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Basing your expat dreams on your actual needs

Basing your expat dreams on your actual needs
Deciding to move to a holiday destination you’ve fallen in love with can be a mistake. It’s easy to arrive on holiday in an unfamiliar country and immediately fall in love with its way of life, culture and laid-back lifestyle for expats, but deciding to up sticks and emigrate based on your recent experience can be a major mistake....

Telling it like it is on drinking laws in Dubai

Telling it like it is on drinking laws in Dubai
Misinterpreting Dubai’s totally confusing laws on drinking alcohol can land expats or tourists in prison. Last week, yet another visitor to Dubai was incarcerated along with her four-year old daughter for three days due to her having accepted a glass of red wine from a stewardess during her flight from the UK. Recently, another Briton...

What expats expect when preparing for an overseas assignment

What expats expect when preparing for an overseas assignment
Being asked by your company or a head-hunter to take on an expat reassignment overseas is great but scary news for most professionals. These days, it seems almost everyone is desperate to work abroad, with those on assignment by their multinational employer getting the best deals. However, it’s not plain sailing, with a huge number of...

Three top cities in Canada for skilled expats

Three top cities in Canada for skilled expats
Canada has always been a favourite location for Britons, with Toronto now considered one of the most popular hubs for relocating expat professionals. A recent survey put Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto in the prestigious group of best five world expat destinations for liveability. Moving overseas is a big deal for expats, with or without...

Expats in Beijing fall in love with hutong life

Expats in Beijing fall in love with hutong life
As Chinese citizens go crazy for new, ultra-modern apartments, expats are queuing to move into the traditional hutong districts. Nowadays, modern Chinese consider hutongs and their traditional siheyuan dwellings to be uncomfortable, inconvenient and decidedly old-fashioned, whilst expats from developed countries see them through...

Survey suggests Thailand no longer expat Land of Smiles

Survey suggests Thailand no longer expat Land of Smiles
A recently released expat survey suggests Thailand’s popularity with Western expats is crashing. The survey focused on expat residents across Thailand, coming up with results which might be surprising to those who’ve not lived in the country. Overall, the results showed fewer Western expatriates arriving than ever before as well as a...

Expats in Amsterdam warned about rental property scammers

Expats in Amsterdam warned about rental property scammers
The Netherlands is the new, hot destination for millennial expats looking to find their niche in the start-up scene, but care should be taken to avoid being scammed when you first arrive. New arrivals are urged to remember all that glitters isn’t gold, especially when they’re attempting to find an affordable rental in a reasonable...

Caymans expat demographic flips towards Asians

Caymans expat demographic flips towards Asians
Once an offshore, tax free haven for expats from the USA and Europe, the Caymans Islands are now attracting more Asians than ever before. Until recently, the British accounted for the majority of work permits allocated to expat incomers, but the tables are now turning towards Asians, expatriate Jamaicans and Indians. According to...

Chinese mafia take over favourite Cambodian beach town

Chinese mafia take over favourite Cambodian beach town
Expats who’ve made the Cambodian beach town of Sihanoukville their home are being driven out by a Chinese invasion. Once a haven for international expatriates for its laid-back lifestyle, inexpensive living costs, beautiful beaches and traditional culture, Sihanoukville is now a nightmare of casinos, rampant construction, high-rise...

Expats in UAE urged to be aware of certain Dubai laws

Expats in UAE urged to be aware of certain Dubai laws
Newly arrived expats in Dubai are being urged to take note of the emirate’s unfamiliar laws. It’s no surprise Dubai is one of the world’s most popular relocation hubs for expat professionals due to its ultra-luxurious ambience and big salaries. However, expat life in the emirate is governed by unfamiliar laws which may seem illogical...