Whenever I visit a place there is always that little list in the back of my mind ranking the place on a scale from 1 to 10 on how good I think it is, for example: food, fun things to do, friendly people, vibe, nature, nightlife, shopping etc. After ranking all of these, the final question comes – which I’m sure you all have in the back of your minds as well: Could I imagine living here? Few places have made it all the way to this final question, but those which have truly are amazing. During the Europe Train Challenge we also had a small “secret” mission: trying to find a place where we could settle down for a few months after the challenge. We found many places in Europe we would like to return to and see more of, but we’ll leave those for the future when we know more about them.
Top 5 cities to live around the world
1. Innsbruck, Austria
We absolutely loved living in Switzerland for 5 months a few years back, but it was just so expensive. Austria, the neighboring country, has the beauty of Switzerland, access to budget airports, fast trains connecting with the whole Europe, it’s cheaper than Switzerland and they speak German – a language we both want to learn fluently. You can also ski all year round in a few places, enjoy the beautiful nature all year round, and Innsbruck still has good night life and is quite buzzling, but far from a big-city atmosphere.
2. Queenstown, New Zealand
The adventure capital of the world, if you want a crazy and fun experience – this is the place to be! Bungee jumping, river rafting, sky diving, water rock climbing etc. There are few adventurous things you can’t do here, and the rest can be found in other parts of New Zealand. As Queenstown is Nathan’s hometown, it’s always a favorite place of his, as he knows many of the hidden gems around there.
3. London, England
While I don’t think I could live there for too long, as I’m more a nature-person than a city-person, settling for a while in London is something I would love to try out. I love the action in big cities, the fact that there is always something to see and do, and there are always new things going on. In London I believe it’s hard to get bored with the many concerts, events, clubs and cafes, shops etc. Plus, London is the best place to live in Europe if you want great flight deals, it’s like the gate to visiting the rest of the world, when it comes to flying.
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
There is a reason why so many travel bloggers settle in Chiang Mai; It has a great climate (not too hot not too cold), it has cheap accommodation, some of the best food in Thailand (and so cheap!), adventure sports which we love, and friendly people. The one thing it doesn’t have is a beach and some surfing, but you can easily take a budget airline to our second favorite Thailand place, Koh Lanta, or to some surf spots in Bali and Phillippines via Bangkok – piece of cake 😉
5. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is close to the dream life for sun and fun. Although many think Melbourne is a good rival and has better coffee, food and cultural things, I would prefer Sydney because of the relaxed atomsphere and closeness to beaches. You can also just take a weekend trip to Melbourne, stay in one of the Melbourne hotels and enjoy the cultural life for a few days before heading back to Sydney again. When we where there we stayed in one of the Sydney hotels close to the water, I truly fell in love with the laid back lifestyle. Surfing in the morning before work, taking each day as it came, the people acted far from the typical “cosmopolitan-stressed-suit-people” but the city still had shopping, fun things to do and great nightlife.