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The 25 Most Appealing Metropolitan Cities For Youth

The 25 Most Appealing Metropolitan Cities For Youth

Life is not meant to be spent at a single place. As George Bernard Shaw put it, “Life is a book and those who don’t travel, read only a page.” Present youths seem to live by this quote.

With advanced means of transport and wide variety of information channels, it’s very easy to know about places and actually go there, of course if you’ve got the resolve and a few dollars.

In the past, people would normally work all their life in their hometowns and move out to see places only when they retired.

But nowadays, the trend of settling in exotic foreign destinations to make living has grown a lot. However, youths don’t want to settle just anywhere. They’re demanding like always in this case as well.

Here below is the list of 25 of the most appealing metropolitan cities for youth. We’re primarily focusing on their appeal as a new place to settle in but they appeal equally as a traveler’s destination.

25. Helsinki

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    The largest city in Finland, Helsinki is the Finnish capital. The environment is very comfortable as the climate is mostly temperate. Employment opportunities are varied.

    Helsinki is guaranteed to be a paradise for youths, especially if they are familiar with European languages.

    It is Finland’s major political, financial, educational and cultural center. There are plenty of sight-seeing opportunities available as well.

    24. Zurich

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      Zurich is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. As such, it might be somewhat frightening to live in this city if you’re of rather limited means.

      However, the aesthetic beauty and excellent atmosphere of this Swiss city make it one of the finest places to live on Earth.

      Frequently ranked atop the list of cities with best quality of life indexes, young peoples will surely have so much to do in this city.

      23. Prague

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        The economic and political center of Central Europe, the Czech capital of Prague is home to ten major museums and numerous theaters, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits.

        Fortunate to survive amidst of the destruction of 20th century Europe, the city is one of the most visited tourist destinations of the world.

        Prague was even ranked 5th by Tripadvisor on its list of best destinations of the world. It’s the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome.

        22. Vancouver

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          Canadian city Vancouver has unfailingly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world over the years of the past decade. And, this should apply to youths as well.

          The city is culturally diverse with a mix of Europeans, Asians and Hispanics alike. Youths longing for cross-cultural experience should have a great time in this city.

          Vancouver, however, is a rather expensive city to live in. So if you’re thinking of moving in, you ought to prepare yourself accordingly.

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          21. Edinburgh

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            This capital city of Scotland is known as the “Athens of the North” and has a high proportion of schools, colleges and universities. So if you are thinking of pursuing higher studies abroad, Edinburgh is surely the place to be.

            The city hosts the biggest international arts festival of the world annually in every August and other such festivals are also held throughout the year.

            The city has rich literary heritage and literary activities go on throughout the year. So youths who aspire to be writers ought to move to this city, which became the first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.

            20. Rome

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              Often referred to as “The Eternal City”, the Italian capital of Rome is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, with abundance of historical and cultural heritages.

              One of the most visited cities of the world, this first of the major centers of Italian Renaissance, is home to historic monuments like Vatican Museums and Colosseum.

              This city will surely appeal to younger generation with longing for the past and art as the city is full of ancient and enigmatic artistic things.

              19. Cape Town

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                Cape Town is the sole African city in our list and one of the most balanced cities of the world. For many youths, it should be the most ideal city.

                Geographical diversity of this city is second to none as one can find several mountain peaks within a few kilometers of equally amazing beaches.

                The population of the city is also diverse and young people who want to live in temperate weather will revel in the composed climate of this city.

                18. Geneva

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                  Geneva is the second Swiss city in our list. This city is often called the “Peace Capital” of the world, because the city has almost remained in peace forever and also houses the leading organizations working for world peace, such as the United Nations and the Red Cross.

                  The city is one of the most expensive cities in the world but it is understandable with high standards of living offered by the city.

                  Youthful minds, who want to work in humanitarian sectors and in leading non-governmental organizations at international level, should have opportunities galore in this city.

                  17. Seattle

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                    Located in the U.S. state of Washington, Seattle is a major harbor city and an entryway for trade with Asia. It’s also known as the “Emerald City”.

                    This city should be an absolute delight for coffee aficionados, as it is home to three of the most famous coffee companies in the world: Starbucks, Tully’s Coffee and Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Company.

                    The economy of the city is sound and as such, youths should have no problem finding employment opportunities suiting their skill-sets. There are plenty of places to visit for sightseers as well with abundance of art galleries, museums, natural parks and community centers.

                    16. Barcelona

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                      Barcelona, a major economic and cultural center in the South West of Europe, is home to Sagrada Familia, which is also the international symbol of the city.

                      There is an abundance of such historical and cultural artifacts in the city. Leading smart city since 2011, youths should have plenty of opportunities in this city if they want to make a name for themselves in technology sector.

                      15. Oslo

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                        Oslo is an essential center for marine knowledge. One ought to find plenty of opportunities in this sector in this Norwegian city, which houses world’s largest shipping companies and brokers.

                        Although it’s a city for young people with the strongest of incomes, there are plenty of employment opportunities that can be found in this city and the city’s environs are also of excellent aesthetics.

                        14. Salvador

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                          The nation’s prominent port and international trading point, Brazilian city of Salvador is the only South American city to make into our list.

                          Noted in Brazil for its exotic cuisine, music and architecture, this city should offer the best form of Brazilian experience to youths from all over the world.

                          Salvador is also home to the third best beach in the world, Porto da Barra, as judged by the Guardian in 2007. There are plenty of other beaches as well in this coastal city.

                          13. Melbourne

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                            Known as “The Garden City” and also referred to as “Cultural Capital of Australia”, Melbourne was recognized as the fourth top university city of the world in 2008. This should be a great city for youths who want to pursue higher education.

                            Melbourne is a major international center for performing arts. Home to Australia’s oldest and most prominent cultural institutions, youths with a love for art will love this city.

                            A city with diverse populace, the city is quite affordable as living and fooding costs are lower comparable to other Australian cities.

                            12. Vienna

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                              Austrian capital of Vienna is also known as “The City of Music” and “The City of Dreams”. This beautiful city is the most livable city in the world.

                              With rich history and culture and excellent economy and environment, the city offers almost everything that a young soul can yearn for.

                              Vienna is a regular destination for international conferences and seminars, and has been ranked as one of the most innovative cities of the world in several lists over the years of the past decade.

                              11. Frankfurt

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                                Frankfurt is the second-largest metropolitan region in Germany and transportation and financial center of the whole European continent.

                                Frankfurt may not appeal youths who want to live a peaceful and serene life, but those who love the hustle and bustle of modern day city life will surely love this city.

                                The city has always exhibited excellent quality of life, having regularly been ranked high on various “Quality of Life” surveys over the years.

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                                10. Seoul

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                                  The South Korean capital of Seoul, with population little over 10 million, has invested considerable time and money into pursuing environmental sustainability.

                                  It is a UNESCO City of Design and in 2010, was even named World Design Capital. Seoul’s Incheon International Airport was rated best international airport for nine years in a row

                                  The per capita income of the city is almost 40,000 dollars and as such, young people with appropriate skills should be able to live a great life in this city.

                                  9. Tokyo

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                                    One of the major economic centers of the world, Japanese capital of Tokyo will provide you with an excellent Asian experience.

                                    The most populous metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo is certainly not the place to spend the years after retirement. In fact, it’s the place to bring the most out of yourself in the most productive years of your youth.

                                    Tokyo is also a great place for travelers, evidenced by the fact that it was ranked first in the “Best Overall Category” for traveler’s experience by Tripadvisor.

                                    8. Los Angeles

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                                      With over 800 startups, Californian city of Los Angeles will surely appeal to entrepreneurial youths and if you want to live your startup dreams and be a successful entrepreneur, it’s the place to be.

                                      Los Angeles is the third largest metropolitan economy of the world and a global city in every sense. Nicknamed the ‘”City of Angels,” the city is home to global powerhouses in business, international trade, technology and education.

                                      Los Angeles is surely the place to be if you want to be the best and make a name for yourself in the field of your interest.

                                      7. London

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                                        London is officially the capital of Great Britain, but it’s the cultural capital of the world. It has always been the world’s center for arts, education, commerce and innovations.

                                        With 43 universities, it’s the city with the largest number of universities in the world.

                                        People from all over the world have gathered at London and the town is culturally very diverse and should be a great place to live for people from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds.

                                        6. Chicago

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                                          The Windy City of Chicago is home to more than five hundred parks and thus, offers plenty of greenery and nature to revel in. It’s also known as “Second City”.

                                          Chicago is a major international hub for commerce, finance, industry, telecommunications and technology. As such, youths should have no problem finding job opportunities.

                                          The city is also culturally rich. The city’s culture tends to put art on high regards and over the years, the city has produced some of the biggest names in music, movies and theatres.

                                          5. Paris

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                                            The French capital of Paris is the dream destination for most of the fantasizing youths of the world. Almost every youth keeps this wonderful city in their wish list of cities to visit.

                                            The city holds special appeal for writers, painters, fashion designers and architects, partly for the tales of how the city lodged so many brilliant minds around the turn of the 20th century.

                                            Paris also houses Quai Branly Museum that displays art collections from all the distant corners of the world. Designed by Jean Nouvel, it is one of the most extravagant museum architectures of the world.

                                            4. Dallas

                                              With a rather small population of only around 1.2 million, the Texan city of Dallas is often seen as the city of cowboys and rodeos. But it offers much more than that.

                                              A dream destination for the youths with love for westerns, the city is home to third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in U.S. and you should have plenty of entrepreneurial motivation living in the city.

                                              Although traditionally Dallas relied on farming as its primary source of income, the city has continuously grown in industrial and engineering sectors as well in modern times.

                                              3. New York

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                                                New York City has plenty of opportunities for youths to be employed. Besides, with excellent education facilities, the city can enlighten and empower the youths in a fantastic way.

                                                One of three commanding centers of the world economy, this city is famous as “The City that Never Sleeps.” With this, you have an idea what the city is like. There are a wide range of possibilities in all sorts of sectors as this city never stops working and creating.

                                                The populace of the city speak more than 800 languages and the population is also culturally diverse. So you should not have to live with any alien feeling at all.

                                                2. Berlin

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                                                  Berlin is the capital of Germany, which has always had a great importance in the history of the world. The city has always proved to be a great inspiration for young minds, justified by the long list of composers, scientists, inventors and philosophers it has produced.

                                                  The city can offer high standard of living for youths as opportunities can be found in wide range of sectors, encompassing music, film, advertising, engineering, business and others.

                                                  1. Toronto

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                                                    Lying on the shores of Lake Ontario, Canadian city of Toronto was deemed to be the most youthful city of the world in the inaugural YouthfulCities index of 2014.

                                                    The city is culturally diverse, financially strong and youth employment opportunities are aplenty. Toronto is also a great place for startups, evidenced by the fact that there are over 600 startups in the city, among which some have even made it to the global level.

                                                    There are all sorts of opportunities for youths to develop themselves and hone their skills. The city is quite affordable, as there are several programs targeted to make it easy for youths to live.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Paris via Huffington Post via i.huffpost.com

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                                                    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                                    12 Sad Things That You Should Learn to Be Grateful For Instead

                                                    12 Sad Things That You Should Learn to Be Grateful For Instead

                                                    The best part about life is how unpredictable it can be. Unfortunately, that can also be what many consider to be the worst part of life too. The unpredictable roller-coaster of life offers many people the hope for a better tomorrow. It also creates the worry that others have that causes them to wait for “the other shoe to drop”.

                                                    This brings the question of how should you handle sad things. If sad things are a part of life, why does it seem some handle life a little better than others?

                                                    The key lies within the perspective you give the events in your life.

                                                    When sad things happen to you or someone you know, what do you tell yourself? If you speak negatively to yourself and internalize the event, then you are only going to make things worse. When you tell yourself “you always mess up“ or “you deserve this bad thing to happen in your life“, you turn yourself into the victim.

                                                    Do not allow sad things in your life become your life. Instead, assign the blame outside of yourself.[1]

                                                    Tell yourself things like, “this could have happened to anyone“ or “things could have been much worse.“ This subtle shift in mindset enables you to bounce back much quicker. This is because you are no longer assigning your self-value based on the events in your life.

                                                    It is never fun to blame yourself for things you could not control. That is why it is better to focus what you can control; things like your attitude, reaction, and mindset when you are sad.

                                                    Instead of focusing on what went wrong, try to focus on what went right. It is rare that everything goes wrong. Even though you may feel that way in the moment, if you take a moment to assess the situation, you will realize there is always something to be grateful about.

                                                    Here’s how to give these sad things meaning and learn to be grateful about them:

                                                    1. Death of a Parent

                                                    The death of a loved one is always difficult, especially your parent. They have mentored, cared and given you the best years of their life. They believed in you when others doubted you and they were always your biggest fan. It feels like there is a void that will never be filled.

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                                                    Keep in mind that the beauty of life is the fact that it ends. That is what make how we live each day so important. One of the cool things about a funeral is all the stories you get to hear about the person. It is a reminder that they were human just like you. They had dreams, aspirations, and fears. Funerals should be focused on celebrating the life more than mourning the death.

                                                    2. Being Diagnosed with a Disease

                                                    You are sitting in the doctor’s office. You have not been feeling well over the past couple weeks and assume it is nothing big. You probably went to the doctor just to be on the safe side. The doctor sends you home and says they will call in the week with the results. A few days later, you get the call from the doctor’s office and find out you have a serious disease.

                                                    This can feel like a punch to the gut. You went from feeling invincible to feeling like your life will never be the same. Whenever you have the ability to know what is going on inside of you, think of it as a blessing. Your body is designed to signal to you when things are not working at optimum levels.

                                                    Another way of thinking about this is if you could not feel the burning oven, you would not know to move your hand and could end up losing it. The same goes for when you are diagnosed with a disease. You now have the knowledge to make changes in your life.

                                                    3. Ending a Marriage

                                                    Change is one of the few guarantees you have in life. Overtime, partners can grow closer together or they can grow further apart. While divorce is not something to be taken lightly, neither is staying together. Marriage is where two people with different backgrounds, beliefs and feelings come together to create a new person. This person should be balanced, compassionate, and considerate of their spouse.

                                                    It is hard to end a relationship that was supposed to last forever. However, staying in an abusive or toxic relationship is not good for your health. In some situations, it would be better to live alone than it would be to stay with your spouse.

                                                    It is never a failure to make the best decision with the best information you have available. If the information that resulted in your marriage were to drastically change over time, then there is nothing wrong with admitting that divorce is a reasonable conclusion.

                                                    4. Losing Your Job

                                                    Losing your job is a tough one because of the amount of time you spend at work. Outside of sleeping, most people spend the majority of their life at work.

                                                    This causes the loss of job to feel like failure and a loss of identify. Not to mention a lack of income to cover your lifestyle.

                                                    While this may be the case for many, losing your job may be the opportunity you need to chase your dream life. Each of us have settled at some point in our life and we look for a sign that we should strive for something more.

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                                                    If you find yourself performing well at your work and you were fired for a reason you were not aware of, then it might be a sign you were not meant to be there.

                                                    5. Children Moving Away

                                                    As you age, the sad things in your life will transform as well. You have spent the better part of twenty years raising your kids to be upstanding adults. It never seemed as if they would ever grow up, but somehow they have. They not only want to move out of the house, but they want to move out of the state or country.

                                                    In this moment, you realize your relationship with your children is never going to be the same again. Much like losing your job, you have devoted so much time over the last few decades into raising your children. The idea that they “don’t need you” is a sad thing many parents have to endure.

                                                    While it may not feel this way all the time, it is actually a time to celebrate. For your children to have the option to move away from home, it means you have set them up for success. You have taught them how to be independent and courageous individuals.

                                                    The truth is, you do not really want them to live with you forever. You are nervous about the uncertainty and change in your life, but you are excited to see what your children make of their own.

                                                    6. Failed Business Venture

                                                    You had a vision and took a leap of faith. You invested half of your retirement into starting a business. You feel the business will work as long as you do not give up. As a result, you continue to pour additional resources into your failing business.

                                                    When you are out of money and the bills are mounting, you are left with no other option than to close up the shop. This feeling can be one of the toughest times in your life. Not only do you find yourself with a failed company, but no money for your retirement.

                                                    It is unfortunate that so many people look at failure as a bad thing. Failure is actually a very good thing. Failure means you have taken a risk and learned something you can only learn by taking action.

                                                    This information could be the missing piece to your next successful business venture. If it is not, you at least get to live with the peace of mind that you went for it. Too often, people find themselves playing it safe and end up with a life filled with regret. By taking risks and allowing yourself to fail, it is less likely you will have a feeling of regret later in life.[2].

                                                    7. Not Performing Your Best on the Big Stage

                                                    People tend to believe they only have one opportunity on the big stage and when it is gone, it is gone forever. While the circumstances may not be the exact same, you will always have another opportunity. Life provides you with the amazing ability to learn and grow from your experiences.

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                                                    If you feel you were not well prepared for the event, this experience will ensure you that there will be the next time. This is often the case when people talk about sporting events. The team that has been the Super Bowl or the World Series before usually is given the edge when the talent of the two teams is similar. By having experienced the big game already, they know what the moment feels like and can prepare accordingly.

                                                    8. Investment Didn’t Work

                                                    You thought you found the next big thing and poured your entire fortune into this project only to find out the CEO was a crook and ran off with the money. Sounds crazy? Of course it does. However, things like this happen more often than we like to realize.

                                                    Whether you are talking about a Ponzi or pyramid scheme, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You need to do your research and make sure you are not looking for a get-rich quick scheme.

                                                    The good news is, money is something you can always replenish. Money is not as precious as time. Time is something you cannot get back.

                                                    9. Loving Someone Who Doesn’t Love You Back

                                                    It is a sad thing when you love someone and they don’t love you back. The best thing you can do it is to admit your feelings and see how they feel. You may discover they feel the same way, but you may also discover they do not see you that way.

                                                    The best thing that can happen is for you to have the chance to know how they feel, so you can determine if you want to continue to pursue them. The worst thing that can happen is you never tell someone how you feel and they never tell you how they feel. Then you are living a life of stagnation. You do not have the closure needed to move on and you may find yourself alone and full of regret.

                                                    By telling someone you love them and finding out they are not interested in you, you are free (in-time) to move and find someone who completes you.

                                                    10. Ruined a Relationship

                                                    Similar to a marriage, if your relationship with a close friend or family member grows apart, you should take a moment to understand the cause. If you were in high school together and one of you moved away to attend college and the other stayed in town, then geography and interest have driven you apart.

                                                    If you are married with children and your friend is single and ready to mingle, then it stands to reason that your relationship may strain.

                                                    The best thing you can do in any situation is be as authentic and honest as possible. You never want to maintain a relationship by forcing yourself to be something that you are not. By being your authentic self, you will always draw people with similar passions to you and repel those who have a lack of interest.

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                                                    11. Abandoned as a Child

                                                    The feeling of rejection is one of the most difficult feelings to grapple. It is why people fear public speaking more than they fear death. The fear of rejection is also why people hate cold calling and dislike sales in general.

                                                    Everyone likes to feel wanted and accepted for who they are. When your parents abandoned you early in your life, it is something that many people cannot overcome.

                                                    While the result may not have been what you would have done, consider the possibility that you were raised in a better environment than your parents would have provided. If that was not the case, your children will benefit by your promise to never abandon them.

                                                    Sometimes sad things happened in our life and there is nothing we could have done about it. Yet, the experience enables you to understand the importance of shielding your children from the feeling of abandonment.

                                                    12. No Luck Having Kids

                                                    You grew up in a big family and your dream is to have a big family of your own. As you have noticed with the sad things we have discussed so far, life does not always go as we plan. Having difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a baby to full-term is tough on everyone.

                                                    The good news is there are a lot of kids in the world who need your love. Whether you travel down the road of adoption, or you choose to volunteer your time as a mentor. You still have the ability to significantly impact the life of a child and they will love you for it.

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    There is nothing anyone can do to avoid sad things occurring in their life. Sad things are going to happen whether you are chasing your dreams or playing it safe. The best thing you can do is to give yourself the opportunity to live your dream life by taking risks. These risks may not always work out as you intended, but they will always place you exactly where you need to be.

                                                    As I always say, be content in results, not complacent in effort. As long as you did your best, you can be grateful for the experiences, no matter where they take you.

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                                                    Featured photo credit: Maria Oswalt via unsplash.com

                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] Psychology Today: Shame and the Pendulum of Blame
                                                    [2] Pennsylvania State University: Regret in Decision Making

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