Friday, March 20, 2009
Five Best Places To Live In A Slow Economy: #1 Medellín, Antioquia - Colombia
The Five Best Cities to Live in 2009 if the Economy Keeps Tanking.
Hard times at home necessitate careful planning for successful live-abroad experiences. Here are a few destinations to weather the current economic downturn.
1. Medellin, yes in Colombia!
Your mother might not know that it is safe to travel in Colombia these days (here are 10 reasons why it is, if you want to show her.) but everyone else seems to have gotten the message.
There are good reasons backing the hype. The weather is almost always delightful in the City of Eternal Spring. The nightlife, especially in La Zona Rosa surrounding Parque de Lleras rivals any in Latin America. The nightclubs further afield are worth the cab fare, though check with locals to find out which spot is currently in vogue. The increase in backpackers has led to many more hostels. Casa Kiwi currently claims the title for best party digs.
Closer economic ties with the United States should theoretically increase demand for English teachers, and though wages are generally low, so are the rents. Medellin is home to several major universities, and with the large student population there are always rooms for let in budget apartments. Entrepreneurs will find a can-do business climate and a people overjoyed to have the dark days of the cartels and the FARC behind them.
The list continues...
2. New Orleans
5. Cape Town
Discover The Transformation Of Medellín, Antioquia - Colombia.