Financial emigration – to be or not to be? Apparently Homo Erectus first started migrating out of Africa to Eurasia around 1,8 million years ago. This must mean that wanderlust is genetic. In fact, the urge to remain perpetually on the move has been a hot topic for writers and philosophers through the ages.

St. Augustine of Hippo, who lived in the pre-wifi age of 345 – 430 AD noted that the world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page. Of course we’re not sure whether people living in the ADs were all too concerned with books, but that’s beside the point. However, his sentiments were shared by the likes of Lao Tzu, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway.

And, ehem, if you’re reading this, chances are you’re also the avid voyager.

Of course, just as many sentimental sayings have been shared about homecoming. It seems that our sense of belonging is just as crucial, and our yearning for it just as intense, as our longing for the open road. And, it may be that you’ve finally found your home away from home. This other place is where you can envision giant oak trees growing under your watch, with swings for children and grandchildren and a garden filled with seasonal veg. Because you plan on spending many seasons here.

And once the dust has settled and you’ve settled down – perhaps you’ll mull over your options. Perhaps you’ll consider the viability of formalising your move with financial emigration. You’ll look at your new life and know that this is the right decision for you. Because you know that the blood of a rainbow nation will always flow through your veins – and that nothing you do will make you any less South African.

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