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Thailand still losing placings in major expat survey

Thailand still losing placings in major expat survey
Thailand’s appeal as an expat destination is now dropping, according to a new survey. Thailand’s results in the latest Expat Explorer survey placed the country in 22nd place out of 33 countries surveyed, one spot lower than last year’s results but a full seven places below its 2017 rating. Overall, the findings from this year’s...

Expat bankers no longer flavour of the month in Hong Kong

Expat bankers no longer flavour of the month in Hong Kong
Expat bankers in Hong Kong are having a hard time finding new jobs. The Hong Kong dream seems to be fading for many expat bankers who’ve recently been laid off and are having problems finding new positions. For decades, Hong Kong was the destination of a lifetime for those good and lucky enough to get plum positions with global...

Staying financially stress free as an expat

Staying financially stress free as an expat
Two things are for sure, emigrating is everything from rewarding to difficult, and even good things invariably come at a cost. The dream of leaving the stress of a Northern life and settling down in a laid-back, inexpensive tropical haven is shared by many, some of whom simply don’t appreciate the fact that nowhere’s perfect and...

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...