If You Could Live Anywhere In The World, Where Would You Live?

Ever since my friend John Reese wrote the post about him selling/giving away everything he own so he could travel the world, I have been thinking of changing my surroundings as well. Now, I wouldn’t go as a far as what Reese did and sell everything and just take off. After all, I have a wife and daughter who needs a stable setting.

I’ve decided to start my journey a little closer to home. Right now, I am in Seattle looking at houses. However, this is just the start and not the end. My wife would like to find a city that is like Vancouver but warmer and without the rain (that rules out Seattle). Low crime rate, diverse population and good schools are also required. English speaking cities preferred.

So my questions of the day is: If you have the ability to live anywhere in the world, where would you live? I’m open to suggestions. Do a good sales job on your city and I might become your neighbour!

BTW – Here’s a photo of where I’m writing this post from. This house in Bellevue offers a beautiful sunset view. See you at Dot Com Pho Seattle tomorrow!

Bellevue House

121 thoughts on “If You Could Live Anywhere In The World, Where Would You Live?”

  1. d3so says:

    There’s a nice list of places I’d like to live and seem like a fun place but I have no idea how my lifestyle would be.

    So, I’ve decided I’d like to live in West Vancouver, Ca.

    1. Yeah West Vancouver seems like the best place as mentioned by John.

      I wonder why is John thinking of moving. I mean the pictures that he shows of the West Vancouver are beautiful and perfect. Is it because of the ‘warmer and without the rain’ factor?


      1. But that said, I do hear that Singapore and Malaysia are a great place to live. Thats where I would like to live. I heard that the weather is always good in Malaysia and there is a lot of Greenery.

      2. I think it’s to get away from the cold according to his wife…written in the post 🙂

        1. d3so says:

          I live in a desert. I’d prefer to live in the cold 😉

          1. It’s not cold in Vancouver. It could be warmer and drier in winter but in winter it’s still usually quite mild.

            It’s the rain that is a bit too much especially in November, the wettest month.

  2. Live at the Jersey Shore. No better place 🙂

    1. Maybe they’ll let John guest star on the show there too

      1. d3so says:

        lol first Beverly hills, melrose, OC, jersey shore, what’s next???!

    2. PPC Ian says:

      I have not been to Jersey Shore, it’s a little far from SF, but I would really like to visit one day.

    3. Bidet says:

      Haha yea you could get your own nickname.

  3. I lived in Samoa for 4 years – it was good but a little hard to keep on top of tech in a place with pretty old school internet connectivity.

    These days I would have to say Indonesia – very close to home and family and has everything I need in a country.

    That said I have a pretty sweet setup right now – perhaps I should just be grateful for how good I have it for a while

    1. Yeah, I can definitely see how the polynesian islands would be hard to get a fast internet connection..

      1. d3so says:

        It’d be a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.

        1. Yes such kind of place is okay for one or two months but living at there for whole life … neahh

  4. Brenden says:

    Shaughnessy in Van
    States: Chicago
    Elsewhere? Geneva, Switzerland or Vienna, Austria

    1. Nuno says:

      Exactly what I was going to say, Geneva is the best city in the world. I also like Madrid!

  5. YS says:

    I vote for Sydney, Australia!

    1. I’ve been wanting to visit AUS for a long time. I think that will be my next summer trip. I’ve heard great things.

      1. Bidet says:

        I also want to visit Australia but its so far away and so expensive to travel there.

    2. EelynnLee says:

      Me too. It is a nice place to stay.

      1. And it has unique flora and fauna. The climate is good especially on the coast.

        1. I have been to Australia three times at the expense of my corporate employer at the time, which is why i was able to suggest it with confidence elsewhere. This might be a good lesson for some recent article writers who knock corporate employment but you can’t beat it for gaining real experience of life and business. I think it hilarious when a 17 – 25 year old writes a post here trying to sound as if they really know which way is up when they have been nowhere and done nothing. Isn’t it time some of us older people wrote something meaningful about our life and times?

  6. dg says:

    Sausalito is the closest to WestVan in the US. The whole Bay Area is pretty nice, but it gets rough in Oakland and East Palo Alto. San Francisco is definitely worth a couple days visit if you’ve never been before. The city, Pacific coast, and Silicon Valley are very different culturally and geographically.
    Paris is the best European city, maybe not to live permanently but a year there would be glorious.

    1. I would say the Bay Area also, but seeing as I am currently here and looking to move somewhere warmer, looks like it’s San Mateo for us 🙂

  7. Paul B says:

    Has it got to be a city, wouldn’t you consider a more relaxed way of life?

    If I had to choose a city right now it would probably be Rome.

    1. d3so says:

      What’s the main language there?

      1. Rome is the capital of Italy so we can be pretty sure it would be Italian. Geography would appear not to be your strong point 🙂

        1. Paul B says:

          An American with bad Geography skills, I don’t believe it! 😉

          Rome is fairly diverse, mainly Italian but you can get away with English until you settle in.

          1. Paul B says:

            Damn I forgot Hong Kong, I’ve heard nothing but great things about Hong Kong. Scrap Rome, move to Hong Kong.

          2. Is English still the official language there though?

            Even if it is I don’t think it gets to be spoken that much by the locals.

    2. Bidet says:

      Rome is so beautiful, there’s so much to do there but its crazy driving there, you are better off getting a vespa.

      1. FYI just in case you don’t know what a “Vespa” is, it is a scooter, motorised of course. They were very popular in the UK in the 60s Mod Era, though I drove a Lambretta myself. Are they still around?

  8. d3so says:

    I think foreign countries would be out of the question 😉
    live in California. There are a lot of great places to live here. Some are Burbank, Moreno Valley, Silicon Valley, maybe San Francisco.

    1. Well … explore world and you will see that there are so many beautiful places around …

  9. If you are able to pick up new languages quickly, I would recommend Spain. Not the costas, but places like Salamanca, Cuenca or Toledo. And there is always Ireland obviously, SY

  10. I live in the UK but if I had to go somewhere else to live I’d head for Australia – probably Brisbane

    1. Wow seems to me that Australia is the hot spot for many people.

      1. d3so says:

        I wouldn’t think about austrailia but what do I know. I haven’t been there.

        1. It certainly has cities with similar settings to Vancouver minus the great ski slopes for several months in a year. It’s warmer and drier but perhaps too dry.

          If I were John I’d stay in Vancouver and buy a property in Australia to have a place to go to when the rain becomes too much and to warm up in winter.

          Or a place in Southern California to avoid the jet lag.

          1. There is only one problem with Australia for me, it has 8 legs and belongs to the Arachnid family, SY

  11. Jay Pee says:

    You should really look into moving to New Zealand, I spent one month there last year and it is amazing. They speak english, low crime rate, diverse population and good schools. But on top of that, you have nature at its best. Auckland would be a good choice. 2nd pick would be Melbourne, Australia.

  12. Mike CJ says:

    No question. The best place on this planet to live is The Canary Islands. We have a perfect all year round climate, are surrounded by Ocean, have no pollution and I live here. 🙂

    1. But do you have any canaries? 🙂

      1. Boy that one is really awesome location …

        Its like you guys have every day is holiday.

        1. But they speak Spanish there. John prefers an English speaking place.

          The name for Canary Islands is not derived from the name of the birds.

          Oddly enough it has to do with dogs.

          1. There are so many Brits there that the English language is not a problem but there are lots of timeshare sellers…. 🙁

          2. Boy for such location I would love to learn other language as well.

  13. Hey where are you eating in Seattle? I might try and stop by. (Wife wants me to clean the house though)…

    1. Shouldn’t you be in bed right now? 🙂

    2. John Chow says:

      We’ll be at the Pho Hut 17236 140th Ave SE in Renton at 12:30.

  14. What about buying your own island and hiring tutor for your kids.

    Once in a year private exam near the country of that island.

  15. Goldenfish says:

    Sydney in Australia is really THE place.
    Nice weather, awesome landscapes all over the country, good schools, very diverse population and quite open minded 🙂
    I dont live there but I’ll do my best to move there after my studies.
    And for those who says Vienna or geneva, the weather is quite cold there in winter. (and not English speaking)
    Singapore probably is a good place too 🙂

    1. In winter is is much colder in Vienna or Geneva than in Vancouver.On top of that both cities are inland. Geneva has as big lake though which is quite beautiful.

  16. Welcome to London, UK. Best city in the world I must say. But then again I think John has got his mind set up already to live in the US!

  17. Dean Saliba says:

    It is my dream to one day move to Malta. I’m half Maltese yet I have never been there.

    1. d3so says:

      Where’s malta??

      1. Malta is south of Italy a small island. They speak English there too in addition to their own language.

        When you have some free time, pick up a good atlas and study the countries of the world.

        1. d3so doesn’t need to exert himself by lifting a book – I feel sure he can find a map of the world online 🙂

          1. I know he can find it online but getting away from the computer is very nice indeed. Plus a lot of info online is not as good as a very comprehensive atlas.

  18. Live in Dubai, tax free and sun all the time… I lived there fore 5 years, now in rainy not so sunny all the time London UK…

  19. Ankur says:

    Do consider the perks the exchange rates will get you if you move out of North America. Same money will probably get you an unbelievable lifestyle and a place to slay your baby pandas 😉

  20. I think that I would like to live somewhere it is raining some snow so that I could enjoy the snow.

  21. Ed Lau says:

    As I said on Twitter, Tokyo, London, Munich…in that order.

    1. Paul B says:

      For a high net worth like John I’d avoid London and the UK in general like the plague. Tokyo looks nice.

      1. d3so says:

        Yup, I’d like to live in Tokyo as well.

        1. Tokyo is awesome but is not English speaking. Without a Japanese friend it’s quite easy to get lost there.

  22. Get a place here in the Orlando area! There’s a small but devoted tech community, the weather is always great (for those harsh Canadian winters), and Sally is the perfect age for all the Disney, Universal, Harry Potter, Sea World, etc. etc. etc. attractions.

    You could probably afford a place in some of the ritzier areas just outside Orlando (like where Tiger Woods lives) – or, Lake Mary and Oviedo, both of which were in Money Magazine’s top 100 US cities to live.

    Best of all – huge Vietnamese population, and a “Little Vietnam” in downtown Orlando with tons of great authentic Pho shops! 🙂

  23. Bsmp says:

    On my capital San Juan, Spain, England, Rome.

    1. d3so says:

      San Juan where? There are a LOT of San Juans in the world.

  24. Gary Arndt says:

    Bangkok. There is an active expat community of bloggers in the city, it is extremely affordable and you can get bandwidth like you will find in North America.

  25. I don’t think I’ve traveled enough to make an educated call…but, I would probably say somewhere tropical…

  26. Peter says:

    Naahhh… I still say London, UK. I think you’d generate a good income teaching the english how to make money Online.

    -Peter (MpL)

    1. Paul B says:

      …and then have 50% of it taken of you in income tax. And then XX amount taken of in capital gains. And then pay an extortionate amount of NI for the worst health and dental care system in the western world.

      Or you can hire a clever accountant who will setup structures offshore to help you but then you spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder waiting for the UK government to retrospectively change tax law in order to penalise you 🙂

      If you’re looking for free housing and some handouts then the UK is a brilliant place to move to. If you’re an entrepreneur you’d have to be a bit simple to move into the UK right now.

      1. Quite a few gurus from the UK have moved or are moving to the US.

        London weather is a bit similar to that of Vancouver so I doubt that John would choose to live there.

  27. Shaun Carter says:

    I live in Holland, Michigan and I certainly DO NOT recommend it, despite us somehow being ranked as the happiest small town in America.

    I have visited the East Coast and the West and I much prefer the people out West. California is absolutely beautiful along the Pacific Coast Highway and the people are laid back, relaxed and accepting from my interactions in the Manhattan Beach, Malibu, Huntington Beach area of greater LA.

    I visit Windsor often and very much enjoy Canada compared to Michigan. So if I had the choice and was already in Canada, I would likely stay!

    1. Jason says:

      I live in Grand Rapids, MI which is about 45 min. from Holland. We are the 2nd largest city in Michigan next to Detroit.

      If you like outdoor activities then Michigan is a great place to live. Michigan is known for having some of the best hiking trails. Fishing and Hunting are really big here also.

      If I was to go to a place in Canada, I would like to visit British Columbia.

    2. d3so says:

      The beach cities in California are nice but it does get cold there.

  28. how to knit says:

    oh yeah i can see hoe hand it
    would be for him to use the net

  29. i would say sydney or brisbane australia as first pick i lived in sydney for 2 years and loved it.

    You won’t have to worry about snow but it does get really hot!

    south of sydney is especially beautiful batemans bay, wollongong etc.

    second choice Salt Lake City Utah not right by the city or anything like 30-40 minutes south or so.

    i’m sure i’ll get a lot of utah haters but i have been to almost every state in the U.S. (all but 7) and utah is almost the only place i would be willing to live and raise kids.

    the crime is very low the schools are great. the mountains and lakes and canyons are some of the most beautiful in the country.

    the only downfall is it does snow in the winter but if you like to ski utah has some of the best ski resorts in the country.

    the economy is strong in utah and lots of tech companies choose to make this their home.

    and if you live in the right neighborhood you can get fiber optic internet connection. whenever i am anywhere else even ‘fast’ internet seems slow comparatively

    that’s my 2 cents

  30. Sean Supplee says:

    Looks like a beautiful place to live. Id say the same however I want to stay close to family and friends. I am thinking about doing the whole beach house and normal house type thing shortly so I can just invite everyone down to spend time there and rent it out the rest of the time. Id have to say just a nice beach with good people is where I want to live.

  31. Patrick says:

    I recently went to Jamaica for two weeks and loved it! I went to Montego Bay. AND, I blogged on my site the whole time, so I was making money even while I was on vacation.

  32. Nick says:

    Southern CT hands down

    Westport, Newport, Stamford, Greenwich

    Fairfield County, best place in the world.

  33. I’d choose to live right where I live now… That is why I work online duhh..

  34. How about Monterey California? My wife and I were married in Pacific Grove which is right next to it. What a beautiful place with great temperatures

  35. Anastasia says:

    I would love to move to Greenland or Iceland. Tired of heat anf smog here.

    1. Good luck with that and having no volcanic eruptions in Island which was recently polluting other vast areas including a large portions Europe.

  36. aatif says:

    want to go USA , there r lot of opps to make money online . And Switzerland is good

  37. Sensei says:

    Well, if I could I would really stay where I live right now because I really like it 😀

    Just would get myself a nice house or loft and then things would be great.

  38. I lived and worked in Singapore for a couple of years in the mid 80s and enjoyed the lifestyle – got a taste for Tiger beer. But I still think of it as the “Switzerland of the Far East” (Pacific Rim). It is really squeeky clean…..

    1. Yeah, and they are really funny when it comes to free speech and the right of expressing your opinion freely. Not really a beacon of democratic values, SY

  39. Nigel Chua says:

    Mmm…have you considered Singapore?

    It’s clean, stable politically, economically (we have a growth of 19.2% this year despite world wide economic crises), have a HUGE load of options for food lovers as we have lots of people from all over the world living in Singapore, so food’s covered. Property prices are booming in a stable manner too, so it can be an idea for investment if you’re thinking (we have celebrities like Jet Li and Gong Li coming over to Singapore to have homes here but not sure if they’re planning to switch though).

    Singapore has one of the better education systems and quality, producing some of the world’s best in education, medicine, and finance.

    Given the nature of your work, which is primarily blogging, something you can do from anywhere in the world, do consider Singapore.

    Downside: hot hot + rainy at times, it’s not as spacious as Vancouver or anywhere in the world for that matter. =p

    The challenge for you is when there is affiliate summits and other blogging/MMO summits in US etc – the travel will be quite hectic though, but it’s quite a stable growth country, and Singapore will be quite welcoming for someone with your expertise coming to town =)

  40. Dino Vedo says:

    Europe, more specifically Croatia!

    1. They don’t speak English there and it’s hardly even a second language which is more likely German. Nice country but winters are cold especially away from the coast and not far away from it at that.

  41. Brian says:

    No doubt John, the answer is Portland, Oregon.

    We’ve got that same west coast feel as Vancouver/Seattle, but not the rain (it’s more myth than fact that it rains here all the time). Portland has less than a million people and great urban/city planning to control growth, some great food, culture, skiiing almost 350 days a year at in the Cascades (i.e. Mt. Hood), and the beach is an hour away. Housing is not cheap, but much more reasonable than Seattle.

    You can still buy a sprawling place for $500-$750k in the city, with plenty of space and perhaps even a big back yard.

    Porland’s airport is nice and easy to maneuver in and out of and provides plenty of avenues for worldwide travel.

    Crime is not as bad as in many other big cities, though education here leaves some things to be desired. Private schools are great though.

    As an internet entrepreneur you’ll find plenty of talent down here, both creatively and IT related, with Intel’s world HQ located here, as well as Nike’s HQ and Adidas’ N. American HQ.

    People are generally laid back and friendly, and there’s a broad mix of cultural backgrounds all around.

    If you’re ever down here shoot me an email and I’d love to take you out for a beer or a cup of coffee.

    Good luck!


  42. PPC Ian says:

    My favorite places (would eventually like to own homes in each of these): SF Bay Area, LA, Las Vegas, Hawaii.

    1. I ‘d like that too but for that you’d need to surpass John’s income many times over.

    2. Bidet says:

      Las Vegas would be an amazing place to live, you could party all night long.

  43. good luck to you John in finding a new home and place to live

  44. Bill says:

    Vancouver. You’re living in paradise right now. You just don’t realize it, yet!

    From Costa Rica

  45. Simon Bunker says:

    Having recently returned from a trip to Aruba, where I put my own version of the dot com lifetstle to the test, I would definitely want to live there! It’s an awesome place

  46. ibnujusup says:

    i prefer Bawean Island… anyway, the scenery was superb…:-)

  47. Anthony says:

    I’m originally from Los Angeles and presently living in both Singapore and Tokyo.

    I’d recommend these 5 English-friendly cities for consideration:
    1. Melbourne, Australia
    2. Singapore
    3. San Francisco Bay Area
    4. South Orange County / San Diego, California
    5. Dubai, UAE

    1. Really Dubai??? I’ve heard such bad things about it, and it seems like its very slowly going down the drain.

  48. J. P. says:

    It’s always amazing how much greener the grass looks on the other side of the fence. I grew up in the SF Bay area. Fantastic weather, Wine country, Pacific ocean, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite all within a few hours drive. But it’s a rat race now, congested, crowded and way over developed.

    How about Costa Rica ? Anyone second that ?

  49. Bradley says:

    Any island off the coast of Belize. Maybe Nicaragua if I can get off my butt and learn Spanish.

  50. I don’t know if you’d like moving away from the west coast, but my original hometown is Pittsburgh, PA and I really recommend it. On the top cities to live in, its ranked 29th, the highest of any U.S. city (although below Vancouver :/) I think it meets most of your qualifications. PA is known as one of the best states for education, partially because we have the strictest requirements for teachers.
    As far as weather, it definitely gets cold in the winter, but I’m not sure how it compares to Vancouver. In the summer, it gets pretty hot. There’s a fairly low crime rate in the city, definitely safe enough to walk around at night in almost all of the suburbs.
    As far as diversity, it depends where you look. Mt. Lebanon is one of the best school districts and it offers extreme diversity, as well as an extremely high level fo education. I’d recommend either that area or somewhere around Sewickley, PA, 30 minutes outside the city.
    Let me know what you think!

    1. Bidet says:

      Pennsylvania is a great state for education, I grew up in Philadelphia

  51. Anywhere with summer year round! In Canada, summer is too short. Probably down south.

  52. Scorpiono says:

    I would live near a beach, actually have my own private beach and admire the ocean. The house doesn’t matter much as long as I can walk on sand and feel the breeze.


  53. Garry Booton says:

    Well I already live in one of the best countries in the world, England, but the summers could be a bit longer for my liking.
    So if I had the money I would spend May – September in the UK , October – May in Barbados, but we would have to be back in the uk for 2 weeks at christmas. You can not have a proper christmas without cold wet weather it would just not be right.

  54. max says:

    I live in San Francisco because of the 70-degree weather all year round, I wouldn’t move anywhere else, LA is too hot, too much traffic. SF would be better than Seattle or Oregon, both rain countries. I love SF because of its diversity too, there’s no other place on earth as diverse as here I think without being overcrowded like NY. Anywhere on the peninsula is nice, great schools here too like Stanford, berkeley, etc…etc… Just avoid oakland and you will be okay anywhere. Tiburon is REALLY nice, most homes are within 5 million range, if u can afford it, i’d go there.

    Pacifica is really nice, about 10 minutes south of San Francisco, where I am trying to move actually, they’ve got some really nice ocean view houses, quiet neighborhood yet close to everything. For 1-2 million, u can find some really nice ocean view mansions there, also a nice beach with fishing port, I caught a tiger shark there once.

    Well, just sayin’ I didn’t move to SF by accident, I wanted to come here.

  55. Josh says:

    Hey John! I live in Bellevue Washington, and it’s great here. It usually rains at night, so the rain ain’t that big of a deal. In fact, that picture is looking over lake Samammish or Washington. I live right in that neighborhood.

  56. Bidet says:

    If I could live anywhere I would probably live in Hawaii, its nice weather year round.

  57. Where you are IS the best place to live. I grew up there.

    It’s clean, the schools are some of the best in the country, and crime is very low.

    By the way, nice shot..is that taken from Somerset or the Summit? 😛

  58. I would prefer a small city of a developed nation with lot of green and good education.

  59. John … are you moving somewhere … ??

  60. I would live in Heaven, John. its the best place to be. Golden streets, no death, mansions, and of course the King of Kings.

    1. No Deaths …. you will go there after hugging death my friend.

      So please do not say this. Think about your family first.

  61. Chris says:

    I wood love to live in Melbourne Australia.

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