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The Top Expat Countries for Families Revealed

The reality of expat life is that some countries are far better for families than others. Factors such as the quality and cost of education, activities for children outside of school and family well-being are all worthy considerations for expats moving abroad with children.Fortunately, thanks to a study by InterNations, we’re now able to glean some insights into the best expat destinations for families.The recently-published study covers a total of 41 countries, with responses from a minimum of 30 expats in ... Read more

The World’s Most Unfriendly Cities Revealed

Last month we discussed the happiest countries in the world; perfect for finding the ideal travel destination where you can be sure of a warm welcome. This month, in order to address the balance a little bit we decided to look at the least friendly cities in the world.These are the cities where more sensitive visitors may wish to tread carefully – or at least to approach them with the expectation of few smiles and little help. And thanks to the ... Read more

Where Do Tourists Contribute The Most Money?

Mastercard has just published the latest iteration of their Global Destination Cities index.The report reveals a wealth of information about international travel and the contributions that travellers make to international hubs around the world.Perhaps the most interesting dataset provided by Mastercard shows what tourists to key cities actually contribute financially. The study reveals the top global destinations by visitor expenditure per city resident; in essence it shows just how much visitors contribute to the local economy in comparison to locals.Of these ... Read more

13 Websites That Make Moving to Dubai a Breeze

Moving abroad as an expat is one of the most exciting – yet nerve-racking – things that any of us do.According to statistics just moving house within your home country is rated as more stressful than getting divorced or being made redundant. Just imagine how that stress can multiply when moving half way round the world.Yet every day more and more of us willingly choose to become expats; whether that’s to further our careers, to follow a loved one or just ... Read more

Gender Differences in Expat Destination Satisfaction

They say that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. However never are the between men and women more noticeable than when applied to travelling.As outlined last month, women are far more likely to worry about travel, for example, while men are more likely to “cut loose” and roll with the punches. Women, for example, are 18% more likely to worry about having forgotten something than men. 20% of men claim they don’t worry about a thing before going ... Read more

LinkedIn Names UAE as Top Expat Destination

LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals, has just published some fascinating research based on member profiles. With a reported 364 million members LinkedIn has a lot of data to work with. Their latest findings are based on the locations of their members, looking particularly at changes to their country of residence during 2014.The recently-published research aimed to find those locations that are most popular with professionals, and in doing so to deduce the top expat destinations in the world based ... Read more

The 3 Most Expensive Places for Expats to Live

Where are the most expensive places for expats to live? Right now you might be thinking about the price of real estate in New York City, or public transport in the UK. Perhaps one of the Scandinavian countries with their impressive salaries – but also extreme levels of taxation?If so, you might be surprised by the 2015 Cost of Living Rankings, produced by global expat compensation experts Mercer.Their comprehensive study aims to take as complete a view as possible of the ... Read more

Fresh Hopes for Frozen British Expat Pensions

Here at Expatriate Healthcare we recently reported on how thousands of British pensioners that have retired to the sun are potentially missing out on considerable sums of money.In essence most British pensions are tagged to the economy; as the cost of living goes up, so do pensions in line. This ensures that pensioners are able to benefit from the same standard of living, no matter how long they live for after retirement.The alternative, of course, is that pensions are “frozen” and ... Read more

20% of Brits Travel Abroad Without Insurance

According to travel association ABTA more than one in five Brits travels abroad without taking out any form of health insurance.The recently-published statistics suggest that the problems are actually worsening, particularly among young people. ABTA’s research suggests that last year 22% of travellers aged between 16 and 24 travelled abroad without proper insurance cover. This year that figure has ballooned to an astonishing 33%.Clearly a third of young travellers are taking unnecessary risks with their health by not properly covering themselves ... Read more

UAE Considers Introducing VAT

The UAE has become famous globally as a top expat destination. These days 8 out of every 9 people in the United Arab Emirates is an expat, drawn by strong career prospects and a tax-advantaged system.Now, however, the government in the UAE is considering making changes to their low-tax economic policies, with the potential introduction of both VAT (sales tax) and corporation tax on companies being run from within the Emirates.There are a number of reasons suggested for these recent discussions. ... Read more
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