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Have you always dreamt of upping and leaving for a completely new environment? Now is the perfect time. Not only is Japan renting out abandoned homes for free, but Vermont is also giving payouts to remote workers willing to move to its state; so if the language barrier in Japan is what stops you from packing your bags, this is your chance.

Starting 1 January, interested applicants can sign up for a grant that promises up to US$10,000 if you relocate to the area. The sum helps to reimburse some of your moving expenses, internet bills, or coworking space memberships.

You will have to move to Vermont first, though, as the money isn’t handed out in advance. The program covers up to US$5,000 per year for two years.

So, why the wish to woo new residents? Vermont, the second-smallest state in the US with a little more than 600,000 locals, is concerned about its dwindling population, and hopes to amplify its workforce.

According to Fast Company, the median housing price in Brattleboro—which is about two hours from Boston—is under US$200,000. A one-bedroom apartment that’s a stone’s throw away from a coworking space requires a rent of US$850 a month.

As well as the grant, Vermont has debuted a program called ‘Stay to Stay’, which invites weekend visitors to meet local employers and housing agents to help secure suitable opportunities, including jobs in the tech and creative industries.

The US$10,000 grant isn’t limitless, though. Vermont has set aside a budget of just US$125,000 for this campaign, so not everybody who moves there on the promise of maple syrup-laden breakfasts will be able to receive a reimbursement. You can find out more about the program here.

[via Fast Company, cover image via Shutterstock]

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