If you had to leave the country you live in today...

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  1. Genna East profile image90
    Genna Eastposted 4 years ago

    If you had to leave the country you live in today...

    If you had to leave the country you live in today – heaven forbid – and could choose any other nation in which to live, what country would it be?  Someone asked me this the other day.  I said, “If I had no choice?  It would probably be Canada or Denmark.  I think.  No…wait a minute.  I’m not sure.”  It’s not an easy question to answer.

  2. Aime F profile image83
    Aime Fposted 4 years ago

    I'm in Canada and I would go to Iceland - no question. I would love to move there someday, even if just for a few years. Ever since I was a kid I felt overwhelmingly drawn to it... it's such a unique, beautiful, peaceful place. I finally got a chance to visit in 2010 and it exceeded my expectations (which were extremely high). It's just magical.

    I adore Canada, but I've often told my mom that I was meant to be born in Iceland!

    1. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I've been to Iceland and would choose there as well.  It is a beautiful country.  Just have to beware of volcanoes occasionally.

    2. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I've never seen Iceland, but my father's family was from there originally. before  eventually ending up in Canada.  I spent many summers in Barrie, Ontario.  It's a beautiful country. :-)

  3. AliciaC profile image97
    AliciaCposted 4 years ago

    I like living in Canada, but if I had to live in another country I would choose Britain. I grew up there and have many happy memories of the country. I love the British countryside and the chance to explore history. Most of my relatives live in Britain, which is another attraction.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Britain would have been one of my answers, too.  I love the Brits. :-)

  4. tirelesstraveler profile image76
    tirelesstravelerposted 4 years ago

    After traveling extensively this summer I am convinced there are wonderful places in this world.  But there is no place like home.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I agree...that's why I had such a hard time trying to think f an answer.

  5. cam8510 profile image96
    cam8510posted 4 years ago

    I've been to Norway, Iceland, Mexico, Guatemala and Canada.  If I had to leave the old US of A, there is no doubt I'd move to Iceland, at least for a while.  I wouldn't mind spending some more time in Norway as well, and Canada (Newfoundland/Labrador and Nova Scotia).  Yes, I would probably travel a lot if I had to leave the US.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I've been to Mexico and Canada...I love Canada. :-)

    2. Availiasvision profile image85
      Availiasvisionposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Why Iceland?  What did you like about it?  It's seems like a beautiful country and one that values freedom.  I'd love to see a Hub about it.

    3. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Availiasvision, Iceland is a beautiful country.  Reykjavik is a beautiful, modern city.  But the beauty is in the natural wonders of geysers, water falls, glaciers, ocean cliffs, wandering sheep, volcanoes and puffins.  Gotta love the puffins.

  6. PhoenixV profile image63
    PhoenixVposted 4 years ago

    I think I would like to try New Zealand and see what it's like, specifically the west coast of South Island.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your answer.  I've never thought of New Zealand.

  7. liesl5858 profile image88
    liesl5858posted 4 years ago

    If I had to leave England, I would be going back to live in my own country(Philippines). All my parents, relations and friends are in the Philippines and That is where I grew up and then my fate brought me to England. England is a nice place to work and live but at the back of my mind, I always wanted to go back home one day maybe when I am retired and don't have to work no more. At least I have that choice.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Retiring in your home country would be wonderful...it's great that you have that choice. :-)

  8. The Examiner-1 profile image70
    The Examiner-1posted 4 years ago

    If I had to leave the USA then I would move to Canada. If I had to leave North  America, then I would move to Scotland (my mother and her family grew up there), or Ireland. Somewhere in the U.K. if Scotland was no good. Like London.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      My daughter-in-law's family is from Scotland...gorgeous country.. :-)

  9. The Frog Prince profile image76
    The Frog Princeposted 4 years ago

    I'd be hanging my hat on a sailboat in Costa Rica.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Lol...loved this comment.  Sounds like a great place to be. -)

  10. fpherj48 profile image76
    fpherj48posted 4 years ago

    Genna......This would certainly be one heavy dilemma.  Right off the top of my head....I'd choose Canada.  Canada is not only an hour from where I live now and have the majority of my life, but it seems to me....it would satisfy a few of my immediate issues.
    Again, it's close to my lifetime home and would be the least "different,".....I'm already fairly familiar with Canada, due to spending a good deal of time there and I have found Canadians to be extremely nice people.
    You're right, this is not an easy question, but you've presented a great exercise in "serious contemplation."......Peace, Paula

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Canadians are such lovely people. :-)  But this question does cause us to think about what we have, and what we would lose or gain if we were to live elsewhere.  Is the grass really greener?  I liked your thoughtful answer.  Thank you. :-)

    2. fpherj48 profile image76
      fpherj48posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Genna...Thank you.....one more huge reason would be that no foreign language issues!.....I'm glad we can all stay where we are for now..smile

  11. Faith Reaper profile image85
    Faith Reaperposted 4 years ago

    Genna, what an interesting question.  As I have not traveled much outside of the US ... YET, it is hard for me to choose, but I would want to be in a place that is considered to be one of the happiest countries in the world.  So, Sweden sounds lovely, as does Denmark, as it is considered to be one such country.  I hope to be able to travel a lot in the upcoming years.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      One of the reasons I thought of Denmark aside from Canada is that I understand it is one the happiest countries.  Its citizens are very content and fulfilled; with very low crime, among other things.  Thank you for that perceptive answer. :-)

  12. connorj profile image80
    connorjposted 4 years ago

    I too would probably leave the U.S. For Nova Scotia, Canada. I think a small town along the Bay of Fundy or perhaps it would be better to land in the place where Dr. Abraham Mazlow (a New Yorker, that authored the Self-Actualization Pyramid/theory) self-actualized to; namely, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I visited Cape Breton once and it is significantly beautiful both in land /sea and cultures. It's geography speaks of Scotland (due to Continental Drift), little wonder, that a few ships of Scots who left Scotland due to persecution landed there. Some French Arcadians who were able to avoid the conquering British and thus, expulsion to the lands of the Louisiana Purchase, and even some African American slaves who used the "Underground Railroad" to make it to Cape Breton and subsequently settle there. The music of this region is World-Class and you can find step dancing and caleighs everywhere. The melding of cultures has generated a most beautiful sound that resonates throughout Cape Breton.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your interesting answer about Cape Breton Island.  I've seen photos and it is really quite beautiful.

    2. connorj profile image80
      connorjposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Cape Breton maybe a step up from Barrie, Ontario although Muskoka (situated close to Barrie) is beautiful too. I think just North of Barrie would be an excellent choice also...

    3. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, connrj.  It was on Lake Simcoe in Barrie..a beautiful place at the time; the water was so clear.  :-)

    4. connorj profile image80
      connorjposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes I have been on lake Simcoe a few times. The area is still quite beautiful...

  13. Glenda Motsavage profile image80
    Glenda Motsavageposted 4 years ago

    Almost ANY of the Caribbean Islands - I'm a warm weather person, and I also love how life seems to slooooow down when I'm there!

  14. Cardisa profile image91
    Cardisaposted 4 years ago

    I have always wanted to live in Canada so that's my first choice, then Sweden or Switzerland is second.

  15. CrisSp profile image83
    CrisSpposted 4 years ago

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    Well, I am already here and happily living in Canada. So, welcome you all to my humble abode and thank you for those lovely compliments on Canada in general. Yes, it's true we pay higher tax compared to other countries in the world but I wouldn't trade it any other way specially benefiting from our health care system here. I've seen worse from other countries and I am grateful to be Canadian. Yet,  if I were to choose I'd pick Norway (except for the cold) for job security and where average earnings are comfortable. They also scored high (9/10) – in the area of life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance. But then again, I get them here too. There, my two-penn'orth! smile

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      And thank you for your "two-pennorth"! Good to seey ou.

  16. profile image0
    Lybrahposted 4 years ago

    I think I would go to Canada or England, because we speak the same language, or maybe Ireland or Scotland.  Canada and Scotland may be too cold.  Otherwise I'd try to remember the French I learned in high school and go to France.

    1. Genna East profile image90
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Canada seems to be on many lists.  It's a good choice.  Thank you for your answer. :-)

 
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