Want to live in a different country but not sure where to? Help is at hand. We offer you suggestions to suit your age and budget.
Menorca or Alicante, Spain
Menorca is a small Balearic island with many picturesque Mediterranean towns all the way around the island. Mahon is a busy town with a large shopping centre and beautiful harbour, while S’Algar is a quiet village that has a high elderly British population. Menorca is the perfect place to retire in later life.
Although its tourism trade from fellow Brits is a major part of the island’s industry, hotels are spread out and the holiday season is only from May to September. The beaches and bars are much quieter during the other six months of the year. Villas come at a price though, starting from €500,000. If exploring the mainland is more your thing, consider Alicante. As well as a high-quality tourist destination, Alicante is a port city with postcard views looking out to the Mediterranean Sea. Aside from the aesthetics this Valencian city is one of Spain’s leading economies outside of Madrid, making it great for those looking to work.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife is the most populated and developed of the seven Canary Islands, with the most metropolitan vibe. As Tenerife is also the largest of the Canary Islands, there are plenty of glorious places to explore, such as Puerto de la Cruz on the north coast and Costa Adeje in the south-west. The capital city of Santa Cruz has all your amenities. Tenerife is ideal for twenty to thirty-year-old Brits who want to work in tourism. One-bedroom apartments are around €120,000.
Melbourne or Hobart, Australia
Melbourne, along with capital city Sydney, has the lowest unemployment rate in Australia (4.3%), so is great for your job prospects. The quality of living in Melbourne is positively healthy. The Economist magazine ranks Melbourne as one of the best cities to live in the world. House prices vary depending on the area, but average rental prices are $500.
For a more relaxed way of life, Hobart, the Tasmanian capital, is the among the best places to spend your life savings on a retirement home and maybe a boat for the harbour. House prices are high (upwards of $500,000) but the living costs are relatively cheap. Hobart is known for its fresh fish dishes and mountain hiking trails. The coastal town has a cool climate not too dissimilar to the UK for those who aren’t much for heat, with a country surrounds like the home counties. With no language barrier, Hobart would be a home from home, yet culturally enriching.
Normandy is largely a historic cultural region with old-fashioned gothic homes. The coastal region is most attractive to elder expats wanting to live near to the sea around Le Havre, where there’s a large expat community. Northern France is just a ferry journey from loved ones back in the UK. Younger Brits might want to experience the lifestyle inland by renting an apartment closer to neighbouring Paris. Houses and apartments cost about the same as around Southern England.