Where to go to make your expat New Year resolutions succeed

Published:  12 Dec at 6 PM
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As the old year staggers to a close, where are the best destinations for fulfilling your New Year resolutions?

New Year resolutions almost always mirror deficiencies in the previous year’s performance, whether in health, love, money, business, social life and relationships or the lack of them. From expat professionals through retirees to digital nomads, entrepreneurs, students and even trailing spouses, everyone who’s living overseas or planning to emigrate pledges to improve at least one aspect of their lives in the New Year. Given this odd fact, certain places give better chances of fulfilling resolutions than do others!

Studying the annual surveys rating dozens of world countries and comparing the results with individual resolutions may be time-consuming, but at least it’s based on factual experiences by other expats. For example, if health and wellbeing is the goal for 2019, Austria is the place according to 97 per cent of survey respondents. Finding love is far easier in Chile than anywhere else on the planet, with over 50 per cent of happy expats meeting the love of their lives offline after they arrived. If saving money is the aim, 84 per cent of expats in Columbia are more than pleased with their finances, and expat professionals looking to expand their personal and business networks favour Mexico for its friendly, helpful people both at work and at play.

Starting a family whilst you’re working overseas seems to be a risky project, but Finland’s childcare and education is praised by over 90 per cent of resident expats. Unsurprisingly, to find a new job with a great salary and a luxury lifestyle you’ll need to head to the Middle East, with Bahrain the best place to expand your career and live like a sheikh rather than a king. Some 70 per cent of respondents did exactly that and are more than happy.

If stress is your worst enemy and there’s far more work in your life than play, heading to Denmark is highly recommended due to its flexible working hours and comfortable work-life balance. For expat professionals who also love to travel, the best base camp is the tiny city-state of Singapore for its closeness to exotic countries and its comprehensive network of flights. All of Asia is within a few hours’ flying time, and getting around in the city itself is straightforward due to its ultra-modern infrastructure and well-planned public transport.

If you’re an expat retiree looking for a new interest in life, Spain’s where you’re most likely to find an untried activity, sport or hobby, along with a friendly international expat community to share it with. Over 90 per cent of all survey respondents praised Spain’s long, diverse list of affordable, outdoor leisure activities and are making full use of the long, warm summers and the country’s stunning natural beauty as a result.
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