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Eliminating the negatives in the search for an expat retirement haven

Eliminating the negatives in the search for an expat retirement haven
Retirement overseas isn’t the best choice for every would-be expat, but how do you decide whether it's right for you? Saving for an eventual retirement is an excellent idea, as long as you’re careful about the advice you receive, but the actual decision as to where to spend your leisure years is based on more than financial...

Vietnam welcomes Western expatriates from Thailand and beyond

Vietnam welcomes Western expatriates from Thailand and beyond
Western expats are now relocating to Vietnam from other Southeast Asian countries. Vietnam’s recently-acquired reputation as a stable, safe country for expatriates has resulted in a rush of expats from former neighbouring expat hubs. Many of the new arrivals are from Thailand, due to growing uncertainty as regards their status as...

Malaysia growing in popularity for expats considering leaving Thailand

Malaysia growing in popularity for expats considering leaving Thailand
Why are expats leaving Thailand and heading for Malaysia? Deciding to leave a place you’ve called home for a number of years isn’t easy or comfortable, but deciding on another location is even harder. However, many expats now living in Thailand are concerned enough about their futures to make the choice, with Malaysia now becoming a...

Is the Philippines making a comeback as an expat retirement hub?

Is the Philippines making a comeback as an expat retirement hub?
One aspect of becoming an expat which is often ignored in the excitement of the move is the necessity of managing your finances from square one onwards. The Philippines is gaining in popularity as an expat hub, with professionals seeking out suitable jobs in Manila, retirees heading for the beautiful coastal resorts and digital nomads...

Vietnam best in Southeast Asia for expat entrepreneurs as well as retirees

Vietnam best in Southeast Asia for expat entrepreneurs as well as retirees
Vietnam’s low cost of living is now a major attraction for expats as well as tourists. As Vietnam’s economy flourishes, attracting international businesses and start-ups, it’s also becoming the Southeast Asian country of choice for an increasing number of expats as well as tourists. At present, some 82,000 expatriates live and work...

Is early retirement the solution or the wrong decision?

Is early retirement the solution or the wrong decision?
Early retirement somewhere exotic is a dream for a good number of would-be expats, but few take into account the possibility of a few negatives. Retiring early from a profession you’ve given your life to can easily result in an identity crisis as you’re no longer recognised as the person you were in your work environment. Whatever...

USA and UK now far from being expat favourites

USA and UK now far from being expat favourites
The UK and the USA are no longer expat favourites due mostly to the Brexit vote and the Trump presidency. The 50-million plus expats scattered across the world comprise professionals, specialists, retirees, digital nomads, those who simply want to build their own futures away from their countries of birth, and those who need to support...

New style international schools in Asia are affordable for expat families

New style international schools in Asia are affordable for expat families
As the international school marketplace broadens, affordability is the new hallmark. Traditionally, the concept of international schooling was created for temporarily-resident expat families in far-flung locations in order to ensure their children didn’t fall behind on return to their home countries. A lot has changed since then, with...

Demographics of British expats across the world

Demographics of British expats across the world
When it feels like you’re the only one getting up and going – you’re most certainly not alone! Much has, and no doubt will be, written about expats from across the world arriving in the UK, but those giving up and leaving aren’t getting nearly as much media attention. According to emigration totals, even although the numbers of...

Malaysia as the perfect destination for expat retirees

Malaysia as the perfect destination for expat retirees
Emigrating from a country where it’s impossible to save money and heading to one where it’s possible to live off a pension or investment income and still save is a sensible move. If you’re still struggling to save enough from your regular salary, the thought of moving overseas to a place where a pension or investment income takes...