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Google Reveals Most Searched Travel Destinations of 2015

In the past there were dozens of search engines all vying for dominance. While Yahoo and Bing may still be limping along, many others such as Lycos, Hotbot and Inktomi are long since dead. These days Google owns an estimated 68% of the search market, which equates to 3.5 billion searches per day – or 40,000 per second. Put another way, Google is in many ways a barometer of the internet – and the words and phrases we search through Google go a long ... Read more

New International Travel Risk Map Launches

While travel may broaden the mind, a major concern among expats and international travellers are simply the risks they may be exposing themselves to. After all, while a cancelled train, late bus or wonky paving slab might be cause for concern in the UK, there are far greater risks abroad. From terrorism to civil unrest, from natural disasters to tropical diseases, many of the most exciting and interesting countries in the world also come with their fair share of danger. Indeed, a recent survey ... Read more

Struggling to Get On the Property Ladder? Move to Qatar, Say the Experts

It’s no secret that many young people are struggling to get a toe hold on the property ladder. In the UK, for example, relatively low salaries in comparison to ever-rising property prices means that many of the younger generation are being priced out of the market. A recent study by the Daily Mail, for example, found that the average worker aged between 20 and 24 will need to more than double their salary before they can afford to buy even an average starter ... Read more

Expat Walks 600 Miles to Show His Love for UAE

All too often the news from the expat community is bad; many expats, especially less skilled migrants, are often viewed with suspicion. Concerns are voiced about expats taking jobs from locals. Healthcare systems and public transport officers claim to be suffering under the strain. Nimbyism persists. But not all stories end like this. Every once in a while expats are applauded for their selfless attitudes, and are held up as an example to the rest of us. Mohammed Idris Malek is one such expat recently ... Read more

US Expats Owing Taxes Could Lose Passports

As mentioned previously here on Expatriate Healthcare, the United States is one of the few countries which demands taxes from its citizens no matter where they happen to be living and where their income has been earned. It is one of only two countries in the world to do this and has been a constant source of anguish for some expats. Indeed, an increasing number of Americans living overseas have opted to give up their American citizenship rather than paying what they see ... Read more

Christmas Carol Helps Expats Understand UAE Culture

Let’s be honest; for many of us, Christmas is the one time of year that many of us let our hair down. From the classic office Christmas party, to mulled wine and eggnog, through to the questionable merits of mistletoe, if we’re going to misbehave then it’ll most likely be during the festive season. This is all well and good when others are behaving the same way. In the UK and the USA, for example, a little merriment at Christmas is almost expected. ... Read more

New United States Policy May Hamper British Visitors

Possessing a British passport brings with it a wide range of benefits. Over the years UK citizens have enjoyed easy and widespread travel to a huge number of countries. These days there are very few countries which are closed to British visitors, with many countries also offering entry without the visa required from many other nationalities. In short, British passports can open up an exciting and hassle-free world of international travel or expat living. One perfect example of just a destination is the USA, long ... Read more

Kuwait Cuts 25% of Expat Teacher Positions

It seems that never does a month go by without new stories surfacing about how Kuwait plans to deal with their burgeoning expat population. Over the course of the last year we have reported that Kuwait is considering limiting expat stays, that Kuwait has discussed banning new expats and that Kuwait is introducing driving bans on expats for example. Some of these suggestions never truly came into being after discussion, but others most certainly have gone ahead. All the same it seems that expat numbers ... Read more

It’s Official: Moving Abroad Can Save You Money

If you’re sick and tired of the spiralling costs of living in your home country then a recent survey suggests that you might do wise to move abroad. After receiving responses from 7,100 individuals now living the expat lifestyle, the report reveals the impressive potential financial benefits of moving overseas. Online publisher Best Places in the World to Retire recently sought to discover the economic realities of living overseas. Is it like one long holiday, with all the associated luxury spending of eating out ... Read more

Bah Humbug! 56% of Americans Admit Christmas Isn’t a Holiday

The festive season is finally upon us, and we at Expatriate Healthcare would like to wish you every happiness. It is, if the songs are to be believed, “the most wonderful time of the year”. And yet. Evidence from US travel comparison site Priceline suggests that many of you might be experiencing more than a little bit of tension right now. Indeed if their recent survey, published at the end of last month, is to be believed then the reality of Christmas is rather different ... Read more
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