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London is the world’s number one city on TripAdvisor

Beating the likes of famous cities such as Paris, Rome and New York, London has hit the top spot on TripAdvisor after the analysis of millions of visitor reviews ranking restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. Jumping from sixth position in 2015’s Travellers’ Choice Award, London ranked eight spots ahead of its US counterpart New York and is now the only destination in the world to have secured the top ranking, having also reigned supreme in 2012. The 2012 Olympics saw London pushed as ... Read more

Many British expats will be moving back to the UK

The cliché of British retirees moving to warmer countries and living the lifestyle of their dreams may become a thing of the past. A third of British expats who settled abroad are planning on returning to the UK, figures suggest, in new findings published by NatWest International Personal Banking. In the study, 97% of expats stated they are dissatisfied with their experience abroad, citing an increased cost of living as a cause for concern. Furthermore, 99% of those asked pointed towards constant ... Read more

Scotland seeking expat doctors to return from Australia

Scotland is suffering from a shortage of doctors and Scottish health board officials are travelling to Australia in a bid to persuade expat GPs to return back to their homeland. The NHS Education Scotland delegates are planning on using the 2016 Ottawa medical conference in Perth as an opportunity to come face to face with Scottish expats to spark interest of returning to General Practice in Scotland. With a spokesperson for NES stating they were going to attend the Ottawa conference anyway as ... Read more

20,000 Saudis to replace expat phone shop workers

Stores selling mobile phones and accessories in Saudi Arabia are to ensure at least 50% of staff are Saudi nationals within 3 months’ time, escalating to a planned 100% in six months. This change comes after authorities in Saudi Arabia set out to ‘Saudise’ the working sector; agreeing to train up 20,000 nationals to replace expat workers currently in employment. Foreign workers will actually be banned from working in establishments selling communication devices in a bid to provide more jobs to Saudi ... Read more

There’s no place like home…or is Bahrain an option?

HSBC’s 2015 Expat Explorer Survey has revealed Bahrain to be the place expats feel most at home in less than a year. With the global average being 48%, Bahrain topped the poll with 66% despite warnings from the Foreign Office of regular protests (that often turn violent) and a high threat of terror. Georgie Bradley, an expat living in Bahrain comments, “Bahrain is easy to settle in because it’s so much more open than people think. The local/expat interaction is stronger than ... Read more

Danger Money: the world’s most dangerous cities for expats

Mercer’s Quality of Living survey has revealed that expats concerned for their personal safety should find solace in European countries such as Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria. The survey, which is conducted annually, ranked 230 cities based on internal stability, crime levels, performance of local law enforcement and the home country’s relationships with other countries. With the purpose of the rankings to allow employers to compensate employees appropriately based on their city of work, it suggests that Baghdad, Damascus, Karachi and Nairobi may ... Read more

The Simple Joys of Spanish Living

Boasting 4.5 million foreign born residents, what is it about Spain that makes it a no-questions-necessary destination to migrate to? With its varying landscape – from the picturesque beaches of the south to the fairy-tale mountains of the north – the sun, sea and sangria are not the only joys of Spanish life that the country has to offer. Nobody can argue against the delights of freshly prepared paella or a siesta on the porch, but an attractive quality of Spanish life ... Read more

58% of expats in the UAE feel unintegrated with Emiratis

According to a Survey conducted in 2015 by networking organisation InternNations, only 42% of expats polled in the UAE feel integrated with local people, compared to the global average of 61%. From a British standpoint, sadly the stereotype of stiff upper lips and unapproachable frowns has yet to be changed but does the blame lie solely with expats? The reality is that many of those who move to Middle Eastern countries are stuck in an expat bubble: friendship groups are made up ... Read more

Costa Rica is the place for a happy and healthy retirement

Retiring abroad is not the distant dream that some may think. With the pull of Caribbean coast lines and yearning for the sun’s rays, retiring abroad has never been easier nor more affordable. Teaming these perks with a variety of lifestyle benefits of certain countries means that dream destinations should be considered a potential reality. Two recent surveys have seen Costa Rica soaring into the top ranks for a healthy and contented retirement destination. A jewel in Central America’s crown, the country ... Read more

Can you really live ‘the good life’ in Singapore?

For the past three years, Singapore has been ranked the most expensive destination in the world for expats. It is widely argued that with stringent budgeting, living in the island city-state is feasible, but many argue that emulating the life they lived in their home country is a struggle. Cyril and Jennifer Lerzelter, originally hailing from the USA, earn a combined monthly salary of $29,000 (Singapore dollars) which equates approximately to £15,000. On first glance, this would bring joy to the average ... Read more
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