Undeterred by recent earthquakes in Christchurch, Clare Murray, Oxford University music graduate and former senior lawyer at global law firm Clifford Chance, is happy she waved goodbye to London and said hello to New Zealand.
Why does anyone choose to live abroad? Marc Hagelauer exchanged Paris for Bangkok. He now lives in the heart of the Thai capital and runs high-end delivery firm Food by Phone, a graphics design company and Le Smash Club and Tennis Academy.
Technology and telecoms consultant Stefan Zehle, who runs London-based Coleago Consulting, swapped safe, suburban Bavaria for edgy Notting Hill in the 1970s. “London was very different back then, very drab. But it was also hugely exciting for an ambitious 19-year-old,” he says.
Does owning a tropical home conjure up images of sipping rum-based drinks by the pool, or healthy-looking bank statements? If it’s the former, you’re a lifestyle purchaser; the latter means you’re keen on getting a decent return on your investment.
If you can’t afford a villa, buy a share instead. David Cameron had to head home early from his £9,700-a-week villa holiday in Tuscany. It’s tough at the top – but the Prime Minister is sure to return to so-called Chiantishire.