Dreaming about living abroad? If you move to this village in Italy, the Mayor will pay you 2000€ and lower your rent to 50€
- The Mayor of the mountainous village of Bormida in Liguria, North West of Italy, is worried that his village’s population is dwindling down, as many of the local residents are moving away for work
- A cash reward of 2000€ is offered to those who move to Bormida
- Besides bagging the cash incentive, the rent of new residents will also be lowered to as little as 12,50€ per week (50€ per month)
- The nearest big city is Genoa, 86 km away (over 50 miles)
- The beach is a 45 minute drive away
- As Britain is preparing for Brexit, the timing of this relocation offer couldn’t come at a better time for those EU citizens living in the UK who are looking for their next home country, as living abroad is a way of life for them
Why living abroad and stepping off the career ladder can be the best decision of your life
Living abroad is something many dream of. Yet, most of us don’t end up following through with the plan. This small Italian mountain village is trying to make that relocation decision easier for you. The Mayor of Bormida, Daniele Galliano, shared his idea of offering a cash reward and lowering the rents of newcomers to the village on Facebook. Currently Bormida’s population stands at 394 inhabitants.
This initiative should see the first new tenants move in next year, once the local council has agreed on the details. Based on the answers the Mayor has received, many prospective applicants don’t even need to get the 2000€ to move in – the quiet way of life and the fresh mountain air near the coast of Italy seems rewarding enough. And the proximity to the nearest Michelin star restaurant – Locanda dell’Angelo in Millesimo, is only 21 km (13 miles) away. The perks of living very close to the Italian coast are hard to beat – the sunshine, the sandy beaches and the most amazing sea food and local wines are something most of us dream of. With my tips below, you could also be making a freelancer career for yourself, enabling you to relocate there long term and to travel to the most spectacular sites around the country at your own pace.
Learn new skills or a new profession when living abroad
- Learn new digital skills through Treehouse – you can get a free 7 day trial membership to learn web design, coding or business. You do not need any previous experience with coding to start learning. You can learn to build your own website or a site for a client, code, build an app or to start your own business. With over 1000 tutorial videos, you can make the time fly in your new Italian home village. Treehouse teaches the following topics: Design, Web Development, WordPress, Data Analysis, iOS, Android, Game Development, Virtual Reality and Databases
- Learn a new language: study Italian online with language schools such as languagecourse.net, which has been featured all over the international press (The New York Times, The Washington Post and Der Spiegel). They are rated an excellent 9.5 out of 10 on Trustpilot with around 800 reviews. Apart from being able to study Italian online, you can also attend language classes in Genoa with languagecourse.net. As English is not widely spoken in the village of Bormida, you will master a new language faster
- Learn a new profession through the Shaw Academy, one of the largest online educators in the world. You can get diplomas in photography, design, technology, business, beauty or health & wellness, music or languages. You do not need any previous experience to start learning. The Shaw Academy currently has over 400k new students each month and is growing. Students are able to choose from over 50 online courses. How do these careers sound to you? Web Designer / Developer, Financial Trader, Digital Marketer or Graphic Designer? These are great careers for anyone moving to Bormida or elsewhere, as you can work remotely as long as you have a reliable internet connection. You can give them a go with Shaw Academy’s free trial
- See if you could use your existing skills to make it as a freelancer with Freelancer.com (you really don’t need to earn that much to live a full life in Bormida)
- Take time off to study a full degree 100% online through The Open University (UK degrees) or The Digital Skills Academy and get your degree accreditation from the Dublin Institute of Technology. I have recently graduated from both of these universities and recommend both for anyone working full time, part time, looking after their family or looking to change the direction of their careers
Downshift or study for a new profession in Italy
This opportunity to move to Bormida, Italy, is ideal especially to those who are able to work remotely. It is also a very affordable location for anyone studying online, as the rent would only set you back 50 euros a month for a smaller apartment and maximum of 120 euros for a large house. If you have been looking for a way to step off the career ladder and take some time off to figure out what really makes you happy in life, this “living abroad” offer from the Mayor of Bormida couldn’t come at a better time. As the living costs are so low, you would only need to work a fraction of that time you may be working now. Once you have freed up time in your meetings calendar, you could be trekking on the mountains or driving down to the beach and enjoying the sunshine and other good things in life.
If you are thinking of moving abroad, you may also like this post where I give a less known but a good option for the list of locations. Although the post’s title suggests that it is aimed at anyone looking to move out of the UK due to Brexit, the post will apply to many nationalities around the world.