So, you have done some research, looked into the pros and cons and have decided its time to make a move, or maybe you’re just setting out in your search for your dream home abroad; but where in the world can you go? Do you want somewhere that is more relaxed with a slower pace of life? Do you want to live in a place that has all the trappings of a small town, but close enough to a city for vibrant nightlife? What hidden gems are out there that you can soon call home?

Here we review some stunning places from around the world that might not have been on your list.

Spains Hidden Gem


If youre thinking Spain, then why not consider Carmona. It is one of those hidden, small towns that rivals much bigger cities in terms of history despite its size. With a population of 28,000, the town is located just one hours drive away from the capital of Andalusia, Seville, and is rich with Moorish and Roman architecture. With great food and drink, this is a fantastic place to consider as it remains relatively free from tourism.


Frances Hidden Gem


Located around 20 miles from Montpellier, Sète is one of the most beautiful seaside towns in the south of France and is famous for its stunning beaches. It also hosts a huge water jousting tournament. It has all the benefits of the French Riviera but without the astronomical costs. And it is home to some pretty canals that will make you feel like youre in Venice (its known as The Little Venice of Languedoc). With a relaxed atmosphere, it is a great place if youre looking to chill away from the hustle and bustle of city life.


Portugals Hidden Gem


Aveiro is about as authentic as it gets for an archetypal Portuguese town. Located close to Porto, this charming area is packed with bustling restaurants and bars, while the pedestrianised streets and fish markets add a relaxed element to the place. It is a vibrant place that has remained close to its roots, without all the trappings of tourism.


Canadas Hidden Gem

Further afield from Europe, Canada offers an idyllic lifestyle and Oakville is certainly one of those places. A lovely suburban town in southern Ontario, Oakville also boasts a brilliant location in Halton Region on Lake Ontario, which gives its residents easy access to natural wonders, while still being close to the city life of Toronto.


With a population of just under 200,000 people, it is a thriving town that provides all the advantages of a well-serviced urban centre, while preserving a small-town feel.


New Zealands Hidden Gem


Although Waiheke Island is popular with tourists, why wouldnt you want to live on an island that has stunning scenery and is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country? Just off the coast of Auckland, you can easily reach the mainland from Waiheke, while one of the bonuses of the flourishing tourist industry is that there are also lots of jobs on offer.


Make sure you have a profession and skills the country is looking for, and you cant buy a property in New Zealand until – and if – you get residency.


Australias Hidden Gem


The beautiful small town of Port Douglas is in Australias Tropical North Queensland and has it all. Close to two major UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, you can spend days sailing out to the reef to discover the marine life.


On land, there are some amazing seafood restaurants, bars and amenities – or you can choose to enjoy days relaxing with friends and family on the stunning Four Mile Beach.


Some Other Things to Consider Before Moving Abroad


But there are many things you must consider before deciding that a move abroad is the right one for you. Here are some things to think through before searching for your ideal hidden gem of a location.


The all-important cost of living

The actual cost of buying a house in a different country may be relatively cheap compared to some parts of the UK. However, the long-term financial implications you could face will need to be identified to prevent any unpleasant surprises further down the road.


Take time to research what wages you might be able to earn for the job you do, or is it time for a career change? Look into the basic costs of household goods and how much it will cost you for transport. Also think about how many times per year you might want/need to come home to visit family and the costs associated with that, as well as taxes you might have to pay.


The language barrier

While its true English is widely spoken across the world, language remains one of the biggest barriers towards successful integration for British expats who have moved overseas. We can scrape by on holiday by speaking slowly and loudly but encountering a foreign language each day will quickly expose our shortfalls to native speakers. Try to learn the language, even just greetings or basic sentences. It will be worth it and appreciated by the locals.


Are you ready for different climate patterns?

The general arrangement for weather in the UK is that its hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but rather agreeable whatever time of year. However, in addition to the culture shock of moving abroad, climate shock is a very real issue that many people struggle with. Study the pattern of the climate to avoid any unnecessary surprises.


Remember to research thoroughly

These are just a few options in the countries that are most popular with people emigrating from the UK, but without the expensive costs of the more renowned cities and towns. The most important thing to remember when making such a life-changing decision is to do your research thoroughly.


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