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Expats choose Minato-Ku when relocating to Tokyo

Expats choose Minato-Ku when relocating to Tokyo
If you’re lucky enough to be relocating to Tokyo, the magical city’s favourite district for foreign residents is Minato-Ku. A relocation to Tokyo can be the chance of a lifetime to take in one of the planet’s most fascinating cities. Steeped in history, mystery and with the ghosts of the past drifting along its streets, Tokyo can be...

To VPN or not to VPN?

To VPN or not to VPN?
The decision whether to install a VPN is mostly dependent on your destination of choice and its government’s restrictions on freedom of speech if any. For digital nomads and expat professionals for whom worldwide travel is a part of the job, it’s more or less essential as it gives the freedom to surf the net on any subject as well as...

Expat families and pensioners in one small corner of France

Expat families and pensioners in one small corner of France
The northern, coastal region of Brittany is the real France, without the glitz of Paris and the Cote d’Azure but with a caring community based on family and friends. Over the past several decades, some 14,000 Brits have made the short trip across the English Channel to their new lives and haven’t regretted the move for a minute....

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...