What country immediately felt like home to you?

  1. Taiwan. I’ve always wanted to live in Japan. So when I got a job in Taiwan, I wasn’t thrilled. However, upon arrival and getting through culture shock, I fell in love. I’m now itching to get back.

  2. Oh im so jealous! I am in love with china, but some parts are hard for me to accept. I also think taiwan is like the better china for westerners. Will probbaly travel there next year. Just worry that i fall too much in love with the country.

  3. Same here. Amazing food, friendly people, perfect weather, affordable…each time I go I never want to leave. My husband and I are thinking of buying a property there down the line so we can get golden visas or perhaps try to get ancestral citizenship.

  4. My SO and I decided to leave the US. We traveled many spots in the world (Argentina, Panama, Thailand, India, Italy, Egypt etc). When we hit Greece, we immediately knew that it was “the spot”. We moved here in 2016- no regrets, only happiness. Here I sit looking out at the sea, about to do my morning yoga and eat a beautiful bowl of fresh and incredibly inexpensive fruit. It’s a holiday here today (March 25th).

  5. Oh wow! Where did you go! When did you go! I'm dying to know everythinggg. How long were you there?? Sorry for my persistence, but I've always wanted to go lmao.

  6. Hard same, I love it there. I'm learning the language to incentivize myself to go more. I'll be there in May and I'm very glad to be returning

  7. May I ask how you got through the language barrier living there? how hard is to navigate with just English? I also live in the GTA and always wanted to live abroad after I finish uni for a couple months and Japan is one of my places I was thinking of, I would love to hear about your experience

  8. Same with Ireland for me. I was only able to live there for three months and take my wife on vacation once but I instantly fell in love with Killybegs and Dungloe! I was grieving the loss of my mother and just hopped around. Once I hopped into Dungloe though I ended up renting. It just felt comfortable and I was very welcomed into a whole group of friends and family. Stayed the night in many places and was always invited out for almost nightly events.

  9. I know it gets a bad rap, but the UK! I’ve travelled to many places but never felt like I fit in as well as I do there. I’m finally making the move from Australia to England in June for a couple years. Nervous and excited.

  10. Nice! That will be a tough adjustment - I loved it til I lived there. Still enjoy it as a tourist but I couldn’t live there again. Hopefully you find it more palatable!

  11. I'm marooned in Thailand at the moment but will go back to the UK at least for a long holiday when all covid travel restrictions have been removed in Thailand (the UK's already there but Thailand moves at a snail's pace).

  12. I've been to Colombia twice and loved it both times. I am hoping I can get out there and stay longer term (more than 3-4 weeks).

  13. Ditto Colombia. I’m a white woman and instantly recognized as gringa but I still feel safe and comfortable here in Medellin. Life just makes sense here

  14. Austalia! Lovely people and just wonderful. Second one is the Netherlands where I have been probably over 50 times. (I am from Europe)

  15. Australia. I haven't lived there in 5 years but it still feels like home. Super easy going and great friends, love to show you every Aussie thing to do...even if it's drinking out of your shoe lol.

  16. Thailand was my first experience with a Buddhist nation; so I'll go with there. I lived there briefly in 2018 but it wasn't long enough to change my initial impression. I'm not sure how much of it is friendly veneer, but, man, I love me some Thailand.

  17. I traveled there twice in 2018 and loved the people the food and the weather. I’m seriously considering retiring there.

  18. Because of work visas. Unless my spouse or I is able to secure a permanent job, our contract is up after a few years. We are actively looking for jobs here or in other EU countries, but we have children who also only speak English. They are older so not easily immersed with language if we move again. Unless a contract included English speaking school, we would likely have to move back. We also have adult children in the US. I pressure them to move here but I can’t control them. Too hard to be away from them all the time.

  19. Yep. I went to Paris one weekend and knew it was for me. Moved there the next year and kept liking it more, as well as the rest of the country.

  20. Stockholm, Sweden. Other than the language and a few little specific cultural quirks most people here seem quite similar to west coast urban Americans. Contrary to the stereotype of cold, distant Scandinavians I found it surprisingly easy to fit in and make friends.

  21. China. I feel like I’m finally living and not just existing. Being here helped me come out of my shell, pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone and mature A LOT. Also met my partner here, who is definitely the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.

  22. I was living in cold, unfriendly, grey Paris and had to go to Vancouver for a conference. Arrived late at night. Woke up 3am. Saw the dawn. Couldn't, couldn't get over it. Hadn't sketched in years. Just started sketching the mountains around me. People seemed so nice. Could have stayed there. Enjoy.

  23. I'm boring. The UK and Australia felt like home the first time I went (I am a citizen of both but was born in Asia). I've loved lots of countries and could happily live there, but as much as the UK doesn't "do much" for me (so to speak), I have always felt like I belong here. (Unfortunately, one of the things I never cared for about the UK was how insular it is, so despite being from here ethnically, culturally and legally, my accent doesn't match, and I am forever treated like an outsider.)

  24. I’m canadian but Scotland felt very similar (for obvious reasons) but specifically, the isle of Skye. Also, Iceland felt similar to northern Canada due to its remoteness

  25. I'm from the US, and I have to agree. Sometime just by a fire in New Zealand it felt like more if a home than anywhere in the US. Second place is Kenya. Deep in the bush and wilderness. You feel a bit unwelcomed but like something deep deep down belongs here.

  26. Norway. For some reason that country made sense to me. It’s a great country imo. However the weather was the worst. It was to much after 2 particularly bad winters.

  27. I clicked on this post thinking "I bet no one is going to comment Brazil" and reading your post put a smile on my face! How come did you get to know Brazil and where are you from if you don't mind me asking? I hope you have a great time here when you move 🇧🇷❤️ we may have our flaws with bad government but I know we have a big heart!

  28. Currently living in real England after growing up in New England. It’s amazing. There are things I miss but I’d happily live here forever.

  29. I'm from England and have lived in and visited various places in the world, and can say that England takes some beating, regardless of negative comments I see about England on reddit sometimes. I have met a few people in England from New England, particularly Connecticut.

  30. Ive lived in 9 countries.. South Africa felt like home the first time i visited. I visited a second time and the moved there for six years.

  31. I feel the same. Managed to live there for about 3 years but now back in the states. My heart is still there though and try to visit friends.

  32. Probably an unpopular take - but East coast of the USA. I am from England and lived here for four years twenty yrs ago. Then went back to the U.K., now back in the USA again and wondering why I ever left. I find England very repressive, negative, gloomy. I don’t care if some US cheer and positivity is a bit fake, I’ll take it any day over the English “no can do” attitude.

  33. I plan to move to the USA, too but will keep close ties with the UK. I know that the English are more negative but they do warm up to you after you get to know them. Also, complaining is part of their culture.

  34. Welcome! I don't mean this in an offensive way, but what strikes me when I see English people being interviewed (especially the more "cultured"/educated they are) is that, to me, they look as though they expect to be hit at any moment. They appear to be wincing and/or ashamed, like just as a general state of being. My mom spent formative years there and it sounds like, at least in some circles, shame can be a very prevalent cudgel?

  35. This, exactly. I lived in London and much as the art, culture, etc should have made it my new forever home, the people were so harsh, I just couldn’t do it. I’ve always been a big city person, but not that harshly cold of a city.

  36. australia, even tho nz feels a bit more 'nice', but aus feels more lively. also vancouver, it is a better version of LA.

  37. Italy. Coming from Argentina, which had a huge inflow of Italian immigrants in the early 20th century, it all felt so familiar and the people so easy to connect to.

  38. Italy for sure. The food, the pace, the weather. I can’t wait to retire in 5 years, 2 months, and 7 days and live there most of the year. I need to pass that darn B2 Italian test so I can piggy back on my husband’s Italian citizenship.

  39. By the way, you don't need to be a citizen to live here as long as your husband is. Come and get a permesso di soggiorno and learn the language while here.

  40. Tel Aviv (not Israel as a whole). It’s a bubble of secularism where people are living life to the fullest and in the moment

  41. I tried to move to TLV for a short term job but covid made getting a visa impossible so I put it off. I love that it's a big city, very active lifestyle, and English is understood by most, but I still heard Arabic and Hebrew everywhere, so it was definitely a foreign world. I felt so safe there.

  42. I haven't lived there, but for me it was Sweden. The second time we traveled there, we explored a bit more than Stockholm. I live in MN and am Scandinavian and German in heritage. Something clicked for me on that trip, and everywhere we went, I felt deeply connected to the culture. I could see and feel my heritage all around me. I suddenly understood myself and my family better. It was an absolutely wild experience, to feel that way. It was like coming home.

  43. I’m french and i live in Japan for 4years now (and was here for internships and study abroad too before). I still like it so much. One of the thing i like the most is the change of the season, Japan is so beautiful through all seasons. I haven’t been able to travel abroad in the past 4 years but with Covid I’ve had the chance travel inside Japan and still discovering beautiful sights everytime i do. One of the best trip these couple of years was a road trip in Hokkaido during summer. It was so close to french countryside and mountains but at the same time breathtaking places.

  44. New Zealand. Such a bummer its literally on the other side of the world from all my family. I don't dare moving.

  45. Hong Kong! I really enjoy Won Kar-Wai movies so when I had to visit Hong Kong for my job, I was absolutely thrilled. Being there didn’t disappoint, it just like felt like home. Waking up, taking subway, going to work. Although it was for only 10 days I felt like a local. It was the great mix of western and eastern culture. I never felt like out of the place

  46. Australia 🇦🇺 ♥️ lil background about me - im an Indian citizen by birth but born and raised in Oman a country in the middle east. Oman was home for a while bc my parents worked there to make a living and i never liked India as it just wasn't my vibe.

  47. Kind of the similar situation with myself except I haven't found out my home yet. And in that transition period. Which feels isolating and scary as I don't know what to do next to get there. Your story gives me hope one day I shall find my home aswell. kudos

  48. Immediately? Nowhere fits that description. The best part of living overseás is the personal development required as you integrate yourself into the culture. Things like learning language, customs, and food. That takes effort and time.

  49. Brazil. It was the first time people felt excited to meet a foreigner. The people were beautiful and full of life. I’d recommend learning a little Portuguese and visiting.

  50. India. Wasn't expecting that AT ALL. Was just going for a conference. Didn't really want to go. Was met by some friends at the airport. They couldn't understand why I wasn't going through the same culture shock as the other guests. What was really weird is that my husband was going to the same conference and three days later we were walking around the craziness, finally admitting to each other that we felt at home. We moved there and lived there for 12 years. We would have stayed longer. Been gone from India for ten years and just now don't miss it every day.

  51. That would be China or rather Shanghai, roughly 20 years ago. One could feel the air vibrating. A friend of mine was referring to the city as a mix of NY+LON+HK+SH

  52. Outside of the States, Bangkok, Thailand, I’m from the US. But, I got trapped in Miami, FL during covid and I don’t think I’m ever leaving, I love it here!

  53. Barcelona. Magical city that touched my heart from the moment I laid eyes on it. For me, it is perfect. Like a weird heaven. 20 some years later, I still dream of going there to stay forever.

  54. Japan. Visited on holiday I have travelled to quite a few different places around the world, it was the only place that I felt like I would be content to stay. Moved here a couple of years later, enjoy everyday life here and have endured the pandemic and restrictions etc here whilst still enjoying it.

  55. England. People on the street would say hello to me there and were so nice, polite and respectful even with strangers. The language made me feel like I was home. I think any country where English is the first or second language and where people are kind/polite/respectful would feel like home.

  56. South Africa. Plenty of problems but if you're in the right area, it is a good place to be. Fell in love with the nature here, the outdoor lifestyle, the weather, wildlife, mountains, skies etc.

  57. France ❤️ I studied abroad in Le Havre (originally from Texas) in the late 90’s, and then I’ve lived in Paris a few times since. I can’t explain it, but yes, it just matches with my spirit as you mention and I just love French culture. I ended up in Norway though, so it’s like a slap in the face, ha. 😆

  58. England. Just came back from there on spring break and it’s now a goal of mine to move there in the next few years.

  59. USA, England, Australia, Italy, Spain, Brazil I live in Asia but I’m not Asian so everywhere I go people always notice me, I’m always the alien in the room. But in these countries due to be multi race country nobody cares about your existence and that feels sooo good.

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