Top Expat Destinations And How To Choose The Right One For You

By Leah Freeman-Haskin


If you have come to the conclusion that you want to move abroad, there are a lot of things to consider: lifestyle, the needs of your family, budget, language barriers, the list goes on and on. Based on quality of life and a currently thriving community of expats, here are some of the top destinations you may want to consider. 


Of the 31 countries ranked in HSBC’s study, Canada is ranked the most tolerant and welcoming to people of different races, genders, sexual orientations, and faiths. Expats feel generally welcomed by native Canadians and have an easy time integrating into the culture. 

If you are looking for an expat experience where culture and language will not be a barrier, Canada is an excellent choice. Also, its proximity to the States makes it easy to stay connected to family and friends back home. 

Alberta, Canada | Matt Thomason | Unsplash

RELATED: The Black Expat Mom: I Had To Live The Life I’d Dreamed Of


Singapore tops many lists as the number one place for expats due to its affordable and quality educational system, impressive salary offerings, and easy assimilation for foreigners. Its stunning natural beauty and culinary options also make it a top contender for expats. With a major hub of foreigners settling in, Singapore has a vibrant expat community that can offer support and guidance for newcomers. 

If you are moving with young kids, Singapore may be a great option due to its supportive expat community and impressive school system. 

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore | Hu Chen | Unsplash


Expats in Germany boast great career advancement opportunities as well as a strong sense of work-life balance. Once rated The Best Country in The Wold, Germany has many thriving cities that draw foreigners from all over the world, creating a diverse culture and community where many expats feel accepted. 

If you are seeking exposure to many different cultures or are looking for the freedom to work and have more time for family and for yourself, Germany may be the perfect place to call home. 

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany | Roman Kraft | Unsplash


This tiny island nation located in the Arabian Gulf is quickly becoming a highly desirable expat destination. According to cntraveler.com, a full 48 percent of expats said their incomes are at least 50 percent higher than back home, and 80 percent say they’ve been able to save more and pay off outstanding debts because of the move. 

If budget and financial growth is a big factor in your move, this is an excellent country to consider. 

Muharraq, Manama, Bahrain | Charles-Adrien Fournier | Unsplash

RELATED: The Black Expat: ‘Living In Cairo Has Its Highs And Lows’


Could a move to Australia to improve your health? Many expats who move Down Under are drawn to the natural beauty and access to the outdoors that Australia offers, and according to cntraveler.com, more than half of those who have taken up residence here report that their health is better. 

If outdoor living and access to nature is an important factor in your move, Australia may offer the breath of fresh air that you are craving. 

Sydney, Australia | Keith Zhu | Unsplash
Travel Noire

Leah Freeman-Haskin

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Travel Bloggers Placed In Iranian Prison For ‘Flying Illegal Drone’

Travel Bloggers Placed In Iranian Prison For ‘Flying Illegal Drone’

An Australian couple, identified as Jolie King and Mark Firkin, is being held in Iran’s Evin prison. They are widely known for their travel adventure to drive from Australia to London and have been posting videos since 2017 in their white Toyota Land Cruiser, documenting their experiences. At the end of June, their posts suddenly […]

Parker Diakite

The Black Expat: ‘My Heart, Mind, And Soul Are Stronger Since Moving To Australia’

The Black Expat: ‘My Heart, Mind, And Soul Are Stronger Since Moving To Australia’

Meet Hermela Bealfan, a Northern Virginia native with Eritrean roots. After spending time working in hospitality as a bartender, manager, and event coordinator at some of the area’s hottest bars, she made the decision to pack up and move abroad. After spending the last year and some change in Australia, Hermela is happier than ever. […]

DeAnna Taylor

Islands Around The World You’ve Never Heard About But Should Know

Islands Around The World You’ve Never Heard About But Should Know

Bora Bora, Maui, and Jamaica are some of the more recognized islands in the world. But there are many others across the globe that offer the breathtaking landscapes, crystal clear waters, and wildlife that you are craving with a fraction of the crowds. Here are a few islands that you’ve probably never even heard about, […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin