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Hey there,

I'm a thirty year old single guy who has just gotten a web design business off the ground with a steady stream of new & repeat clients, (fingers crossed!). Its just occurred to me that I could do my job now from anywhere in the world rather than rainy old Berkshire UK- and I'd really like to spend a year or two working hard and playing hard before settling down to start a family, somewhere.

So I'm looking for some suggestions. A bit like this thread this-web-site/expats/general-expat-discussions/2163-cheap-country-quick-internet-good-weather.html
But also with an emphasis on places that are good for the party/social side of things as well as to live and work... I'd like to say that language won't be a problem, but much as I will try, learning languages is something I find v difficult so its unlikely I will have much time to learn very much of the language over the short period I'll be living there, so somewhere where English is spoken would be a great help, as would somewhere that is either touristy or with an expat crowd that is comprised more of singles than families, since I'll be on the look out for that special someone as well...

I'll probably be looking to stay for a couple of months before moving on, from Jan to March and I'd prefer somewhere that is sunny over this period. I will need internet in my flat/apartment and I'd also like cheap.

Hope thats not too demanding a list! Any ideas most welcome.

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How about Cyprus?
It covers all of your requirements.

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How about Cyprus?
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Yeah could be a possibility, any towns/areas in particular I should investigate/avoid?

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Yeah could be a possibility, any towns/areas in particular I should investigate/avoid?
Avoid Nicosia. Best places to be near British expats are Paphos area and Larnaca.
Don't go for places like Ayia Napa because they die in the winter. Paphos is touristy, an all year round resort.
Limassol is mainly business and lots and of Russians.
One bedroom apartments in the Paphos area are very reasonable.

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Hey there,

I'm a thirty year old single guy who has just gotten a web design business off the ground with a steady stream of new & repeat clients, (fingers crossed!). Its just occurred to me that I could do my job now from anywhere in the world rather than rainy old Berkshire UK- and I'd really like to spend a year or two working hard and playing hard before settling down to start a family, somewhere.

So I'm looking for some suggestions.
Your status says, "Expat in Thailand." If you are in Bangkok you are already in the best overall place in the world for this, especially considering how cheap it is to fly all over Southeast Asia from there. What the **** are you thinking? Stop now! Don't waste your time. Stay put! You'll never find anything else that meets all of the criteria that you listed.

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Your status says, "Expat in Thailand." If you are in Bangkok you are already in the best overall place in the world for this, especially considering how cheap it is to fly all over Southeast Asia from there. What the **** are you thinking? Stop now! Don't waste your time. Stay put! You'll never find anything else that meets all of the criteria that you listed.
Hey, actually when you fill in the sign up form, it says 'select the country you have either moved to or want to relocate to'... Today I have been considering Thailand, but I keep changing my mind! But from your enthusiastic response for Bangkok it sound like it could be a good idea!

I am in the UK currently, but will be taking the plunge after Christmas is over.

An aside on the Thailand option, basically I will have apprx 3 months work lined up with uk based clients that I'll be working on from wherever. Since I will be doing my 'day-job' while I am abroad will I need a work visa? Are these more difficult to get? And if so, how would the authorities know I was doing my work for my UK clients anyway? Its not like I'd be taking a job from a thai person, since I already have the contracts- I'll just be actually doing the work from somewhere else...

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Hey, actually when you fill in the sign up form, it says 'select the country you have either moved to or want to relocate to'... Today I have been considering Thailand, but I keep changing my mind! But from your enthusiastic response for Bangkok it sound like it could be a good idea!

I am in the UK currently, but will be taking the plunge after Christmas is over.

An aside on the Thailand option, basically I will have apprx 3 months work lined up with uk based clients that I'll be working on from wherever. Since I will be doing my 'day-job' while I am abroad will I need a work visa? Are these more difficult to get? And if so, how would the authorities know I was doing my work for my UK clients anyway? Its not like I'd be taking a job from a thai person, since I already have the contracts- I'll just be actually doing the work from somewhere else...

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Don't change your mind. You'll never get everything you want in this price range anywhere else in the world. Thailand has more than its share of beautiful women. The clubs are fantastic and a liter of JW Black in a club like Route66 or Slim on RCA goes for about 30! AND... they will store it for you for up to thee months--just check it in and out. After that, until the bottle is gone, you just pay for mixer sets which cost less than 3... you're basically clubbing for free.

Cab fare starts at 75p and doesn't increase very fast. The metro system is quite good (it ain't London, but it's good enough). Food is fantastic, available 24/7 and it is cheaper to eat out than it is to eat at home. Internet service is reasonably quick 99% of the time. Regular apartments are not cheap, but you can rent a room (many people just rent a room--there are buildings composed entirely of such monthly rentals and you do not need a kitchen, see above). You'll have a maid that cleans your place. (You will feel guilty for paying her so little...)

I have a work visa for Thailand, but yes, they are hard to get. For what you are doing--a three months stay, fooling around on the internet--you won't need one. If you do everything on the internet and don't mind making visa runs every so often, you should be fine. Tourist visas are free at the moment. Get one now. That gives you two months. Then make a visa run by air--I recommend Bali. Plan it right and the round trip flight will be less than 150 on Air Asia. Penang would be cheaper. When you get back, you'll get an additional 30 days. Let me know if you think you need more than 90 days--different advice for that.

Three months. Ha. Don't be surprised if, after your time is up, you are addicted and refuse to leave. It happens every single day.

Sigh, I feel like a crack dealer now.

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How about Cyprus?
It covers all of your requirements.
Except price (in my opinion). Cyprus is only inexpensive in a European context.

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Well sure sounds great in Bangkok- I am definitely being sold Because I have been thinking Europe until now I have been budgeting 500 euros a month on accommodation so 20,000 THB, hopefully that gives me some options, but if not have you got a second choice for Thailand that maybe a bit cheaper or would you say Bangkok is it really?

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Well sure sounds great in Bangkok- I am definitely being sold Because I have been thinking Europe until now I have been budgeting 500 euros a month on accommodation so 20,000 THB, hopefully that gives me some options, but if not have you got a second choice for Thailand that maybe a bit cheaper or would you say Bangkok is it really?
300 euros a month would get you a one bedroom apartment in paphos, 350 would get you a 2 bedroom one.
I agree that Thailand is probably cheaper compared to most European countries.
It depends whether you want to be that far from the Uk.
Have you looked at the Thailand section of this forum to get more of an idea of how things are there?
There is a lot of information there.

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