A recent study or 1,400 Brit’s by HouseBuyFast showed that 70% of people would move around the globe to countries like America, Australia and Spain given the chance and it got me thinking about why people might want to move.
Some reasons might be obvious like the abundance of sunshine in some countries, but some reasons are a bit deeper than that and revolve less about the want to travel and have sunshine and more about the quality of life and what living abroad could give to your life than being in the UK couldn’t.
I’ve never really thought much about living abroad, hell I’ve never really thought about moving an hour or so away from where I am at the moment as I am too attached to the people I live near and being close to the capital. But I spoke to some fellow bloggers – some of which have already moved from their birth country – to find out the appeal of moving abroad
Some people just can’t deal with the cold and wet months of the British Weather and while everywhere gets a winter, some countries don’t get it as harshly. Jen from Justaveragejen chose Majorca for just that reason “I would love to move to Majorca as it’s nice and warm most of the year but not too hot and a nice distance away so that we could still visit easily enough.”
Bethany of Munchiedup has already moved but dreams of better weather “Having moved abroad before (Thailand and South Africa), I’d definitely consider doing it again. I’d probably consider moving to New Zealand as it’s far enough away for a fresh start and the temperate weather makes it far more attractive than somewhere that’s hotter all year round.”
Better Quality of Life
For some people, it’s more about the quality of life that living abroad could offer. Sarah from Digital Motherhood said “We’re thinking about it right now! Considering moving to Spain – mainly for a better quality of life for us and our daughter and property that we can afford! Just looking into options for schools at the moment.”
Latoya of PureNourish said “I would love to move to Denmark. They have a great education and health system and a fantastic work life balance and is constantly named as the happiest country in the world.”
The cost of living and buying a house in the UK is scary so some people are thinking of moving abroad to make life more affordable. David of Thinking Thrifty said “I’ve given up on buying my first home in the UK, I’m not prepared to saddle myself with so much debt at 36. So, the plan has changed to saving towards early retirement in the sun, Lanzarote would be my choice right now as I lived there for 4 years when I was younger. I’ve given myself until 50 to do it”
Due to Family
For some people, they have family and other opportunities abroad which would make them want to move. Christy of Welsh Mum said “As my husband is American and all his family lives in the USA we seriously considered moving our family to the USA and I did live there with him for a while some years ago. However, given the political situation there over the last few years and my complicated health problems which could be problematic on a new health insurance policy, we’ve decided that we’re ruling it out for the immediate future. It’s always a possibility though, and we are registering our son as a dual citizen so that he has the option to choose freely when he is older.”
Past Positive Experiences
For some people they’ve already moved around a lot and positive past experiences have helped to make them open to moving again. Shelley Anne Morecroft said “I’m originally from Germany so moving to the UK was my abroad move and I’m not gonna lie, it’s scary but also so interesting at the same time. You learn so much about yourself and it’s a great challenge; England is now my home but my heart will always belong to Germany.”
Anca of Anca’s Lifestyle said “I moved from Romania to UK 6 years ago and it was the best decision I took. I love so much living here, from the weather to different opportunities. Now I feel like my home is here, even more after we got our own house 3 years ago. Moving was not hard, it was exciting.”
Have you ever considered living abroad?
*This post was written in collaboration with HouseBuyFast but all opinions and research was my own