Lessons in the "placestolive" Category

Where to retire?

Today, let’s talk about where we might like to retire to. There are many thoughts on this subject, which this lesson will hopefully explore.

Most of us look forward to the day when we can sit back and retire. However, where should you retire to? Will it be a place by the sea? Perhaps you might like to live in a country cottage or in a house up a mountain.

Years ago many Brits living in cities favoured retiring to places like Bognor Regis, Margate or Blackpool because a place by the sea is what many dreamed of. Over the last 30 years or so many Brits retired to Spain. The weather is good - with 300 days of sunshine.

The best and worst cities to live in around the world

Today, let’s talk about the best and worst cities to live in around the world in 2012. Everyone has their favourites that they might like to live in. The survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit global “liveability” study, looked at how “tolerable” it is to live in a particular place given its quality of medical care, its crime levels, its levels of censorship, the threat of conflict, the temperature, its schools and finally its transport links.

Category: Living / Cities / Best & Worst

Melbourne tops most liveable city list 2011

The Australian city of Melbourne has edged out Canada’s Vancouver to take the title of the world’s most liveable city for the first time in almost a decade. The city’s mayor Robert Doyle said he was “absolutely delighted” with the news. This year Vancouver fell to third place behind the Austrian city of Vienna.

The Australian metropolis topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability survey of 140 cities. Australian cities featured prominently in the top ten, with Sydney ranked sixth and Perth and Adelaide in joint 8th place. Canadian cities also did well, with Toronto and Calgary holding fourth and fifth place respectively.

The survey is conducted twice a year. Cities were scored on political and social stability, crime rates, access to quality health care, cultural events, the environment, education and the standard of infrastructure. Vancouver missed out on the top spot because its infrastructure had fallen due to periodic closures of a key motorway.

Category: Cities / Survey / Lifestyle