So last time I decided to move abroad, it didn’t work out so well. (see Mistake of Mongolia) Google Mongolia now and you’ll quickly read how Mongolia is standing on a literal gold mine. What they don’t tell you is that the there is next to no chance that the resources will leave the ground. I was promised the world and then constructively deported – without a paycheck.
But that was the past. Today is the present. With the development of my cloud based consumer protection law firm, Bachuwalaw.com, which has grown tremendously from my opportunity to post The Fine Print on Frequent Miler, I am once again ready to leave the US for adventure. This time, I won’t have to rely on a snake in the grass boss to [not] pay my wages.
Apologies, I got sidetracked from being positive.
The question is where should I go. The land is so big. The choice is so infinite. We’ll let fate decide.
Actually, this time, I am going to have my readers decide. Barring an unforeseeable change in circumstances, I am leaving America after the Michigan Ohio State game this November. You just have to tell me where to go. For those that want to be rid of me, this is your opportunity to send me to Ketchikan, Alaska. (shout out to my Young Pope fans)
I used a great website, Nomad List, to come up with a list of options. The homepage for the site is pretty spectacular. It shows a ranking of the best cities to live and has the Internet speed, temperature, and cost of living for each place. These are the requirements:
- Fast Wi-Fi
- Less than $1500 a month to live.
- Low Crime
- Safe for Women
- No Cold Weather, did that in Mongolia, the coldest and most polluted capital in the world, and have nothing to prove now. (Ironically, the website kept freezing when I put warm/mild climate but cold entries will not count, so don’t bother voting for them.)
- Can’t have visa hassle
I got rid of a two cities on the list. The first was Prague because I already live there. The second was Ulaanbaatar because it will be a warm day in Ulaanbaatar before I ever go back there. If life works out, I will create a new list when I get to my new home and move again four months later. There will be many more options in Round 2 because spring will be near.
Voting closes on September 1st. Expect periodic reminders on this. This may be something that can put TPOL on the figurative and literal map. Finally, this post will be a test if my mom actually reads the blog.
Nomad List has Chiang Mai as #1 (I disagree) some random place in Colombia is last.