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Faced with relocating to a foreign country, families hop a jet and take three days to experience the sights and sounds of their prospective new home city as an insightful relocation expert tailors a whirlwind tour to their client's specific needs and lifestyle. At the end, they reveal their choice - stay or go?
MonacoIt may be the second-smallest -- and the most densely populated -- country in the world, but Monaco sees the world’s highest life expectancy. It doesn’t hurt that the Western European country, on the French Riviera, is home to the highest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita in the world.
Average Life Span: 89.73 years
Typical Diet: Largely Mediterranean 960 1280
MacauMacau has the second-highest life expectancy in the world, according to the CIA World Factbook. Some point to this Chinese territory’s strong (largely gambling-based) economy -- about 70% of money generated on the casino floor is invested by Macau’s government into healthcare.
Average Life Span: 84.41 years
Typical Diet: Mainly plant- and seafood-based 960 1280
San MarinoThe 30,000 citizens of this tiny microstate, landlocked by Italy, enjoy one of the longest life spans in the world. San Marino has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, no national debt, a budget surplus, and roughly half its people actively practice their faith -- all possible factors.
Average Life Span: 83.01 years
Typical Diet: Similar to cuisine in Italy's Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions 960 1280
SardiniaSardinia ties with Okinawa for having the highest ratio of centenarians in the world -- 22 centenarians per 100,000 people. The island, 120 miles off Italy’s coast, is home to rugged terrain great for calorie-burning. Come evening, locals enjoy a glass of red wine alongside humor-filled conversation -- in fact, the word “sardonic” originates in Sardinia.
Average Life Span: 81 years
Typical Diet: Plants and beans; sheep cheese and goat’s milk; meat eaten as an accent 960 1280
IcelandIceland has the sixth-highest life expectancy in the world, according to United Nations’ figures. One possible reason is Iceland’s low levels of pollution (geothermal energy reliance is the norm). The country’s low levels of common illnesses, such as heart disease and depression, are also linked to a daily diet rich in fish oil.
Average Life Span: 81.28 years
Typical Diet: Fish; pasture-raised lamb and wild game; black tea, veggies, wild berries and whole grains 960 1280
Loma Linda, CaliforniaJust 60 miles from the fast-paced LA scene, the town of Loma Linda, CA, is home to America’s longest living population -- and some say it’s a matter of faith: Many of the town’s 23,000 residents are members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a religion whose members typically live 4 to 7 years longer (with more health and happiness) than the rest of the country.
Average Life Span: Well into the 80s
Typical Diet: Vegetarianism is a popular practice among 7th Day Adventists; most restaurants in town accommodate with a vegetarian menu option. 960 1280
OkinawaElderly Okinawans have among the lowest death rates in the world from common diseases -- a fact attributed to a traditional Japanese diet, with only 25% of its sugar and 75% of its grain intake. In recent years, though, younger Okinawans’ move toward fattier foods (Spam is now sometimes added to stir-fries) has led to lower life expectancy.
Average Life Span: 5 times as many Okinawans live to be 100 as their compatriots elsewhere in Japan.
Typical Diet: Lots of fish, soy and legumes 960 1280
AustraliaSurfs up in Australia -- the country now surpasses the UK, Canada, New Zealand and the US in overall life expectancy rates, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. A low smoking rate, coupled with an active lifestyle, is among the reasons. That good fortune isn’t universal, though: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples still trail behind.
Average Life Span: For women, 83.7 years; men, 79.2 years
Typical Diet: Shrimp on the barbie, mate! 960 1280
AndorraThis tiny European nation, wedged in quiet isolation between France and Spain, also boasts many long-timers. An active lifestyle, encouraged by some of the best skiing and day hikes in the Pyrenees, is a big reason. So is Andorrans’ focus on family and friends. The influx of tourism (and fast food) is quickening life’s pace, though.
Average Life Span: 82.51 years
Typical Diet: Mediterranean-style, with meat, veggies and fish from Andorra’s larger neighbors 960 1280
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa RicaIn this 75-mile-long stretch of Costa Rica, longevity rules supreme: The 75,000 Nicoyans who call this peninsula home have more than 4 times the chance of making it to 90 than a 60-year-old in America. Maybe it’s because of the area’s relative calm -- it’s home to some of the country’s most isolated and beautiful beaches.
Average Life Span: Well into the 90s
Typical Diet: Meso-American diet includes beans, squash and corn tortilla; also, the area’s calcium- and magnesium-rich water, which strengthens bones and relaxes arteries, is an added benefit. 960 1280
GuernseyThis second-largest island in the English Channel sees a high standard of living -- and long life expectancy. Islanders’ relative wealth may be the reason; it’s the sixth-richest place in the world. Other life-enhancing perks include Guernsey’s low tax rates and high-paying jobs, which afford residents top healthcare options.
Average Life Span: 82.24 years
Typical Diet: Champagne wishes and caviar dreams … come true 960 1280
IsraelIsrael has the fifth-longest life expectancy in the world. The top 3 cities ranked by life expectancy are Ra’anana (85.5 years), Modiin-Maccabim-Reut (84.1) and Beith Shemesh (83.1); the bottom 2 cities are Nazareth (77.9) and Rahat (77.1) -- a gap that’s been narrowing over the past few decades, with a 7-year gain among Israeli Arabs since 1980.
Average Life Span: 81.5 years
Typical Diet: Fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines 960 1280
Ikaria, GreeceBlue Zones author Dan Buettner has called this the “island where people forgot to die.” The 10,000 residents of this island in Greece typically live well into their 90s. Laid-back, daily socializing may be one reason. As one resident told Buettner: “When you invite someone to lunch, they might come at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. We simply don’t care about the clock here.”
Average Life Span: 1 in 3 residents lives into their 90s
Typical Diet: Vegetables from the garden, legumes, greens and lots of olive oil 960 1280
Hong KongIt’s not just remote, slow-paced corners of the world that see long life spans. Hong Kongers are among the longest living people in the world. That’s especially true for Hong Kong’s women, who live longer than most other populations in the world. Experts credit a tradition in Hong Kong of dawn workouts, such as daily swims and morning hikes.
Average Life Span: 86.7 years for women, 80.5 years for men
Typical diet: Cantonese food, big on steamed fish and vegetables 960 1280
SingaporeSingapore ranks as one of the top places in the world for life expectancy – signaling great strides in the country’s public health initiatives and economic opportunity. Over the last 3 decades, Singaporeans have seen their life expectancies increase by 10 years. Adult obesity is around 11% -- far lower than many Western countries.
Average Life Span: 82.14 years
Typical Diet: Mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisines 960 1280
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GustaviaGustavia, the capital of St. Barts, was named for King Gustav III of Sweden. Fort Karl and Fort Gustav are popular areas for hikers, and if you’re not into hiking, then go shopping. This city has several high-end boutiques -- an essential source of revenue for the island. And don’t forget to take a stroll around the harbor to sneak a peek at some of the extravagant yachts. 960 1280
Hotel Guanahani & SpaStay at the Hotel Guanahani and you will quickly realize why this beautiful resort attracts celebrities, including Bethenny Frankel, a former cast member on the Real Housewives of New York. Amenities include a pool, top-notch spa, tennis courts and delicious dining options. The beach by the hotel offers numerous activities, but it’s relatively small. So guests have been known to plan day trips to the nearby beaches. 960 1280
St. Barts Bucket RegattaSt. Barts has a few fun festivals, including the St. Barts Bucket Regatta, St. Barts Music Festival and the St. Barts Film Festival. The Bucket Regatta is a sailing race extended to yacht owners, captains, crews and guests. A percentage of the race's entry fee usually goes to a local charity on the 8-mile-long island. 960 1280
French CuisineLa Route des Boucaniers, Eddy’s, Le Grain de Sel, Bonito Saint Barth and The Hideaway are a few places to wine and dine when vacationing in St. Barts. There are more than 80 restaurants to suit your taste, but French cuisine is king here. The seafood is fresh, and some of the top-quality provisions to restaurants arrive regularly from Paris. Bon appétit! 960 1280
Anse du GoverneurRelax on one of St. Barts most secluded and most popular places for nude sunbathing. Tourists should plan accordingly because there are no restaurants or other services in the area. However, Anse du Gouverneur provides beachgoers with a great view of St. Kitts, Saba and St. Eustatius. And it’s a romantic spot to watch the sun set -- with or without clothes. 960 1280
SailingSt. Barts is a popular destination for yachting and sailing. Gustavia’s harbor has mooring and docking facilities for 40 yachts. Public, Corossol and Colombier are spots to stop when sailing in the area. Tourists can charter sailing and motorboats, and explore St. Barts above and below the ocean -- thanks to local companies like the Yellow Submarine and Jicky Marine Service. 960 1280
Le Gaiac RestaurantTaste the amazing food served at the Hotel Le Toiny’s popular restaurant, Le Gaicac. Well-renowned Chef Stephane Mazieres blends innovative French cuisine with local flavors -- adding to some of the dishes -- vegetables grown in the restaurant’s organic green house. And rumor has it that Le Gaiac is the popular spot for Sunday brunch, serving scallops ravioli, yellow tail snapper on a skewer, watermelon and vegetable salad and much more. 960 1280
Hotel Carl GustafAlthough it’s a 5-minute walk from the closest beach, Hotel Carl Gustaf is a luxury hotel that embodies the French Riviera style of St. Barts -- with mind-blowing ocean views and first-class service. Booking one of the 14 rooms isn’t cheap, but each suite and villa comes with its own private pool or plunge pool and private terrace, overlooking the ocean. 960 1280
Le Ti St. BartsThe nightlife is alive and well in St. Barts. Visit Le Ti St. Barts, a funky Caribbean tavern with an endless wine list, tasty food and great music -- necessary for patrons who want to dance into the wee hours of the morning. In addition to entrees like seared tuna with caviar, the provocatively-named desserts are just as delightful, like the Nymph Thighs -- airy lemon cake with vanilla custard. Other hot night spots include le Select, Do Brazil and Le Bête à Z'Ailes. 960 1280
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