Is Living Abroad A Distant Dream?

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The great thing about getting older is that new opportunities become possible.

Children leave home, mortgages are paid off, the 9-5 does not dictate our days and the idea of living a freer life inevitably makes us think of holidays abroad or even better …. permanently moving to sunnier climes.

So what is stopping us? Each year tens of thousands of people retire outside the UK.

Is this something you would consider? What are your key concerns before taking the plunge?

Are You Planning To Live Outside The UK?

Full time overseas
0%
Split time between UK and another country
0%
No intention to leave the UK
0%
Based on 552 public votes.

 

What concerns you the most about living outside of the UK?

Maintaining Family & Friends in the UK
0%
Managing Your Finances In A Foreign Economy
0%
Building A New Social Life
0%
Integrating With The Community
0%
Language
0%
Healthcare & Wellbeing
0%
Missing Home
0%
Based on 527 public votes.

 

What concerns you the least about living outside of the UK?

Maintaining Family & Friends in the UK
0%
Managing Your Finances In A Foreign Economy
0%
Building A New Social Life
0%
Integrating With The Community
0%
Language
0%
Healthcare & Wellbeing
0%
Missing Home
0%
Based on 445 public votes.

We would love to hear your thoughts and concerns about retiring abroad … is it something you would seriously consider, have you already taken the plunge, or do you have no intention at all of residing outside of the UK?  Feel free to leave your comments and views below …

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yanto
23rd Aug 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
Finding the best place for long term let in Spain,somewhere that will except a small dog as well. Thank you Silversurfers .
fez
13th Aug 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
I hate the winter drab. So would like to fly south for the winter . Well millions if birds can't all be wrong? So one of the Zcista will do
Boriginal
15th Jul 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
Have hat a small villa (bungalow) in Languedoc area of France for nearly 11 years. Intended to move over perms antsy when hubby retired but then realised we could afford both houses and have the best of both worlds. We now have a grand-daughter so glad we can spend time with her over here.
You do need to speak the language to integrate fully but we have integrated into the village life well and you build on you language basics by being thrown in at the deep end!
If you think it would be a good idea, do it! Rent somewhere for a few months to test the water. If it doesn't suit you you can always come back. Better that way than saying 'if only' for the rest of your life.
I really think that having the challenge of learning a new language, buying a house there etc. has kept my mind ticking over for the better.
little owl
15th Jul 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
What I didn't say in my comments is that I have seen both my parents through their lives and my husband has done the same for his and we have not hand any for 15 + years now so we would not be leaving any parents. If we could have gone abroad I would have preferred Italy mostly for the people as I have always loved most of the country.
little owl
15th Jul 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
I only have the one son who is really my life and I would miss him terribly but I know he could afford to visit regularly but I have always had poor health so I couldn't get private health insurance at all and this prevents me from even discussing it with my hisband and him but my best friend from here has moved to Spain today and intends staying except for visits to see the family and we shall certainly be visiting. I don't blame anyone for moving to a warmer climate as the ills most of us have here with arthritis etc would be so much better In a dryer climate.
Marley444
14th Jul 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
I would consider it, although I would feel extremely guilty about leaving my mum with dementia, who lives in a care home.
millomgirl
14th Jul 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
I have had a house in Bulgaria for ten years, and spent around four years in total living there, dividing my time BG and UK. I bought the house while I was married, but have been divorced for two years now and have no qualms about living there alone, along with my three dogs. I love the country, the people, the culture, and the feeling of not being hemmed in, as in the UK, with the houses so close together and people living almost on top of each other. Most important thing, I believe, about living abroad, is to learn the language, because if you don't bother you can miss out on so much. Living in BG, I have a huge garden, which I love working on. I grow my own veggies, keep chickens and have also had goats. I love the local market where you can buy anything and everything. I make my own bread, chutneys and jams from the abundance of fruit on the trees. I will not give up permanently on the UK, but neither can I give up Bulgaria. The things I miss most about being in England are a decent curry, fish and chips and my son. The rest is just geography.
mclerne
14th Jul 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
Apart from having an elderly mother living near me who I feel I could not leave I am also single and not sure I could live on my own in a foreign country as much as I'd like to.
annainfrance
14th Jul 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
I have had a property in france for the last 17yrs living here for the last 8, do I regret it? yes....why you may ask when property is so cheap, wine and eating out, but I miss friends and also the taxes.
As I say to people "I do not want to pop my clogs here" if I do please don't leave me here!
France is great for holidays!
KaterinaR
14th Jul 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
I'm very happy to be back in UK after having spent nearly 10 years abroad. All may not be perfect in UK but at least it is the devil you know.

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