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10 Amazing Dream Destinations for American Expats

If you've ever fantasized about what life would be like in another country, one of these dream destinations just might make you take the plunge. YOLO, right?

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Home to a world-famous rainforest (yes, the other Amazon), rich archaeological heritage, pristine beaches and culinary delights, like ceviche and cuy al horno, you'll want to add Peru to your short list. Slow down and take time to explore this small tropical nation that's just one-tenth the size of the United States (by population). There's more to Peru than Machu Pichu. Even better, your dollars go farther here, like twice as far. That's according to Numbeo, a crowd-sourced database that shares cost of living figures for countries worldwide.

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Singapore is a city, a state and the best place in the world to work and play. That's according to HSBC's Expat Explorer Survey, which culled findings of interviews with more than 22,000 expats on three primary expat life categories, including economics (job security, disposable income), experience (safety, quality of life) and family (education, social life). It's also home to a newly-expanded Changi Airport, which is consistently ranked as the world's best airport thanks to in-airport butterfly gardens, nature trails and a movie theatre. Whether you choose to explore every inch of this tiny city-state or jet off for the weekend, you'll be well taken care of here.

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Portugal is one of the more wallet-friendly destinations in Western Europe, making this coastal nation a prime pick for budget-conscious expats. It's also landed on multiple must-go lists over the last few years, so now is a good time to experience the charm and beauty before Portugal falls victim to overtourism (Lisbon, in particular). Portugal's openness to Americans, as well as other nationalities, makes expats feel welcome and eager to explore this safe and sublime overseas destination.

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Best-known for ornate temples, extravagant palaces, and of course, exquisite beaches, Thailand is among the most popular expat destinations in Southeast Asia. Savor Bangkok's thriving floating markets or soak in the sunshine on the southwestern island of Phuket. Expats will quickly find that a move to Thailand affords a more relaxed lifestyle, as well as a highly desirable cost of living. You won't be alone in making a move to Thailand. Between Facebook and Meetup, there are hundreds of expat groups eager to take you in as a new friend.

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