Does moving abroad make you happier?
If you’re one of the 232 million people living outside of their country of origin1, you might already know how moving to a new country can lead to a happier, more fulfilled life. And if you’re thinking about making the move, we can tell you the outlook is certainly positive. Whether you’re looking to move abroad for work, to retire, or for a better quality of life, research commissioned by AXA – Global Healthcare earlier this year2 showed that 67% of people who’d moved abroad found that the experience had affected them positively.
Nerves are normal
If you’re considering a move abroad, there’s a lot to think about, and you’ll probably have the same questions and concerns as many who have gone before you. We asked expats what factors made it difficult for them to move abroad, and some of the biggest concerns were the distance away from their friends and families, making new friends, the weather and the language barrier. It seems, however, that on the whole, the benefits of the move outweigh these concerns.
Why make the leap?
Expat life can open up new opportunities and experiences that may not have been available (or as appealing) at home. Our research found that the most popular reasons for moving overseas were work related. 30% of participants moved abroad for better career opportunities, 23% for better pay and benefits and 21% moved for a better work-life balance.
18% however, moved abroad solely in pursuit of a new adventure and 13% moved simply because they’d always wanted to live in the particular country they moved to.
Whatever the reason, the evidence is clear that a move abroad could, indeed, make you happier.