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POll - What was your main reason for moving abroad?
03 July 2019 @ 23:41

What is it that drives someone to move abroad or retire miles away from "home". Are they fed up with their home nation?Need a change of environment? or do they need to find a cheaper place to live so they can further enjoy the rest of their years? Some say it is just down to the weather and can't take anymore grey skies and cold wet mornings, but somehow I think its more than that. In my case it was very simple I was fed up of England and wanted to expand my horizons and you?

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DJF42 said:
04 July 2019 @ 10:40

Having served Queen and Country for 24 years I am ashamed and sad 😔 that I have had to say, "I have had enough of my home country"


pommers said:
04 July 2019 @ 11:14

The one you are missing is health!
I came here because of my arthritis which in the damp UK was dreadful. So sort of the weather, but not entirely.
I need a second choice too - cost of living.
We would struggle to survive on our pension in the UK but do fine here


Dave11 said:
06 July 2019 @ 08:49

Sorry to say, but had enough of the way the UK is being run. Beyond belief and very sad.......


marelison said:
06 July 2019 @ 10:30

All answers here above are from UK-people and leads to weather and economic situation of their country, and finally, cost of living. Strangely, I have mainly the same reason for me to say...I am from Iceland. - We. elderly, are struggling to live by our pension, which are low relativity to cost of living because of the unstable economic and inflation in the country. Getting 67 years old and the health care are also very costly, we found out that´s the best way, or the best choice, was to move to Spain. - Commonly, we both come (are fleeing) from islands......


Keith said:
06 July 2019 @ 11:11

Like DJF42 i am ashamed of my country, in London where i am from 500 churches have closed & 423 new mosques have been built in the capital alone & that shows where our country is going, some of you may think my view is racist but thats up to you & its my reason for leaving what was GREAT Britain but now its just called UK because its not great anymore.


Andrew Jarman said:
06 July 2019 @ 12:06

You're missing an important one - a romance!


rosie44 said:
06 July 2019 @ 12:29

Nobody mentions how much they love the culture of Spain and the Spanish people and the chance to learn a new language, broaden their horizons and integrate into a new community!
Surely first and foremost reasons!


cowiz said:
06 July 2019 @ 14:08

Although we don't live in Spain year round, we are spending more and more there each year. We initially wanted to retire in a place where it was warm, sunny, there were mountains, and water. We are from Michigan (USA). Here we suffer from VERY cold and snowy winters, grey skies a lot of the year, and no mountains. We live right on Lake Michigan so I needed to be by water. When we went to Spain for the first time 19 years ago I thought we had found the perfect place. As we stay longer and longer, I know it is perfect for us. But although we were initially weather driven, we now have fallen in love with the culture, the people, the food, and of course the wine. We are pretty fed up with direction of our home country and if it weren't for children and grandchildren we would be in our adopted country of Spain year round! No one can choose where they were born, but we can choose where we would love to be!


Charlietwice said:
06 July 2019 @ 14:32

I came partly because of health and a more relaxed lifestyle but also sadly the UK has lurched to the right. Too much hate in my country of birth.


Charlietwice said:
06 July 2019 @ 14:34

I would add that my vote was for expanding my horizons. I love Spain, the people, and the language.


David said:
06 July 2019 @ 19:00

We moved to Spain for the weather, culture and wonderful
scenery throughout this wonderful country. We have been residents here for nearly 18 years. We don't miss the UK which has changed out of all recognition.


harddunby said:
06 July 2019 @ 19:30

Left when Blair came in but after 16 years came back in 2013 because after the initial surprise you find the same problems but in a different language.


Keith said:
06 July 2019 @ 20:47

After working all my life paid all my due's I unfortunately got the big "C" was sick pensioned off after 38 years & had a mortgage still. Tried to get help but was told,I was not disabled enough, even though we were on the point of being repossessed after working all my life we were going to lose allI worked for just because I was suffering from Cancer, so instead of losing everything sold up & moved to Spain. Sorry to admit it the UK is more interested in helping other country than their own. Its DISGUSTING!!


Miriam said:
06 July 2019 @ 22:14

Hello,

My husband and I are still working but plan to retire maybe in 10 years or so if God grants us life by then. We are from California but live between California and Prescott in Arizona. We visited twice Spain and we said this is it! let's get a small property in south spain and contribute to this gorgeous country with great culture and kind people, in exchange for their hospitality and the opportunity to grow with them; please do not forget this country economy and its people went through a rough time few years ago and the struggle still continues for the local people. Even retired and with a little, a person can do a lot for that country and still enjoy everything it offers. And oh when last thing I am a biiiiig fan of Miguel Poveda, even though I have no ties to spain but I must have a DNA called flamenco :-) anyway, Blessings to you all. Peace.


Debra said:
07 July 2019 @ 00:26

I’m originally from California, now living in Madrid. California is not the place to retire, if you aren’t wealthy. Spain is quite affordable and I love the quality of life here.


Teresa said:
07 July 2019 @ 21:07

Being resident in Spain for six years, we love the way of life, the climate and the people. We have no wish to return to the UK. We pay our taxes here in Spain and hold our heads high as we contribute to the economy. What disgusts us is the many expatriates here who live under the radar, no wonder the Spanish economy suffers. Those who do live under the radar should be ashamed of taking from the Spanish people and enjoying this wonderful life here without contributing.


Teresa said:
07 July 2019 @ 21:08

Being resident in Spain for six years, we love the way of life, the climate and the people. We have no wish to return to the UK. We pay our taxes here in Spain and hold our heads high as we contribute to the economy. What disgusts us is the many expatriates here who live under the radar, no wonder the Spanish economy suffers. Those who do live under the radar should be ashamed of taking from the Spanish people and enjoying this wonderful life here without contributing.


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