Hot or Cold?

Hot or Cold? The Emigration Conundrum

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
7th March 2015 (Last updated on Monday 21st August 2017)

So you've made the decision to seek out pastures new; you know you want to escape the UK and sample a new way of life, but where are you going to go?

And do you want a warm or cold climate? Let's take a look at the benefits of both temperatures and the popular expat countries which suit them best to help you decide:

Some Like it Hot

A warm weather escape seems the natural choice for many, but what are the benefits of living in this climate all year round? Here are some of the key draws:

  • Warm weather provides adequate conditions for plants to grow; with frequent rainfall or careful watering you can become self-sufficient and grow your own produce along with some beautiful flowers.
  • More exotic fruits, vegetables, and flowers for you to sample and enjoy.
  • Fine weather conditions mean more outdoor activities are possible – great for the sporty types!
  • Al fresco dining and outdoor living is more common so you can entertain into the evening; the longer days also help here.
  • You can get a natural tan!
  • Sunlight can improve your mood.
  • Alertness and mental strength is at its peak in warm temperatures.
Al fresco dining

(image: Aqua Blue Pools Blog)

The obvious answer to ‘which hot clime is most popular among emigrating Brits?' is, of course, Australia.
Australia has long been popular thanks to its warm weather all year round, ample job opportunities, wide open spaces and the fact there is no need to learn another language.

But there are some new emerging favourites. Dubai is becoming increasingly popular among young professionals looking for a high flying city job; Spain continues to be popular among retirees, and New Zealand attracts those looking for a slower pace of life.

But, as appealing as the warmer temperatures may seem, they're not for everyone; let's take a look at the flip-side:

Some Like it Cold

Here in the UK we have a culture of having hot weather holidays every summer, so some friends and family may look on in dismay when you say you're considering moving somewhere with even colder weather than Britain!

sub zero living

(image: Walter Baxter under CC BY-SA 2.0)

But that's just because they don't realise the benefits of cool temperatures; here are just a few:

  • Cold weather means delightfully fresh and crisp air.
  • There'll be no pesky, disease-infested insects flying round, such as mosquitos.
  • Cold weather burns calories.
  • Body confidence issues are lower, as clothing is more concealing.
  • Winter sports galore!
  • You can still enjoy varied seasons.

Just because a country has a cold climate, that doesn't necessarily mean it is going to be snow-covered 365 days a year. In fact, many countries that have winters which reach below zero actually have quite pleasant summers.

If you like the sound of moving to a country with a cold weather climate why not look into a move to Switzerland, Belgium or Germany. Or for somewhere a little further afield, how about Canada? You'll experience all the seasons there!

So where will you choose for your international move? Are you team hot or team cold? Wherever you decide to go we can help; get your 3 free international removals quotes today.

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