WHERE TO MOVE ABROAD for the Early Retirement Lifestyle: How to Choose a Country for Expat Happiness See outline of this video below. Most people choose a country based on what they're being told about cost of living..."it's cheap, it's cheap!" Before we move abroad there are three important factors to take into consideration that will ensure a better chance of your happiness and how long you will stay in a place. Sure, we can just follow the retire abroad media crowds but are those countries a good fit for you? Let's find out. Btw, we chose Italy because of these three factors and they have nothing to do with cost of living.