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Monthly Wrap: Resolved to move abroad in 2018? Here are five of the best countries for expats

currency-newsMonthly Wrap: Resolved to move abroad in 2018? Here are five of the best countries for expats
2018 is here, and for many the focus is on the goals they would like to achieve and the dreams they would like to realise over the coming 12 months.

For you, that might mean moving abroad. But before you throw yourself headfirst into visa applications, property searches, and job applications, you need to know where you’re actually going to end up.

If all you know right now is that you want to see in 2019 while living in another country, take a look at five of the best emigration destinations…


Canada is a popular choice for aspiring expats, and for good reason.

First off, culturally it is fairly similar to the UK, making it a great choice if one of your chief concerns about moving abroad is settling in and getting used to being in new surroundings.

Canada offers some of the world’s most stunning scenery, and living in the world’s second-largest country means you won’t be short of places to explore.

And of course, Canada is famous for its friendliness. The nation is incredibly multicultural, with around a fifth of its population of 35 million people being foreign-born.

New Zealand

Following in the same vein as Canada, New Zealand offers a refreshing mixture of the familiar coupled with the unique, all topped off with a generous helping of friendliness.

Telegraph Travel readers voted New Zealand the best country in the world in 2016, thanks to its amazing landscapes, vibrant Maori culture, impressive wildlife, and great food and drink.

If moving abroad doesn’t seem like enough of an adventure, the huge array of extreme sporting activities available in New Zealand, such as skydiving, snowboarding, and bungee jumping make it a great place for adrenaline junkies to do the opposite of settling down.

Costa Rica

If you head to Costa Rica, there’s a good chance 2018 really will be a happy New Year. According to the Happy Planet Index, the nation is the happiest in the world.

A breakdown of the facts makes it easy to understand why. While the GDP per capita in Costa Rica is around a quarter of many Western European economies, its residents have a higher well-being rating than those living in some the world’s richest countries.

The nation is also a great place for those who are environmentally conscious, as Costa Rica boasts an ecological footprint just a third the size of the USA’s.


Iceland is such an impressive country that it inspired Led Zeppelin to write the Immigrant Song.

If, for some reason, providing inspiration to the greatest rock band of all time isn’t enough of a selling point, just remember that Iceland combines epic glaciers with awe-inspiring volcanoes and around 800 hot springs.
Just be careful not to upset the elves. It’s something of a faux pas.


Just because you’re planning to move abroad and settle down, it doesn’t mean that your travel lust will evaporate.

If you’re looking for a place to move that serves as a base of operations, providing you access to more that the world has to offer, then you can’t go far wrong by opting for Singapore as your new home.

According to the InterNations Quality of Life Index 2017, Singapore comes top in the travel and transport category, and also scores well (4th) for the overall quality of life and the safety and security sub index (3rd).

Residing in Singapore will put you within easy travelling distance of Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand and many more. Singapore itself has plenty to offer, but the sheer variety of landscapes, peoples, and cultures offered by its neighbours is sure to help slake your wanderlust.

Still searching for a place to call ‘home’?

This is just a small snapshot of all the amazing places this beautiful planet of ours has to offer. We’ve got plenty more on the horizon to help you discover the joys of moving abroad and to showcase some of the best places you may want to call home. Stick around, and together we can make your dreams of moving abroad a reality in 2018.
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