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Would you consider moving abroad?

Lots of people in front of world map

Cold, wet and windy – three words that pretty much sum up British winter. But is a bit of rain really enough to send you house hunting on the other side of the world? It is for the many Brits who dream of moving abroad.

For me, home really is where the heart is, but I might be in the minority. According to research by flight comparison website Skyscanner, 88% of Brits are dissatisfied with life in Britain and would consider moving abroad within the next five years.

One of the biggest factors is the weather, with nearly a fifth of respondents looking to head to sunnier climes.

‘Ain’t no sunshine’

Now, I’m not pretending that the good old British weather can’t be frustrating at times, but it’s certainty not enough to make me want to leave forever. Like many holidaymakers, I love a bit of sunshine on my holiday, but isn’t the novelty of being able to wear a t-shirt and shorts for more than two days in a row part of the appeal of going away?

Whilst I would definitely like to take advantage of living more of an outdoor lifestyle in milder climes, the thought of trying to function in searing heat has just as little appeal as walking to work in the freezing cold back home. And the idea of having a Christmas dinner on the beach – well, it just doesn’t seem right!

And it’s not only the weather that has people wanting to head abroad. One in five respondents were tempted by a perceived better lifestyle, while almost a third cited the appeal of cheaper property, better job opportunities and rising living costs as their motivation for wanting to quit the UK.

Heading down under

When it came to the countries us Brits would like to move to, I can’t say I was too surprised to see the long-term favourite Australia topping the list (15%). A life down under is a dream held by many in the UK, while Spain – another popular destination with Brits – wasn’t far behind (14%).

Moving stateside was the third most popular choice (13%), with Canada (8%) and New Zealand (7%) making up the top five. Personally, if I had to choose out of these five, I’d have to go with the USA, following my trip to New York last year. It’s not quite as far as Australia!

So what do you think? Am I missing something – is the grass really greener on the other side of the world? Or like me, are you quite happy staying right where you are?

Comments
Member

I couldn’t possibly leave Britain. I have an uneaten sausage roll in the fridge.

Member

So many people are keen to live in Britain that it must be worth staying here.

Member
Mikhail says:
7 November 2011

Stereotyping is a very dangerous thing.

Member
Mikhail says:
7 November 2011

The grass is greener where you make it greener. We live on a planet, this is our planet and our home, maybe it is very naive to say that, but if you remove politics and religions, we are all the same.

P.S.
You might misspelled ‘Skyscanner’, would you please publish a link to the research?

Member

The weather is not, in my opinion, the reason for folks wanting away: better pay and opportunities and (sometimes?) lower overall taxation are more likely to fit the bill. You have also got to ask why so many expatriates long for their UK leave breaks? These days especially the chance of a job is a more likely reason for leaving the UK. Finally, the UK may appear bad to those aspiring UK-bred expatriates but as “wavechange” states above, there are probably more overseas folks just waiting to fill their places.

Member

Depends on where you go to. Germany and Holland for example = much MORE taxation to pay for things like the Reunification bill (solidaritaetszuschlag) and the constant draining and maintenance of the land.

Member
Chris says:
9 November 2011

It depends where you compare it to really. There are lots of good things about Britain – sadly, one of the bad things is how little we actually know about what we do well, and what we don’t. Our obsession with money, old fashioned attitudes, and wealth divide are some of the bad things. They are the main ones that make me want to move somewhere more progressive and enlightened. But there are still plenty of good people here. And who wants to be stuck in a place with bad tea, no yorkshire puddings, and no chance of rain?

I would have to come back sometimes, even if I moved abroad. That still doesn’t stop the urge though, with each Daily Mail headline, and government policy leading us further towards hatred and unhappiness.

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Member

I’m more than happy to stay put in London and being Norwegian I’m used to extreme weather. I think our summer over here begins in March and ends in October. As for rain – what rain? We hardly had any this year or at least not in London and I’m still waiting for an opportunity to buy a flash Orla Kiely brolly, but it has to start raining first.