The Dream Chaser Project

The Dream Chaser Project: Week 2 – My Expat Criteria

Photo Credit: danorbit

Photo Credit: danorbit

How goes it, dream chasers? This week I had to do a bit of solo research when it comes to working remotely/independently and living outside of the US because my lovely fiancé has been sick.

Trust me, I tried bugging her, but her body wasn’t having it.

In the meantime, I decided to keep things simple and determine the criteria most important to me when it comes to choosing a country in which to reside. A few things to note:

  • I may end up adding to these criteria once the wife-to-be is feeling well enough to add her two cents.
  • I’ll be ranking the criteria based on what’s most important to me. This is also subject to change.
  • Living in the US is still an option, though I really would prefer to experience another culture.
  • Going nomadic may be an option as well.

Let’s get this party started.

  1. Monthly Cost of Living – This one is pretty obvious, right? I’d like to live somewhere cheaper than I do now. Granted, I live near New York so rent, food, etc. is pricier than other places. Seeing as how I want to maintain finances without working my tail off, this is a pretty major consideration.
  2. Ease of Residency – Some countries like Italy and France are difficult when it comes to expats attaining residency. When it coms time to make our move, I’m looking to do it as quickly as possible so… you know… ain’t nobody got time for that.
  3. Internet – This may seem like an odd one to place so high, but right now all of my income is generated from remote jobs and online freelancing. Also I have a blog to maintain, thank you very much.
  4. Crime – Who wants to deal with crime?
  5. Healthcare – Wherever we live, it’d be awesome to have a hospital in somewhat close proximity. That said, general quality of healthcare is a factor that we’ll be considering.
  6. Nature – This may sound silly, but I want to be around nature. I’ve been around urban areas my entire life; concrete and asphalt just isn’t cutting it for me anymore. I don’t have to be in the middle of the Amazon or anything, but being surrounded by some green wouldn’t be a bad thing.
  7. Public Transportation – Public transportation is good for the planet! Well, better than everyone having a car, right? Sadly, this is still last on my list, though it’s important nonetheless.

I’m currently putting together a spreadsheet ranking several countries we’re considering based on these criteria. I’ll share this in next week’s post. If you guys have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to let me know!

Peace out, party people.

Previously: Week 1

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