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The World’s 10 Best Cities to Call Home

The World’s 10 Best Cities to Call Home

Looking for a change of pace and want to upgrade the city you call home? Try any of these top ten most livable locals in the world and you won’t be disappointed! These rankings are from the Economist Intelligence Unit and are driven by data regarding a host of livability factors for 140 cities across the globe, so you can be sure these really are the 10 best cities around.

10. Auckland

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    New Zealand’s biggest city is also its most livable! With 32% of the country’s people packed into one place you’d think things would get claustrophobic, but not in Auckland. When the hustle and bustle gets to be too much, just take a stroll along the world famous harbor front and find out why Auckland is nicknamed the “City of Sails.”

    9. Perth

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      The world’s most isolated large city is also no slouch in the livability department. It may be more than 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles) away from any other city with more than 100,000 people, but Perth knows how to party all on its own. With an average daily temperature in the comfortable mid-60s Fahrenheit (19° Celsius), Perth won’t sweat you out like most Australian locals, either. Just keep an eye out for sharks if you hit the beach.

      8. Helsinki

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        One of only two European cities to find its way into the top ten, Helsinki is where to live if you want to take advantage of everything winter has to offer. Being the northernmost city on the list you might expect bitter cold and blizzards in Finland’s capital, but the average temperature in the winter months only sits around 23° F (-5° C), thanks to the Baltic Sea. That makes Helsinki the perfect place to do some cross country skiing before heating back up in one of Finland’s famous saunas.

        7. Sydney

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          If cold really isn’t your thing, maybe Sydney is the place for you. The world’s seventh most livable city sits on what is arguably the world’s most beautiful natural harbor. Rent a boat and explore some of Sydney Harbor’s 317 kilometers (196 miles) of coastline before taking advantage of the nightlife in Australia’s most populous city.

          6. Adelaide

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            If you’re looking for a slightly slower pace while still enjoying many of the great benefits of Sydney, why not give Adelaide a try? With a little more than a quarter the population of its larger cousin, Adelaide hosts a terrific arts scene and a great food and wine culture. Explore the Art Gallery of South Australia before heading to either the Adelaide Festival of Arts or the renowned Fringe Festival.

            5. Calgary

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              Number five on the countdown is a winter wonderland to rival even Helsinki. If you can brave the coldest days in Calgary, the largest city on Canada’s prairies, your reward might come in the form of a warm chinook wind from the mountains raising the mercury to spring temperatures in the middle of winter. Use the summer months to check out the Calgary Stampede rodeo, or explore the Rocky Mountains a short drive west of the city center.

              4. Toronto

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                If you’re more into arts and music than cowboy culture, maybe Canada’s largest city would be a good fit. Toronto sits on the shores of Lake Ontario and boasts some of the best galleries, shopping, and music in the northern hemisphere. Don’t miss the great recreational opportunities on the islands that protect the city’s harbor, the only group of islands in the western section of Lake Ontario.

                3. Vancouver

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                  If Canada seems like your kind of place but parkas don’t flatter your figure, move to Vancouver! The crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest boasts dramatic mountains, incredible ocean views and a thriving arts scene. Vancouver is also Canada’s most environmentally minded city, with an extensive network of rooftop gardens and the beautiful Stanley Park, which allows residents to walk or bike along the city’s famous seawall for all 12 snow-free months of the year.

                  2. Vienna

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                    Europe’s most livable city may be famous as the setting for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but it is so much more than romantic monster stories. Austria’s capital and largest city has history in heaps, having been lived in continuously since 500 BC. Castles, cathedrals, museums, and wine will greet you when you arrive and make you want to stay forever.

                    1. Melbourne

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                      To find the world’s most livable city, however, we must head back to Australia to explore the streets of Melbourne. Boasting some of the country’s highest ratings for education, entertainment, healthcare, tourism, and sports, Melbourne has a lot to offer, no matter what you’re into. Take in a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or wander the halls of the Royal Exhibition Building, the world’s most livable city will keep you coming back for more.

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                      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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