Unconventional destinations for adventurous British expats

Published:  26 Jul at 6 PM
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If the usual expat destinations have lost their appeal for the more adventurous British would-be emigrant, these five countries are well worth considering.

Over 5.5 million Britons are believed to be living, working or retiring overseas, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Great weather and cultural similarities are attractions in themselves, but for those who don’t want to be encased in a Little Britain scenario, there are other interesting choices out there.

Provided the Brexit chaos moderates into a solution which steadies the residential necessities of Polish nationals in the UK, this welcoming country may still be within reach for UK expats. Warsaw and Krakow are already popular for their friendly people, safe living and financial security, and both offer opportunities for those looking to work abroad. The crime rate is far lower than in the UK and starting a business isn’t at present a bureaucratic bore.

South Africa is home to over 200,000 Britons, more than are at present in France. The common language is a major draw, with stunning weather, a reasonable cost of living and comfortable quality of life essential add-ons to the package. For those fascinated by wildlife and endless vistas, there’s nowhere else in the world that’s as tempting.

Ever popular with tourists, many of whom decided not to go home, Jamaica’s attractions for expats include a horizontally laid-back atmosphere, glorious, sun-drenched beaches and warm, blue seas. The established expat community of 25,000 Brits welcomes newcomers and is almost entirely comprised of retirees.

The huge country of Brazil encompasses varied scenery to die for and a lifestyle redolent with vibrant, colourful local cultures, traditions and music. For those looking to further their careers in an exotic setting, there’s plenty enough employment and interesting business opportunities. Needless to say, the climate is at its tropical best here.

Would-be British expats may not have considered India as the most suitable place to begin a new, totally different life, but this amazing sub-continent is a relocation opportunity second to none. With its economy storming ahead and plenty of UK companies in partnership with Indian enterprises, jobs for expat professionals are not hard to obtain, especially in Bangalore’s tech heartland. The country’s exotic lifestyle, vibrant traditions and delicious food are just what’s needed for a successful transition from the UK.
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