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“For such a beau­ti­ful re­gion, Langue­doc of­fers some of the best value in France, with the av­er­age prop­erty cost­ing just £161,000, com­pared with £517,000 on the Riviera,” says Cather­ine Ryall, of Sex­tant Prop­er­ties. Shop around and in mar­ket towns, such as Le Vi­gan, you will find quirky prop­er­ties in need of ren­o­va­tion for £100,000 or less. On the mar­ket:

5“Peo­ple are start­ing to recog­nise the value we have to of­fer in Nova Sco­tia,” says Tim Har­ris, of Tradewinds Realty. This like­able cor­ner of Canada can feel a long way from city ex­cite­ments. But for those who rel­ish pris­tine scenery and sub­tly chang­ing sea­sons, it of­fers an af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to a villa in the sun. On the mar­ket: stun­ning three­bed­room ar­chi­tect-de­signed water­front prop­erty (pic­tured, bot­tom cen­tre) at Port Med­way, Nova Sco­tia: £523,000 with Tradewinds Realty (tradewind­sre­alty.com).

9De­spite po­lit­i­cal tur­bu­lence in Bangkok, Thai­land re­mains at­trac­tive to Bri­tish vis­i­tors. You can rent a two-bed­room condo in a pretty coastal lo­ca­tion for less than £750 a month. If you are still up to rid­ing around on a moped, you could have a ball here. Koh Sa­mui is par­tic­u­larly popular, with more than 40,000 for­eign­ers ap­ply­ing for re­tire­ment visas last year. On the mar­ket: four-bed­room villa on the Sa­mu­jana es­tate (sa­mu­jana. com) on Koh Sa­mui: £1.1mil­lion.

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