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I live nowhere. I just adopt the slow travel method where I will pitch up somewhere for three to six months and then move on.

Highly recommend it if you have a passive income, can work online or retired. I live mainly off investments and currency trading.

Too much of the world to see. I also follow the seasons so always stay somewhere that's at least 20C warm.

Currently north west coast of WA Australia, daytime temps around 30C and not seen a cloud for weeks. Will move on soon before the rains start.

Life is sweet.

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I live part in Spain and part in Leeds, UK.

Would I recomend it ?

Let me think ...


- breakfast by the sea

- paddle surfing late morning

- great private school for the little one

- cost of living much lower

The only problem of course is

1) #brexit - what the heck is going to happen there

2) I fly back every 2 weeks to see my separated kids in the UK - we're back to brexit and of course the problems with ryanair and monarch.

But is it worth - 100%

Do it.  Now - don't wait - find a way to make it happen !


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I live in Chicago, having moved here from London.  My company had an opening here, so they transferred me at the beginning of the year.  The City of Chicago itself has about three million inhabitants, with the urban sprawl and surrounding suburbs ("Chicagoland") taking it up to ten million.  I'm going to try and avoid general cliches about the USA.  

The good

  • Property feels cheaper, although it is by no means cheap.  Certainly compared to London.  Once you start looking at the outer suburbs family homes are affordable for families.  Of course, you then have a hefty commute into the city center.  Chicagoland certainly does not give the impression that it is for either the very rich or very poor, like London does. 
  • Public transport is generally decent.  The city itself has a good subway service, with commuter lines stretching out into the suburbs.  You can live in the inner city without a car, but the suburbs need one.  The commuter lines only run a train every two hours at the weekend, so if you want to visit the city you need to drive or plan your timings carefully.
  • Chicago is a genuinely interesting city.  Beautiful architecture, museums and beaches on the lakefront.
  • Despite what you would think, the city works fairly well.  Rubbish is collected weekly with none of the fuss like in the UK (the garbage men will take furniture for instance).  Most civic services can be done online.  

The mixed

  • Chicago is infamous for its gun crime, but it is generally (touch wood) confined to certain areas.  There is cheap housing there, but it is cheap for a reason.  The majority of the shootings occur in the early hours, and the victims are frequently known to the police.  Even so, you would not want to live there. 
  • Property taxes are high, ranging from maybe 1.5% to 2.5% of the property value each year depending on the suburb.  This helps to mitigate the list property prices.  A $10,000 pa property tax per year is nothing unusual for people.  Unlike council tax (generally), it is a genuine consideration in deciding how much home you can afford.  It certainly forces people to pay their way in taxes - no oligarchs limited to £1500 pa council tax! 

The bad

  • The city is still extremely racially segregated, which makes me uncomfortable.
  • The urban sprawl is extensive.  Chicago is hemmed in by the lake, with downtown at the lakefront, so all the sprawl is one way.  You can be over forty miles from downtown, and still in the urban sprawl.
  • The urban infrastructure is bursting at the seams - the highways and the airports.
  • Continuing problems with the city finances.  Chicago (and Illinois in general) still has enough "pull" to keep people here, but there is the underlying fear that it will turn into another Detroit.

Would I recommend it?  Yes.  It feels like a big city that is still accessible for regular people.

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Still in Canada. I earn 2/3 more than I did in the UK in 2007 and pay a lot less tax. House prices aren't horrible so long as you avoid the areas with lots of Chinese money, and you can still buy a house in a small town for... not very much.

On the other hand, if the predicted Little Ice Age actually happens in the next few years, life here will get interesting.

And Trudeau is doing his best to destroy what's left of the real economy, of course.

On the plus side, pretty much everything is done at the Provincial level here, so secession will be much easier than it is in the EU. If Trudeau is re-elected, the Prairies will have no reason to stay, and even welfare-baby Quebec may get antsy again.

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