Best Destination for a UK Expat

 

There are many reasons for wanting to up-sticks and leave the UK, better weather, a new job, a fresh start or perhaps economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Whatever it might be, your new home needs to be somewhere that makes your life better whether you’re going it alone or taking your family too. So, as experts in this area, we put our collective heads together and did the research using information from reputable intergovernmental organisations such as the UN, World Bank and OCED, to name a few, to give us the most accurate findings and help see which nations are indeed the best for those looking to make the move and become expats.

What we Did

In order to find the best list of destinations, we had to decide on a data set. This covered a variety of different variables and aspects that could affect the day-to-day living of the typical expatriate and to explore what can really lead to an improved quality of life.

We felt that a full assessment of popular nations around the world was the best way to go about this; so, we selected 18 countries from around the world, those you’d typically associate with UK expats such as: Spain, Australia and the USA, as well as other locations like Mexico, Brazil and India.

We looked at 11 different data sets in total for the 18 countries, including: GDP per capita, income tax levels, average net incomes, real wages, education ranking, property price to income ratio, crime and unemployment levels, healthcare efficiency, food costs and English proficiency, which measures the level of written and spoken English in each given country. These stats gave us strong indications on a wide range of factors that affect quality of life such as how much disposable income you’d have but also how good social provisions are abroad.

After gathering the data, we then got down into the nitty-gritty of analysing all the stats and seeing which countries stood out and in which areas they performed strongest. We took what we found and compared it against the UK to see what the similarities and differences are between our nation and those overseas, to ultimately find the ideal location for potential UK expats to relocate to, by showing in which areas particular countries would offer a better quality of life than what is experienced in the UK.

Finally, with a combination of these numbers and figures and our thorough research from sources including the OECD, United Nations, World Bank, Bloomberg and more, we ranked the data by the most favourable results to get an overall table. We found some rather interesting outcomes, which show just which country is ideal for prospective UK expats, based on the socioeconomic factors we examined.

What we Uncovered

Before we reveal which country hit the top spot, some of the wider notable information we discovered includes how:

The USA has the lowest property price to income ratio, making US real estate much more affordable than that of the UK, which has one the highest ratios.

India’s food is the cheapest, it has the lowest cost of food per head in the average weekly shop throughout the 18 other nations, which equates to £86.62* for a family of four, compared to £174.74 in the UK

Singapore has the most efficient healthcare and the best education, meaning less waiting times and higher grades than in UK schools

Norway has the highest GDP per capita and the highest level of English proficiency out of the countries which don’t list English as an official language, with 68% of the population able to effectively read, write and hold a conversation in English

Ireland overall shares the most similarities to the UK, with similar income, temperature, healthcare and education rankings

The Results

Overall, Singapore was found to be the best option for UK expats, with the lowest crime rankings and most efficient healthcare. In last place was India, with low income and high crime.

  1. Singapore
  2. Canada
  3. Australia
  4. United Arab Emirates
  5. USA
  6. Norway
  7. Ireland
  8. Germany
  9. New Zealand
  10. Japan
  11. France
  12. Spain
  13. Russia
  14. China
  15. Brazil
  16. South Africa
  17. India

Note from Jeff: This is a guest post from Jim Limerick of 1st Move International, an international removals company based in the UK. Jeff’s worked with 1st Move International in the past, and feels comfortable endorsing them.

 

What’s Special About the United States?

You must know the TV show “The Newsroom”? The news production parody from Aaron Sorkin (same guy behind the shows West Wing & Sports Night).

First minutes of the pilot episode have news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) ranting on about what makes the United States the greatest country in the world (spoiler: “it’s not, but it can be”). If you haven’t seen it, google his rant later.

Will McAvoy

Before you balk, no – I am NOT supporting Trump (a.k.a. Mr. “Make America Great Again”). No, not in a million years. Nor am I supporting Hillary Clinton. No, not in a million years.

Sure, America could be great again. But I hold no hope, in either candidate.

Hold your breath for 4 years? No, better still, go away for 4 years.

Whatever happens this November, America in 2020 might just be a place to return to. (Or it might not.)

But no doubt, now is a great time to become an expat yourself.

— Which begs the question, what are you still doing there? Start on your plan, today.

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Sail Away From the Safe Harbor

It’s time.

Every so often I write a very simple post. Like this one today.

It’s time for you to sail away from the safe harbour. As Mark Twain is often cited, with his full quote overlaid a pretty picture here:

Sail Away Mark Twain
Become an Expat Yourself – Sail away from your safe harbor

Interaction is Key

I’ve been promising to write a “how-to” guide for you for ages. The trouble is, an “info-book” is not really helpful, not like real interaction. (In fact, I know someone selling such a book – but it turns out to be just a “how to make money online” guide, in a “travel anywhere” wrapper. Little smarmy in my opinion, but that’s his gig.)

Info-books do not help, as real interaction does.
That’s why consulting works well. However, consulting is pricey ($150/hour) for some folks. Finally, I fixed the price problem!

The solution: general consulting, in e-mails. New material sent every few days. Packaged in a full 1-year program: Step-by-Step Expat Consulting. Very cheap monthly fee (Trying it out – will likely raise down the road)

Sneak Peek

Yes, you, gone in 1 year, guaranteed or money back. The 12-month program is called “Gone in 1 Year” (heehee!)

Here is a sneak peek at it.

Interested? I’m officially launching in a few days, but sign up is open now.

 

TPP Deal Reached. Time to Move to Europe

Well, a deal got reached. The Super Rich & Powerful© people have agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“So what.” So what? So, what is the TPP?

“Who knows?” The TPP has got to be one of the hottest debates over which no one really knows what they’re talking about. The actual TPP text is a secret and will be for several more weeks. The heads of those dozen countries and CEOs of many corporations are debating about it. The rest of us schmoes only hear it’s really bad for the workers and fantastic for the companies. But do we really know anything? No. Just that it’s “bad”™ , for all that’s worth.

Well, I say, if it’s so bad, and you’re so mad, then do something about it.

Stop waiting and do something. Start learning a language. Outstanding opportunity here to learn French online or English online. Write a goal date on your calendar. Start taking the daily, baby steps toward your move. But just start.

The US Election is 1 Week Away. Place Your Bets.

For my US readers….and us American citizens living abroad

A few months ago, I thought about asking which candidate you hope gets in, who you’re voting for.  Or, if you’re like a lot of people, which candidate you’re voting against.

But the real question I should ask is…

What If You’re Wrong?

Here’s a post I found on Facebook (not me):

Whoever wins, I'm leaving.

This guy isn’t making a political statement, but it made me think.  There are a few people out there who so despise the “other guy” that they’re willing to leave the country if he wins.

How about you?  How strongly do you feel against the other candidate?

My Offer To You: I Get You Working Abroad

If you’re ready to leave the US, and you have strong feelings about the election turnout next week, then I got an offer for you.

If I select you, I will get you working abroad.  I will personally consult you on every step of the way, from the day you win, to the day you set foot on foreign land.

Now, a lot of people say they want to get work outside the US.  Maybe they haven’t enough money, or have to finish school, or they’re just too unsure about too many things. That’s where I help.  I’m here to help you go.  You got questions, I got answers.

How to Win?

  1. Make a comment below.  Tell me the candidate you want to win.
  2. Are you ready to leave the country?  If he doesn’t win, tell me you want to travel.
  3. After your comment, share it with friends.  Click the Facebook button or make a tweet.

Make your decision and be proud of it.  Stand by it publicly and I Promise You, it Will happen!

How I Select the Winner

The day after the election, I will randomly select one of the eligible comments below.  What’s “eligible”?  For all the commenters who wanted the losing candidate, then I assume they are still willing to go.

I’ll contact the winner, and we immediately work together to make it happen.

Good Luck — Write Your Comment Below!

Does my iPhone 5, iPhone 5S / 5C Work Around the World?

I was mere seconds away from buying the new iPhone, but then I wondered…

Will my iPhone Work Abroad?

Will the iPhone 5 work when I travel?” is a question I was asking myself a lot before I’m ready to pay $600-$800 for it.

A global-ready phone is more important to me than having a bigger screen, so I had to know. I investigated… and here’s what I found out.

Apple Provides Different iPhone 5 Models to Different Countries.

To work on different LTE networks around the world, Apple had to make 3 (yes, three) different iPhone 5 models.  If you want to browse the web with that super-fast LTE speed, wherever you are, you should read how these models differ. First, a ultra-quick mention how phones talk to your phone company…

A Techie 10-Second Primer on Phone Communication

There are two technologies for phones to talk to the cell tower: CDMA and GSM.  From an expat’s view, the whole world uses GSM, except for the US and Japan, who use CDMA.  (Yes, like the metric system, the US stands apart from the rest of the world.)

If you need to read much more about GSM/CDMA differences, click here. Otherwise, read on about the iPhone.
So, Apple had to manufacture 3 different iPhone 5 models to accommodate the different LTE networks around the world.  The models dictate what technology (GSM/CDMA) they use.  This is different than the iPhone 4S, which could utilize both GSM and CDMA.

So, What iPhone 5 Do I Have?

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