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DigitalNomad

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Re: Favorite destinations for living abroad for several years with family?
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2019, 06:52:07 PM »
I've lived in Vietnam for 3 years. It's great for a single guy with an online biz, but not so sure when you have a family.
Can answer questions about living here if ppl are interested.

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Re: Favorite destinations for living abroad for several years with family?
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2019, 10:28:22 AM »
Never have lived abroad, but have traveled extensively.

Asia (China, India) - very different culturally from the US.  Lots of poverty, pollution, corruption - if you are not used to that culture it will definitely be a shocker.  Very reasonable cost of living - not very friendly towards outsiders (China is more friendly than India).

Europe (Amsterdam, Germany, England, Finland, Switzerland - my brother lived here for 4 years) - More US-like culture.  Open to outsider, lots of people from other countries, very high cost of living.

Caribbean/Mexico - Some similar culture to the US due to tourism, also it's own unique culture.  Open to outsiders, lots of poverty/crime (in pockets), cost of living varies depending on your life style - expensive to live like a tourist, cheap to live like a native.


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Re: Favorite destinations for living abroad for several years with family?
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2019, 11:46:28 PM »
Pretty interesting question, Sam. If you want the full experience for your kids and are fluent in Mandarin I would say Taipei and Shanghai are your best bets.

However, if you end up hanging out a lot in the expat crowd or in the international school crowd (there are two well known schools in those cities) - I feel like those students are quite Westernized. I know people from those schools who came to the US at age 18+ and many are quite culturally American (no detectable accent, not white-washed, but often less in touch with the culture they grew up in compared to say kids who immigrated at ages 5-14 with less opulent backgrounds). I know you actually grew up in a lot of these international schools so you have a sense of how it goes

Maybe if you have family somewhere in a Mandarin-speaking place, you will get the full "local" experience. It's just very hard to get kids to learn a language and be fluent if they aren't actually required to use it. If their parents speak to them in English and the music they listen to and TV they watch and their friends (most important) all speak English, it's tough.

Shanghai - business is booming better than in Taiwan which is suffering a bit from the current economy and tensions, very cosmopolitan.

Honestly, for weather, you aren't going to get a Mediterranean climate anywhere else. San Francisco and LA probably actually have the highest % of Mandarin speakers in any Mediterranean climate with high diversity. Singapore is substantially more diverse than Taipei/Shanghai.

Taipei - depending on your actual background or passport status, you may not want to be in China, so great option. Also, the island is supremely beautiful and you have so many options just an hour or two away. You might need a full year to fully appreciate everything here. Life seems a little more chill than in Shanghai but you can still get the creature comforts you need.