Survey shows vast majority of Brit expats happier overseas

Published:  16 Sep at 6 PM
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It’s not just the combination of weather, lifestyle and lower cost of living that appeals to disenchanted Brits, it’s also that the majority of their expat neighbours are loving thier new lives as well..

Estimates reveal that at least 5.5 million UK expats have given up on their home country’s ever-worsening weather, soaring taxes and household bills, disintegrating environment and lack of career opportunities. Scattered across the world in a variety of countries, most have taken a step into the unknown and most, it seems, are happier than they’ve ever been.

The current version of Lloyds Bank International’s annual survey reveals that a massive 68 per cent of respondents are loving life in their chosen expat haven and have no plans to return to the UK. Only seven percent felt they’d made the wrong decision, were less happy and were experiencing acute homesickness as a result.

Missing family and friends is a common theme amongst expats, but the rewards of a great climate, improved lifestyle and value for money as regards living expenses easily make up for the occasional twinges of regret. Many replies from those happy with their lifestyle included references to fun family and friends’ visits to their new homes.

According to the survey, the lower living costs in most destinations meant that expats were financially better off than in the UK. For the majority of those surveyed, the move made financial sense, especially considering the still-soaring cost of everyday necessities in Britain.

Moving overseas is more traumatic for families with children, especially as regards language, new friends and education. Interestingly, most of those surveyed found that family-friendly services and education in their new home country were superior to their UK equivalents, with 60 per cent stating that their new homeland is a better and safer location for raising a family.
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