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40

trips

119,496

km

10%

of the world

19

countries

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cities

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๐ŸšŒ High School๐Ÿ“œ Bachelor's Degree๐ŸŽ“ Master's Degree๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ PhD

โ˜€๏ธ Waking up early๐ŸŒ™ Staying up late๐Ÿˆ Cats๐Ÿถ Dogs๐Ÿฉ Samoyeds๐Ÿต Teaโ˜•๏ธ Coffee๐Ÿธ Cocktails๐Ÿท Wine๐Ÿบ Beer๐Ÿพ Drinking alcohol๐Ÿฅ› No alcohol๐Ÿƒ 420๐Ÿ– Paleo๐Ÿฅฉ Eating meat๐ŸŸ Eating fish๐Ÿฅ’ Vegan๐Ÿฅ’ Vegetarian๐ŸŸ Pescetarian๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Korean food๐Ÿฃ Japanese food๐ŸŒฏ Mexican food๐Ÿ Italian food๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Chinese food๐Ÿ’ช Crossfit๐Ÿ’ช Fitnessโ›ฐ Hikingโ›ฐ Climbingโ›ฐ Outdoors๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ Yoga๐Ÿ™ Spiritual๐ŸŒŠ Diving๐Ÿ„ Surfing๐ŸŽ Kitesurfing๐ŸŠ Swimming๐Ÿƒ Running๐Ÿšด Cycling๐Ÿ Motorcyclingโ›ต๏ธ Sailing๐Ÿ‚ Skateboarding๐Ÿ‚ Snowboardingโ›ท Skiing๐Ÿ’ช Fight sportsโšฝ๏ธ Football๐ŸŽ Race sportsโ›ณ๏ธ Golf๐ŸŽพ Tennis๐Ÿ“– Reading๐Ÿ‘พ Gaming๐Ÿ˜ Extrovert๐Ÿ˜ณ Introvert๐ŸŒ Third Culture Kid๐Ÿ‘ผ Youngest child๐Ÿ‘ถ Middle child๐Ÿง’ Oldest childโ›ฑ Beach๐Ÿ› Shoppingโ›ช๏ธ History๐Ÿ“บ Documentaries๐Ÿค” Philosophy๐ŸŽž Movies๐ŸŽธ Acoustic music๐ŸŽน Electronic musicโœ๏ธ Writing๐Ÿ“ธ Photography๐ŸŽž Film making๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Cooking๐ŸŽจ Drawing๐ŸŽค Singing๐ŸŽ’ Backpacking๐Ÿš Vanlife๐Ÿ’ƒ Dancing๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽค Partying๐Ÿš Urbex๐Ÿ’ช Feminism๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Progressive politicsโš–๏ธ Centrist politics๐Ÿ‘ด Conservative politics

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 18 Mar '1813d31 Mar '1831 Mar '18
18 Mar '18

Chicago, IL

7ยฐC
United States
 14 Mar '184d18 Mar '1818 Mar '18
14 Mar '18

New York City, NY

9ยฐC
United States
 12 Mar '182d14 Mar '1814 Mar '18
12 Mar '18

Marrakesh

23ยฐC
Morocco
 8 Mar '181d8 Mar '188 Mar '18
8 Mar '18

London

14ยฐC
United Kingdom
 5 Mar '183d8 Mar '188 Mar '18
5 Mar '18

Dubai

29ยฐC
United Arab Emirates
 26 Feb '187d5 Mar '185 Mar '18
26 Feb '18

Jakarta

31ยฐC
Indonesia
 24 Feb '182d26 Feb '1826 Feb '18
24 Feb '18

Perth

30ยฐC
Australia
 13 Feb '1811d24 Feb '1824 Feb '18
13 Feb '18

Ubud, Bali

30ยฐC
Indonesia
 8 Feb '185d13 Feb '1813 Feb '18
8 Feb '18

Bangkok

34ยฐC
Thailand
 11 Jan '1828d8 Feb '188 Feb '18
11 Jan '18

George Town, Penang

31ยฐC
Malaysia
 2 Jan '189d11 Jan '1811 Jan '18
2 Jan '18

Hanoi

22ยฐC
Vietnam
2017
 30 Dec '173d2 Jan '182 Jan '18
30 Dec '17

Kuala Lumpur

32ยฐC
Malaysia
 2 Dec '1728d30 Dec '1730 Dec '17
2 Dec '17

Hanoi

20ยฐC
Vietnam
 30 Nov '172d2 Dec '172 Dec '17
30 Nov '17

Hong Kong

25ยฐC
China
 1 Nov '1729d30 Nov '1730 Nov '17
1 Nov '17

Hanoi

27ยฐC
Vietnam
 26 Oct '176d1 Nov '171 Nov '17
26 Oct '17

Taipei City

Taiwan
 26 Sep '171mo26 Oct '1726 Oct '17
26 Sep '17

Tokyo

26ยฐC
Japan
 11 Sep '1715d26 Sep '1726 Sep '17
11 Sep '17

Kuala Lumpur

32ยฐC
Malaysia
 4 Sep '177d11 Sep '1711 Sep '17
4 Sep '17

Bangkok

34ยฐC
Thailand
 22 Aug '1713d4 Sep '174 Sep '17
22 Aug '17

Phuket

31ยฐC
Thailand
 19 Aug '173d22 Aug '1722 Aug '17
19 Aug '17

Siem Reap

32ยฐC
Cambodia
 17 Aug '172d19 Aug '1719 Aug '17
17 Aug '17

Bangkok

33ยฐC
Thailand
 13 Aug '173d16 Aug '1716 Aug '17
13 Aug '17

Doha

42ยฐC
Qatar
 31 Jul '1713d13 Aug '1713 Aug '17
31 Jul '17

Chicago, IL

27ยฐC
United States
 26 Jul '175d31 Jul '1731 Jul '17
26 Jul '17

New York City, NY

29ยฐC
United States
 1 Jul '1725d26 Jul '1726 Jul '17
1 Jul '17

Colombia

Colombia
 28 Jun '173d1 Jul '171 Jul '17
28 Jun '17

Santiago

14ยฐC
Chile
 26 Jun '172d28 Jun '1728 Jun '17
26 Jun '17

Buenos Aires

16ยฐC
Argentina
 24 Jun '172d26 Jun '1726 Jun '17
24 Jun '17

Lima Region

Peru
 22 Jun '172d24 Jun '1724 Jun '17
22 Jun '17

Cusco

18ยฐC
Peru
 20 Jun '172d22 Jun '1722 Jun '17
20 Jun '17

Lima Region

Peru
 18 May '171mo20 Jun '1720 Jun '17
18 May '17

Medellรญn

27ยฐC
Colombia
 12 May '176d18 May '1718 May '17
12 May '17

New York City, NY

19ยฐC
United States
 9 May '173d12 May '1712 May '17
9 May '17

Cebu

32ยฐC
Philippines
 6 May '173d9 May '179 May '17
6 May '17

Manila

35ยฐC
Philippines
 27 Apr '179d6 May '176 May '17
27 Apr '17

Dumaguete

Philippines
 25 Apr '172d27 Apr '1727 Apr '17
25 Apr '17

Mactan

Philippines
 14 Apr '1711d25 Apr '1725 Apr '17
14 Apr '17

Cebu

32ยฐC
Philippines
 1 Apr '1712d13 Apr '1713 Apr '17
1 Apr '17

Chicago, IL

16ยฐC
United States
 1 Mar '171mo31 Mar '1731 Mar '17
1 Mar '17

Los Angeles, CA

23ยฐC
United States
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๐ŸŒ Top countries

  • United States
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.88 5
    121870 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 25°77°23°74°AQI26
    3mo
    $ / mo
    38Mbps
  • Vietnam
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.44 5
    3298 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 46°115°34°93°AQI47
    2mo
    $ / mo
    6Mbps
  • Colombia
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.04 5
    3760 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    very bad
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 33°91°27°80°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI58
    2mo
    $ / mo
    5Mbps
  • Malaysia
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.26 5
    2902 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 48°118°34°93°AQI39
    2mo
    $ / mo
    10Mbps
  • Japan
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.06 5
    7056 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 21°70°20°68°AQI23
    1mo
    $ / mo
    22Mbps
  • Philippines
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.07 5
    3628 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    bad
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 42°108°33°91°AQI46
    28d
    $ / mo
    6Mbps
  • Thailand
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.29 5
    6862 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 46°114°34°94°AQI38
    27d
    $ / mo
    17Mbps
  • Indonesia
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.18 5
    7644 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒค Feels 42°108°32°90°AQI18
    18d
    $ / mo
    8Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Frequent visits

  • Chicago
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.91 5
    223 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    Amazing nightlife and possibly the best overall food scene in the states (lots of michelin-level restaurants at far lower prices than NYC/SF). Avoid the winter and you'll love your time Chicago. It's a city of neighborhoods, so do some research to find which area suits you best. Lots of creative types live/work in the west side (West Loop, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, etc.)

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 13°55°13°55°AQI38
    3x
    $ / mo
    61Mbps
  • Bangkok
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.69 5
    232 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    Bangkok has some of the best private hospitals in the world. Which is interesting if you're in Asia a lot and you want medical care better than you can get in your home country. Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok is ranked #7 in the world. I did an executive health checkup there and it was great. Prices range from $250 to $750 depending on how many checks you want. You can get blood count, X Ray, ultrasound, hormone check, etc. They also have most other medical disciplines. I also got vaccinations renewed. The hospital is private so it's so much better than the overloaded public healthcare systems of Europe, Canada and UK where everyone tries to avoid helping you, is overworked and angry. In Bangkok they're super nice and helpful and you can make appointments straight with a specialist. Not blocked by a GP like in your home country.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 56°133°38°100°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI82
    3x
    $ / mo
    21Mbps
  • Hanoi
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.25 5
    208 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    My wife and I have been living in Hanoi now for over five months. After having lived in Japan for nine years, KOREA for four months, Kunming, China for four months and Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia for two months each weโ€™ve decided that Hanoi is our favorite city of all (when factoring in cost of livingโ€”and probably regardless of cost-of-living). I donโ€™t agree with the current traffic safety assessment. I walk everyday all Over the cityโ€”on average, 10 miles a day and in every direction. Iโ€™ve personally witnessed six or seven motorcycle accidents and been hit from behind by a motorcycle while walking, sustaining painful injuries requiring months to heal. I have had direct contact with three other people involved in motorcycle accidents. Love the city and still walk every day, but safe...NO. Meanwhile, I do agree with most of the cost factors I see listed. What amazes me is the assessment that there is โ€œbad nightlifeโ€ here???! What?? If all youโ€™re looking for is a place to get drunk and pick up women, maybe. But what I love most about the city is that nightlife is evident in every neighborhood, coffee shop, cafe and on every sidewalk every evening. People are out relaxing, eating, drinking and socializing everywhere I go every night, and in every neighborhoodโ€”not just in the โ€œentertainment districtsโ€โ€”which almost always bore me, anyway. So I guess it depends on what kind of traveler you are. Further, this city is resplendent with interesting architecture, historical buildings and monuments, temples, lakes and the rivers, and has a fantastic international community. Iโ€™m Caucasian but have interacted frequently with people of all races, and most frequently with the local Vietnamese community. While unfortunately it does seem that Hanoi is not freer of racism than New York, London, Tokyo, Sao Palo, or any other major city in the world I certainly feel that is less racist than many placesโ€”just my personal perception. Iโ€™ve only spoken with one person in five months (a beautiful Indian woman) who talked about feeling discriminated against, and that was in reference to getting an English teaching job. Yes, it does seem that a white face, even with non-native English, can get hired as an English teacher far more easily than an Asian or person of other racial heritage, even if that person speaks English almost like a nativeโ€”as this woman did. Ultimately I can only go by my own experience. People have been kind, mostly extremely honest, helpful and friendly and it is the Hanoians themselves who have been mostly responsible for my love affair with this city. The delicious coffee and food and interesting places to walk with no fear of being attacked, accosted or robbed have only helped. Now, if theyโ€™d just do something about the air pollutionโ€”second worst in Asia by many accounts.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 56°133°36°97°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI103
    3x
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    4Mbps
  • New York City
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.5 5
    216 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    One of the most well known cities, few will be surprised by what they see and experience. Very high cost of living can make it tough for many nomads. A lot of things to see and do but most of that costs money. Can feel overwhelming and oppressively business oriented (ie, full of very serious yuppies and places catering to them), especially in Manhattan south of Harlem. Ton of single people, which is good on paper but means everyone you date will get distracted by another person, or multiple, unless you are extremely exceptional, before you have a chance to meet again, never ends. Weather sucks hard from July to August and January to March/April. It's an okay city if you're a biker and varies a lot. Some areas are quite protected, others have no bike lanes. In general, it can be dangerous if you want to commute by bike, it's not Amsterdam. Friendliness of the people varies a lot. I think income/wealth, where they grew up, where they live within NYC, their job, etc. can often give you an idea of what to expect. Service at stores is usually pretty unhelpful and unfriendly but, again, it varies, even within the same store. Internet is fast for the most part. Great selection of food, just a bit pricey besides some of the cheaper pizza slices. Transportation system is good, no need for a car. However, the subway lines are notorious for having issues during rush hour and are usually jam packed. Also, the stations look decrepit and are way out of date. It's pretty safe. Street scams are more prevalent in tourist areas, pick-pocketing and random phone snatching isn't really anything most people worry about. Can be very noisy depending on where you live. You may wake up to extremely loud construction every morning.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24°75°21°69°AQI22
    3x
    $ / mo
    25Mbps
  • Cebu
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.3 5
    211 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    By instant rock star status you mean the local idiots who point, laugh and stare and gossip in Bisaya? People are not friendly and should be kept at arm's length. Cebu is probably the best city in the Philippines though so all is not lost.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 39°102°32°90°AQI
    2x
    $ / mo
    5Mbps
  • Kuala Lumpur
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.87 5
    200 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    Mostly great weather year round and some of the best food in the world at cheap prices. Probably the best standard of living for the cost in an international city. Good but not excellent public transport. Some questionable reviews being left here by people who possibly never visited,

    ๐ŸŒง Feels 54°129°35°94°AQI48
    2x
    $ / mo
    11Mbps
  • Marrakesh
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.81 5
    184 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24°75°21°70°AQI22
    1x
    $ / mo
    9Mbps
  • London
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.78 5
    220 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    Expensive and crowded. Low quality of services. Customer service is a joke. Great internet connectivity. Mediocre food, unless you like Indian, which is everywhere. Crappy weather. Not safe at night (depends on the area of course). I lived in Docklands, didn't feel safe outside of my apartment. Difficult to get anything done without proof of address, so make sure to get a place as soon as possible. Opening a business account in a "traditional" bank can take weeks. Banking is very backward - unless you enjoy browsing PDF statements... I honestly don't understand why London is so popular. I was deeply disappointed and left after a few months. The only real upside is the job market, but as a nomad, you can provide services to London-based businesses from somewhere else.

    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 18°64°18°64°AQI47
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    16Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Longest stays

  • Hanoi
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.25 5
    208 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety
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    My wife and I have been living in Hanoi now for over five months. After having lived in Japan for nine years, KOREA for four months, Kunming, China for four months and Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia for two months each weโ€™ve decided that Hanoi is our favorite city of all (when factoring in cost of livingโ€”and probably regardless of cost-of-living). I donโ€™t agree with the current traffic safety assessment. I walk everyday all Over the cityโ€”on average, 10 miles a day and in every direction. Iโ€™ve personally witnessed six or seven motorcycle accidents and been hit from behind by a motorcycle while walking, sustaining painful injuries requiring months to heal. I have had direct contact with three other people involved in motorcycle accidents. Love the city and still walk every day, but safe...NO. Meanwhile, I do agree with most of the cost factors I see listed. What amazes me is the assessment that there is โ€œbad nightlifeโ€ here???! What?? If all youโ€™re looking for is a place to get drunk and pick up women, maybe. But what I love most about the city is that nightlife is evident in every neighborhood, coffee shop, cafe and on every sidewalk every evening. People are out relaxing, eating, drinking and socializing everywhere I go every night, and in every neighborhoodโ€”not just in the โ€œentertainment districtsโ€โ€”which almost always bore me, anyway. So I guess it depends on what kind of traveler you are. Further, this city is resplendent with interesting architecture, historical buildings and monuments, temples, lakes and the rivers, and has a fantastic international community. Iโ€™m Caucasian but have interacted frequently with people of all races, and most frequently with the local Vietnamese community. While unfortunately it does seem that Hanoi is not freer of racism than New York, London, Tokyo, Sao Palo, or any other major city in the world I certainly feel that is less racist than many placesโ€”just my personal perception. Iโ€™ve only spoken with one person in five months (a beautiful Indian woman) who talked about feeling discriminated against, and that was in reference to getting an English teaching job. Yes, it does seem that a white face, even with non-native English, can get hired as an English teacher far more easily than an Asian or person of other racial heritage, even if that person speaks English almost like a nativeโ€”as this woman did. Ultimately I can only go by my own experience. People have been kind, mostly extremely honest, helpful and friendly and it is the Hanoians themselves who have been mostly responsible for my love affair with this city. The delicious coffee and food and interesting places to walk with no fear of being attacked, accosted or robbed have only helped. Now, if theyโ€™d just do something about the air pollutionโ€”second worst in Asia by many accounts.

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  • Chicago
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    223 reviews
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    Amazing nightlife and possibly the best overall food scene in the states (lots of michelin-level restaurants at far lower prices than NYC/SF). Avoid the winter and you'll love your time Chicago. It's a city of neighborhoods, so do some research to find which area suits you best. Lots of creative types live/work in the west side (West Loop, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, etc.)

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  • Medellรญn
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    215 reviews
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    Very livable. Great weather, clean, inexpensive and very friendly. I recommend the Laurels area. It's quieter, cheaper, more authentic, and cleaner than Poblado but not as compact. Envigado is supposed to be a very nice area as well. Don't alone at night anywhere no matter the neighborhood.

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  • Tokyo
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    4.05 5
    223 reviews
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    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

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  • Los Angeles
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    3.58 5
    218 reviews
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    Nothing does a better job of explaining LAโ€™s beautiful diversity and different neighborhoods than the documentary about the late Jonathan Gold, our cityโ€™s greatest amabassador and the only food critic to ever win a Pulitzer Prize. It is called, โ€œCity of Goldโ€ and if you want to know LA, just watch this film. Trailer link: https://youtu.be/DmKTRDfz1zM

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  • George Town
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    3.41 5
    181 reviews
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    Great food, plenty of good cafes / co-working spaces to get stuff done, and interesting history too. My favs: - atCAT government coworking in the European part, $70 for a permanent desk for a month + locker - Little India right next to it, the food (especially vegan options) are stunning. (Chinese part too) - All of Georgetown is just gorgeous

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  • Kuala Lumpur
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    3.87 5
    200 reviews
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    good
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    okay
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    bad
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    Mostly great weather year round and some of the best food in the world at cheap prices. Probably the best standard of living for the cost in an international city. Good but not excellent public transport. Some questionable reviews being left here by people who possibly never visited,

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  • New York City
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    3.5 5
    216 reviews
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    very bad
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    One of the most well known cities, few will be surprised by what they see and experience. Very high cost of living can make it tough for many nomads. A lot of things to see and do but most of that costs money. Can feel overwhelming and oppressively business oriented (ie, full of very serious yuppies and places catering to them), especially in Manhattan south of Harlem. Ton of single people, which is good on paper but means everyone you date will get distracted by another person, or multiple, unless you are extremely exceptional, before you have a chance to meet again, never ends. Weather sucks hard from July to August and January to March/April. It's an okay city if you're a biker and varies a lot. Some areas are quite protected, others have no bike lanes. In general, it can be dangerous if you want to commute by bike, it's not Amsterdam. Friendliness of the people varies a lot. I think income/wealth, where they grew up, where they live within NYC, their job, etc. can often give you an idea of what to expect. Service at stores is usually pretty unhelpful and unfriendly but, again, it varies, even within the same store. Internet is fast for the most part. Great selection of food, just a bit pricey besides some of the cheaper pizza slices. Transportation system is good, no need for a car. However, the subway lines are notorious for having issues during rush hour and are usually jam packed. Also, the stations look decrepit and are way out of date. It's pretty safe. Street scams are more prevalent in tourist areas, pick-pocketing and random phone snatching isn't really anything most people worry about. Can be very noisy depending on where you live. You may wake up to extremely loud construction every morning.

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