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Top 5: The World’s Best Cities To Move To

Top 5: The World’s Best Cities To Move To

The world’s best cities do exist and there is nothing stopping you from making one of them your home if you really want to. Of course, visa requirements, job opportunities, and cash-flow will all play their part in the practicality of living such a dream, but you’re not afraid of a challenge, right?

Below is a quick look at 5 of the best cities that you could head off to and learn to call home. This list is subjective and many amazing places will no doubt have unfairly not made the grade here, but that in no way takes away from the reality that all of these cities are incredible places to live.

If you really want to completely change your life, these are definitely some of the cities that you should look at as first options when scouting the terrain for places to call home.

Barcelona, Spain

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    Big disclaimer: my best cities list is not based on any exhaustive research. It is instead based on my own experiences and the things that I have seen for myself, read, and been told about whilst travelling all over the world.

    Barcelona goes at the top of my best cities list because it has been my own home for the majority of my adult life. I’ve been fortunate to visit many other places all over the world, but I always come back here.

    Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world because it simply has everything. It is incredibly affordable,[1] it lives and breathes culture, the food is excellent, we have the sea on our doorstep and amazing nature views less than an hour’s drive away in any direction, and it is a happening city full of bars, big name concerts, and amazing people.

    For me, Barcelona is the best of the best cities in the world.

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    Melbourne, Australia

    Australia seems to split opinion. A lot of people cannot wait to head over there as soon as they are able to take a gap year as a student, but at the other end of it, a lot of people are never really all that into the idea. Personally, I fall into the second category, however, there is no denying that many people see Australia as the perfect country to move to when they decide to make a complete life change.

    In recent times, Australia has become well-represented on lists of the best cities to live in the world. Melbourne is usually the one that places highest. Renowned for excellent levels of healthcare, education, and infrastructure, Melbourne is a relatively small capital of only four million people.[2] Their population is celebrated for its diversity and multicultural nature and, as with all of the cities on this list, Melbourne is highly regarded as a culinary capital that boasts a thriving cultural scene too.

    Lisbon, Portugal

    Lisbon deserves a place on the best cities to move to list for a number of reasons. The first, for me, is because this is one of the great historical European cities and the history of times past still lives and breathes in every step that you take around here. Having said that, those old days are truly long gone and there is also a decadent feel to modern day Lisbon. A lot of the infrastructure seems a bit outdated and in need of a refresh, but this, too, seems to work in its favour and comes across as charming rather than off-putting.

    Lisbon is one of the best cities because it’s a beautiful place, very affordable, and one that is leading the way in a country that is starting to find its feet again after years of financial hardship. It’s only a matter of time before this great place rediscovers its stature of old, so it’s probably a good idea for you to get in on the ground floor now.

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    Vancouver, Canada

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      Vancouver lands on the best cities to move to list for a number of reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that this is a real modern city that is still blessed with stunning scenery and great weather. Urban planning has been done in such a way so as to enhance the city experience for those who actually live in the city and this is also one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities.

      As you would expect from one of the best cities in the world, Vancouver also has great museums, excellent shopping, dining, and nightlife. Another big benefit for those looking to make a move here is that the cost of living is low to moderate compared to other global cities and there is an active and very accessible housing market to meet almost all budgets.

      Vienna, Austria

      In many best cities lists that have been published recently, Vienna has been coming out on top. I know from personal experience that this is a beautiful city, with amazing culture and architecture. And it seems to be gaining popularity as a counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of modern day big cities. New York and London are amazing places, but they can definitely burn you out. Vienna is a big city with all of the ingredients to afford you a happy life, but with a lot less noise and bright lights.

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      Infrastructure, healthcare, and education are all excellent here, as you would expect. And Vienna is also one of the best cities because its population has access to the very necessary ability of escaping to nature whenever they need to breathe a little more easily. Vienna has something for everybody really and it will no doubt continue to be represented on best cities to live lists for a long time to come.[3]

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      Reference

      [1] http://immovingtobarcelona.com/cost-of-living-in-barcelona/
      [2] http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/29/travel/insider-guide-melbourne/
      [3] http://www.goabroad.com/articles/jobs-abroad/7-reasons-why-vienna-is-the-best-city-for-expats-in-2016

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      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

      Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

      The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

      1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

      Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

       I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

      To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

      And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

       2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

      Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

      3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

      Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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      4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

      The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

      5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

      Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

      6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

      Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

      7. Positive people smile a lot!

      When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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      8. People who are positive are great communicators.

      They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

      9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

      One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

      10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

      Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

      How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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      I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

      Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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