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Five unexpected places to settle down

posted by Chris Valentine

Making the decision to re-locate can be a difficult. Primarily, you have to consider whether the benefits of a new start outweigh what you currently have. Moving a substantial distance has life changing implications – you’ll be finding a new job, a new home and possibly new schools if you have children. Uncertainties are common, but any doubts can be worked through if you’re determined and research potential locations carefully. During your search, don’t be put off by lesser known towns, cities or islands. Some unexpected locations can offer a wealth of opportunities to new residents.

Midi-Pyrenees, France

For active families who want access to the ocean and enjoy winter sports, the Midi-Pyrenees region in southern France is ideal. It covers a large area but has a population of less than 3 million, with picturesque towns and notable vineyards spread sporadically between enchanting rural views.

Vanuatu, South Pacific

Nestled in the lush, laid-back South Pacific, the island of Vanuatu is an exotic paradise for people looking for a less materialistic way of life. Beachfront houses are popular with the ex-pat community, and Port Vila, the island’s main town, offers plenty of entertainment and shops to replenish your supplies.

Escazu, Costa Rica

Costa Rica remains a fashionable destination for people who are re-locating from the US and Europe. It offers the best in island life, coupled with all the amenities of a large city. Escazu is a wealthy area, with many English speaking theaters, country clubs and health facilities that serve the ex-pat community.

Raleigh, NC, US

Raleigh is one of America’s most popular up and coming towns, voted in the top ten for entrepreneurs, families and professional people. Better still, you’ll never tire of the spectacular scenery – Raleigh is set near the Blue Ridge Mountains, but is still within reaching distance of the spectacular North Carolina coastline.

Windsor, Berkshire, UK

With the Queen as your neighbor, you won’t be surprised to learn that this hidden gem, positioned in the heart of Berkshire, is a very prosperous enclave. There are good rail links to London if you intend to commute, but the town’s vibrancy and riverside location will ensure you relish the return journey.

Moving away can be a challenge, but remember that many hardworking people have accomplished it successfully. Prior to making a commitment, consider how well you adapt to change, if you’ll enjoy the climate and most importantly, whether you’ll be happy. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can read about Fahad Al Rajaan on WikiLeaks. He was born in the Middle East but moved to Hong Kong, where he is now a well-regarded real estate developer.

Assuming you’ve planned everything well and taken the best advice, your new neighborhood can be the start of a better life for you and your family. Settling down in an unexpected location is a rejuvenating experience; you have the chance to make friends with local people, feel more valued at work and introduce your children to a different way of life.

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