Chicago is really nice as long as you don't mind winter. It's less expensive than New York and for the most part the people are nicer.
Chicago is a tough sell imo.
East side / sunny side of San Francisco is my choice, with San Diego if you like it sunnier and blander or just really love fish tacos or Del Mar race track. SF has best food anywhere assuming you wouldn't put up with New York just to eat. Cheap fresh food / veggies / fruit everywhere, anything you could want interest-wise, ton of easy sports and fitness activities (mountain biking over the Golden Gate Bridge up Cardiac Hill was my favorite), dim sum, thai, korean food that will kill you, open and friendly people. It's a bit crunchy and bit flaky and a lot liberal ignore-the-money government-can-solve-everything, but that's all part of the charm, and you have to walk all the time so no one is fat.
I miss it, but truth be told I wouldn't live with my family there, just too much in a small space for the six of us.
Outside of U.S. so many good choices. Were I on a need-run for peace and centeredness after some major life change, the rain forests of Arunal in Costa Rica would be my current first choice, but haven't researched this much.
Australia would be close to impossible i would think i was born there and the immigration laws/ even entry into the country for an extended period of time are the toughest in the world
Used to be even harder for some people!
Considering you decided to include quality of life as the first thing this leads me to belief it's a higher priority than say cost of place. Always thought Fiji and New Zealand would be awesome to live in for like half a year. I also think Guam would be a good option as it's an unincorporated territory of the United States making it likely you could stay without problems with US citizenship. It's a small island located by Thailand and has a strong tourist market.
Beeing a snowboarder I vote for Austria.
overall quality of life:
Vienna was rated the city with the highest quality of live 2 times in a row. for a reason. Low criminal rate.
You can drink the tap water. Way more liberty compared to U.S. citys. Nice bars and clubs. Almost everyone speaks English. Lots of parks and cultural institution. The countryside is beautiful with lots of mountains and lakes.
Things to do:
Party and every sport one can immagine that is associated with either mountains or water. (Except of surfing)
Most modern skiing areas in the world and up to 5meter fresh powder the last season.
Poker both online and offline.
It's perfectly legal and tax free to play. Decent traffic in casinos at least in the bigger citys.
expenses / rent e.t.c
Way cheaper than Swiss or big european capitols like london but obv not compareable to Guatemala.
I'm planning to travel and play poker from the 5th of August until the end of September. Does anyone wants to share a project with me? I'd love to join an existing project. However I'm also ready to do the planning work if more of you are interested to share an appartement in some sunny place near the sea.
Will open a thread for that as well
If you are a young poker grinder and can play your game(s) in one of these places, GO. This is the time of life to see new places, have new experiences, garner new perspectives, and live like a king on $1000 a month. Maid and laundry service is worth every penny when it's $100/month divided four ways. Being around a lot of poor people will make you feel much better about your finances and about living in the U.S./U/K./Germany, etc. Also, it will invigorate your game when a buyin is three weeks' expenses.
Being around a lot of poor people will make you feel much better about your finances and about living in the U.S./U/K./Germany, etc.
Do you mean by this being fortunate for the opportunities that have been afforded you in life by living in a developed nation?
I'm surprised how few votes there are here for U.S. cities - San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world- Chicago (where I live) is definitely top 5. New Orleans???? Who wouldn't want to live there? Obviously New York isn't for everyone but its a damn cool city no matter how you slice it.
One thing about places outside the U.S. is that they often lack diversity- it gets old hanging out with the same people/cultures and eating the same food over and over.
I live within walking distance of several awesome Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, and Turkish restaurants- I guess a lot of people don't care about this but I'm a bit of a foodie