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Expat property purchase in the Philippines

Expat property purchase in the Philippines
If you’re considering the Philippines as a long-stay expat retiree retreat, buying a home is your best option. A low cost of living, ultra-friendly people, a great climate and vistas of rural beauty are some of the many reasons the Philippines has been a popular expat retirement hub for many years. Buying a property may well not be as...

Learning new languages are expensive expat nightmares

Learning new languages are expensive expat nightmares
Leaving the UK before a hard Brexit wrecks what's left of the country is appealing to many Brits, but the thought of learning a new language is discouraging equal numbers. Record numbers of Brits are now applying for second passports from Ireland, New Zealand and several other English-speaking countries, simply because the thought of...

Expat startups now have a choice of best countries

Expat startups now have a choice of best countries
Starting your own business isn’t just about coming up with a marketable idea, it’s also about determination, extremely hard work and luck. With the advent of the internet, businesses all over the world woke up to a new challenge as regards marketing their products and, more importantly, their ideas. In those days, entrepreneurship was...

What not to do as an expat in China

What not to do as an expat in China
Expats deciding on China as the perfect location are facing a culture which goes back four thousand years. The two major problems for expats arriving in an unfamiliar land are culture and the local language, with China’s versions of both perhaps the trickiest in the entire world. Social difficulties and language clangers are unavoidable,...

Studying overseas is now mainstream for expat students

Studying overseas is now mainstream for expat students
Not all expats are working overseas or retiring overseas – a huge number are students attending foreign universities. In this modern world there’s a huge variety of degree courses and other study opportunities scattered across major cities worldwide. It’s an exciting time to be a student and, for many, overseas universities provide...

Saudi and expat females alike overjoyed about permission to drive

Saudi and expat females alike overjoyed about permission to drive
It’s not just Saudi women who’re over the moon about being allowed to drive, it’s expat women living in the kingdom who’ve missed the freedom of self-drive. Not being able to drive if you’re planning to take on a job in Saudi or if you’re a trailing spouse who’s moved to the kingdom along with her husband has been one of...

Brit Ambassador urges expats to apply for carte de sejour

Brit Ambassador urges expats to apply for carte de sejour
Confusion is still reigning about the exact documentation needed for expats to get a carte de sejour residency card in France. As Brexit looms larger, the British Ambassador to France is now urging British expats in the country to concentrate on getting a carte de sejour proving their long-term residency in the country. Up until now,...

Celebrity lawyer gets dual French-UK nationality for his dog

Celebrity lawyer gets dual French-UK nationality for his dog
A dog-loving celebrity lawyer has sidestepped the Brexit effect on the free movement of UK pets by getting his Staffy a second passport. Whilst thousands of British dog owners both resident and expat are worried sick about the Brexit effect on their beloved furry friends, celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman has cut through the red tape by...

Private healthcare insurance for part year retirement in the USA

Private healthcare insurance for part year retirement in the USA
If your retirement plans include a few months’ stay in the USA every year, it’s essential to sort out private healthcare insurance before you leave. Unlike in European countries and the UK, healthcare in the USA is a complicated mix of age-related care and private treatment paid for by taking out expensive healthcare insurance. It has...

Nat Geo surveys effects on colonial cities of expat retirement hubs

Nat Geo surveys effects on colonial cities of expat retirement hubs
Latin America is now almost as popular with older British and European expats as it is with their American equivalents. When a region becomes increasingly popular as an expat destination, it’s inevitablet changes will take place both to the incomers and to the destinations themselves, especially if the bulk of the new arrivals are older...