When moving or traveling overseas, there are many reasons that may draw you to a particular country. Perhaps the country has a great education system, or is a hub for your desired industry, or perhaps you’re just attracted to the culture.
We often consider the opportunities of a country, but sometimes, simple matters such as the sheer beauty of a country can be enough to attract expats. If you’re looking for a new adventure abroad and connect with nature while broadening your experiences – these countries may interest you. We have highlighted our top six countries with outstanding natural beauty, which are all also countries with fantastic work/study opportunities.
If you’re looking to see some of the most beautiful destinations the world has to offer, without moving to a remote island, keep reading.
Kicking off our list is the stunning land of ice and fire, Iceland. Despite the chilly temperatures, glaciers and snow-peaked mountains, dotted all over Iceland are active volcanoes -- providing a fascinating mixture of both lava and snow.
Iceland’s hot springs are renowned natural phenomenons; naturally heated bodies of water, reaching up to 37°C, surrounded by picturesque snowy scenery. The most famous of these natural hot tubs, the Blue Lagoon, is located in Reykjavík, yet there are hot springs dotted all around Iceland.
Additionally, if you get your timings right, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse at the Northern Lights. Often described as a life changing event, the Northern Lights are one of the top tourist attractions for Iceland, people coming from all over the world to see the natural light show. The lights, paired with Iceland’s unique climate, make the country one of the most naturally beautiful and quirky destinations for expats.
The quality of living in Iceland is also one of the highest in the world, Nordic countries continuously ranking the highest in the World Happiness Report. Iceland is praised for its accepting community, supportive of LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality and receives very few reports of racial abuse in its community.
If your ideal expat destination involves sandy beaches, blue skies and lush green scenery -- Indonesia may be the location for you. In your head, imagine what the words ‘tropical paradise’ mean to you, what if we told you the place you’ve imagined probably exists amongst the thousands of Indonesia's islands.
It’s no exaggeration to say that there is a beach for everyone in Indonesia. Whether you’re there to sunbathe or to swim, for the wildlife or for the soft sand, your ideal beach likely exists in Indonesia. We dare to go one step further, and claim that there’s a whole island for everyone in Indonesia. If you want to go on safari, climb a mountain, trek through a jungle or swim amongst the coral reefs -- there is an island to cater for you.
The natural beauty of Indonesia makes it one of the most popular destinations for travelers and retirees, and is also a fantastic place to live. With friendly locals, low living costs and an unbeatable climate, Indonesia is quickly becoming a popular destination for expats all over the world.
Home to some of the world’s most beautiful wildlife, landscapes and phenomena, Australia is high up on our list of beautiful countries. Australia encompasses the perfect balance of wildlife and city living, hosting some of the world’s most significant cities along with stunning natural beauty.
Off the coast of Queensland you can find the Great Barrier Reef, the only living ecosystem visible from space and home to over 400 different types of coral and 1500 species of tropical fish. Snorkeling, diving and sailing are a few of many ways to enjoy the Great Barrier reef and with a warm climate all year round, it’s easy to fall for Oz’s many attractions.
The continent is also home to natural wonders such as a Uluru, the sacred sandstone monolith, the Australian outback, the Blue Mountains and many more. If you’re looking for a destination with no end of opportunities for exploration -- Australia may be for you.
Along with its natural attractions, Australia is a highly popular choice for expats due to its multicultural community and ever-growing economy. With fantastic access to high quality education, free healthcare and career opportunities, Australia is consistently favoured by expats.
If waterfalls are your thing, Brazil has you covered. Iguazu Falls, Garganta del Diablo, Caracol Falls are just a few of the many waterfalls that will truly remind you nature is not a force to be reckoned with. Visiting these waterfalls may not be for the faint-hearted, bridges available at the national parks can allow you to get up close and personal, standing above or even within the waterfalls.
Brazil also offers incredible scenery from their mountain ranges as well as Amazon river cruises and jungle tours. A popular choice amongst travelers and students, Brazil is the perfect choice for expats wanting to appreciate the beauty of nature while experiencing a new culture.
Now, one for the walkers amongst us. Ireland boasts some of the most beautiful coasts, cliffs and castles in Europe, a haven for on-foot explorers. You may begin at the Cliffs of Moher, towering 700ft over the Atlantic Ocean. Expect overwhelming views of the coast of Clare, but remember to wrap up, the unforgiving Irish climate can be particularly brisk on the windy cliffs. Or perhaps you’d prefer the Killarney National Park, spotting dramatic views of mountains and stunning lakes.
And, while these attractions may not be natural, the history of Ireland provides magical experiences for medieval fanatics. From the Rock of Cashel, a group of medieval buildings complete with a Gothic cathedral, a round tower, an abbey, and more, to Kylemore Abbey and Bunratty Castle, Ireland’s inhabitants are never short of an adventure and a breathtaking view.
With access to universities and Dublin being widely recognised as a start-up friendly city, Ireland is quickly becoming a top choice for expats looking for an economically sustainable destination, yet explorers at heart looking to appreciate gorgeous country landscapes.
Whether you’re a lover of ocean views, mountain ranges or green countrysides -- Italy truly has it all. If you’re a total outdoors enthusiast, there is little chance you’ll grow bored with the scenes Italy offers.
The Amalfi coast boasts enticing blue, warm oceans with towns and villages dotted all along the length of the coast. If you’re a fan of lunch with a view, a town on the Amalfi coast will not disappoint, with stunning views of both the ocean and the coast beyond. Or, to get closer to the action, you can purchase a boat ride from one town to the next for the ultimate immersive experience.
And, when the climate turns colder, the Appennino and Alpine mountain ranges are there for Italy’s residents and visitors to explore a more snowy landscape. Over 70% of the Italian territory is dominated by mountains and hills, meaning the ocean is there for those hot summer days, mountains for the winter months, and beautiful hills and country scenes for year-round exploration. If you have wanderlust tendencies and are looking for a new country to explore, Italy should keep you busy for a significant amount of time.
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