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1. Posted by snickahs (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

I don't know what city or country...

Is there any kind of survey or quiz online that can help me find places I would like, based on my preferences? Something similar to FindYourSpot which does that but for America. If not, can anyone give suggestions for things to take into account in order to decide? I don't have the money to spend traveling the continent first, so I'd like to come up with a destination first, then visit.

Can anyone help?

P.S. I am not looking for moving and immigration tips, just help in narrowing down my options.

2. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

A couple of things I come up with:

- language: do you speak the language. If not can you learn it before you go, or learn it in Europe? can you have a job when you don't know the language? (in some places it's nearly impossible to get a decent job, if you don't speak the language)
- social security and health care: from getting a social security number till what happens when you get ill
- work permit: would you need one?
- climate: north or south makes a lot of difference.
- inland / sea: any preference (mountains maybe), big city / city / village ???
- atmosphere: the mediterrenean area is bit more relaxed. If you don't want to see people smile, go Germany...
- money

- your heart: what does your heart tell you?

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

ah just put a bunch of cities in hat and see what u get...

4. Posted by TillE (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

- work permit: would you need one?

Yes, this bit's rather important. For non-EU citizens, where you can get a job offer (typically beforehand) will severely limit your options. I'm moving to Germany next year, primarily because I speak decent German and have someone willing to give me a job at least for a while. But even for me, staying long term could be difficult.

The most important question is, what are your professional qualifications? The general rule is that a company must try to find local or EU citizens to fill a vacancy first, so it can be enormously difficult to find work without significant qualifications.

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

... and correct me if I'm wrong (pretty sure I ain't), but without a work permit, you won't be allowed to take up residence in Europe (well, EU), either...

Niels

6. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

im American living in Europe on a 2 year work visa I obtained thru the Scottish Gov't after completing my Masters. So that's one option - become a student. Once you get the visa - get a job, and the company, like mine, will give you the work permit. Its a looong process and yeah depends on your employability, but it IS possible.

7. Posted by jth70 (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

DAMN!!! I guess I'm not going any where to stay, just keep working in the USA...how sad in a way...

8. Posted by snickahs (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

I guess I'll just have to go to grad school in Europe then, if it'll make things easier...

9. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

well - its quite a commitment if the only reason is to get a Visa? But its cheaper than the US for tuition any case.

10. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Quoting snickahs

I guess I'll just have to go to grad school in Europe then, if it'll make things easier...

Well there is always another route ... get to Europe, fall in love with a European, marry, live in ????, make a request to assume the nationality of your husband/wife (both genders possible in some countries), and you also don't need to worry anymore. (only don't give up your US nationality, in case you divorce, and want to get back to the US.)

In short ... Grad school makes it easier.

Also you might want to look into teaching English in Europe. (look up TEFL, I am sure, there are a couple of topics on this already, or just google it).