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5 best cities in the world to move to start a new life

01/06/2021

I know that in the middle of a global health pandemic, very few of us are actually able to travel, let alone relocate to the city of our dreams. If you could move anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? Today I am sharing the five cities I would move to in a minute.

Sunset from La Rinascente terrace in via del Tritone, Rome, Italy

Having spent so much time at home and in lockdown for the past year and half has definitely given many of us itchy feet! As much as I love living in Poland, I also spend a lot of time daydreaming of living in different cities around the world. Imagining what my life would look like if I lived in New York or Edinburgh, Sydney or Lisbon or even if I moved back to my hometown Rome.

In the name of travel escapism and the spirit of creativity, join me on a virtual journey to some of the most magnificent destinations to live in around the globe.

Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

5 best cities in the world to move to start a new life

From legendary cities full of style, swagger and skyscrapers to old world capitals where cobbled streets criss-cross ancient buildings and history oozes from every nook and cranny, to sparkling southern hemisphere locations where sun, sea art and culture blend in endlessly creative ways, I am certain you will find a place in this list that could easily become your new home. 

A view of Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal

Let’s take a look at these five cities we’d move to in a minute!

New York

From Manhattan’s beautiful high-rise buildings to multicultural Queens, from trendy Williamsburg to leafy Park Slope, and everything in-between, New York is the dream place to live for many of us. It is a city where you’ll strain your neck every time you notice an iconic sight you’ve seen many times over on movie screens.

Often frenetic but always funky, it’s a unique place to live and work. Trust me, I know, I have lived in Manhattan for six months. It can be hard at first because there is nowhere else like this in the world: New York City literally never sleeps. But once you will get lowdown of living in New York, you’ll never want to live! 

Empire State Building in New York City

Edinburgh

With a New Town that’s a masterpiece of Neoclassical symmetry, an Old Town that boasts a dramatic castle perched on a volcanic plug and working class areas like Leith where rough edges are rounded off by trendy bars and creative hubs, Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most desirable places to live. Furthermore, you will have the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and other interesting destinations like Glasgow, Inverness and the Isle of Skye practically at your doorstep!

Be warned though: in regular times it gets very cramped and hectic around August, when it hosts Fringe, the world’s biggest arts and comedy festival!

Edinburgh old town, Scotland

Lisbon

Lisbon is possibly the underdog entry on this list. But there are many reasons it’s an excellent place to live. The climate is superb, the cost of living is more reasonable than in most European capitals, the food is fantastic, and the locals are very friendly. Portugal’s setting on the Iberian peninsula also means it has a magical mix of Atlantic, Mediterranean, and North African cultural influences. Plus, just imagine being so close to freshly baked pasteis de nata!

Coffee and pasteis de nata in Lisbon

Property Lisbon are the go-to guys if you want to find out more about apartments and villas to rent and buy in the city. 

Sydney

Even if you’ve never been there, you’ll be familiar with Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The New South Wales capital is also the jewel in the crown for many incomers to Australia because of its multicultural suburbs, the close proximity of beauty spots like Byron Bay and a quality of life that regularly ranks amongst the world’s highest. If you’re tempted to make the move Down Under, check out this Lonely Planet guide to Sydney first.

The Opera House in Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Rome

How could I end this list without recommending you to move to Rome, the city where I was born?! The eternal city requires no introduction. Like any other big capital of the world, Rome has got some flaws, but it more than makes up for it thanks to its unique sights and laid back way of life.  It’s a city that rewards its inhabitants and visitors with wonderful architecture and art, rich history, friendly and open people. And of course, Roman food is just amazing let’s not forget that! Imagine eating the delicious pastas, pizzas, pastries, and gelati every day – maybe even with a view of the Colosseum.

Now, who wouldn’t want that?

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

I hope my top five of quality global cities to move to has satisfied your wanderlust! Now all you need to do is take the plunge, up sticks and ready yourself for a fresh start somewhere new that refuels your lust for life. Whenever you settle in, I am sure it will be a valuable and memorable life experience!

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