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South American Destinations Beyond Brazil

South America is home to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping destinations yet when visiting many people automatically choose Brazil as their destination and overlook, or forget, about the other countries that are equally as spectacular. It’s not hard to see why Brazil captivates those who visit, its diverse country has some of the most wondrous landscapes, beautiful beaches and world-famous sights such as Mount Corcovado and Copacabana. But, what about the other countries in Latin America? Here’s exactly why you should consider venturing ... Read more

Expats and Tourists Must Have Health Insurance in Ecuador

As of the 1st May, any foreigners stepping foot on Ecuadorian land must provide proof that they have health insurance. This measure was originally supposed to be implemented in early February. However, the decision was made to extend the deadline by 90 days as initial reports “related to this issue by different media caused concern within the tourist sector” as well as amongst the general population, stated the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism. In a statement released by the Ministry of Tourism, they ... Read more

Which Country Should You Retire To in 2018?

International Living revealed their best places to retire in the world at the start of this year. Their Annual Global Retirement Index analyses countries based on a wide variety of criteria, including residency options, cost of living, climate and property options. Transport, local governance and internet connectivity are also taken into consideration. 10th  – Peru With a low cost of living and 1,500 miles of unspoilt coastline from Ecuador to Chile, Peru is a popular choice for expats this year. It is easy ... Read more

Women Finally Granted Right to Drive in Saudi Arabia

On September 26th 2017, Saudi Arabia finally granted its female citizens the right to drive. Whilst women were not banned from getting behind the wheel, Saudi law required citizens to use a locally issued license whilst in the country. Funnily enough, these licenses could not be issued to women. Therefore, it was effectively illegal for women to drive. This latest move in the Kingdom is part of an ongoing political shakeup which has so far seen an abolishment of tax-free living and ... Read more

Where is the Happiest Place in the World for Expats?

Some of us find happiness in the simplest things. The smell of freshly cut grass. Indulging in your favourite meal. For others, it is our family, or money, that brings us glee. Living a happy life is different for everybody, but are there some countries where are you most likely to experience it? InterNation’s Expat Inside Survey asked 14,300 expats living in 191 countries and representing 191 countries to give their opinions on expat life in their country of residence. Of the ... Read more

Costa Rica is the place for a happy and healthy retirement

Retiring abroad is not the distant dream that some may think. With the pull of Caribbean coast lines and yearning for the sun’s rays, retiring abroad has never been easier nor more affordable. Teaming these perks with a variety of lifestyle benefits of certain countries means that dream destinations should be considered a potential reality. Two recent surveys have seen Costa Rica soaring into the top ranks for a healthy and contented retirement destination. A jewel in Central America’s crown, the country ... Read more

Best Expat Retirement Destinations Named

Ever more of us are opting to retire abroad; to reward ourselves for a lifetime of hard work by moving to a country that offers a healthy climate, great food and reasonable prices. The problem is quite where the “best” retirement destinations really are. After all, there are dozens of questions that retirees should be able to answer in order to select the best retirement destinations. Surely, gathering so much information could be a lifetime’s work in itself. Thank goodness, therefore, for International Living ... 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

The Best (and Worst) Expat Countries Revealed

Leading expat resource website InterNations has revealed the best – and worst – places for expats. Their annual “Expat Insider” study aims to rank destinations on a wide range of metrics including job satisfaction, career prospects, work-life balance, political stability and personal safety. Combining all the scores provided by expats in each country allows InterNations to create a “league table” of the best places for expats. As always, this detailed study makes for some fascinating reading. Ecuador once again takes the title for the ... Read more

Which Country Has the Best Climate for Expats?

" There are two types of people who move abroad; there are those who primarily move abroad for their career, in order to take up a new role or search for fresh opportunities. And then there are those who move abroad to enjoy life a little more. Whether they continue to work, or are retired, their chosen destination is an essential part of the decision-making process. So while someone in the first group might happily move to the tax-free UAE, in contrast the ... Read more
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