Ever felt like you don’t belong in your country?
You’re in luck.
There are over 200 you can choose from.
This series explores the concept of Transnationality, or the idea that you’d be happier elsewhere.
For the past 15 years, I’ve lived in 20 countries in the pursuit of finding a new home. I chose places with a reputation for being the most livable in each region.
I learned many lessons from this experience. One being that while the perfect place doesn’t exist, some are a better fit based on your preferences.
I explain in what ways the 20 countries excel and where they fall short with minimal bias. Here are the ones so far:
Growing up in the suburbs of California, I’d often wonder if there was a better place for me. The area I’m from was nice on the surface. Manicured lawns, mild weather and stability, but not much in terms of personal development or enrichment.
For some it’s a paradise.
For others, it’s an unfulfilling place.
I wanted to explore and see what the world has to offer.
I left my country in 2006 and have lived overseas since.
After starting a business in South Korea in 2013 and making it location independent, I was able to test my theory even more by slow traveling for 5 years.
This series covers what it’s like to live in 20 countries in different regions to help you determine which ones you’ll like.
How I chose counties and cities
I made sure to select countries in a variety of regions to get a more complete picture.
I chose countries in:
- East Asia
- South East Asia
- South America
- the Balkans
- Western Europe
- Eastern Europe
- North Africa
- Middle East
Besides some fun shorter trips, I focused on livable places. The main considerations were:
- Environment – water and air quality and sanitation
- Living conditions – housing quality, safety and overall vibe
- Internet quality – stability, availability and price
- Food – quality, variety and nutrition
- People – overall mentality, openness and priorities
- Weather – how moderate it is throughout the year
- Things to do – diversity, originality and fun factor
Why some countries will be a better fit for others
People have a different preferences and tolerances. For example, I don’t enjoy shopping or driving, and love nature and food. I also don’t mind moderately cold winters or hot summers. These traits will affect how I view countries.
This series aims to provide enough info for you to determine whether you’d like visiting or living in a place.