Life outside the UK

#1
Has any one else decided to pak their bags and leave the UK, after termination of service to the colours?

I moved to Norway.

I ski at weekends.
Walk in the mountains in the summer
Get to look at 6ft tall, blonde haired, blue eyed women all day long.
Earn nearly 5 grand per annum more than my UK counterpart.

And pay 6 quid for a pint of Guiness.
and pay 36%income tax.
(add national insurance contributions and income tax together I dont think its far off. And if it is well I dont pay council tax either)
 
#3
I m in oz, quality of life is excellent, cost of living is cheap the only downside is tax is 43% if you earn above 20k (sterling) per year although no national insurance. Sunny all year round, skiing in the south, lots of fit women...need I say more?? beats Watford!
 
#4
East island of Oztralia, aka NZ, can't beat down under.
 
#5
Heading for the Algarve next month. Bags o' sun, cheap living, fack all use for skiing tho' 8O

Still, I was shoite at skiing when I tried it anyway !


Ubique ya bass !!!
 
#8
Stayed in Germany and like it - apart from being unemployed at present... might even warrant returning to the UK!!! 8O
 
#9
I'm doing the same - how do you guys get at your pension? Do you declare it to the tax authority of the country you reside in or just draw on it from an ATM??
 
#11
Has any one else decided to pak their bags and leave the UK, after termination of service to the colours?

I moved to Norway.

I ski at weekends.
Walk in the mountains in the summer
Get to look at 6ft tall, blonde haired, blue eyed women all day long.
Earn nearly 5 grand per annum more than my UK counterpart.

And pay 6 quid for a pint of Guiness.
and pay 36%income tax.
(add national insurance contributions and income tax together I dont think its far off. And if it is well I dont pay council tax either)

Ditto, even down to the 36% income tax.

you didn't mention the 5 weeks holidays, getting extra summer holiday pay and only paying half income tax at xmas. :)

Looking at your tag i guess your at the opposite end of the country to me.
 
#13
I got out way back in 96... came to Kuwait for a 5 week contract and have been here ever since. 8O
No Ski-ing unless you count water Ski-ing :oops:
More sun than pretty much everywhere else. 8)
NO TAX...cant count that much money and have properties down under (NZ) :p

Been a long 5 weeks though, but will do another 3 or 4! :?:
And yeah....what pension, 9 years with the Army and the pension is worth less than squat...when I get old enough to squat I might consider asking for it. :twisted:
 
#14
i have considered moving to either USA or Canada .
do any of you have idea or advice or possible pitfalls of such a move also the pension question is a good one to consider.
where is the cheapest place to buy a house in USA/canada with job opportunities at the same time.
 

Mr Happy

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#15
Ask yourself these questions:

sophistication
1st world like Hong Kong or 3rd like Thailand

language
Do you learn them easily, if not that english speaking might be best

age
are you retired - Thailand your pension will go far? Single - then only speaking english will limit your options?

work
EU for work permission? Or if it isn't necessary then the globe is your oyster

Visa's
Could be the deciding point for you!

partners
do they want to come

kids
will you be too far away to see them regularly

security
you can earn $10-20,000 in Saudi with the right skills. But you might lose your head. Oz wages are worth sh*t except in Australia. Kiwi's work for Penuts.

Perhaps you should look at why you want to leave and they identify why the US or Canada or another place will the answer.
 
#16
i have been to USA and Canada i find the living standard are high, large country so much to see never get bored, everybody speaks english, similar enough culture, ok flying times, Australia is a very long way down and its restricted to one island so is New zealand.

only remainig points are employment, medicare and visas

i wonder if there is any ex pat there on this website who advise further.

reasons for leaving UK things seemed to be going down the pan

my age 36 not too late to start
no partner or kids (that i know of)
 
#17
Mr Happy said:
partners
do they want to come

......

security
you can earn $10-20,000 in Saudi with the right skills. But you might lose your head. Oz wages are worth sh*t except in Australia. Kiwi's work for Penuts.
quote]

First point - the biggest headache. They're like bloody homing pigeons (well, mine is. When living in Cyprus she wanted a flight back to paddyland every five minutes.)
Second point. I don't think any expat settles in Saudi. I certainly can't see the attraction. Make your bundle then escape, and a bit more than $20,000!
Looks like I'm going to have to live in Co ruddy Down. Ah well....
 
#19
I've still got 6 years to push til my pension, but I'm in two minds as to what to do when the time comes:

a. Stay and try to fight off these PC hand wringing New labia treason monkeys, or:

b. Take the easy option and bugger off.

If its b., then I'm considering South Africa and, failing that Oz or NZ. My thinking is that my gratuity and pension will go a lot further and buy a lifestyle I could never afford here. If I chose SA, I might not need to work at all, but I probably would. I'm thinking of private contract EOD work, which pays quite well, but is short term stuff (not necessarily a bad thing) and is always in shi-ite holes like Iraq, Kosovo, Sudan etc.

Biggest obstacle is whether beloved wants to up sticks or not. We'll see.
 
#20
Sir RB

I've taken the easy option - filed my papers for Oz yesterday. Liquifying our property and assets gives us huge purchasing power out there. We will have enough to buy four houses (3 bed plus) a business (we don't fancy Ozzie wages) and still have cash in the bank.
 
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