We are looking for a change of pace, but we haven't traveled much and so we don't have much direction where to start. We are hoping with the experience of this site, we might be able to come up with a short list of 5-10 areas to visit with our minds on relocation.
We are in our 30s/40s. We are an adult couple with no children, but one small dog will come with us. We want to live somewhere without cold winters (temps generally stay above 40F/5C). We have passive income around $3000/month; we'd like to be located somewhere where this is sufficient for a moderately comfortable life. (Having the option to start another business would be nice, but is not a requirement.)
We are NOT big city people. We prefer a much quieter life, either in a small town, suburb of a small city, or rural environment.
I would prefer to live near a beach, I would like to spend my time relaxing on the beach, reading, painting, kayaking, gardening, baking, hiking, meditating, engaging in the local culture. I would like to be able to do all of my transport by bicycle. If I don't have to own a car that would be great.
My husband's non-negotiable is that the roads need to be suitable for motorcycling,(sportbike.) That means well-paved roads that have twists and turns, or a nearby racetrack. He's also a picky eater, so hopefully cuisine that's not too exotic for a US American palette should be available, including poultry meat.
We'd like to travel home periodically, so it would be a nice bonus, if we could get to Philadelphia within about 12 hours travel time. Other than 1 dog, 1 motorcycle, a few electronics and small personal items, we are going to get rid of our personal belongings before moving, so we're not largely worried about import tariffs.
Currently, our only strong language is English, but we are open to learning the local language. (We each know a little Spanish, French and German, but not enough to be comfortable conducting business in these languages.)
We really appreciate you taking the time to read our situation, and we appreciate in advance the experiences and expertise you are willing to share with us.
I think you will find that Cyprus fits the bill. English is widely spoken. Climate is similar to Florida, though a bit less humid in the summer. Rainy season is December through March though there are still plenty of sunny days. Food is a Mediterranean diet - lots of salads and grilled meat and fish. Local wine is excellent and inexpensive. Produce is varied, incredibly fresh because it is all grown locally, and also inexpensive. Depending on where in Cyprus you live, you can get by with a bicycle. Cyprus is full of winding roads, especially in the mountains. You can get by easily on $3000/month. Cypriot village life is generally quiet, but you can find bigger city options in Nicosia, Larnaca, Paphos, and Limassol. Health insurance (which you will have to purchase to get a residency permit) is relatively inexpensive. Travel to the US will be around 12 hours or slightly more depending on connections. You can fly Larnaca to Doha to Philadelphia on Qatar airlines at decent prices. There are no direct flights from Cyprus to the US - you have to fly though some other city (Athens is another good option). If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to help. I've been living in Cyprus for 7 years now and absolutely love it.
Wow, Thank you Miss Daisy for the fast and thorough reply. Cyprus definitely sounds like a place we will look into further. To be honest, the only thing I know about Cyprus is about the seizure of people's savings a few years back, (which is very scary.) In the few pictures I just looked through the water looks amazing in Cyprus, very beautiful!
Thank you so much for the suggestion and bringing this island to our attention!!
Yeah, the financial crisis was bad, but the economy has rebounded. I did not loose any money in the crisis because I never put any money in a bank above the amount insured by the government. I am reluctant, however, to move large sums of money into my Cyprus bank account. I have 2.5 years worth of living expenses (by my calculation, not by the government's) in my account here and just use my US credit card for large purchases and can easily get money from my US accounts via any ATM.
And yes, the water here is lovely - crystal clear and blue as can be.
You can find flights with less than 35 hours flight time. You just have to be creative and flexible. I am looking at flights to the US right now. LCA-ATH on Aegean and then ATH-EWR on Emirates. Look at Qatar and Royal Jordanian.