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1/3/2018 19:10 EST


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.

Gratefully yours,

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1/4/2018 04:57 EST

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.

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1/4/2018 05:36 EST

Try Sri Lanka where I live. It is a tropical island and literacy rate is above 90 percent. Google will give you more information.

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1/4/2018 05:42 EST

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!!

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1/4/2018 06:09 EST

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.

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1/4/2018 06:51 EST

Thanks again Miss Daisy!

The more I look at info on Cyprus, the more I am falling in love with it. I hope my husband feels the same way, because in my opinion it definitely deserves consideration.

The only downside so far is, I ran to Expedia to check flights and the shortest I found was about 35 hours travel time. It's not a dealbreaker, but still a consideration.

I don't think we would've discovered Cyprus on our own. Thank you so much for bringing it to our attention!

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1/4/2018 13:54 EST

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.

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2/19/2018 10:25 EST

You may consider Philippines with nice beaches.

Try to google Cebu Philippines.

Thank you.


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2/22/2018 23:41 EST

You may consider Thailand or Taiwan with nice beaches and lot of english expat and full business

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6/26/2019 11:22 EST

Sardinia is beautiful.

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7/6/2019 03:48 EST

Thank you for sharing this information! Cyprus is one of my choice. I am planning to move from US on 2021.

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2/8/2020 21:03 EST

Davao City is very nice. The nation's current president Dueterte was Mayor there a long time, his daughter runs it now and he left it in great shape. Not being stupid, but I never worry about my wallet, phone or personal safety anywhere or anytime in Davao C. Wish I could say the same in the USA.
My wife is from that area and we bought a home there a while back. Manila and Cebu City, compared to Davao City, feel faster paced --sort of like the difference between our middle sized city in the sleepier state of Georgia and comparable cities in Michigan and NY.
Our home is in a (for the Philippines) quiet area, was very reasonably priced, is at fairly high elevation. Beyond words like Thank You" and 'You're welcome" I can't speak the language--but the RP is one of the 5 largest English speaking nations--NP getting by.
We can walk to get a snack or shop, or a nice new Gaisano Mall or uber lovely Paradise Island Beach (Island Garden of Samal) , along with other beaches, are a short trike or taxi ride away.
If you want to eat rib eye steaks, run the AC at 65 degrees etc., in short if you want to live 'USA style' you can spend accordingly. But we don't mind eating local seafood, pork, chicken, fresh fruit, vegies or RICE and once in a while, we'll eat at one of the USA chain restaurants--we never have to go to war--with KFC, Krispy Kreme etc etc--we're killing them with saturated fats already--shamey.
No, it's not as neat or polished as Florida--not by a long shot--and if you need a serious medical procedure--back to the states, or a short flight to Bangkok or Singapore might be in order.
But the people there are just so much nicer, happier and laid back than most USA folks. They may not have much, but their priorities in life often make them seem so content that I wonder why it is like that there.
But very friendly! My much younger and beautiful wife of 14 years not withstanding, I don't know if I could live there all the time--sooo many pretty ladies and I'd always be trying to behave!

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