My sister went to live in Italy in her late 20s she loved it at first but now would do anything to come back but can’t afford it.
Friends moved to southern Spain about 11 years ago and seem very happy but what happens when one of them dies I wonder ? They visit their family in the U.K. regularly. Does being with an ex-pat community lose it’s attraction when on your own?
I would never consider living abroad as I am a real home bird.
I don’t understand why some of you were paying taxes in both countries. We only paid income tax in Holland not in the UK. The two countries have reciprocal rights. We could have chosen to pay British NI and Dutch but that was optional. We paid UK tax on any profit we made from renting our UK house out but that was all.
Pensions which derive from government, local government, military etc have to be taxed in the UK. I pay UK tax on at source on my occupational pension and French tax on my state pension. The tax I have paid in the UK is offset against my French tax allowance so I don't pay tax twice on the same amount.