Are you getting a little bit bored with life in the UK? Is the rubbish weather getting you down? Would you like to pack your things, sell your property and move to a better climate? I’ll bet you would, and that’s just what thousands of us do each and every year. Though this doesn’t suit everyone, most of us would love to move closer to the equator and live our lives in the sun, right?
If you agree, take a quick read through this article and i’ll highlight some of the most popular countries us Brits set up home.
- Singapore – Though the British Government handed Singapore its independence quite a few years ago now, the amount of people emigrating has only increased. This Asian paradise island is home to hundreds of thousands of expats and as the fourth largest financial center in the world, it’s easy to see why.
- Italy – Those looking for a more laid back lifestyle often choose to purchase villas in Italy through websites like Italian View, and most never return home. Some go for the architecture and the history, others for the food and sustenance, but most obviously move there for the weather.
- Spain – Since the 1960s and even earlier, us British folks have loved traveling to Spain for our holidays. But more recently, with the Spanish housing market reaching all time lows, more and more of us have been selling our properties and moving over.
- Canada – People often forget that Canada’s head of state is the same as our own (Queen Elizabeth 2nd) and so moving here is much simpler than certain other countries. Also, Canada has a lack of skilled workers at the moment, so it’s easier than ever to move there with little funds.
- Holland – Perhaps it’s the art, perhaps it’s the herbs, or maybe, just maybe British residents pack away their belonging and move to Holland because our own canal systems just aren’t up to scratch – who knows, but thousands of us choose to live there. Being in Europe, it’s also much easier to navigate the move.
- Switzerland – Admittedly some people move here for tax purposes, as Switzerland is notorious for being a tax haven. That said, it’s also a really pleasant country with welcoming locals, so you probably shouldn’t be that surprised that its slowing filling up with British expats.
- Germany – After the second world war hundred of thousand of British people traveled to Germany to help rebuild the country. Though their stay was supposed to be limited, many stayed on after falling in love with the place, and so now there’s a shocking amount of British families in the region.
- France – They call Paris the city of love, but it’s the south of France most of us are interested in. With a climate comparable to Spain or Italy, the southernmost parts of this country has been of a huge appeal to British people for a long time.
- Russia – You might not think that many of us move to Russia, but you’d be wrong. Although our government doesn’t like to release the figures (probably out of embarrassment), money goes a lot further in Russia and a single average wage is usually enough to support a whole family – no wonder we love the country.
- Australia – Lets face it – almost every single person on that island is an expat, though admittedly some left for Oz quite a long time ago.
So there you have it my friends. Perhaps now you’ll reconsider your options and start making plans to become an expat yourselves!