WE can all be forgiven moments of retrospection, maybe even doubt, after we have made the decision to shift our lives overseas.
Whether you are missing family, missing friends, or yearning for some Heinz Baked Beans, there are bound to be things you miss about life back home.
But what are the things most commonly missed by citizens living overseas?
SPECIFIC FOOD ITEMS
From Tetley’s Teabags, Heinz Baked Beans and Cadbury Crème Eggs to straight up Branston Pickle and Bisto Gravy Granules, there are a whole bunch of British foods that UK citizens have been known to crave when living abroad.
But according to a survey of some 100,000 Britons living overseas, the number #1 bestselling UK products wasn’t any of those things.
It was, in fact, the wholesome British crumpet!
Hold onto your hats and ignore the fact it has been raining for most of August.
British weather is, funnily enough, one of the other significant things people miss about the UK when they live abroad – possibly because the topic is officially our favourite conversation starter.
The idea of someone missing the UK’s unpredictable mizzle might seem absolutely ludicrous, but once you’ve spent years living in a climate like Australia’s (which is predominantly hot) you may well find yourself missing the days when it rained on your barbeque.
CULTURE AND HISTORY
Britain, as a nation, is fairly ancient.
Whilst every country has a history, not every country has the same bragging rights when it comes to historical pedigree as the UK.
You might not realise it until you go abroad (especially to ‘newer’ countries like America) but in most parts of the world it’s not normal to live in a 300 year old house, or to navigate roads that the romans laid out in 43-410 CE, or to have your capital city discussed with phrases like ‘pre-history’ and ‘legendary foundations’.
People often miss the sight of old buildings and the feeling of permanence prevalent in the UK once they make the move overseas.
BRITISH WIT AND SENSE OF HUMOUR
The British sense of humour is world renowned and intimately tied to the national culture.
Its absence is also one of the main things people notice when they move abroad, with some 42% of 1000 British expats asserting that they noticed a significant difference overseas.
Very few nations have the same approach to irony, satire, sarcasm and self-depreciation as the UK – but it’s probably something you might not appreciate until it’s gone.
Manners are free, and the British don’t hesitate to use them.
Talk to any British national living abroad and the issue of manners and politeness may well come up – unless they moved to Canada.
From bumping into a stranger on the street and apologising to almost bumping into a stranger on the street and apologising, the British are the emperors of extenuation, the ambassadors of apology.
It is not that other nations are impolite, by any means, it is just that the British are known for going out of their way in the interest of proper politeness.