The recent elections have plenty of people riled up and ready to expatriate. But before any hasty decisions are made, why not “try before you buy” with a trip to some of the top expat destinations - once it’s safe to do so, of course.


Quebec City, Canada

Canada is an oft-mentioned destination when people talk about emigrating, and Quebec City has a lot to offer. It’s home to some of the oldest streets in North America, full of charm and magic, with loads of shops and heritage sites to explore - including the most photographed hotel in the world, Chateau Frontenac.

The Montmorency Falls are simply stunning, and the Ile d’Orleans boasts a variety of farm stands and artisan outlets, as well as being home to 5 of the province’s prettiest villages. Just outside the city, you can visit the Jacques-Cartier National Park, a breathtaking glacial valley, for some outdoorsy goodness.

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San Miguel de Allende, México

San Miguel de Allende, like most Mexican cities, is built around a centrally-located main square. El Jardin, the tree-lined park which is the heart of the city, is a lively scene where you’ll find plenty of activity from snack vendors, salesmen, and roaming mariachi bands. It’s also the perfect place from which to view the parish church, La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, a true masterpiece of neo-Gothic architecture.

The cobblestone streets are jam packed with history, too, and the best way to explore them is with a guided walking tour. And on the topic of walking, just a 20 minute walk from the plaza is El Mirador, a viewpoint from which you can see the entire city in panorama.

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Panama City, Panama

Panama, too, ranks high on the expat destination list, and there’s a lot to explore in Panama City. The Spanish built their first city on the Pacific coast at Panama Viejo, where it stood until it was sacked by pirates in 1671, leaving only the ruins which still stand today. A little way down the coast, they built the walled city of Casco Viejo as defense against further attacks.

The steep Ancon Hill offers fantastic views of the city, a popular jogging and hiking path, and opportunities to see armadillos, deer, and even sloths. And if sandy beaches are more your speed, Isla Taboga is your answer. The island is home to a picturesque village as well as one of the western hemisphere’s oldest churches.

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