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Worldwide Expat News

Keep up to date with the latest expat news from around the world.

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming an Expat

Are you thinking of taking the plunge and moving abroad but are still a bit uncertain? That’s understandable as moving to a different country, whether it’s for just a short time or for an extended period is not a decision to be made lightly. No matter whether you’re moving abroad to retire, for your career or just for a fresh start it requires a lot of thought and planning. Before moving abroad it’s important to ask yourself these essential questions to ensure ... Read more

The Pros and Cons of International Schools for Expat Children

When moving abroad with your children one of your main concerns will be schooling and making sure that your children still get the education they need. It can be a hard process choosing the right school when moving abroad. There’s always much debate over whether you should send your children to a local or international school. International schools were originally created to cater to the expatriate market and foreign nationals that often move around on assignments and would bring their families with ... Read more

Glasgow tops Madrid in Expat City Index

The latest Expat City Index that was compiled by LoanLink, a German online mortgage company, rates 70 different cities around the world based on four categories; economics, living, environment and urbanisation and family and society.   In this year's rankings of the best global cities to be an expat Glasgow topped Madrid and not only that, it was the only British centre that made the top 10. It came fifth overall in the rankings beating not only Madrid but also Melbourne.  The Expat City ... Read more

7 of the Best Countries to Live for a Work-Life Balance

It’s often hard to get an equal work-life balance. It’s a struggle that people face no matter where they live but it’s extremely important to health and well-being to get the best possible balance between work and spending time with family and friends doing the things you love.  Getting the right balance is a battle no matter what country you reside in, however, some countries take more action in getting the balance right than others.  If you’re thinking of moving abroad and want ... Read more

How does your TravelCare policy respond in light of the Hong Kong airport occupation and flight cancellations?

Hong Kong International Airport, on the island of Chek Lap Kok, is the world’s 8th busiest airport by passenger numbers. Therefore, the recent protests which has resulted in the closure of the airport and wholesale cancellation of flights has impacted a huge number of airlines and their/our customers. Accordingly, for our customers who are travelling to and from Hong Kong, or using Chek Lap Kok airport as a hub for onward flights, we want to clarify how their TravelCare International Travel Insurance ... Read more

Expat Safety Tips: Heatwaves

Most of us welcome hot weather but some places can be hit by heatwaves and endure a prolonged period of abnormally hot weather, which can pose serious health risks. Heatwaves can often be anticipated and therefore it’s possible to prepare in advance but it’s important that expats and travellers are aware of the problems heatwaves can cause and how to cope with one if it hits unexpectedly. What is a heatwave? A heatwave is described as a period of excessively hot weather which is ... Read more

Your Guide to Exploring the Beautiful Norwegian Fjords

It’s hard to rival the beauty of the Norwegian Fjords. The perfectly carved out mountains are flooded with the bluest water and splattered with waterfalls and colourful cabins. If you’re venturing to Norway, exploring the renowned fjords is a must. There are more than 1000 fjords scattered around the country some of which are UNESCO protected and some that are more iconic than others. No matter which one you see there is nothing quite like discovering the unspoiled landscapes as you breathe ... Read more

Five reasons Greece is such a popular holiday destination

Millions of tourists flock to Greece each year for their summer holiday and it’s not hard to see why. This stunning Mediterranean country pretty much has it all; delicious food, fabulous beaches, rich history and the list goes on. For a lot of people, it’s an ideal holiday destination. There are numerous reasons why Greece is such a popular place to travel but we know you haven’t got all day so here are just five of the main reasons this Balkan country ... Read more

Are British expats seeking permanent residency in other countries because of Brexit?

The answer is, yes. A survey has concluded that 34% of British expats are already planning on saying goodbye to their home country due to Britain’s looming EU exit. After moving abroad over a third of British Expats have said they are already in the process of or are planning to seek citizenship or permanent residency in another country because of Brexit. In addition to this over half of British citizens that are currently living elsewhere are worried about their citizenship rights ... Read more

Should I keep my UK Bank Account as an Expat?

There’s a lot of confusion over whether British expats should keep their UK bank account open or not when they move abroad. Many expats still prefer to send some of their money home and therefore want to keep their account open but whether, as an expat, you can keep your UK bank account open or not often depends on: who you bank with how long you have banked with them what type of account you have whether you still have a UK ... Read more
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