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Is Belize the next favourite for Brexit-hit UK expats?

Is Belize the next favourite for Brexit-hit UK expats?
Ever popular with expats from Canada and the USA, Belize is now being sought out by would-be refugees from Brexit-hit Europe and the UK. Central America has been a favourite for escapees from the USA looking for an affordable, less chaotic life than that in the home country, and is now firmly on the radar of potential expats from Europe...

Is the growing trend towards mandatory expat private health insurance all it seems?

Is the growing trend towards mandatory expat private health insurance all it seems?
Not a day goes by but yet another expat destination rules that all arrivals for whatever purpose including tourism must have private health insurance. The 21st century seems to be setting itself up as the century of expatriation, as there are now some 66 million expats and the figure is expected to hit 87 million by 2020. People leave...

How to succeed as an expat freelancer

How to succeed as an expat freelancer
If you’re emigrating without a job to go to, proving work experience is easier if you freelance or volunteer before applying for a permanent position. For those desperate to live the expat life but without a convincing CV to offer, actually landing a job can be hard. Many job adverts require a degree of professional competence, whilst...

New concept international school delights expat parents in Amsterdam

New concept international school delights expat parents in Amsterdam
One of the most challenging aspects of moving to the Netherlands as a family is finding the right international school for your kids. One of the most hated terms in the expat vernacular is ‘waiting list’ as applied to just about every international school in the Netherlands. It’s tricky enough getting used to a new job, a new...

Escaping the Brexit effect as an expat in Greece

Escaping the Brexit effect as an expat in Greece
If the mere thought of Brexit is giving you itchy feet, now’s the time to consider Greece as the perfect expat hideaway. With Brexit looming, disenchantment with the chaos in the British parliament and the possibility of a no-deal crash out of the EU is causing many UK citizens to think about leaving before it’s too late. Emigration...

Overseas retirement dreamers caught up in pensions tax grab

Overseas retirement dreamers caught up in pensions tax grab
If you’re working and saving hard in the hope of retiring in upscale comfort overseas, you may be in for a very unpleasant shock via the UK taxman. More than a million workers are now at risk of falling foul of the ‘pensions lifetime allowance’ limit of £1.03 million, with another 1.3 million of those coming up to retirement in the...

Behind Dubai’s glittering façade, expats are making the city tick

Behind Dubai’s glittering façade, expats are making the city tick
Glittering Dubai, home to expat professionals earning salaries they could only dream of in their home countries, is also home to the everyday expat guys and girls who make the city tick. The very thought of ‘Dubai’ conjures up luxury lifestyles, magnificent malls, beautifully manicured gardens with fountains, Michelin-starred meals...

How to choose the right city as an expat in Vietnam

How to choose the right city as an expat in Vietnam
Vietnam’s popularity as an expat destination is growing year by year, but choosing the right city can be tricky. Vietnam has made massive strides towards escaping its war-torn third world label and is now Southeast Asia’s most thriving economy, attracting expatriates from all over the developed world. For Westerners, the move is a...

Pitfalls and problems of being an expat in a strange land

Pitfalls and problems of being an expat in a strange land
Whether you’re living overseas due to a foreign relocation or as retirees, life isn’t always as you’d like it to be. Life challenges occur without consideration of lifestyle or location, and can create havoc in even the best-organised expat households. Ranging from infidelity and other family issues through racial tensions, health,...

Helping expat kids adjust to their unique lifestyles on the move

Helping expat kids adjust to their unique lifestyles on the move
Expat parents can stifle their children’s futures if they don’t allow them their own, unique perspective on life. Many children who’ve been brought up far from their parents’ cultural homelands are now known to have developed a totally unique perspective on life. They’re known as ‘third culture kids’, and include the...