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Best places to move for winter sun in 2022

Do you want to escape the cold UK winter next year? Whether you want to shake things up with Christmas cocktails on the beach or simply dream of year-round good weather, these winter sun destinations are sure to give you lots to think about as you make plans for the year ahead. 

Benefit from low costs of living and winter sun with a move to Cyprus 

Winter in Cyprus offers expats bright and mild days. January and February are the coldest months, but daytime temperatures still stay around 16-18°C depending on whether you’re inland or on the coast. These cooler sunny days are ideal for exploring the countryside or one of the many ancient historical sites on the island.  

Cyprus is also cheaper than the UK to live in, making it a popular spot with UK expats seeking a Mediterranean alternative to the harsh chill of British winters. You’ll pay less for things like restaurant meals and fresh fruit or vegetables, and accommodation is affordable too. Although there’s been a slight uptick in the cost of apartments recently, house prices are low, so you’ll be able to make your money go further if you do decide to buy. Since the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in January 2021, there have been additional immigration requirements that British expats must meet to gain residency status in Cyprus, so be sure to research the eligibility specifications and factor time for the application process into your plans. 

Move to the Canary Islands for sunny winter skies 

Say goodbye to winter blues with a move to one of the Canary Islands. Known for attracting visitors year-round, the islands are close to the African coast and boast temperatures that rarely drop below 18°C. These are great conditions for golfing at one of the resorts on the islands and there’s even the possibility of a spot of sunbathing on warmer days! 

The winter-sun appeal means you can avoid lengthy off-peak lulls and live in that beachy buzz of summer for much longer. For example, if you decide to focus your sights on the warmest island, Gran Canaria, you can spend evenings in the stylish Puerto de Mogan harbour, taking in the stunning sea views while dining al fresco at a waterfront restaurant.  

Move to the Sunshine State of Florida for winter sun in 2022 

With its warm winters and white-sand beaches, Florida has lots to offer sun-seeking expats who are interested in experiencing life in the USA. With world-famous sights to enjoy like Everglades National Park and Disneyland, Florida is the perfect winter sun destination for entertaining the family and friends that might come to visit you in your new surroundings. 

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the good weather in Florida, from wine-tasting sessions at a local vineyard to unwinding with ocean views at the beach. The destination is particularly popular among those looking to retire abroad; you’ll find ample retirement communities and the UK’s social security agreement with the US means that retiring UK expats won’t have their pensions frozen. 

If you plan on moving abroad in 2022, a currency specialist like Global Reach can help you get more for your overseas transfers. You can learn more about locking in an exchange rate for up to two years for property purchases, or making cost-effective regular transfers by speaking to a member of our team. 


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