In the early stages of planning an overseas move later next year, interested in hearing opinions on the places I'm considering. The move would be for work, wherever I go I'll most likely be living there for about two years.
Some background: I'm in my early 30s, unmarried, no kids. I'm a city person through and through - I thrive on having lots of excitement around, good transportation, good nightlife, etc. I don't mind crowded living conditions and urban noise - I actually kind of prefer it (at least, to an extent)! I also enjoy outdoor activities from time to time (skiing, scuba diving, etc), traveling, etc.
Been living on the US East Coast for a little while now and have generally enjoyed it. Prior to that, I lived in Seoul (and before that, Tokyo) and absolutely loved it. Besides Korea and Japan, I've traveled to England, Hungary, China, and West Africa. China was awesome, Hungary was okay (the nightlife wasn't bad and the "ruin pubs" were pretty cool).
Overall, I'm used to traveling and have become reasonably good at dealing with culture shock, language barriers, etc. I will likely be moving overseas by myself, although my girlfriend could potentially be coming from the US to join me at a later date (if possible; we're still figuring that out at the moment).
Compensation in any of these locales will be pretty good (and housing will be provided as well) so cost-of-living, etc isn't much of an issue. While I don't speak any foreign languages fluently, I can *probably* (fingers crossed!) get a few weeks of basic/survival language training provided by my employer before I leave.
Anyway, here's where I'm looking:
Pros: Easy access to the rest of Europe, direct flights back to the US. Good beer!
Cons: Not sure how exciting it is, or if there's any sort of nightlife/things-to-do (co-worker described it as "very suburban"). Cold/snowy winters(?) - I'm more of a warm-weather person. Also, I've heard some neighborhoods are very Americanized (or at least the neighborhood I'd be living in).
Pros: Huge city, lots of expats, always plenty to do, good food, beautiful beaches and good scuba-diving nearby. Plus, opportunities to see the rest of SE Asia. Lots of old temples and other similarly cool stuff. Lower cost-of-living than Western Europe.
Cons: *Really* hot & humid, somewhat dirtier (or so I've heard), further from the US.
Possible third option - Still researching this one, but open to thoughts on it.
I have several other options available, but these are my top three.
So MeFites, can any of you offer any thoughts on these destinations? I found a good AskMe thread
on Bangkok, but would be interested to hear other opinions (particularly on Frankfurt, I haven't found much info on it). Thanks in advance :)