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These are officially the best cities to start a new life in 2021

Bags packed? Head to one of these buzzy cities, loved by local expats

Ellie Walker-Arnott

You don’t need us to tell you that this year has been a tough one. But if it’s left you with a strong and persistent urge to make a massive life change, we can help you out with some ideas. Like, which of the world’s vibrant and exciting cities you should move to next, for example.

With things looking up for the first time in months (did someone say vaccine?) but a flexible WFH approach likely to stay put, you might be in the ideal position to up sticks and move somewhere totally new. If that’s you, these are the cities you should consider starting a new life in come 2021. 

The stunning Spanish city of Valencia takes the top spot, thanks to its balmy weather, ace leisure facilities, affordable healthcare and housing. 67 percent of those polled also said that it’s easy to make new pals in Valencia (that’s a whole 20 points higher than the global average of 47 percent). 

Next up is sunny Alicante, where current expats say its super easy to settle in, followed by Portugal’s capital Lisbon, which is praised for its quality of life, great weather and buzzy city centre. Bonus: the waterfront Time Out Market could be your new local. 

Making up the rest of the top 10 are Panama City, Singapore, Malaga, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid and Abu Dhabi. 

When it comes to where not to start a new life in 2021? According to this list (more than 15,000 expats were polled by InterNations to create this year’s Expat City Ranking) you should swerve places like Rome, Paris and Dublin, mainly because of the cities’ high living costs. They make great travel destinations though, if you’ve got more temporary adventures in your sights for next year. 

Either way, a change of scenery, here we come! 

Want to know exactly where you should move to? Here are the coolest neighbourhoods in the world right now.  

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