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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...

Changing careers midstream as an expat needs to be done carefully

Changing careers midstream as an expat needs to be done carefully
Changing careers midstream can be challenging for expats, but step-by-step planning increases the chance of success. Changing careers can be deliberate or it can be purely accidental, as in a new contact offering you what may seem like the opportunity of a lifetime. Either way, it needs to be done carefully and with a full understanding...

Would Boris as PM cause even more chaos for British expats in the EU?

Would Boris as PM cause even more chaos for British expats in the EU?
Will British expats be even worse off should Boris Johnson become Prime Minister? The Brexit threat is centred on British expats living, working or retiring in EU member states, the majority of which have at least guaranteed expat rights until the transition period ends on the last day of December 2020. In addition, British state...

Tiny Irish island brands itself as an offshore expat digital hub

Tiny Irish island brands itself as an offshore expat digital hub
Although anti-globalism is closing the door to expat top talent in a number of countries, European states are still wide open for recruitment of highly-skilled practitioners in a variety of sectors. Unsurprisingly, the tech sector is still hotter than hot as regards job opportunities, but skill sets able to be utilised in support of...

More changes to Thailand visas for expats and tourists

Posted on June 20, 2019 in Visas
STORY LINK More changes to Thailand visas for expats and tourists
More changes to Thailand visas for expats and tourists
As Western tourism and expat arrivals shrink, the Thai Embassy in London is making it even more difficult to visit the former Land of Smiles. The Thai Embassy in London has announced new visa requirements for tourists and expats heading for Thailand. Following this month’s earlier announcement that applicants living in Britain and...

Expat oil and gas professionals concerned about oil thefts in Nigeria

Expat oil and gas professionals concerned about oil thefts in Nigeria
Recent reports of a new wave of oil thefts in Nigeria have caused concern amongst expat professionals working in the oil and gas industry. Over the years, expats working in Africa have become used to flare-ups threatening their security. as vandalism and fuel theft are recurring issues for multinationals in the region. However, it’s...

New style international schools in Asia are affordable for expat families

New style international schools in Asia are affordable for expat families
As the international school marketplace broadens, affordability is the new hallmark. Traditionally, the concept of international schooling was created for temporarily-resident expat families in far-flung locations in order to ensure their children didn’t fall behind on return to their home countries. A lot has changed since then, with...

British expats worldwide are losers due to currency fluctuation

British expats worldwide are losers due to currency fluctuation
One issue that’s seldom taken into account when expatriation is under discussion is currency fluctuation. Whether the reason for leaving the home country is for a better-paying job, retirement or entrepreneurship, the logistics of the move itself almost always take precedence over what may or may not happen in the future. Back in time...

Bangkok and Singapore inflation taking its toll on expat life

Bangkok and Singapore inflation taking its toll on expat life
If the cost of living is an essential part of your emigration plans and you’re thinking of heading to Asia, inflation in Bangkok and Singapore is running riot. Singapore has been a hub for ambitious expats for several decades, and was once a reasonably-priced destination favoured for its markets and the amazing quality and variety of...

Malaysia as the perfect destination for expat retirees

Malaysia as the perfect destination for expat retirees
Emigrating from a country where it’s impossible to save money and heading to one where it’s possible to live off a pension or investment income and still save is a sensible move. If you’re still struggling to save enough from your regular salary, the thought of moving overseas to a place where a pension or investment income takes...