The 12 best and worst places to live

I am moving for the 30th time this week! I can get used to the idea of moving all the time, but the process remains tedious. Each time, I hate how much stuff we have. The more you have, the more annoying and costly it is to move. I miss the days where I could move with just one backpack and one suitcase.

Sometimes I feel bad for being in my 30s and not having it together. We don’t own a home, and we don’t have wine glasses or nice dinner sets. But you can’t really have too much stuff when you’re moving around all the time. And we won’t be staying in Norway forever. Where will we settle? I don’t think I have found the best place to live yet.

Based on my personal experiences, this is my personal top 12 of best and worst places to live, or, my own happiness index!

12. Egypt

The good:
+ Cost of living
+ Weather
+ People
+ Cultural heritage
+ Good shopping hours

The bad:
– Political instability and unrest (at the time I lived there)
– Safety and security issues
– Human rights issues
– Animal welfare issues
– Weather
– Food

11. Norway

The good:
+ Education and career opportunities
+ Nature
+ Work-life balance
+ Sustainability

The bad:
– Weather
– Cost of living
– Not dog-friendly
– Lacking diversity (food, people, dogs, products, hobbies/entertainment)
– Surprisingly inefficient (response times or lack of response, mail service, public transportation, legal system)
– Limited shopping hours
– European but not EU
– Conservative
– Nationalistic

10. Kenya

The good:
+ Weather
+ Cost of living
+ Swahili language
+ People
+ Food
+ Nature and wildlife

The bad:
– Secluded (where I lived)
– Safety and security issues
– Human rights issues
– Animal welfare issues

9. United Kingdom

The good:
+ Infrastructure
+ Education and career opportunities
+ Very dog-friendly
+ Very veg(etari)an-friendly
+ Good shopping hours

The bad:
– Weather
– Cost of living
– European but not EU

8. Cambodia

The good:
+ Weather
+ Cost of living

The bad:
– Safety and security issues
– Human rights issues
– Animal welfare issues

7. Italy

The good:
+ Weather
+ Food
+ Scenery
+ Pace of life

The bad:
– Inefficiency
– Nationalism

6. The Netherlands

The good:
+ Infrastructure
+ Very dog-friendly
+ Very veg(etari)an-friendly
+ Diversity (food, people, dogs, products)
+ Nature and wildlife
+ Good shopping hours

The bad:
– Weather
– Politics

5. Spain

The good:
+ Weather
+ Food
+ Spanish language
+ Scenery
+ Pace of life
+ Good shopping hours

The bad:
– Inefficiency
– Nationalism

4. Namibia

The good:
+ Weather
+ Nature, wildlife and scenery
+ People
+ Braai
+ Cost of living
+ Pace of life

The bad:
– Infrastructure
– Human rights issues
– Education and career opportunities

3. Iceland

The good:
+ Nature, wildlife and scenery
+ People
+ Work-life balance

The bad:
– Weather
– Lacking diversity (food, people, dogs, products)
– Cost of living

2. United States

The good:
+ Nature, wildlife and scenery
+ Very dog-friendly
+ Very veg(etari)an-friendly
+ Diversity (food, people, dogs, products)
+ People
+ Infrastructure
+ Good shopping hours

The bad:
– Work-life balance
– Human rights issues
– Politics

1. Thailand

The good:
+ Food
+ Cost of living
+ Weather
+ People
+ Nature and scenery
+ Diversity (food, products)
+ Good shopping hours

The bad:
– Political issues
– Human rights issues