‘Four in five Brits would emigrate if given chance’

Some 65% of respondents said that their main reason for leaving would be for a better lifestyle, with the British weather the second most popular factor.

Florida was chosen by 42% of respondents as their preferred destination, while the traditionally popular ex-pat destinations of Spain and France received just 6% each – compared to Australia and New Zealand, which were chosen by 20% of people.

Colin and Sue Stafford, one British couple who have emigrated, are now offering others the chance to seize a new life in UK’s first overseas property competition.

Originally from Manchester, the pair now live in Florida and recently launched perfectholidayhome.co.uk, a competition to win their $1.25million perfect holiday home and dream lifestyle package for just £25.

Colin said: "Clearly the recession is making it much harder to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and, given half a chance, the majority of Brits would rather embark on a new life overseas than stick it out in Blighty.

"People are looking for a way to dramatically change their lifestyle and our competition will do just that – I’m sure winning a $1.25million home for just £25 will bring some much welcome sunshine to one family."

The property – a brand new, fully-furnished "perfect holiday home" in Orlando – is set within five acres of landscaped gardens and features a luxurious rock pool, five bedrooms, including two master suites, plus a study/sixth bedroom and panoramic views.

The winner will be chauffeured from the airport as part of a compelling prize package which includes a new family car, family passes to Disneyworld and membership of a local health club and spa as well as 40 rounds of golf.

Tickets cost £25 and are available from www.perfectholidayhome.co.uk

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