If all the immigrants arriving in Britain every day are to be believed then Brits have things pretty good.
They live in a politically stable country which, despite its diminutive size, still holds sway on a global scale.
London is one of the world’s great financial and cultural hubs, the quality of life is considered very high and they benefit from free healthcare in the form of the NHS and a high quality education system.
Really, what’s not to like?
Well a few things as ...
Expats working in a foreign country typically experience one of two remuneration packages; either they’re paid in their home currency, or in the local currency.
In these days of global trade and lucrative foreign exchange markets currency fluctuations are experienced by more of us every day.
And while those on the “right” side of the equation can often benefit handsomely from the currency differentials it can be an altogether different experience for those on the other side.
Just such a situation is arising at ...
Going away on holiday each year can represent one of our biggest expenses.
Indeed, as an example the Daily Mail reports that the average British family spends the equivalent of two month’s salary on their summer holiday each year.
Any way you can get better value for your money therefore can represent some considerable savings.
It’s tempting when shopping for holidays to focus purely on the overall costs of flights and hotels. But focusing on just these limited elements means that you might not ...
After decades of hard work it is little wonder that many people dream of retiring to sunnier climes.
What could possibly be a more suitable reward for all those years of early mornings, skull-numbing meetings and child-rearing than living out your days in the warmth and sunshine of the Mediterranean or somewhere even more exotic?
And yet, as pleasant an idea as this might be, the reality can be rather different. Whether it’s the healthcare facilities on offer in your adopted country, quite ...
Many major cities around the world – such as London and Los Angeles – have established a reputation for being expensive destinations in which to live.
Whether it’s the price of buying or renting property, owning a vehicle or the costs of entertainment one of the temptations of expat life is moving to somewhere where your money will go further.
After all, if you can maintain your current income level but move to a country where the costs of living are lower then ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...