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I have lived in Europe for the past 6 years and I disagree that most average Americans should not consider Europe because it is "too crowded and expensive". There are many places that are both incredibly beautiful and not very expensive -- such as Scotland (Especially the Highlands); SW France (especially along the Pyranees); Southernmost parts of Italy; Inland Spain; Portugal (especially Duoro Valley)and many parts of Eastern Europe. Culture and food can't be beat. Plus if you become resident you don't have to worry about paying for (generally very good quality) medical care anywhere in Europe and you get an $80,000 income tax exclusion from Uncle SAM. Also if you own property the real estate tax rates are almost non-existent in most of Europe.