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Renting your first expat apartment in Beijing

Renting your first expat apartment in Beijing
Finding the right home at the right price in Beijing It has to be said that many new expats arriving in China’s capital city expect rentals to be at bargain prices, not realising commercial reality strikes in Beijing just as it does elsewhere on the planet. Even so, apartment rents are still far cheaper than in London, Hong Kong or New...

Debunking several myths about Thailand as an expat destination

Debunking several myths about Thailand as an expat destination
It has to be said that Thailand is now a somewhat controversial expatriate destination, but is it as bad as it’s being painted? It’s true the formerly-named ‘Land of Smiles’ seems nowadays to be scowling at its expat residents more often than not, especially concerning immigration matters, but a number of myths are now being taken...

Experts confirm expats in UAE ripped off by unscrupulous IFAs

Experts confirm expats in UAE ripped off by unscrupulous IFAs
British expatriate professionals living and working in the UAE on a permanent basis are again being ripped off by unscrupulous IFAs. For expats who’ve no intention to ever return to return home, transferring their pension schemes seems common sense and, in a limited number of cases, it is. However, for the financially unsophisticated,...

Is Cambodia the next hub for digital nomads?

Posted on June 3, 2019 in Working Abroad
STORY LINK Is Cambodia the next hub for digital nomads?
Is Cambodia the next hub for digital nomads?
Is Cambodia the next hotspot for younger expat professionals? Digital nomads are now an accepted part of the global expatriate scene, with Bali one of the first hotspots for these ultra-mobile independent expat professionals. Looking to the future, Cambodia seems likely to follow on as a major hub, as it’s already a destination for...

What do ultra wealthy property buyers get for a million dollars?

What do ultra wealthy property buyers get for a million dollars?
Recent research has shown that, in spite of perceived wisdom, one million dollars doesn’t automatically buy the home wealthy expats dream about. A study by a well-known upscale real estate agency is dispelling the perception that a million euros is enough to buy a Hollywood-style mansion in one of the world’s super-rich stomping...

Calculating the true cost of becoming an expat

Calculating the true cost of becoming an expat
As the UK sinks even deeper into the Brexit mire, more and more would-be expats are planning to leave, some for ever. Starting a new life in a new land is seductive at best, but can be disastrous if financial planning isn’t given serious consideration. Finding a job in a warmer country with higher pay thrown in or deciding on the...

Is Spain just for disenchanted British retirees?

Posted on May 29, 2019 in Spain
STORY LINK Is Spain just for disenchanted British retirees?
Is Spain just for disenchanted British retirees?
Is Spain just an escape from the UK for British retirees? Spain’s well-deserved position as the number one retirement destination for Brits sick of the weather, the politics, the cost and the general misery of life in the UK has been firmly established since the first cheap flight took off from Gatwick Airport a few decades ago. It’s...

Vietnam aiming high via digital transformation

Vietnam aiming high via digital transformation
Vietnam is heading for a major digital transformation, making it the top country for expats in Southeast Asia. As Cambodia struggles with what purports to be a Chinese economic invasion and Thailand limps along under a military government and an expat exodus, Vietnam is forging ahead with its desire to become the region’s undisputed...

Why choose Vietnam for your new home country?

Why choose Vietnam for your new home country?
It seems Southeast Asia is now an accepted destination for expats looking for a new experience, but what’s Vietnam got that makes it special? For Hollywood’s finest, including movie directors as well as stars, the country’s extraordinary scenery says it all, and has been featured endless times in smash-hit movies. For those expats...

US banks outlaw employee post-Brexit commuting from London

US banks outlaw employee post-Brexit commuting from London
It’s bad news for employees of US banks in London who’d hoped to commute weekly from their homes to the banks’ new overseas headquarters. US banks who’ve relocated their London headquarters to European Union cities due to Brexit are now stating their will not pay for former London staff to commute on a weekly basis, The decision...