Deagol writes "After a long, hard winter in my region of the US this year, I find myself itching for warmer, greener pastures. Initial thoughts were of looking at other states, such as Hawaii and southern Arizona. However, domestic housing and cost of living are progressively becoming prohibitive. So I started wondering if there are good locations where a UNIX admin could find work, and make a decent living by the local standards. Year-round gardening (or nearly so) is a requirement, so sub-tropical places are a first consideration. Northern New Zealand looks nice at first glance. There are tons of sites dedicated to expatriate communities, but most smell of snake oil peddlers who promise tax evasion and local under-aged women. I'm curious if there are any tech workers (fellow Americans, in particular) who have found a second home in a welcoming community abroad who would tell their stories. I have a wife and kids to consider, so a place with some semblance of law and order would be nice, preferably some place where local government is not much more corrupt than those in the US. Oh, and internet access is a must. :)"