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How Much Does It Cost to Live in Thailand?

Thailand is often referred to as being ‘dirt cheap’ for expats. Whilst this charming term may not seem particularly becoming, with rent, groceries and eating out over 60% cheaper than the UK, you can’t help but agree when considering the prices the Western world is used to.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 used in reference to the financial standing of ... Read more

Taiwan Ranked the World’s Best Expat Destination

InterNations 2016 Expat Insider Survey has revealed Taiwan to be the best place in the world for an expat to live. Taiwan itself was championed for its enviable financial comfort for expats, as well as the quality and affordability of healthcare.The survey itself covers a wide range of topic and focuses upon expatriate’s happiness regarding a variety of factors related to their country of residence and personal lives abroad. More than 14,000 respondents representing 174 nationalities took part in the survey. ... Read more

Top 5 Most Awesome Film-Based Destinations in The World

Often we are left perplexed by the locations some of our favourite films are shot in. Usually, these destinations are so visually different compared to our homes that wanderlust sets in and has us booking flights to our dream destinations.There are too many incredible movies featuring beautiful locations to mention. However, the five destinations below have all played an integral role in bringing the likes of 007, Vivian Ward, and Maximus to life. Film locations can push holidaymakers out of their comfort ... Read more

3 Tips for Planning Your Saudi Green Card

Saudi Vision 2030 is the government initiative being introduced into Saudi Arabia. The nation’s economic shake-up will benefit expats exponentially, as a US-style green card system is set to be introduced to the country within the next five years.Expats are currently only able to remain in Saudi by investing through the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, or under the Kafala sponsorship system which is used to monitor migrant labourers. The new Saudi green card will change the lives of expats; allowing ... Read more

Beautiful India’s Awesome Locations Off the Tourist Trail

There is no denying that the grandeur of the Taj Mahal is impressive, nor that the Buddhist monuments in the Ajanta Caves are not awe inspiring. Many forget that India spans a vast 3.287 million km2, meaning it is thirteen times the size of the UK, and boasts a population of 1.25 billion. In a land this immense and culturally rich, there are locations that remain untouched by foreigners. The five locations below are perfect for those seeking an experience of ... Read more

7 Surprising Food Etiquette Rules from Around the World

You have nailed the basics of elbows off the table, don’t slurp your soup, and don’t talk with your mouth full. You are safe in the knowledge that you can attend a dinner party without committing too many faux pas. However, heading abroad can open up a whole new can of worms. While we appreciate that every country has their own way of doing things when it comes to meal times, a life of continental eating is a tough one to ... Read more

Expats in Cambodia Faced with Attractive New Visa

Although an unlikely expat hotspot, Cambodia’s popularity as a destination for working and retiring has sky-rocketed over the past two years. Many expats who emigrate to the country have previously spent time living in neighbouring Thailand. The capital city of Phnom Penh is home to the majority of expats and around 3 million Cambodians. It is a buzzing metropolis sprinkled with crumbling colonial buildings. It is favoured by expats for its convenience; coffee shops, cinemas, grocery stores.At the end of July, ... Read more

Expats Worry About Safety in Tragic Bangladesh

In September 2015 an Italian aid worked was murdered in Bangladesh. Cesare Tavella was jogging in the capital’s diplomatic quarter when two attackers shot him from behind. Many assumed it was a random attack of violence but the Islamic State group proudly claimed they were responsible for the death.Fast forward to the 1st July 2016. A group of five Islamic State militants killed 17 foreigners and five Bangladeshis after an 11-hour hostage situation at the Holey Artisan Bakery.  Attackers were armed ... Read more

Switzerland is the Best Place for a Career Abroad

Despite the stereotypical imagery of silk-smooth chocolate, cuckoo clocks and yodelling – Switzerland is very contemporary. According to expats, the country is the best all-round destination for a career abroad. They state that working in Switzerland has increased salary prospects, improved working atmospheres, and provided enviable job security.According to HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, almost two thirds of expats in Switzerland state that the country offers higher salaries than their home countries. 53% of expats love their working culture in Switzerland and ... Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Dubai?

Dubai is portrayed as a millionaire’s playground and the potential for a lavish lifestyle is too much for some to resist. Evidently, a lot of people had the same idea as 80% of the country’s population of 2.5 million is made up of expats.Many assume that the cost of living in Dubai is significantly higher, but this is due to the super cars and penthouse apartments glamorised by the media. Compared to London, the cost of living in Dubai is actually ... Read more
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