We’ve all dreamed of escaping to a faraway land as we were growing up. As children, these places used to be fantastical, with magic and fairies and knights. When we grew older and had better grasps on reality, we looked to places that are much different from our current homes.
Many of us are fortunate enough to get the chance to find new homes once we’ve reached adulthood. England may be full of great opportunities, but there are other places that are the same but offer different lifestyles.
Here are three places in Europe that we should take the time to explore.
The Principality of Monaco
Monaco is one of the playgrounds and vacation destinations of the rich and powerful. But this doesn’t mean that the properties for sale available in this tiny island of a nation is only for the affluent. There are many houses and apartments that can be afforded even by those who don’t make millions each year.
People residing in Monaco, or even those who are just visiting, get to enjoy its warm climate that’s practically existent most of the year. Should the temperature fall to its coldest, you can always visit the ski resorts that are only a car ride away.
Aside from the lovely weather, residents also enjoy the added benefit of low income and property taxes. The money that they save can then go into enjoying the culture in Monaco, from its luxurious yacht shows to its dynamic nightlife in clubs and bars.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, ranked first as the most liveable city in the world in 2018, managing to beat out Melbourne, which has monopolised the title for several consecutive years.
The title is based on five criteria: infrastructure, healthcare, education, culture and environment, and stability. Vienna managed to get an overall rating of 99.1. With everything getting a 100 except for culture and environment, which still got a stellar score of 96.3.
If the numbers don’t compel you, consider how the people of Vienna live compared to others. Housing in the city is sought-after since they’re well-maintained and affordable. Those who have difficulty with finances are cared for by the state, with over 60% of the population residing in subsidised apartments.
As for transportation, most residents don’t have to rely on private vehicles since public transportation is cheap, reliable, and easy to navigate through even for tourists. Cycling is also a popular alternative to cars since the city has pathways designated for cyclists.
Copenhagen ranks 9th in the list of most liveable cities in the world, for good reason. While the standard of living can be high, its residents can still afford to pay for necessities and leisure. This aspect of life contributes to Copenhagen being one of the happiest cities in the world, thanks to the great work-play balance that its people have.
Aside from the happiness index, health and wellness isn’t an issue considering the environment is clean and safe. In fact, with cycling as the most popular form of transportation, residents can get around every location while also bettering their physical health. In the event that medical help is needed, citizens can tap into the extensive free healthcare available to citizens.
With enough preparation and research, many of us can take the chance and experience what it’s like to live in these cities. As we get to explore more that the world has to offer, we can then start to finally piece together where it is we want to spend the rest of our lives.