15 Reasons to Ditch America for a European Lifestyle

Jacques Barie


I’ll be honest: I’m not a huge fan of America. But, the truth is that I was born here, so I can’t help but love it a little bit.

They have better food.

One of the best things about Europe is their food. It’s more diverse, flavorful and healthy. They don’t use chemical preservatives or additives in their meals (like we do) which can be harmful to your body if you ingest them on a regular basis.

The European diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables grown locally by local farmers who are proud of what they grow and sell directly to consumers at farmers markets throughout Europe’s cities. If you want something more exotic than what’s available locally, then go ahead and buy it from somewhere else – but only after checking out where it came from first!

You can get more done in a day.

While Americans are known for their laid back attitude and ability to take things at their own pace, Europeans are more efficient. They have shorter work weeks, and they’re able to get more done in those hours than we do here in the States.

If you’re looking to be more productive at work so that your day doesn’t feel as long or stressful, perhaps Europe is where it’s at!

You will have more time to work out.

Europeans are more active than Americans. They walk their dogs, go to the gym and even run in the park. If you want to work out at home, you can do that too!

And then there’s relaxation time: Europeans have more of it because they don’t have as much stress in their lives.

You don’t need a car.

  • Public transportation is good. Whether you live in a major city or a smaller town, you’ll be able to get around easily without owning a car. In the Netherlands, where I live now, buses and trains run frequently and there are plenty of bikes available for rent at stations throughout the country.
  • You can bike or walk almost everywhere. Many European cities have extensive bicycle lanes that allow riders to safely navigate their way through busy streets–and even more remote areas may have quiet paths just for pedestrians!
  • Scooters and motorcycles are also popular ways of getting around Europe’s cities; some countries even require helmets for all riders by law! If you’re feeling adventurous (or just want more freedom), renting one could be just what you need while traveling abroad!

Europeans are constantly on vacation.

  • Europeans get more vacation days than Americans.
  • They are more likely to use their vacation days.
  • Americans work longer hours than Europeans: According to the OECD, the average American worked 1,787 hours in 2016–compared with an average of 1,428 hours across all its member states (the UK is third at 1,746 hours). This means that if you’re an American who works 40 hours per week for 50 weeks out of the year then that’s 2,500 working hours per year — or 500 more than your typical European worker who only clocks in around 2,000 hours annually! In fact it’s been shown that the more time we spend working each week actually makes us less productive overall because our brains get tired from doing so much thinking at once and become unable to focus clearly on tasks at hand… which leads us back full circle: If Europeans get three months off every year while Americans only get two weeks’ worth of paid vacation time then how could anyone ever expect them to be just as productive as those living abroad?

There’s no such thing as rush hour.

  • You can get anywhere you need to go quickly.
  • You can enjoy your time outside instead of sitting in a car.
  • There’s no such thing as rush hour, which means no traffic jams!

Everyone has health care and an education system that works (at least, in some countries).

In Europe, you’ll find that health care is much cheaper and more accessible. All citizens have access to a free or low-cost education system that works for everyone.

In the United States, it’s not uncommon for someone with a good job to spend $1,000 or more each month on health insurance premiums alone–and even then they may not be able to afford all the procedures they need when they get sick. This can leave them in financial ruin if they get hit by an unexpected illness like cancer or heart disease (which are both more likely in America than other countries).

The U.S.’s obsession with sports might wear out its welcome after awhile…or, maybe it won’t! And there are plenty of sports to choose from in Europe too!

Sports are a huge part of American culture, but they’re also a big deal in Europe. While you may be more familiar with baseball, football and basketball–and they certainly have their own unique charm–there are plenty of sports to choose from both sides of the Atlantic.

For example:

  • Soccer (or “football” as it’s known internationally) is one of the most popular sports on earth! If you love kicking around a ball, there’s no better place than Europe where soccer leagues can be found all over the continent. In fact, if you’re looking for an excuse for a European vacation then why not plan one around visiting some local clubs? You never know when someone might invite you onto their team…and then before long your whole life will change!
  • Cricket originated in England during Tudor times but has since spread throughout much of southern Asia – including India where it remains especially popular today due to its similarity with traditional bat & ball games played by natives prior to colonization.”

Life is better in Europe than America

  • Life is better in Europe than America.
  • Europeans are more relaxed and open to new ideas.
  • Europeans are more open to new technology, which means your life will be easier if you move there.
  • The education system in Europe is much better than that of the U.S., so if you have children, they will have a better chance of success as adults if they grow up abroad!


So if you’re looking to escape the rat race and find yourself in Europe, we hope this list has given you some ideas on how to get started. We also want to remind everyone that there are many ways to make your dream of living abroad come true–and none of them involve breaking the law or spending lots of money!

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