As someone who left the UK 8 years ago to
live elsewhere, I feel I can answer the question to this article with
comparative ease. Having said that, everyone is different and we all want
different things out of life. I moved away from the UK for a number of reasons,
the main one being that I was completely fed up with “working to live” as
oppose to “living to work”.
What I mean by this statement is that
whilst I had a good job which paid well (and this was back in 2006), I was
working in excess of 45-50 hours a week and this sometimes included weekends. I
started to ask myself “when do I ever get the time to enjoy the money I’m
This question fell heavily upon me, and by
chance I was talking to someone at a party who was eager to tell me they had
just found their place in the sun on mainland Europe, and was off to sunnier
climes in the next few weeks. This prompted me to do a little research of my
own. I have to say, I was nervous about this but felt that doing some internet
research from the comfort of my own home really wouldn’t hurt.
It didn’t take long before I came across a
whole new world. When you live in the UK, travelling to Europe isn’t difficult
and many of us decide to take our holidays there, however living in Europe is a
completely different prospect. By joining forums and other social networking
sites, it soon became apparent to me that British people who had moved away
from the UK were enjoying a life which appeared to be way more fulfilled than
Don’t get me wrong, I am proud to be British
and will tell anyone that my roots are important to me but at the end of the
day, isn’t it more important that you can enjoy life to the full? Of course,
there were many discussions with family and friends about what I was planning
and my husband, I have to say, soon got the “let’s move to Europe” bug. We did
a lot of research and thought about all of the reasons why we would move there.
I Took the Plunge
In the end, and I must stress we are now in
2014 and this was back in 2006, we decided that Europe was the answer.
Lifestyles in many countries there are much more laid back, the climate is
friendlier and the cost of living is far lower than the UK. I have now been
happily living in Spain for the past 3 years, prior to that I was in France.
I believe that my life has become more
enriched and I am able to speak with confidence about the different cultures
between these two beautiful countries. If you’re reading this and feel a little
fire growing in your belly then this article has done exactly what I intended.
The only piece of advice I will give you is make sure you do your home work. I am a success story but there have been many twists and turns along the way. Don't take a decision to move to Europe based on what one article tells you. It took my husband an me many months to make our final decision, but I have to say I'm glad we took the plunge. If you're already preparing for a move abroad and would like more information, feel free to take a look here