Expats live in a world full of possibilities.
International air travel is easier and more cost-effective than ever before. Border restrictions are lessening across the globe (especially if you’re a retiree with money to spend) and thanks to the Internet we have more information at our fingertips than ever before.
This wealth of choice also has one potential downside however – paralysis from analysis. With international travel so much easier and more affordable than ever before how on earth do you decide ...
Conversations about expat destinations or where to visit on your holidays often tackle subjects like the cost of living and the weather – but very rarely the local culture.
But isn’t that just as important? Wouldn’t we all rather be surrounded by happy, satisfied people than whinging, dissatisfied ones?
If so, you’re in luck.
The World Happiness Report calls itself “a landmark survey of the state of global happiness”, and while the concept may sound “hokey” it is actually based on solid science ...
In many ways expats with school-age children have more to worry about when moving abroad.
Should you, for example, take your children with you and school them in your adopted country? If so, should they attend a “local” school or alternatively one of the highly-rated international schools?
A further option that many expat parents consider is boarding school in their home country, whereupon children can visit their parents during school holidays.
Whilst it is true that the quality of education should really be the ...
There are an estimated 2.8 million Canadian expats living around the world. Now, roughly half of these individuals are to be banned from voting federally after a recent Court of Appeal decision.
It is the latest episode in an ongoing saga which has seen the law swing first one way and then another for Canada’s many expats. In the recent past a constitutional challenge, approved by Superior Court Justice Michael Penny, allowed Canadian expats to vote once more on how Canada would ...
Over the years the United Kingdom has become a popular expat destination, especially for those from developing nations. At present there is one immigrant for every seven people born in the UK. That equates to just shy of eight million foreign nationals now living within the British Isles. The UK has truly become an ethnic melting pot to rival any other on earth.
Now, however, figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed the changing ethnic face of Great Britain. No ...
As you may be aware, many expats who retired to Spain in the last few decades have found that buying their villa left a bitter aftertaste. In a saga which is still running today, the Spanish government has claimed that thousands of properties have been illegally built and so cannot remain.
Without the right building permit paperwork many of these villas have been threatened by demolition. For obvious reasons the expats who bought in good faith have long sought a resolution that ...
Your annual holiday is meant to be the one time of year where you can truly unwind and distance yourself from the worries of everyday life. However a recent study by Nationwide Building Society suggests that this may not necessarily be the case.
For example while the average summer holiday measures in at 9 days, 26% of survey participants admitted it took them up to three days to truly unwind. 10% said it took them even longer – meaning that many people ...
Oman boasts one of the largest expat populations anywhere in the world; the Times of Oman records that over 1.7 million expats currently reside within Oman.
Most of these have been drawn by the opportunities for work that exist there, where low salaries or unemployment in their home country make Oman a tempting destination.
The majority of expats living in Oman hail from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, while Moroccans, Jordanians and Filipinos also feature prominently.
That said, as reported here at Expatriate Healthcare in ...
It's not until you're thinking about moving abroad that you suddenly realise just how many options there are. From The United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, from Ireland to Iceland, how do you know which expat destinations are best?
Arguably one of the most useful strategies is to consider the factors that are most important to you. For example, if you're moving abroad for work, which countries offer the highest salaries to expats? Equally, the cheaper the costs of ...
The USA alleges to be home to over 38 million expats – more than any other country in the developed world.
The “land of the free” is a dream destination for people from all walks of life who seek the comfort and opportunities that entry into the United States offers.
Demographically the largest groups of expats residing within the USA are from Germany, France and the UK with 32% moving there for work or education.
However all is not as it seems. According ...