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Why we chose to move away from the UK

After the Brexit shock, more and more Brits are looking to move away from the UK. I don't blame them. There are a lot of pros and cons when it comes to living in the UK and for the sake of objectivity, I would like to tackle all points in this article. Yes, I will touch base on the Tory leadership, the hardship of obtaining residency and the uncertainty left behind as a result of Brexit. Although I have a strong political opinion, I rarely chose to write about it, but since this involves adventure and travel, I see no reason why not.

I'm going to start by saying that it wasn't always like this. There was a time when we loved the UK, were pleased by the level of comfort this country offered. There is a lot of incentive for young entrepreneurs to start a new business here and we took full advantage of this. We created 42droids which became the pillar of our careers. We enjoyed the crazy amount of products, the fantastic range of online shopping and the quality customer service. You see, all these were a given in the UK.

About 10 years ago when I came to study in Manchester, Britain was a different place. I think the part which shocked me the most was how friendly everyone seemed, how customer oriented the service was tailored and the sheer amount of prospects anyone could benefit from.

But this was short lived because I arrived in the UK during a dark time for Romanians and Bulgarians who just joined the EU. It wasn't all bells and whistles because it took me jumping through a lot of hoops to be able to obtain what back then was called a Yellow Card. I needed to work as a student as I didn't have rich parents to support me. But that's ok, I was never afraid of hard work and long hours of study. So here you had, a student willing to work and pay taxes, and nobody wanted to help her get an NI number, a Yellow Card or a job.

Cory London Big Ben Night

This didn't stop me, though, I persevered until I got accepted. I went above and beyond to integrate myself. I even learned the slang, so I feel one of "them". And everything was perfect. What might come as a shock is that I even loved the weather! As a writer, I thrived during rainy days as melancholia hit. It created the perfect environment for me to work, write and create.

As time went by, things started to change a little. The more I integrated, the more I saw, understood and acknowledged. Oblivious as I was at the beginning, I soon realised that I was somehow treated differently than my fellow British friends. For a while, it didn't bother me, until one day, I got rejected after a two-week job trial. They told me they didn't want me because I couldn't spell. I still remember the distress and shame I felt that day. I apologised and ran out crying, feeling desperate and marginalised. Why? Because I was a Law student whereby language skills were paramount. Of course, as a foreigner, I understood my limitations, yet spelling was never a major issue.

I asked for proof to see what I spelt wrong and on how many occasions. They showed me a name. Apparently, I wrote, "Stacy" instead of "Stacey" on a reminder post-it which has nothing to do with official documentation, appointment book or customer facing paperwork. I told my British friend about this and her reaction was: "Were there any foreigners working for the company?" And this got me thinking...in fact, no! There weren't any. To further reassure myself that my English level was adequate enough for me to get a job, I went to the University and took a language exam. My results were A for reading, writing and spelling.

Cory London Fortnum Mason

It wasn't until the last year of University that I landed my first full-time job with Apple. That changed everything. My peers were cool, the work environment was multicultural, everyone was smart, funny, different and awesome. I loved them and loved my job. Throughout the years, I lived a relatively calm and happy life. I had my ups, my downs, no money whatsoever, but good friends and great prospects. In the end, I left my job at Apple, moved to Bristol, got a new job with a digital startup, met my future husband, formed our own company, started travelling the world, became British citizens, got married and here we are.

But something, somewhere, went wrong...thus, we decided to leave the UK.

Why we chose to move away from the UK

So what went wrong? Why did we decide to move away from the UK? I think after a decade of living in the UK, certain things started changing a bit too much and got to us. We are what a Brit would call "middle-class young professionals". We are a newly married couple with no children, heavily focused on work. We own a digital studio which enables us to be location independent, work long hours and pay taxes in the UK. We loved it. But you know what we also love? Travelling. Hiking. Forests. Good food. Sunshine. Safety. Human Rights. Privacy. All of which are either impossible, are becoming obsolete or prohibitively expensive in the UK. Let me explain.

The Weather

There are a lot of benefits of having so much rain in the UK. Rain makes this country a green heaven, which is ideal for keeping those beautiful rolling hills everyone loves. This, in turn, is fantastic for livestock, fantastic for photography and brilliant for people who love walks in nature. There is just one catch. It always rains. Which means, an average British person has a wardrobe full of Autumn clothing and about 10 different types of wellies. As much as you might like the rain (and I already said it that I vehemently love the rain), it eventually gets to you.

It gets to you when you need to ride your bike home whilst getting wet to the bones. It gets to you when you can't enjoy the pub's beer garden during summer. It gets to you when you realise you can't buy t-shirts because, in reality, you need sweaters, thermals and raincoats. It sucks that you can't wear a dress unless you go on holiday. It's not cool that you can only wear a skirt during 5 days of sunshine throughout the year (we call that the elusive British heatwave).

Finally, it gets to you when you paid £100 a night to stay in that remote cottage in the British hills, just so you are forced to remain indoors because it's chucking it down (slang for torrential rain).

Thus, the weather got to us. It took 10 years for this to happen. TEN YEARS! That's a decade of rain. We've been eating vitamin D and Magnesium to keep afloat, but it comes a time when you are literally on the verge of depression because of lack of sunshine. In fact, when I go on holiday and get off the plane in a sunny destination, I feel like some vampire mole. Not cool!

P.S. For those of you who love the stone cottages and lifestyle images of the British country life, I urge you to spend a month living this dream. The cold, rain and mud will eat your soul. But for my own sake, why don't we run an experiment?

Cory Bristol Rain

Travelling

Travelling doesn't come cheap in the UK. There are pros and cons to this. The good news is that infrastructure is relatively good in the UK. Although we need more motorways, there are well-maintained roads in the country. This means that if you have a car, you can get pretty much anywhere around the UK. Owning a car doesn't come cheap in the UK, but luckily, the car market in the country is one of the cheapest in Europe. This means that buying a great second car in the UK will cost you much (LIKE MUCH!) less than in any other country in Europe. In fact, I am in the market for a new European car (which allows me to drive on the right-hand side) and the equivalent of the car I am selling here, is 5 times the price in any other European country. Mad!

If you don't own a car in the UK, I am very sad to tell you that train prices are ridiculous. I still remember wanting to go from Bristol to London and prices being close to £150 for a return ticket. Really? So travel around the UK doesn't come cheap, nor is very efficient because trains are late and aren't in mint condition. It seems more reasonable to pay £30 for fuel to drive to London and back, especially because it's always two of us or more driving, hence we end up saving even more. Compare this with £300 for two people on a train...

Once you get to travel around the UK, there are a few more things to consider. Accommodation is very expensive. Anywhere and everywhere. In fact, I am shocked to see the number of tourists still flocking to London, whereby I know how expensive hotels are. I went to the WTM in London and paid close to £500 for 4 nights. And bare in mind this apartment was far from the city centre and rented through Airbnb. Don't worry tho, prices are just as high when you rent a cottage in the country, a hotel in Manchester or a B&B in Chester. It's the norm.

Even if we could afford to travel around Britain, the question remains: why pay £500 to be in the rain, when you can pay less and be on a sunny beach. The exception being Scotland, because Edinburgh, the Lochs and its mountains are really worth every penny.

Things to do in London Sunday Subway

Culture

When I first came to the country, I said to my British friend. "I love the British culture". Whereby his reply was: "What British culture?"

This got me thinking. What British culture was I referring to? Here I am, ten years later, puzzled by the same question. I'm still searching for the answer but got lost somewhere along the way.

The great things about Britain, are the sheer amount of bright minds this country had along its history. There are myriad inventors, writers, musicians, bands, rock stars, scientists...All British! I can probably tell you something fantastic about a lot of them. And it was because of these bright minds that I chose to become British too. It took me years of hard work before I could even begin my application as a British citizen. But I wanted to show this country that I respect its traditions, its cultures and its laws. Furthermore, I respect the people who in my mind, made Britain awesome (Like Mick Jagger, David Attenborough or Maggie Smith).

But the more you integrate, the more you see the issues too. What country is perfect, aye? I started getting tired of being invited to the pub. The drinking culture in Britain seems to outshine the science scene. Theatres are far too expensive for the ordinary worker, but the pints are accessible still, even for the minimum wage. With so much rain and cold stone houses, what is one to do after work, but to pour their misery in a glass of ale and half mumble about their too demanding job and bad living conditions.

And then, it gets worse. The governments have decided to further cut budgets for education, science and academics. Outside brilliant minds are no longer welcome to contribute to the Great British societies and money is being invested in privatisation and corporations as opposed to a stable economy, educated, informed and healthy population.

The culture in Britain has moved from brilliant to that of hate, racism and ignorance. The great educated gentleman is obsolete and the fine lady is on a verge of collapse.

There are two sides to the British culture. The one you get to see as an outsider and the one you experience once you are on the inside. Britain is the best example of what it's like to have a split personality.

Things to do in London Busy Road

Food

Since we are talking about culture, I must touch base on the food. The core of the British kitchen is the oven, as you might already know from the Great British Bake Off (which has been cancelled by the way). With sadness I must say, the British cuisine is unremarkable. In fact, let me tell you about the art of British food. We have pies (a variety of them), we have the mighty Sunday dinner, the toad in the hole, the stew, sausages and mash, fish and chips. Sorry, have I forgotten something? I think not!

Don't despair, though, Britain is a great capitalist country, which means you can purchase anything your heart desires from the supermarket. This results in you learning to cook a variety of world dishes. I can cook Cantonese, Japanese (my favourite), Thai, Indian, French, Italian, Spanish and what not! So although Britain has a limited amount of dishes, it comes with a great variety of ingredients. The good news is that most of them are also cheap, thanks to supermarket chains which lowered the product quality to match the price demand.

But then something happens: You visit Japan and enjoy their magical street food in Tokyo. Or experience the French cuisine in Nice. Or enjoy some seriously nice Italian meal. And everything changes. That is the time when you realise that restaurants outside of Britain offer good quality food at great prices.

And so, I decided to say goodbye to the pie.

Meat Pie British Bake

Prices

As you might have gathered thus far, the prices in the UK are rather high. There are cheap things too but expect to get what you pay for. Rent prices are high, and when you add utilities, the internet, council tax and all the rest, you end up with most of your salary gone. If you are not careful, it can be a cruel existence whereby you work to live and you live to work. But the vast majority of people in the UK seem to be relatively well off. At least in comparison to other European countries. The economy is still favourite for young entrepreneurs, hungry consumerists and investors. Or at least it was before the Brexit idea, but more on this a later in this article.

In reality, it's hard to justify spending £50 for dinner for two, instead of buying food for 3 days with the same amount of money. It's difficult to understand why a cold house with zero insulation in the outskirts of Bristol costs £1000 when a fantastic apartment in the centre of Lisbon is half the price. It's difficult to understand why people should pay close to £200 for council tax when the council refuses to take your bins unless you sort your recycling to the letter. And what bothers me the most is that everyone imagines the Brits as being really rich. Let's talk about this a little.

According to TotalJobs the average salary for Professional jobs in London is £42,500. WOW. That's a lot, isn't it? Well, let's look closer. This is before any deductions. In reality, you would take home about £32,067. This means £2,672 in your pocket a month.

According to Expatistan here are some things you have to take into account:

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area £2,401
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area £2,075
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £208

Unless you share your accommodation, you are extremely rich or live in a partnership with someone, you can't essentially live in London. Please bare in mind that these prices are without internet, food, transportation, clothes, personal care or any sort of entertainment.

So we thought...why stay here, when we can live somewhere cheaper, with a higher standard of living?

London Ealing Neighbourhood

Brexit

The internet was flooded with articles about where should the Brits move now that the Brexit happened. I was in Madeira when I saw the results for Brexit. I still remember talking to my husband the previous night, saying that the world is not that stupid. Nobody is going to vote "leave" and nobody is going to vote for "Trump". I guess Einstein was right after all..only two things are infinite...you know the saying...

As we were already British citizens, we too participate in the vote and yes, we voted "stay" in case you were wondering. Unlike many others, we understand the importance of being part of the EU. And since the article is not about this, I'm going to refrain from further comments. However, there are few things which surfaced with this whole Brexit situation. We learned that the vast majority of people in this country is racist. Politicians are liars (we've been promised more money for academia and the NHS...). Politicians are trying to get rid of the Human Rights (read about it if you don't believe me) and without a flinch, the great British government passed "the most extreme surveillance law in the history of western democracy" (to quote Snowden).

After the Brexit vote, people started attacking immigrants, and even immigrant looking Brits. Sadly, the internet is full of these instances so there isn't much point me going through them. What is even sadder is that we (although both British) felt the effects of this.

And finally, let me make something perfectly clear. I am what you call a naturalised British citizen. This means that I was born abroad, came here and worked very hard to integrate myself to the point I would be accepted and deemed to be called a British citizen. I don't complain about the process, due to the fact that I understand why any country would only want skilled migrants and high-quality citizens. However, it is shocking to still hear people moaning about immigrants coming to Britain for the sake of benefits, whereby it is the vast majority of immigrants who pay the most taxes. It is the immigrants who maintain Britain afloat, and it is because of the immigrants that we have good doctors, dedicated teachers and hard-working baristas in the local cafes. Nobody is claiming anybody's job. If you are willing to do it, you are better than the rest and are happy with the salary, then the job is yours. Getting a job is a competition and may the best one win!

Big Ben Night London

Leadership

Throughout my university years, I inevitably made friends with a lot of politics students. We loved exchanging views on politics and weekly debates were something I looked forward to. Perhaps, the main reason I loved these, was because we were all like-minded young individuals, who dreamt of a true democratic UK which had the Labour party at the core. This was mainly because we loved and in believed in Tony Benn. He was an inspiration to us all.

What I always find hard to believe is how humans fail to learn from previous mistakes. People always blame it on individuals and never on parties, politic beliefs or societies. It's always one to take the blame. And so, nobody ever remembered the severe damage the conservative party did to this country throughout the years. And before you jump to my neck, I am a young professional with a business, whereby I, in theory at least, should benefit from conservative promises the most. Yet I fail to agree with the current leadership on issues such as Brexit, potential lack of Human Rights, surveillance laws, lack of funding for the NHS and academics...

Central London Evening

Attitude towards immigrants

The most heartbreaking part is the attitude towards immigrants which Britain seems to have adopted. Despite the handful of people who try hard to make xenophobia go away, there are so many who still claim immigrants are bad for this country.

I get it, nobody likes foreigners. Nobody likes the idea of having someone around who is totally different than what we are used to. But let me tell you, though, you shouldn't see immigrants as a problem, but as a solution. Immigrants are the people who are willing to give up their rights, liberties and cultures, in order to work for the sake of your government, your country, your society and your benefits. These are the people who if we invite here and we teach them how to adapt, are going to work hard to pay taxes, and maintain the lifestyle which every born and bread British citizen believes they deserve.

If you still believe this is not possible, take me and my husband as examples. We were both European expats who came here to study. We adapted, changed and integrated into the British society. We both naturalised to become British citizens and pledged our alliance to Her Majesty the Queen. We both worked hard to build a decent life for ourselves and formed a company. We are both honest people, law abiding citizens who pay taxes as individuals and as a company. We contribute more to the country than many others. Do you see? If allowed to succeed, immigrants will go above and beyond to prove themselves worthy of your acceptance.

Cory Bristol Forest

Safety

This brings me to the last point, which is safety. I used to feel safe in the UK, but for a while now, I am afraid to go around at night. I'm not too sure why, as Bristol is a relatively safe city and I live in a decent neighbourhood in the suburbs. But in reality, I stopped feeling safe in the UK a few months ago, when people started assaulting immigrants in the street. From Downton Abbey, the UK became more of a Harry Brown.

But don't just take my word for it. According to the Global Peace Index, the UK is the 47th safest country in the world (and the 26th in Europe), well below Romania, Hungary, Germany and Botswana. Portugal is the 4th safest country in Europe...

UK at night safety

Where will we move from the UK

Now that I expressed why I chose to leave the UK, I guess the next question is where am I planning on moving to. Well, we don't really know. We will spend 2 weeks in Romania, a month in Hungary, a month in Japan and two months in the Algarve. This is how far we've got with our plans. We are taking the digital nomad lifestyle approach but by means of slow travel. We won't be travelling the world from one day to another as we are aware we need a base to run our digital studio and this blog from. For now, we think our base is going to be Portugal, but this is subject to change.

Our immediate candidates are: going back to Japan and spend a few months there, South Korea, Taiwan (probably right after the Algarve), Singapore, Canada, Costa Rica, Argentina and then back to Europe.

Algarve Natural Wonders

Will we ever come back to the UK

Our business will continue to be UK based. We will continue to pay taxes in the UK. We will invest money into our pensions, trust funds and ventures in the UK.

Although we have a love-hate relationship with the UK, this is still our home country (as ironic as it may seem).

Will we want to raise our children in the UK? We don't know.
Will we ever come back? We don't know that either.
For now, we made the decision to buy a one-way ticket and see what happens.

Someone asked me when I told them we are moving: "What will you miss most about the UK?"
My answer was: "Scotland!"

Where would you like to live? Would you come and live in the UK or would you rather take the road somewhere warmer? Leave a comment and tell me all about your experiences.

Responses

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Katie at Study ...
14 Jan 2017

I definitely feel you on this, although maybe not to the extent that you do as I am an American who lives in Prague and has lived in Wales and France. I always turn up to a new place eager to learn about the culture, and with romantic views about the entire city/country. In my case in Prague, some of these romantic ideas just never materialized the way I thought they would, or my perception has changed. I'm not quite at the point where I'm ready to leave yet, but I do know I don't want to "settle" there, and I can definitely understand your urge to leave. I'm sure you will find your (almost) perfect city/country!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Katie, thank you for your comment. I would love to visit Prague and although I know many digital nomads pick this city to live in, I believe it's not exactly what I have in mind. I would probably live there for a few years, but ultimately, would need a bit more sunshine. I guess, home is what you make of it.

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Rhiannon
14 Jan 2017

It makes me sad to read this. Not because you're leaving because HELLO ADVENTURE, but because of all the reasons you listed. Except the rain; everyone hates the rain haha. But seriously, I'm sad that you don't feel safe anymore. I'm sad that 52% of our fellow countrymen make you feel that you're not welcome. Because I promise you are! It seems like a majority but if you look at the facts behind the polls, it was mostly the older generation who voted leave, the people who were blind-sided by promises of more money for the NHS and better help for the elderly and infirm. It was also the uneducated, the "lower class" if you will (I can say that because on paper that's me haha). Again, they were blind-sided by empty promises of a better NHS, "more jobs" and "less immigrants". Because they read too much of the Daily Mail and have come to believe that Mohammad who owns the corner shop and Sunita who works in the local Indian aren't law-abiding, hard-working citizens but terrorists, despite having lived here longer than some of us have been alive! I've held 3 stable jobs since I was 16, and in each on I was the minority. There were very few British born citizens working those jobs, and it's because very few British born citizens can go beyond the thinking that working in a fast food chain or as a cleaner or in a call centre for minimum wage is below them. But people who come to the country? The "immigrants who are here to steal the jobs"? They're some of the most hard-working, dedicated people I've ever worked with who will do ANYTHING to earn a decent, honest living. Sure there are a few who give a bad name to people coming here to live, a few who are just in it for the benefits. But there are a damnsight more British born citizens abusing the system in the same way.
This has turned into a really long political rant now - sorry haha. To cut it short, I'm sad you're leaving for those reasons. But please know that you and your husband are welcome, you are safe, and if our government ever decides to sort themselves out and stop being absolute tools, I hope you come back some day :) But in the meantime have an absolute blast in Portugal, Hungary and wherever else the wind takes you!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Rhiannon, thank you for your comment. I want to thank you from all my heart that you took the time to tell us we are welcome. We need more people such as yourself, who realise that indeed, the UK needs immigrants to keep certain parts of the country afloat.
We are excited to have started our adventure, and we don't regret leaving the UK. Although, sometimes, we do miss having a good old pint with our mates :)

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Jordan
14 Jan 2017

What an interesting perspective and thanks for sharing! As an American who used to live in Scotland, I 100% agree with you about the weather and prices (ouch with the pound/dollar!). I now live full-time in Germany and just enjoy the lifestyle better. I wish you and your husband the best of luck on your travels and next adventure in life!!!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Thank you Jordan! I am glad to hear you settled in Germany. Scotland is a wonderful place, but ultimately, it is still part of the UK....for now at least :)

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Faith
14 Jan 2017

A very powerful piece and interesting from my perspective as a Canadian who left Canada to travel for many of the same reasons. I am not a young person but to find work in Canada is miserably difficult unless you live in a major City. In particular if you get over 50 and are jobless you are totally screwed and even if you have a pension you simply cannot afford to live there. I say keep traveling and find places that you can afford to have a decent life and by that I don't mean buying 'stuff' settle for much less but a good lifestyle.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hello Faith, thank you for your comment. I find this so interesting because I would have never expected to learn these things about Canada. Buying less, eating better and having good weather is far more valuable. I wish more countries will adopt this!

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Miranda - The C...
14 Jan 2017

Wow Cory! Such an interesting perspective. We've just moved to the UK and we're loving it so far, though we are probably still doe-eyed and innocent about it all. We actually find it so much cheaper living here than back home in Melbourne, Australia though.... How crazy is that!
We've also found that while Mark (who has a british passport) breezes through various application processes for banks etc, I (with a Latvian passport) struggle much, much harder to get approved. Even if it is just a coincidence, I definitely get you when you say you feel as though you're treated differently.
Good luck finding your new base guys :) Can't wait to see where you travel to!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Miranda, thank you for your comment. I really hope I didn't put you off living in the UK. We are all different and I hope that what didn't work for me, will be excellent for you. I know Australia is very expensive, and I am glad to hear the UK has better prices. I hope you getting differential treatment than your British man is just a silly coincidence! I want to take this opportunity to wish you well, wherever you two decide to settle.

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Carla
22 Oct 2018

It's to do with money laundering regulations. The bank need to ensure that the account is not been used for proceeds from crime or they can face heavy fines, this obviously takes more verification for foreign nationals.

Source: I work for a bank.

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Cory
24 Oct 2018

Make sense, Carla! Thank you for letting us know.

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Lena
14 Jan 2017

That's a really nice and honest article.
I must admit, being a foreigner here in Denmark I often ask myself the same questions and face the same challenges. Countries in Europe are becoming less and less accepting and open.
But good for you for taking on a new path, that's always exciting!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Lena, it took a lot of courage to say all these things. I know some will agree, whilst others won't. Nevertheless, I wanted to tell the world what is going on and why we honestly wanted to leave the country.

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Morgan
14 Jan 2017

Very brave and I can't wait to see what comes next! It takes a lot of courage to recognize when it's time to move on. xx Morgan

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Morgan. It all started a few years back when we were walking through the rain on those British rolling hills. We were fantasising about walking on a beach somewhere and eating fresh fruits. It took us a long time to really make the move. Alas, we did it!

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Alaine
14 Jan 2017

What an informative post! Its sad what is happening with the world today. I'm beginning to feel incredibly out of place and more at home when I'm on my own whether I've locked myself up in a room at my parents, or traveling solo around the world. The rising sentiment of racism is felt the world over. I grew up as an expat kid and global citizen so I don't really understand the veil of staunch patriotism to one country. How people can be close-minded in their views of the world. I will always be a foreigner to the world and a slave to the number of days/weeks/years I can stay according to visas. A passport country that doesn't accept me the way I am due to my ethnic heritage, global upbringing, and different cultural views. A birth country that doesn't fully accept me because I speak different, act different, live differently than the majority. Adopted countries I've lived in were always a ticking reminder that I don't belong and that I'm just a temporary alien working or studying there for a limited time. Visiting countries to escape reality and feel comfortable in my own skin but is always a slap in the face to reality going through immigration. Sigh. To be a global citizen shouldn't be a bane of existence.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Alaine, thank you for your comment. I can't help but share your sentiment. I wish the world would be more open, patient, loving. I do feel that we have so much potential and we could learn so much from one another. We have a long way to go before we can live in a borderless world, where are all welcome anywhere and everywhere. I wish we would have governments who encourage peace and education, as opposed to war.

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Ella
14 Jan 2017

You've written an incredible and brilliant post here, Cory! A very interesting and substantial read. I'm also a British citizen but I was born there and left around the same time that you came. Your thoughts and feelings on Brexit and on many of the other aspects affecting living in the UK, are the same ones that I share. I'm always asked whether or not I would move back and honestly, especially as a result of recent events and where things seem to be headed, I wouldn't. Not likely to anyway. There are many wonderful things that I love about the British culture and I am glad that I spent a chunk of my childhood there, but there are also many aspects that repel me and that I even find quite appalling. No country or culture is perfect of course, but we always have to ask ourselves what we're willing to put up with and sometimes it's not worth it. Thanks for sharing!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Ella, thank you for your warm comment. There are so many wonderful things about Britain! I am glad you had the courage to leave it all behind and become the fulfilled and happy person you are today. We need to infuse more people with love and courage, for everyone to truly follow their dreams and live life to the full potential.

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Wendy
14 Jan 2017

I can imagine you want to escape the rain. Same problem in Belgium! If I would move, it would be to Barcelona. It has good food, great climate, culture, sea,..... and it's nog too far from "Home"

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Wendy, thank you for your comment. The weather can be a bit much and I heard Belgium doesn't come with much sunshine either. I do hope you move to Barcelona soon!

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Cristina
14 Jan 2017

A very deep and interesting reflection... It's very hard to leave! But I guess you took the right decision :/

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Cristina, it is very hard to leave the known and take a leap of faith into the unknown. Nonetheless, the dark side usually has cookies :)

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Kaylene
14 Jan 2017

I loved reading this post. I'm moving away from my home in the US next year and have some similar reasons why. I'm excited for something new and a place that's easier to travel solo in.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Kaylene, I can't wait to read more about your solo adventures. I hope you find a new place you will call home.

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Suzanne (PhilaT...
14 Jan 2017

Excellent post with a logical argument and pros/cons clearly explained. I've been trying to move to the UK for years but as an "immigrant" from the US, the Tier2 visa rules have prevented me from doing so. I was stunned by Brexit and very sad as well, it foreshadowed the US elections. For me, moving to the UK where I've traveled a few times a year for over 20 years for work and fun - is about spending time with friends and loved ones there and the opportunity to travel Europe much easier. I guess it's a "grass is always greener" situation for all of us lately.
Good luck on your move and finding the sun

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Kathi
14 Jan 2017

I live in the UK right now (Scotland), but I'm not a citizen. My partner is though. We're thinking of moving away as soon as I've finished my studies for many of the same reasons as the ones you mentioned. Even though I think the political climate in Scotland is slightly different than in England - especially in Glasgow, where we live - there is no denying that the overall situation sucks. A practical question - do you have to have an address in the UK in order to keep your business based there?

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Kathi,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. You do not need an address in the UK for yourself. However, you do need an address in the UK for your business. You can rent a PO box for your business and move it there. This way you can still get letters, keep on banking etc It costs a few hundred pounds per year but well worth it.

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Melissa
14 Jan 2017

Excellent read! I'm currently temporarily living in the UK (my boyfriend is English) and I feel you! His family is super conservative (they voted leave) and it's quite surprising to see how people are close-minded and so patriotic. I'm telling him constantly how much I'd rather live somewhere else in Europe (somewhere cheaper, because yahh, it's way too expensive here) and somewhere where we could simply have a better quality of life.

I thought this was also quite funny! I wrote an article about a similar topic a month ago. It was about all the things I don't understand about England. Lol. I think you got it all right!