There probably aren’t many people these days who at some point in their lives haven’t considered packing up and moving on, branching out and settling down in another country. And in fairness, who could blame them. Our summers seem to get shorter every year and the rest if the time we have to settle with a mixture of cold, rain and cold rain.
But our terrible weather is not the only reason why more and more people are not just considering heading off to brighter skies, but actually putting those thoughts into action.
Quality of life in Britain is pretty much the worst in Europe. We die earlier, retire later, and in the meantime get less time off than most of our European cousins. Our diet is worse and many people look to the diets of those in other countries with a great sense of longing, the Mediterranean fare being much more appetising than our cholesterol-packed cuisines.
Moving to France, or even further afield can actually simply just make life much less stressful. The pace of life is usually much more relaxed abroad than it is in the UK, and with such beautiful scenery and of course that old weather being much better, moving abroad often improves people’s moods greatly.
Culture is also often a big reason for people to move to places such as France, whilst meeting new people and learning a new language also rate highly. Moving to Germany is always a great way to learn their language if you’ve always wanted to.
However, it is worth remembering that moving doesn’t mean you want to leave everything totally behind. Moving to some of our closest neighbours will make it much easier to get home and see relatives, whilst still enjoying all the benefits of a fresh start. When moving to France or moving to Germany the channel tunnel is so easy to access that you can be home whenever you want. And you may just find that the UK is a great place to visit, but you just wouldn’t want to live there.