Could you bring yourself to leave everything you know, wave farewell to your family and quit your job to experience life in another land?
It’s a brave move, and one that most of us will probably never make. Even some of the most adventurous travellers would balk at the idea of settling down permanently in a foreign country and leaving behind everything familiar.
And yet so many people take the plunge – stats show that almost half a million people emigrated from the UK in 2019, and with the chaos that 2020 has brought us, it is likely that many more will seize the day in the future.
There are many reasons that wanders and nomads around the world decide every day to up sticks and leave, but this blog explores just three of the most common. Who knows? By the end, you yourself might be tempted by a fresh start!
1. To escape a routine
Ever feel as though you’re stuck in a rut? It’s something that all of us will probably experience at least once in our lives, and often we will respond by making a drastic change, such as moving to a new house or changing careers.
But for some, these changes are simply not enough to break the monotony of everyday life, and moving to another country can be a way to escape, explore a new way of life, and shake up your drab, tired routine once and for all.
2. To cross it off the bucket list
For some, moving abroad is a chance to cross another item off the bucket list. Some of us may think about taking the leap, but there are plenty of things that can inspire a person to throw caution to the wind and go for it.
Many people decide to move once they retire in order to live out their golden years in an idyllic paradise, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, many younger people take gap years before university as a chance to see the world.
3. To discover new opportunities
A new country can open up a whole host of new opportunities for business, work or study. Portugal’s Golden Visa program is a great example of this, as it encourages investors from around the world to live and work in the country. Real estate pros Property Lisbon showcase on their website some of the stunning homes which can qualify a buyer for the scheme.
Not only can international opportunities such as these pave the way to new careers and business ventures, but they can in fact open the door to new ways of life, as many countries don’t subscribe to the 9-5 culture that so many of us are familiar with, and whether they’re headed for Portugal or beyond, work and business opportunities can be amongst the most common reasons people decide to move to another country.
Has your mind been changed since you began reading? Are you filled with a newfound wanderlust and an urge to pack your bags? Wherever your dream home may be, follow your heart.
4. To earn more money
Money isn’t everything. But it certainly makes life a little easier! According to research from Good Move, Brits who decide to move abroad could earn over £100,000 more. By surveying Brits across the country, in 14 different professions they were able to compare the average salaries for the same roles in other countries. For example, a medical doctor in the UK earns £48,460, but in the USA, the average figure is £167,135. Similarly, a secondary school teacher in the UK earns £29,019, but in Germany the average figure is £60,163.
5. For a better quality of life
According to the 2020 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey Switzerland offers expats the best quality of life for those looking to move abroad. Switzerland topped the list for the second year in a row. What makes Switzerland such a strong choice? Well Switzerland has above average salaries, there is a greater emphasis on work life balance compared to other countries, and Switzerland is an extremely safe country. Also, Switzerland is a brilliant choice for families due to the diverse high quality education system. So if you’re looking to move abroad with a partner and children in tow, Switzerland should be at the top of your list.
6. To enjoy warmer weather
Living in the UK means that glorious weather is a rarity. Even in the summer, warm sunny days can be few and far between. But elsewhere on the continent in countries like Portugal you will be able to enjoy a much warmer climate all year round. Did you know that the Algarve has 300 days of sunshine every year?