British Expats Reveal What They Miss Most About Home… and It Isn’t a Cup of Tea


In a recent Lloyds TSB survey, British expatriates have revealed that the thing they miss the most about living in the United Kingdom is the British countryside.

According to the online survey, which was compiled by Freshminds on behalf of the international bank, 46% of the expatriates questioned revealed that it was the rolling hills and tree-dotted landscape that they missed the most about home and it was expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates who missed it the most.

Second on the list of things that British expatriates miss the most was the British sense of humor, with 42% of the 1,034 expats questioned naming this high on the list of things that they missed the most. While, for British expatriates living in Australia, it was British pubs that they missed the most, one in five expats living in Spain wished for orderly British queuing and our sarcasm, and almost half in the US pined for food from home.

Top of the list of things that expatriates didn’t miss was the politics and the weather and, interestingly, only 6% mentioned that they missed a good old cup of British tea.

The survey found that, despite the odd pang of sentimentalism for all things British, Brits abroad are generally positive about their lives as expatriates, with 68% claiming that they are happier overseas than they were at home.

Discussing the survey findings, Nicholas Boys Smith of Lloyds TSB International, which commissioned the survey, said: “Often you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone so it speaks glowingly of our countryside that expats around the world miss it so much.

“Many expats have an element of the adventurer about them, but they still long for certain aspects of British life that some people here might take for granted.

“An overwhelming majority are happy with their life overseas, but the British countryside, as well as our sense of humor and the great British pub, are all things that they miss abroad.”

The online survey questioned Britons based in the 10 most popular expat destinations in the world