Thousands of Britons emigrate every year, citing better jobs, more favourable weather and large ex-pat communities as their motives for the move.
As young families struggle to keep their heads above water with rising interest rates, taxes, property prices and cost of living, the lure of sunnier climes has never been stronger.
Some 200,000 people left the UK in 2006 to join the 5.5 million Brits that now live overseas
Most go to Australia, Spain and France.
Australia is welcoming new residents with open arms - moving down under has never been easier. On 1 September new rules came into effect that mean an extra five points will be awarded for passing a standard English language test under Australia's points-based immigration system.
In the UK the NHS provides free healthcare. It is something we take for granted.
In most countries, healthcare, particularly for expatriates, is not free.
An international/ expatriate health insurance is an essential consideration.
Expats Health insurance : News update: 11 September 2007