I live in Spain and plan to stay put. There are plenty of things wrong with Spain, but it’s the same story everywhere. The UK is hardly a paragon of excellence.
I’m fully aware of this country’s faults, but I can’t imagine a nicer place to live.
South Africa? It’ll go the way of Zimbabwe with time (where I lived for 5 years). Security is a serious problem.
Kenya? It was paradise in the 70s and early 80s when I was a child growing up there. Now it’s still a lovely place to visit, but I wouldn’t live there again if you paid me.
South of France? Perhaps, but France has serious problems too, and is firmly in denial about them. Easy to visit as much as I want from where I am now, and climate not quite good enough anyway.
Florida? Hmm, I dunno. I’m not sure I could stomach all that homeland security stuff.
Australia – too far away from family and friends
Chile – same as Australia
Dubai – no thanks
Turkey – long term political risk and the islamists slowly take over
Everyone will have their own criteria. Nowhere is prefect. Catalonia will just have to do for me.