5 Things You'll Love About Being an Expat in the UK

Contributed by Pegasus Marine Finance, 27 June, 2016

Whether you're on the hunt for sunny seaside living or challenging hikes through the wilderness, Britain's smorgasbord of iconic landmarks, adrenaline-fuelled activities and natural beauty mean expats of all tastes can find their permanent paradise here.

Every year, excited expats make the big move to the UK and embrace a new life in their adopted home – and if you're looking for a reason to expatriate yourself in Britain, you'll find a few of the country's greatest draws right here.

Coastal resorts

The UK is famed for its wide array of beautiful sandy beaches – making it an incredibly popular holiday destination for those who love a good bit of sun, sand and sea. From Bamburgh's golden beach in the north to Brighton's world-famous seaside resort in the south, England in particular is packed with opportunities to catch some rays and hit the surf. One of Britain's best loved coastal towns is North Yorkshire gem Whitby: birthplace of the Dracula legend and home to the spectacularly gothic Whitby Abbey. Here, you'll find centuries of rich heritage, both historical and fictional, on top of unmissable panoramic views of the North Sea.


If you're looking to take your expat experience up a notch, Britain also boasts a broad variety of adventure sports for thrill-seekers looking to get out on the water. From Northumberland's surf scene to kayaking and paddleboarding in the Lake District, you'll find watersports options in abundance – with wakeboarding opportunities aplenty along the British coast if you're ready for white-knuckle water adventure. You can even buy a motorboat of your own if you try this exhilarating watersport and can't wait to give it another go.

Summertime festivals

The UK hosts an action-packed array of comedy, music and arts festivals every summer – promising enough variety to keep any expat occupied throughout the warmer months. Whether you're prepared to brave the elements at Glastonbury or can't wait to turn up the volume at Download, Britain's festival calendar offers something for everyone – meaning you're guaranteed to find your kind of party in this country of top-notch art, entertainment and culture. Eventbrite is your ultimate resource for all things event-related, and you can explore upcoming UK music festivals right here.

Rural treks

From steep inclines to gruelling long-distance trails, Britain has no shortage of challenging hiking routes for expats ready to push their body to its limits. The green pastures of Derbyshire's Peak District and the rugged ruins of Hadrian's Wall offer two of the country's most staggering walking opportunities – but to disappear into another world of magnificent, mountainous beauty, pay a visit to the Scottish Highlands. Unmissable hikes through the Highlands include (but are not limited to) Beinn Alligin, Quinag and Binnein Mor – and each one is fit to burst with postcard-worthy views of sweeping landscapes and rugged rock faces.

Nature reserves

Wildlife encounters aren't hard to find in the UK, thanks to the huge number of rural habitats and nature reserves scattered throughout the country. Woods, marshes and islands across Britain are home to a broad spectrum of weird and wonderful species – from butterflies and bats to badgers and birds of prey. Protected by the RSPB, these reserves offer creatures of all shapes and sizes a safe and secure habitat – and as an expat in the UK, you'll have the coveted chance to see these beautiful animals in their natural surroundings.

Making the move abroad is a serious undertaking but, thanks to Britain's exhaustive list of activities, attractions and awe-inspiring sights, you can make this transition a truly exciting one.

Tori Atkinson is an adventure holiday blogger for Pegasus Marine Finance, helping outdoors lovers find exciting new ways to spend their time exploring the UK.

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