From sun and sand to a new lease on life, the benefits of moving from familiar to unfamiliar often outweigh the stress of packing your belongings and hopping on a plane – but some people need a bit of a push.

Luckily, for those on the fence about changing things up – some of the world’s most stunning destinations have actually created programs meant to incentivize travelers looking to lay some roots,

From start-up programs to government-funded moving expenses, here are just a few places around the world that will actually pay you to move there.

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Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Last June, the region of Calabria in Italy announced a new relocation program in hopes of populating the area with boss babes and businessmen. Whether your dream is to own a cafe, an app, a clothing line, or anything in between – the government confirmed that they would pay you up to $41,384.96 CAD to move and start your own business in one of their communities.


Similarily to Calabria’s relocation incentive, the city of Santiago is well known by entrepreneurs for its Start-Up Chile program in which those looking to start a business could be eligible for $62,532.50 CAD to do so in their capital. In addition to this, those who apply and are successful – will also receive a one-year work visa and a list of contacts curated by the government.



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Under 45 years old with 10 years to kill? Spend them in Switzerland. As a municipality with a declining population, the government declared that new residents would receive a $6,774.51 CAD grant, plus $13,549.58 CAD for any children they may have AS LONG as they agree to purchase a home, apply for and maintain their citizenship for 10 years.


With a population of 2,700 people, Candela, Italy hopes to entice a younger crowd. To do this – their mayor is offering new residents anywhere between $1,107.14 CAD to $2,768.11 CAD to move there. The catch? You must live there full time, have a job that makes at least $10,380.99 CAD a year – and you have to rent a house. No, that’s not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things  – but it’s hot, beautiful, and has great food.

So, there you have it. 5 places around the world that will actually pay you to move there. Where would you jet off to?