Most people feel a very particular attatchment to the land where they have been born. Traveling and relocating is often part of the dynamics of our lives, and yet our birthplace always holds a very important significance to us, that's why we call it "our land" or "our country". Yet, for many reasons, many of us find ourselves packing our things and heading towards the airport, our passport in our hands, ready - or not - to move to a different country and build the rest of our lives there.
Every year, tens of thousands of Britons choose to buy or rent a property abroad and move to a different country. Of course, some places are more popular among Britons, like some Western European nations and, especially, English-speaking first world countries like the United States and Australia.
One of the reasons why Britons leave the UK and relocate abroad is education. Taking courses and postgraduate degrees usually means a temporary relocation, and Brits come back to the UK after the course is completed. However, some find job opportunities where they are, or simply fall in love with the country and decide to stay longer.
Jobs are another very important reason. Companies and organizations search for talents even beyond frontiers, and many British people have found opportunities in other countries; in fact, it isn't uncommon that professionals relocate abroad to work because there they are more likely to find a position, and even be better paid.
Retirement is the third popular reason. Some Britons decide to live the final stage of their lives in a nice and quiet location, and Europe definitely has a lot of that - America is also a nice place with many lovely countries. In fact, the average British retirement income is enough to live a nice life in many other places, where prices aren't that high.
When British people - or any people for that matter - think of European countries where to live, they usually picture a few Western European countries including Spain, France, Germany... perhaps Hungary or Austria, or a Scandinavian country... and that is it. However, there are plenty of great places where you can relocate, and the one in which we want to focus here is a quite tiny nation beside Spain: Portugal.
With half its borders being Atlantic coast - and with a very beautiful natural landscape - Portugal has made itself a name as a touristic destination. Portuguese beaches are famous, and the little towns close to the ocean are a dreamy place for an escapade. Many picture Portugal as the perfect holiday destination, but not so much as a place to live.
However, there have been cases when Britons spent a good time at Portugal for vacations, and that made them consider the possibility of moving there. In fact, the popularity of Portugal is increasing, especially after the British royals chose it as their preferred holiday destination.
Portugal is definitely a gorgeous place, with privileged natural features, a promising economy, very rich history that rivals Spain and other close countries, and very friendly people who welcome expats and make them part of their community. If you relocate to Portugal, you will find a warm human environment and a very nice cultural scene. Many others just like you have had the same idea, and now are living a happy life in Portugal. If you are interested, click here to read some advice about traveling to Portugal and living there.
Since this country has made itself a fame as a touristic destination, people picture moving there as a vacation-like experience, a relaxed retirement or a paradisiac lifestyle. However, Portugal has so much more to offer, and it is actually a great place for investments and economic growth.
The government of Portugal has implemented the Golden Residence Permit, which is a visa especially aimed to investors. The only requirement is that an investment of over half a million euros is placed in the country. This golden permit also allows investors to travel across the European Union as well as claim Portuguese citizenship in six years. This visa has motivated foreign investors, especially the Chinese, into purchasing properties and making businesses in the country.
More and more people are moving to Portugal, including Britons, so much so that since 2016 the airports of London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester are now connected to Lisbon via direct flight once a week. Even if there is some concern about the consequences of a possible Brexit on June this year, Britons still choose to relocate to Portugal so they can enjoy all this great country has to offer.
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