Availability of leisure activities also helped push the city to the top of the charts with a 91% positive rating.The world’s 10 most unfriendly countries for ex-pats have been revealed, with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic topping the list.It could be today, it could be in 20 years.‘For years concrete lorries were trundling into the valley and construction work was going on.

The UK ranked in 33rd place overall, where the job security is highly valued and the friendliness towards ex-pat families is noted, but the general cost of living is considered high – only four per cent of expats felt their disposable income was more than enough to cover their daily needs.

Ecuador is a beautiful country full of interesting places to visit and beautiful mountain scenery.

During the meal we discovered that Jill was apparently a germaphobe.

The Spain Expats forum is a dedicated community of people who have moved to Spain, or who are planning to.

It offers great job prospects as well as a high standard of living.

Situated near Mont Blanc, it also scored highly with expats for leisure activities. Frankfurt, Germany —The city, which is a hub for jobs for expats, scored highly with ease of settling in. Basel, Switzerland —The city may be very small and quiet but it borders France and Germany, offering easy transport links for work.

We took a look at the top 17 cities that made the list: 17.

New York, US —The city may have a high cost of living but it also is known for the strong career prospects and availability of leisure activities. Zurich, Switzerland —The Swiss city regularly features across many different indexes, including this one, for being a destination with one of the best quality of life in the world. Berlin, Germany —The capital city is not only a hub for jobs but it is known for decent housing and a variety of leisure activities, as well as a good place to bring up children. Geneva, Switzerland —The city is renowned for its prime location for some of the world's richest people.

It would appear that Ecuador, especially Cuenca, is a paradise for retirees or anyone wishing to change their life style.