posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 03:09 PM
Just what (specifically) are the reasons for wanting to go?
For starters, you mentioned healthcare. Well, the US has some of the best docs around, and that comes at a cost. Sure, places like Canada have
socialized medicine, but guess what, they also have higher taxes to pay for it, so whether it's more taxes, or you're paying insurance premiums,
guess what? You're still paying.
Also, that is for CITIZENS, so unless you're seeking citizenship in your adopted country, you've got limited rights, abilities, opportunities, etc.
If not a tourist, you'll need to get a work visa, which means you've usually got to have an employer vouch for you, so already have a job, etc.
I don't want to put you off of this, but just saying you really need to be more aware and educated on the reasons you want to go, and be sure of
them, before making such a change (and be aware of all the things it entails).
I'd recommend you try and find a job in your country of choice and try it out for a couple years, before trying to live there permanently. Japan's
earthquake didn't affect the whole nation you know. (and everywhere has SOME kind of natural disaster that COULD happen). I have a friend who's been
over there during all of this, is still over there, and is enjoying it immensely. He's been over there now for a few months.