The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has unveiled, to no real surprise perhaps, that Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world, for the 5th year running. The news comes days after ECA International’s Cost of Living survey was revealed for 2015 (showing very different results, interestingly enough). The Australian city is joined in their top 5 by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Adelaide, with seven of the top 10 accounted for by cities in Australia and Canada:
If you’re young and fancy a move to one of these places, however, you might be put off by high living costs:
The EIU’s Global Liveability Ranking is not the only quality of living index, of course, with the likes of Mercer and Monocle magazine offering very different perspectives (hello Tokyo):
Ultimately, liveability is entirely subjective. If you’re young and into tech, you might be more cheerful in a city like San Francisco. People with families will prefer Singapore over Bangkok, while young professionals might be more motivated living in a Chinese city. London continues to divide opinion.
Where would you rather be?
UK students have now received A Level and GCSE exam results, and the debate has turned to university entry, and whether this is, in fact, a sensible option for young people. It’s a debate set to rumble on and on:
What is without doubt is that there is more than one option. In the unlikely event that you are reading this now, and considering going to university, think this through carefully. Be strategic; there is more than one path available. Look at Pete Cashmere of Mashable fame; he started his website while living with his parents in Scotland at the age of 19. He’s worth…quite a lot, I should think.
You don’t have to limit yourself to work and/or study in the UK even – why not pack your bags and teach or join a startup overseas? It may out work cheaper and deliver more exciting prospects further down the line. More on this another time.
Backpacker favourite Lonely Planet has just unveiled its top 500 travel destinations. The extraordinary Angkor complex near Siem Reap in Cambodia is the world’s best, with the full top 20 as follows (drum roll):
- Angkor ruins, Cambodia
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Great Wall of China
- Taj Mahal, India
- Grand Canyon National Park, USA
- Colosseum, Italy
- Iguacu Falls, Argentina/Brazil (or is it Brazil/Argentina?)
- Alhambra, Spain
- Ayasofya, Turkey
- Fez Medina, Morocco
- Twelve Apostles, Australia
- Petra, Jordan
- Tikal, Guatemala
- British Museum, UK
- Sagrada Familia, Spain
- Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
- Santorini, Greece
- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
- Museum of Old & New Art, Australia
The “Ultimate Travelist” was created by a team of Lonely Planet experts and authors to form a new book.
Do you agree with the experts? Which is top of your bucket list?
Iconic backpacker destination Thailand has slipped down the rankings among “gap year” countries popular with young British travellers, according to UK travel industry association ABTA, with English-speaking Australia, NZ and the US occupying the top three spots this year. Vietnam has risen from eighth to fifth in popularity. “Gap year” students are also reportedly looking for work experience and volunteering opportunities. Here’s the new top 10:
- New Zealand
The “gap year” is a major undertaking not to be taken lightly, so here are different points of view dredged from Twitter: