Advice for American looking to relocate to English speaking country?

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By Stevens leaving - Posted on
05 February 2017

I am a 57 year old American. Born in NY but currently living in Florida. I have decided to relocate and looking to move to an English speaking country. I no longer work but gave a guaranteed income of close to $4000.00 a month that adjusts with the rate of inflation in the USA. I am active but disabled. Enjoy the outdoors and also having a city with in an hour or two by car. Will have at least $125000.00 USD in cash when I relocate. Anyone have a favorite location they would like to suggest. I expect to spend between $150000 and $250000 USD on my home. I need access to good health care because I have MS. I also will have my future wife and her 11 year old daughter with me so 150 M2 with w baths seem like the type of housing I will be looking for. But outside of a city. House Villa or apartment. Each one has it's pluses and minuses. So open to any suggestions. Currently I am coming to the end of a 5 month visit to Spain. But by June will be looking to move to a place where English is the language.
Thanks in advance for any input. And if anyone has any interest in Valencia or Cuba please feel free to ask. Spent about 1st months in Cuba half in Havana and the rest in the countryside . It is a beautiful country. And a great value once you learn your way around.

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Hello Stevens,

I want to recommend you Rwanda, In fact, Rwanda is a country of thousand hills. Rwanda is known for its full of beautiful National parks, wildlife, beaches, friendly people and delicious foods thus making it a better place far away from home since hospitality is provided all around the country and all these make Rwanda a place to live.
Feel free to ask any information you want about Rwanda.

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I'd consider Sabah or Sarawak in Malaysia. English is widely spoken and is almost the primary language as there is a long-term relationship as British colonies or protectorates. While urbanization is occurring everywhere there is still a laid-back sense in both of these Malaysian states (I've found Penang and certainly KL a bit too citified). Still a great deal of nature (beaches, forests, mountains, diving, wildlife) but also shopping malls and internet and a vast array of cultures and foods. Both areas are multi-ethnic...a mix of Chinese, Malay and the indigenous Borneans, with smidgens of Europeans, Indians, etc.

The peninsula and Sabah use the Malaysia My Second Home for long-term residents. Sarawak has its own program with a bit lower financial requirements and a lower ceiling if you want to buy land/condominium long term.

www (dot)sarawak (dot)gov (dot) my/web/home/article_view/221/279/

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Hi Steve,

As a local, I may be somewhat biased but you might find it worthwhile to consider South Africa. The dollar tends to be strong against the local currency here, and I think you might enjoy living in one of the small towns around Cape Town. There are lots of lovely little towns to choose from, all within a few hours' driving distance - Swellendam, Montagu, Darling and Riebeeck Kasteel all come to mind.

To be frank, the state of government healthcare in South Africa is dire, but private healthcare here is very good and there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to private healthcare providers. Naturally, the smaller towns will have less of a selection - but I imagine this would be the case in small towns all over the world. Cape Town itself, however, has plenty of good hospitals, doctors, specialists, etc.

The media tends to exaggerate about the level of crime in South Africa, so try not to let that scare you off. In reality, as long as you exercise common sense and take appropriate precautions, you should have very little to worry about on that front.

For some more info, you can have a look at our guides for Moving to South Africa and Moving to Cape Town. Each guide has a number of sections that can be navigated using the side-bar on the left-hand side of the page.

Happy reading, and best of luck with your move! If you have any more questions, feel free to get in touch!

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