One region emerges as the expat social hub in this year's Expat Explorer survey. Asia is the only region where expats generally agree that they enjoy a more active social life since relocating (35%), compared with the global average of 26%.
Perhaps with more sunshine, closer to proximity to immaculate beaches16 for water sports and metropolitan city lives on offer, Thailand (59%), Malaysia (46%) and China (44%) are the among the top destinations for a better social life compared with the global average (26%). In contrast, expats in Oman (71%), Kuwait (51%) and Ireland (51%) are most likely to note that their social life actually worsened since moving abroad.
The social factor contributes significantly to the expat's overall quality of life abroad. The countries where expats experienced a better social life also rank highly in the Expat Experience league tables with Thailand (1st), China (4th), Singapore (6th) and Taiwan (8th) featuring in the top ten list. Asia-based expats, particularly those in Southeast Asia, also benefit from a lower cost of living as highlighted in the Expat Expenses league table, meaning that leisure activities (28%) and going out (26%) are generally cheaper upon relocation when compared to expats home country at 20% and 22% respectively.