Whether it’s in pursuit of a new community, better weather, or a new adventure, there are many reasons people pack up their lives and become expats. And it seems like the idea of moving to a new country is more appealing than ever—and gone are the days when it was reserved for retired people. With remote work becoming a more viable option for people of all ages experiencing wanderlust in their hearts, the possibility of the expat lifestyle is now more within reach than ever.
Ever thought about moving to Europe? Who hasn’t? But the challenge would be where to move. A recent Travel Far and Wide study might have the answer, having ranked key European cities by affordability, walkability, and happiness scores.
A version of this article originally appeared in Condé Nast Traveller UK.
Zürich secures 10th place and is the first of four Swiss cities to feature on the list. Happiness and walkability scored top marks, but the notoriously high cost of living let the city down. The average price of a one-bedroom apartment here costs $2,032.52, the most expensive of any top 10 destination. That said, the average monthly salary is a whooping $6,838.09, so pre-retirement expats should still have lots of spare change to experience all that Switzerland’s largest city offers.
A street scene from Basel, Switzerland
The second Swiss destination to make the top 10 is Basel, often regarded as the cultural capital of Switzerland. The art crowds descend on the city each year for Art Basel, and there’s no shortage of stunning architecture; marvel at the city’s intricate structures while sipping coffee on the banks of the Rhine. Rent is considerably cheaper in Basel than in Zürich at $1,268.75, although the city scored the lowest for nightlife at just two points.
The only Austrian city on the list is by no means the most affordable European city for the everyday traveller, but it’s a different story for expats in Vienna. The average cost to rent a one-bed apartment is $925.93—the cheapest on the list—while the estimated monthly cost of living is $3463.33.
A vineyard in Stuttgart, Germany
The sixth-largest city in Germany is another popular destination for expats searching for a better quality of living. The city scores top marks for walkability and four out of five for happiness and nightlife. The south German city is notably cheaper than its Swiss counterparts, but it relatively has the worst safety index out of all the top 10 at 67.88.
The colorful traditional Houses of Copenhagen at sunset
The capital of Denmark is an increasingly popular travel destination—millions of tourists a year visit the beautiful gardens, historic palaces and fascinating museums each year. However, Copenhagen’s charm attracts more expats than ever,
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The holidays are upon us and so is the chance to stock up on thoughtful gifts for others or, just maybe, treat yourself to something nice on Black Friday. One thing is for sure: Our Traveler editors won't be sleeping on this year's deals. Thousands of Black Friday deals have finally landed, including sales from travel-friendly brands we love like Away, Calpak, Nordstrom, New Balance, Girlfriend Collective, and more. We asked our editors what goods are on their wishlists this year, and luckily, many of them are on sale. Read on for what our editors are shopping this Black Friday, from in-flight tech essentials and kitchen appliances to new bed sheets as comfortable as the ones in your favorite hotel.
The holidays are upon us and so is the chance to stock up on thoughtful gifts for others or, just maybe, treat yourself to something nice on Black Friday. One thing is for sure: Our Traveler editors won't be sleeping on this year's deals. Dozens of early Black Friday deals have already landed, including sales from travel-friendly brands we love like Away, Calpak, Nordstrom, New Balance, Girlfriend Collective, and more. We asked our editors what goods are on their wishlists this year, and luckily, some of them are already on sale. Read on for what our editors are shopping this Black Friday, from in-flight tech essentials and kitchen appliances to new bed sheets as comfortable as the ones in your favorite hotel.
It is expected that travel spending this holiday season will be higher than any of the last four years, at least. According to Skyscanner’s recent survey of 18,000 travelers, “against a backdrop of higher average fares vs pre-pandemic ... people are continuing to invest their discretionary spend in leisure trips through 2023 and into 2024.” Convenience in travel will be everything this year — a disposition cruise travelers are experts at. According to Caryn Seidman Becker, CEO and co-founder of Clear, "we know that travelers increasingly prioritize time as one of their most valuable assets ― they're looking for ways to minimize wasted travel time and maximize convenience."
What do you think when you hear the word ‘Spain’? For many, the answer is the sunshine, the architecture, the tapas—and, of course, the wine. Oh the wine! And while Spain produces some excellent dry whites and fantastic sparkling cava, what really stands out is the quality of its reds.
Sometimes the best gifts for travelers are not about what they need, but what they want to help enhance their trips and experiences. One of the best ways to do that for the tech-savvy globetrotter is to get them the latest gadgets. Because while we may have purchased a great pair of headphones or a solid camera a year or two ago, an update is always much appreciated. And this year there have been some phenomenal enhancements to many beloved travel accessories. From compact power banks to the newest drone, here are 12 gadgets travelers won’t want to leave home without.
Looking for an interesting gift idea for your favorite frequent traveler? Or sometimes, you just need that extra stocking stuffer for a friend or family member. Whether they work for an airline, travel for work or just like to explore the world, these are some of the most creative goodies you can gift this holiday season to those globetrotters in your life.
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