China has been a talking point in recent months due to an English state academy opening a fee-paying school in the country. Joint-venture schools are emerging due to local laws preventing the admission of local students. Furthermore, the International Baccalaureate announced its 1,000th approved programme in Beijing.There are more foreigners moving to China for work than any other Asia Pacific region. Therefore, it is understandable that educational challenges for families moving to China are in the news.Recent reports have suggested that there are significant ...Read more
It is no secret that the cost of living in Australia is high and yet, between 2009 and 2015, the country welcomed 207,000 Brits. Numbeo’s cost of living survey saw Australia ranked the 13th most expensive country to live in globally. The cost of living in Australia is reported as 11.93% higher than the UK.The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, release their global Prosperity Index annually. The survey ranks the most prosperous countries in the world. Many assume prosperity is ...Read more
If you are considering travelling to the UAE, or moving there for work, it is best to keep some dos and don’ts in mind. Dubai is predominantly a Muslim country, and with this comes traditions and laws unlike other countries. To ensure a memorable stay in Dubai (for all the right reasons) the 10 rules below will help keep both Emirati nationals and travellers happy.
What to wear in Dubai
Like all countries within the UAE, Emiratis in Dubai dress conservatively or in ...Read more
Mercer’s annual Quality of Living City survey has seen Vienna topping the poll for the seventh year running. Furthermore, European cities dominated the top ten places.The global HR company collated analysis that included factors such as the political and economic standing of a country. It also involved social environment, health and education standards. The survey is used as a guide to multinationals and expatriates.Auckland, Vancouver and Sydney are the only non-European cities in the top ten, ranking 3rd, 5th and 10th respectively. The remaining places ...Read more
According to research conducted by Mercer, Hong Kong is now the most expensive place for foreign workers to live. Meanwhile, the weaker pound has helped make London more affordable for expats, according to the global survey.The research examined the cost of 200 items in more than 375 cities. The cost of each city is determined by the economic standing of the country it resides in. It also takes in to consideration exchange rate fluctuations that alters the price of imported goods. Often, these ...Read more
Over the years, certain locations in the world have fallen foul of the dreaded cliché honeymoon label. Paris, Hawaii and Venice are all beautiful destinations, but don’t you fancy something tailored to you as a couple? You’ve just married the love of your life and your post-wedding holiday spot should match up to this life-changing moment. If all goes to plan you won’t be doing this again. It's time to escape the cookie-cutter honeymoon ideal.
Whatever your religious beliefs, there is a ...Read more
Spain, Ireland and France are amongst the most popular destinations for British expats. Europe, as a whole, currently hosts 1.3 million expats hailing from the UK. Thus far, those in the EU have been able to take advantage of the right to free movement and employment.Now that Britain has cast its vote and decided to leave the EU it has two years to arrange new deals with EU member states. This is under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. However ...Read more
Contrary to popular opinion, you can travel with a baby! In 2015, a British couple made the most of their 10-month maternity leave, donning rucksacks and exploring Asia, Australia, and New Zealand with their 10-week old tot.Evidently, long-haul flights and living out of a back-pack with baby isn’t for everyone but, in general, holidays and trips should not be avoided due to the arrival of a little one. Many will be met with exclamations of “It’s too dangerous!” or “It’s irresponsible!! ...Read more
The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, release their global Prosperity Index annually and the endless survey ranks the mos
t prosperous countries in the world.Many assume prosperity is used in reference to the financial standing of a country and, while this is included, the Legatum Institute considers more factors in its ranking. The organisation compares 89 variables to distinguish the ranking, including traditional indicators such as per capita gross domestic products and the number of people in full-time work, to more ...Read more
With premiums for essential medical cover in Australia constantly increasing, many British expat retirees are having to return home as they no longer afford the high living costs of the country.Expat Tony Whalley and his wife Maggie retired to Australia, but are planning on relocating back to the UK due to witnessing their annual insurance premium rise by 123% since they arrived in Albany, Western Australia, in 2006.Despite cherishing life in Australia, the Whalleys simply cannot afford to stay and will ...Read more