Relatively affluent individuals from various corners of the globe are increasingly choosing to migrate, spurred on by the promise of a better and more fulfilling way of life within their destination. Despite its increasing scale, migration academics have yet to consolidate and establish lifestyle migration as a subfield of theoretical enquiry, until now. This volume offers a dynamic and holistic analysis of contemporary lifestyle migrations, exploring the expectations and aspirations which inform and drive migration alongside the realities of life within the destination. It also recognizes the structural conditions (and constraints) which frame lifestyle migration, laying the groundwork for further intellectual enquiry. Through rich empirical case studies this volume addresses this important and increasingly common form of migration in a manner that will interest scholars of mobility, migration, lifestyle and culture across the social sciences.

chapter |14 pages

Lifestyle Migration

Escaping to the Good Life?

chapter |16 pages

When a Trip to Adulthood becomes a Lifestyle

Western Lifestyle Migrants in Varanasi, India

chapter |20 pages

Pursuing the Good Life

American Narratives of Travel and a Search for Refuge

chapter |18 pages

Your Home in Spain

Residential Strategies in International Retirement Migration

chapter |16 pages

Social Capital in the Sun

Bonding and Bridging Social Capital among British Retirees

chapter |18 pages

The Children of the Hunters

Self-realization Projects and Class Reproduction

chapter |16 pages

A Desire for Difference

British Lifestyle Migration to Southwest France

chapter |16 pages

Taking the Risk

The British in Didim, Turkey