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Team Rest Less Posted 5 months ago
Would you consider moving abroad for a cheaper way of life?

We’ve had a few Rest Less members tell us they are thinking of moving abroad to avoid the cost of living crisis here and live more cheaply and presumably in more regular sunshine.

Would you think about moving abroad as a means of avoiding the cost of living crisis in the UK?

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    • backofbeyond 15th February 2022 at 11:35 am

      Years ago I always wanted a kind of eternal summer lifestyle – April to Oct in the UK, Oct to April in eg Oz, but ‘stuff’ gets in the way.

      We partially moved abroad about 20yrs ago – we bought a flat in the mountains in France. But that was for the lifestyle, not because of UK economics. I’m not sure anywhere in Europe is significantly cheaper. We now have a reasonable grasp of living costs in France, Spain and Sweden (via family / friends as well as our own experience) and it’s all much of a muchness.

      It’s the same with the U.S. (friends living there). Some things are cheaper, others are more expensive. Certainly round the NY area the weather is more extreme than it is here – hotter summers but colder winters.

    • Chojo 15th February 2022 at 11:48 am

      I lived in Spain for a few years about 20 years ago and it was a lot cheaper back then. Today I don’t think there’s much difference but I’d rather be broke in the sunshine than here.

    • Jan1 15th February 2022 at 12:22 pm

      Yes I would

    • MikeyG 15th February 2022 at 12:40 pm

      Yes, without any doubts…..my view on the country at present is…..”last one out please turn the lights off”, the UK compared to other countries is the worst, yes the energy issue is global but it is worse here and thats down to taxation mainly, We pay extortionate amounts of tax on fuel, we pay tax on our income, and then more tax on everything be consume or any resources we use, we pay tax to drive a car, pay tax on having fun…..TAX TAX TAX ! and at massive rates, if they could get away with taxing oxygen then im positive they would, The Government is so out of touch and are sitting by doing very little while this country goes to the dogs…..

      • bianchi.raf 19th February 2022 at 10:21 am

        Hi I am Italian and in Italy is the same if not worse, at least here I was able to find work

        • MikeyG 19th February 2022 at 12:29 pm

          I love Italy, been many times with my work, finding a job wouldn’t be an issue for me as I can keep the one I’ve already got lol, I’m glad you found work when you came over

      • Grace Williams 24th February 2022 at 10:54 am

        You say about taxing oxygen – As bianchi.raf says, in Italy they practically do lol – I owned a club out there in the 90’s (reggio emilia) and we wanted to put a large protective covering over the entrance/around the building to cover people as they were queuing in all weathers (imagine a big sunshade/awning attached to the building…) We actually had to pay a tax on the ‘air space’ we were using… I have never known taxes like they are in Italy. If you can think of something to be taxed, they will tax it 🙁

    • Tambos57 15th February 2022 at 12:46 pm

      I have a friend who is thinking of moving to Thailand when he retires, based on cost of living and the climate.

      I always wondered if I could move abroad on a permanent basis but came to the conclusion I’d miss the things I take for granted. We may not be what we were as a country but for me it’s finding the right balance. Time abroad in the winter months when cold and damp, then the Uk for spring till December would suit me

      • Team Rest Less 15th February 2022 at 1:07 pm

        Yes ‘half and half’ seems to be a popular option with some people if they are lucky enough to be able to afford some type of base in both countries.

        • backofbeyond 15th February 2022 at 1:42 pm

          I know / met a number of people in the US who live a follow the sun lifestyle – north in the summer, south in the winter. Either Nomadland style in an ‘RV’ (think block of flats on wheels if you don’t know American campers) or by owning north / south property. I have friends who migrate from Florida to a farm in upstate New York depending on the seasons and it works for them. They’re still in the same country so no great cultural etc shifts. Not so easy this side of the Atlantic.

        • Tambos57 15th February 2022 at 1:44 pm

          Aside from the cost of living, it’s the health benefit to escaping the damp/cold months.

    • adeliza0165 15th February 2022 at 1:06 pm

      Would love to do this or partly live abroad.
      Don’t know if it would work out any cheaper or not, i guess it depends where you go.
      It would definitely work out a lot cheaper in Poland where my family live – a cousin’s husband, (a builder), quoted £20,000 to have a house built out there. For a pole, it’s a lot and the only ones who manage are the ones who find work abroad in countries like Germany, Austria and England where the economy is better.

    • SBraveheart 16th February 2022 at 12:06 am

      I definitely want to I’ve been looking at the options for taking my pension abroad and trying to find information from others that have taken the plunge.
      Not quite retirement age just yet but I really would like to get to Spain. Crazy I know but its just me myself and I so I want to try.
      All advice and info gratefully accepted and greatly appreciated

      • adeliza0165 16th February 2022 at 7:35 am

        I have a friend who moved out to Tenerife a few years ago – he has a great lifestyle out there and made friends and the weather is good most of the year. But the language barrier can be a nuisance and the locals aren’t that helpful unless youre willing to pay them. He lives in a complex where others have also done the same thing – some of them come and go – are there for the winter and here for the summer and others have acquired permanent Spanish residency.

    • Warwick Pete 16th February 2022 at 12:23 pm

      Brexit has put a stop to making moving to Spain, France Portugal etc an easy choice

    • Loriax 16th February 2022 at 9:56 pm

      I was going to live in France, southern Spain or Lanzarote but Brexit has stuffed that up! Someone remind me again why people voted to leave the EU?

    • Woodcrafter-Keith 16th February 2022 at 10:17 pm

      Not for financial reasons but I’d love to move to France it’s my happy place at least I get free accommodation now as my Brother moved out there just over a year ago
      Sadly I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford too now unless I win the lottery

      • Jan1 18th February 2022 at 11:15 am

        Same situation as me most of my relatives live in Italy
        Southern Italy is cheaper but there are lots of red tape to settle but I would love to do it

    • Mother Goose 18th February 2022 at 9:23 am

      Most definitely

    • Sue47 18th February 2022 at 2:47 pm

      I spent 5 years on Crete, some of the happiest years of my adulthood. Sadly had to return to UK for health/family reasons and can no longer afford to make the move again but I’d go back today if funds allowed. Someone mentioned the language barrier, the only thing stopping a person getting on well in their chosen country is themselves, they have to learn the language. We expect immigrant to speak English, why should we not give them the same courtesy? I had a friend who went on a day trip to France and complained that they didn’t understand her English even when she shouted at them! Not the way to behave!

    • Jetsetter 18th February 2022 at 10:37 pm

      Thinking of spending some time in Spain not been for 3 years i’m thinking a nice long long long holiday my family’s got a holiday home there.

      • SBraveheart 19th February 2022 at 2:21 am

        You go you lucky lucky lady
        I had my one and only trip to Spain in 2020 and they locked it down just the day before I was due to come home absolutely loved it brilliant hotel and had a truly relaxing time.
        Then the world went mad and we all became obsessed with toilet paper.

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    • g 19th February 2022 at 8:42 am

      We would love to spend winters in Portugal and summers in the UK , sadly Brexit has put a stop to that..we love the good weather, fresh food and cheaper wines but if we wanted to spend more than 90 days we would have to become residents .

      • Moondaisy 19th February 2022 at 11:52 am

        I don’t think people really realised the affects Brexit would bring…. Even though I’m quite patriotic I do believe ‘united we stand’ but we won’t get into politics 😁

    • Moondaisy 19th February 2022 at 11:48 am

      I’m quite patriotic, I’m very proud to be Welsh and wouldn’t want to leave Wales permanently. I would do half and half though, but think if I did it I would choose somewhere in Europe. Wouldn’t want to be too far away.

    • Suziku 19th February 2022 at 1:04 pm

      In 2019, I bought an apartment in Turkey intending to rent out in the summer and spend my winters there. In 2020, l ended up spending 7 months there during lockdown and realised I could quite happily move there permanently.

    • Linde 19th February 2022 at 7:38 pm

      Most interesting comments. Apart from escaping the economic crisis, and mentioning that maybe learning the language of the host country might be a good idea, for practical reasons ( schools, doctors , government departments, ..) if not for socialising, taking part in local events, etc. has any thought been given to adjusting to the life style and new way of life, and showing willingness to integrate? Accepting new, maybe surprising ways of behaviour, respect, consideration, code of conduct, rules and regulations? Just living in the sun and enjoying the benefits a country can offer are not enough. It is a two way relationship, a lot of give and take is required ( as I can say from experience) .
      The idea is brilliant, but as anything in life, you have to put some effort in to get something back.

      • Moondaisy 20th February 2022 at 1:39 am

        Wise words Linde. I was thinking, I wouldn’t want to be a foreigner in someone else’s country, but that sounds (for want of a better word) racist, which I certainly am not…. you put that into words for me.

    • VickiLynne 20th February 2022 at 8:40 am

      I always had a dream that I’d spend from October to March in Australia and then vice versa in the UK. The trouble is when you have children and grandchildren, that dream has to remain a dream! I wouldn’t like to abandon my family.
      On holiday in Tenerife once, I met a chap who spent January and February in a holiday apartment there and because he had it for such a long time, it was dirt cheap. He said it was still cheaper than living in London where he was from, for those 2 months. He had a bad chest too and felt that the warm, sunny weather and fresher air was greatly beneficial.

    • Rob100 23rd February 2022 at 8:17 am

      Have always liked the idea of moving to France still property is relatively cheaper than here in the UK ,pace of life , wine, I do occasionally look at properties online in France but doubt I ever will but still nice to think about and who knows.

    • BriannaBro 15th April 2022 at 8:23 pm

      Buying a home abroad was on the list of my innermost desires. Besides, traveling has become a familiar thing for me. However, my husband dissuaded me from this venture. Instead, we decided to take a mortgage six months ago. therefore, we turned to Mortgage Broker Sheffield (https://sheffieldmoneyman.com) for help. Btw, I realized the difficulties associated with the acquisition of real estate abroad only now. If we could afford a three-room apartment in our native country, then we could only buy a one-room in Spain.