When planning a trip abroad, it's pretty common to think of the overall value you're getting out of distance and cost. Does it make sense to fly halfway across the world for only one week, when you consider just how much those tickets cost and how long you'll be feeling jetlagged? For many Americans, lack of vacation time + long-distance travel headaches = no trip at all.
That's part of what makes living abroad such a special experience. Whether you're studying for a year, in a flexible career, or seeking something different in retirement, a move abroad can take the panic out of planning a limited trip and give you enough time to really enjoy your stay. (Not to mention, you know, get you to step out of your comfort zone and open your mind to new ideas!)
What should be your number one destination for a new homestead? The Economist Intelligence Unit's Liveability Survey votes for down under, because Melbourne made the top of the list for the fourth year in a row.
In fact, Australia and New Zealand made big splashes in the top ten, with Adelaide ranking in fifth place, Sydney at number seven, Perth at number eight, and Auckland rounding out the top 10.
Coming in at a very close second is Vienna. The only other European city on the list was Helsinki at number eight.
Our neighbors to the north were Oceania's biggest competitor, with Vancouver taking home the bronze, followed by Toronto in fourth and Calgary in sixth.
The survey takes five categories of living into consideration for the final score: stability (crime, war, etc.), healthcare, culture and environment (climate, censorship, food, etc.), education, and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, and unsurprisingly, the least liveable cities in the world are in areas of great unrest: Damascus, Dhaka, Port Moresby, Lagos, Karachi, Algiers, Harare, Douala, Tripoli, and Abidjan.