People move to a new country for many different reasons: the search for a better quality of life is often one of the biggest, according to a survey by Internations, a network of expats living in 420 cities around the world.

Others move for love, for their partner's job or education, or because they were sent abroad by their employer. But at least three-quarters of expats considered the climate and weather to be a potential benefit prior to moving. 

The majority of expats in the top 10 destinations with the best weather are happy with their life in general, compared to 78% globally, the survey said.

Expats seeking an outdoor lifestyle and the weather to match should consider Portugal, Spain, Costa Rica, Uganda, South Africa, Malta, Mexico, Cyprus, or Kenya. In any of these top 10 destinations, the positive ratings for climate and weather amounted to at least 91%.

Based on the Internations February-March 2017 survey of about 13,000 expats from 188 countries and territories, these are the 30 best countries for a sunny escape.

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.