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1. Posted by RebeccaLincoln (Inactive 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone! I am excited to be a part of this forum. My husband and I are researching a move to a new country. We currently live in Canada (always have) with our 4 children. We are open to all possibilities as we are just starting our search. We would like to hear from those of you who have moved to another country about where you moved and why you chose that particular location. We want to find a place with good healthcare and a good education system where the cost of living isn’t through the roof like it is for us now. I look forward to hearing from you!!

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

We've changed long-term living locations like this on several occasions over the years for many different reasons and with different results. I can mention education as a reason for changing our living locations, however that was over 25 years ago and had to do with gathering a second degree in archaeology... I'm part of a union which enjoys both legal US/Irish citizenship - that forms a large part of my own personal experience and this may differ from yours...

Have you ruled out any particular region of the world? From Canada: Mexico and certain countries in Central America are attractive options for many reasons...

Quoting RebeccaLincoln

We want to find a place with good healthcare...

Personally speaking as a US citizen having experience dealing with certain healthcare models in other parts of the world outside of my native country: Canada, in my opinion, seems to tick the "good" box in that regard at costs much lower than your neighbor to the immediate south - quite often with much better results. However, healthcare seems like only part of your reason for seeking a move...

[ Edit: Edited on 20 Jan 2021, 03:01 GMT by road to roam ]

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2779 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Cost of living is less relevant than putting it together with level of earnings to get a standard of living. Generally, cheaper places will have lower earnings too.

I consider Canada to have one of the better standards of living. It's hard to think of places better, unless you're taking previously earned wealth with you and able to set yourselves up in style? In which case Thailand and latin America see plenty of people going there for the cheap cost of living; if you need to work and earn there, the opportunities are less good.

I recently read a blog called Mr Money Mustache, by a Canadian living in Colorado who maintains that North Americans have many earning opportunities but get sucked into a culture of profligate spending. He advocates not living up to your means, focusing on frugality and the pleasures of simpler living, and using the difference to save rapidly for a very early retirement. I wonder if this may be worth a read?

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5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4952 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

"We are open to all possibilities...."


How about just moving to a CHEAPER city in Canada?

(The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence!)

Ripping 4 kids away from schools, friends and familiar language can be daunting at times.

Not all countries welcome foreigners taking jobs away from local citizens. Do you have special or unique skills that would make you a better prospect to to fill particular jobs? Or are you planning on some sort of ordinary hourly employment or similar low skill employment? Some cheaper countries you may live in also have lower wages.

I have lived overseas in several countries but as a government employee. Just a continuation of the same employer, same job, but in a cheaper overseas location. Does your present employer have overseas employment? Are there jobs you can apply for while in Canada where the employer pays to ship you and your brood to an overseas location? High Canadian wages with cheaper overseas living expenses.

Cost of flights, moving expenses, temporary housing, maybe even paying for better schools will be eat into your savings and wages.

Good luck.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1910 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Why not find a cheaper place in Canada? That would solve a lot of problems. Since you haven't filled out your Profile Page, we have no idea where you are living in Canada but our daughter lived in Canada for many years and there are many places that are not that expensive.

Good luck.

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9. Posted by sedereds (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

My suggestion is Norway. What a goregous country! Good luck with your search.

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