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What do you want in a Web site?

I'll be taking a couple of weeks off from hacking on my pet project as I'll be in the US for a friend's wedding, but in the meantime, I can still have ideas percolating in the back of my mind. What I'd like is some of your ideas percolating in the back of my mind.

Maybe you love adventure, you're bored with your home country, you prefer the politics of other countries, you want to travel, etc. Whatever your motivations, you probably have been annoyed trying to find "one stop shopping" for information about moving to other countries. Turns out it's a hard thing to do, but there's a lot of possibilities out there, if only you had the information.

Most Web sites dedicated to this topic restrict you to a single country or are old school sites like www.expatriates.com or hideous commercial sites like www.escapeartist.com with no social aspects.

I think it would be interesting to build an online community of world travellers (or would-be travellers) with an ability to share stories, experiences, tips, etc. Search for countries by ease of entry, languages spoken, government stability, job prospects, immigration laws, etc. If such a Web site appealed to you, what would you want to see in such a site?

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What a great idea!

The first thing that comes to mind is an ability to search by laws or political stance on certain issues. Something like finding countries that are for instance, pro choice or have a good human rights record. I have this idea of setting up my 'must haves' on politics, climate etc. and then getting a list of suitable countries as a result.
Vaccinations
(Anonymous)
It's be handy to see what vaccinations are required / advised for a certain country :-)
Re: Vaccinations
I'd advise NOT doing this unless you're going to employ a travel medicine specialist as the information changes rapidly and if you get it wrong you could be sued. A link to Fit for Travel would be a better idea - it's the public version of the NHS travel vax website.
(Anonymous)
Have you taken a look at www.couchsurfing.com?
It may not be exactly what you are describing, but you may get some idead out of it.
That is an interesting idea!

I'm sure many practical details of moving out-of-country depend on your profession. From securing a visa to finding employment.

Perhaps the website could have sections devoted to various career fields? Professionals in engineering, IT, law, finance, etc. You could list some of the biggest employers, and get info on trends in hiring practices.