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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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      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

      The result: no more mental stress.

      2. Unplug

      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

      3. Easy on the Caffeine

      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

      The result: mental stress will be gone!

      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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