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How to Apply for Australian Citizenship

With its high quality of life, unrivalled beaches and strong economy it’s no surprise so many want to move across the pond and luckily for us, Australia welcomes migrants with open arms if they tick all the checkboxes on their list of requirements. If you’re thinking about or in the process of moving to Australia here’s a guide on how to apply for citizenship to help you on your way.   Privileges and responsibilities First things first, citizenship and permanent residence are two different things ... Read more

The Latest on British Expat Pension Freeze

The UK State Pension is paid to British nationals of retirement age who have contributed through their National Insurance for the required number of years. The state pension increases each year since the introduction of the ‘triple lock’ guarantee, in 2010. But what happens to your pension if you decide to retire abroad? Expat pensioners can claim their state pension abroad, as long as they have paid enough UK National Insurance. However, there are currently over 500,000 expat pensioners living in Canada, New Zealand ... Read more

10 Best Experiences for Adrenaline Junkie Travellers

For thrill seekers, the average holiday package is simply not enough. There lies within a deep yearning for adventure, a void that has to be filled! The challenge to live life to the full is something that many dream about, yet seldom accomplish. But for those of you ready to summon that guttural courage, there is a whole world of exciting and adrenaline filled opportunities awaiting you. You just need to know where to look for them. Behold only the very best adrenaline ... Read more

A Guide to Extending your Australian Working Holiday Visa

A year can fly by quickly when you’re having fun and it will likely never feel long enough in such an incredible country as Australia. It’s almost impossible to work and explore everything you’d like in such a short space of time. If you’re already feeling the urge to stick around for a bit longer and you have some months left on your current visa, or perhaps you fancy returning at a later date - all of this is possible! Thankfully for ... Read more

9 Surprising Laws from Across the Globe

When relocating to a new country, researching laws is often far from most people’s thoughts. Yet, with some particularly unique laws in existence, surely it’s worth some basic research to avoid unknowingly breaking one of them? After all, in doing so you could face hefty fines and in some cases may just land yourself in a foreign prison! To demonstrate this point further, here are some of the most surprising laws in the world…and in countries many expat populations reside. Switzerland Local laws and ... Read more

Irish Expats Encouraged to Return Home

Ireland is currently experiencing a booming economy and as a result has created high demand for workers in the healthcare, construction, IT and financial sectors. However, recruitment agencies are struggling to fill these roles and are desperately seeking skilled professionals. It is estimated that some 100,000 Irish nationals flocked to the distance shores of Australia between 2008 and 2014, following the economic crash experienced in 2008. Australia was the destination of choice due to its then thriving jobs market in these particular ... Read more

An Expat Student Guide to Australian Visas

In 2017 the number of international student enrolments was up 15% on the previous year’s figure, coming in at just over 800,000 students.  Australia is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for overseas studies and the number of teens and twenty-somethings flocking to the land Down Under for educational purposes increases annually. Once you have decided what you wish to study, where you wish to study, and the course you would like to enrol on it is best to make sure ... Read more

An Expat Guide to Buying Property in Australia

Unless you are married to an Australia or hold a permanent resident visa or special category visa, you are not entitled to buy a home in Australia. Expats in this position will need to apply to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). This process can take between 40 and 140 days and the majority of applications do get approved. Form Application Forms for expats can be downloaded from the Foreign Investment Review Board website. When you fill in the forms you will be ... Read more

5 Amazing Resorts Around the World for Foodies

For many, as long as there is sunshine and sea, little else matters when booking a holiday. However, for the foodies amongst us, picking a resort or hotel that offers an array of exciting cuisine is an integral part of any relaxing break. To make things easier, we have rounded up some of the world’s most celebrated culinary resorts. Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic By far the Dominican Republic’s most famous resort, Casa de Campo is a sprawling 7,000-acre estate on the south ... Read more

The 5 Most Haunted Hotels in The World

With Halloween fast approaching, we thought it fitting to cast our eyes over the most haunted hotels in the world. Often the locations of happy family holidays or romantic city breaks, hotels are the last place we’d expect to feel fear. Come with us on a frightening journey as we unveil the hotels where you’d unlikely want to rest your head, especially come the 31st October. Stanley Hotel, Colorado, USA The inspiration for Stephen King’s chilling masterpiece, The Shining, the Stanley Hotel is ... Read more
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