If you've ever thought seriously about becoming an expat, lots of questions arise. And before uprooting your life for a drastic change, it's always good to consider the upsides and downsides.

Many factors come into play when it comes to living and working abroad - work-life balance, ease of settling in, financial implications of the move, and which countries are the friendliest.

It's a complicated decision even if you're single. But, the choice to move abroad is especially challenging if you have a family to consider. Luckily, organizations like InterNations.org exist.

InterNations.org is a member organization that connects expats across the globe in over 390 cities. They are a resource for expats, offering ways to connect with other international workers, developing local expat meet-ups, and providing useful guides for hundreds of cities across the globe. Today, InterNations.org is booming, with over 2.6 million members worldwide.

This broad and active member base has allowed InterNations.org to conduct detailed, locations specific surveys, producing one the most comprehensive expat surveys worldwide. Now in its third year, The Expat Insider offers valuable information for potential and current expatriates. It ranks "the best (and worst) among 67 destinations across the globe, focusing on essential topics: quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, and personal finance."

I've compiled some of my favorite top ten lists below, however, the entirety of The Expat Insider findings can be located here.

Now, let's get into the data:

"The Best Overall Places For Expats"

  1. Taiwan
  2. Malta
  3. Ecuador
  4. Mexico
  5. New Zealand
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Australia
  8. Austria
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Czech Republic

"Quality of Life Index"

  1. Taiwan
  2. Austria
  3. Japan
  4. Spain
  5. Costa Rica
  6. Malta
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Singapore
  9. Germany
  10. Switzerland

"Best Destinations For Expat Families"

  1. Finland
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Israel
  4. Austria
  5. Sweden
  6. Norway
  7. Australia
  8. Taiwan
  9. Belgium
  10. Germany

"Cost Of Living"

  1. Ukraine
  2. Thailand
  3. Taiwan
  4. Vietnam
  5. Mexico
  6. Hungary
  7. Ecuador
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Philippines
  10. Poland

"Ease Of Settling In"

  1. Mexico
  2. Costa Rica
  3. Uganda
  4. Malta
  5. New Zealand
  6. Philippines
  7. Romania
  8. Ecuador
  9. Spain
  10. Taiwan

In the essence of time I've only selected a few categories to highlight in this post. However, the full breadth of information provided in The Expat Insider is highly comprehensive, interesting and useful.

Whether a move overseas is in your future, or you're still on the fence, it's best to be informed prior to making such a big decision.

And for all your current expats looking to build a stronger community far from home, InterNations.org has got your covered.

Published on: May 15, 2017