only criteria for selecting among options was total cost per month to live in accordance with the lifestyle described above

Quoting moscowmetr

ZERMATT, Switzerland.

Somehow, I don't think that Switzerland is going to stack up very well for 'total cost per month'

I would say somewhere in Asia is likely to work out best. One of the larger cities would be best to ensure the facilities required. Though then the disadvantage is the frequent lack of clean air ..

I lived in Lugano for a while...and while Zermatt is surely in a different price universe from the hyper expensive Lugano rates....it is likely not in my budget. I also tried as small a town as I could find in Northern Italy....just on the Italian side of the border from Lugano....and that too was AWESOME....but expensive relative to what I must consider as "cheap" these days. OK...it's not all about what "won't work"....since I am in India now and it definitely scores high on the "cheap" index! As for clean air...well, that's another story.

Regarding Australia (or New Zealand)...I'd love to find a spot there that meets all of the criteria I listed in the first post on this thread. Anyone know of a specific place? The result of several days of searching for both Aussie and Kiwi locales....has turned up nothing solid as far as a specific property.

CHEERS!

David

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

I reckon Melbourne would be pretty okay. You might have to move a little out of the city not to be hit with prices that are too high, but compared to Europe it's still pretty affordable.

Can't help you with exact 'properties' though....

8. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

The perfect spot for you would have to be Tasmania Australia. It officially has the cleanest air in the world, the cities are small so walking to places wouldnt be a hastle, getting broadband with no dowload limits is very easy... i have it myself and the whole state has about 600,000 people so traffic and annoying crowds are not an issue. The two biggest cities are Launceston and Hobart which both have good gyms.

please let me know if this imformation was helpful

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Yeah, Tasmania is a good choice.

Actually, both Tasmania and New Zealand would fit your requirements almost perfectly. Low(ish) cost of living, advanced technology, clean air, enough facilities.

Perhaps a little isolated, but definitely good choices. And both are immensely beautiful.

10. Posted by webworldly (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hey Peter :-) Hey Grasshoppa :-)

Have either of you been to both the Tasmania region and to New Zealand?

I've not been to Australia...although I have been to Lake Taupo (North Island New Zealand)....but never to the South Island, which seems as though it would be much preferred in terms of less crowded, clean air, and cost...yes?

Can you kinda' describe the pro's and con's of Tasmania versus New Zealand..either based on first hand experience or just what you've learned along the way...in the context of this thread's criteria for choosing one?

CHEERS!

David

[ Edit: Edited at May 2, 2006 1:00 AM by webworldly ]