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1happykamper
3/19/2016 03:02 EST

Hello from Thailand. Having lived here in Chiang Mai for a year and Mexico for 2 years, I have come to one very obvious (for me) conclusion. I like latino Culture much better than Asian Culture.

I am researching my next adventure and rather than return to Mexico I thought I might give Colombia try.

The criteria for me and of equal importance are: cost of living, weather and safety. On paper things can look "good"or not so good. Numbeo.com tries to address the cost of living as well as safety. Weather is pretty easy to get information on. All this wrapped up equals the quality of life I am looking for.

I am interested in either full-time beach life or city/pueblo life. Not fussy at this point. Medellin, Manizales, Chinchina, and Santa Marta seem to float my boat (on paper). As you know the population and lifestyles are quite different from each other in these places. Right?

A nice warm welcoming English speaking expat community would be nice. As well as warm friendly locals! As a retired single man, friendship and sense of community is important for my next destination.

From my ramblings above, does anyone have any thoughts on choosing a city, that fits me, to call home for at least a year? Thanks!!

JasonWriter
3/19/2016 03:22 EST

Interested to hear responses to this too, as I'm also preparing to make a move to Colombia for a year. I'm probably going with Medellin, but I figure I should consider other cities at least to some degree, just to cover all bases. Also a single guy here.

I've done quite a lot of research on people's opinions of Southeast Asia vs. Latin America for 12 month relocations, and for what it's worth, the general trend is for Chiang Mai and Medellin to compete with each other for Best City to Relocate To. Medellin regularly beats out Buenos Aires, Santiago, Chile, Rio de Janeiro, Cuenca, Ecuador for the prize of best city in Latin America when it comes to single people looking for a place to live for a year. But I defer to the other people in the forum who are actually in Colombia right now. I've been to Medellin twice, Santa Marta once, few months total for both. Medellin is great, in my experience.

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JasonWriter
3/19/2016 03:33 EST

This single woman spent two years in Chiang Mai, a year in Mexico, and then 6 months in Medellin, and before that years in other cities around the world. Here's her take on Chiang Mai vs. Medellin: http://www.themochileradiaries.com/chiang-mai-thailand-or-medellin-colombia-digital-nomads/. She's in her 30s, though, a younger expat. And actually, the incentives for a male moving to Colombia would probably be even stronger.

soystar1
3/19/2016 07:45 EST

Unfortunately, you cannot move here for a year without an approved visa from a category that is listed on the cancelleria's website. Please do your homework before you attempt to move here. Good luck.

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