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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

The Pros and Cons of Interrailing Around Europe

If you want to experience an explosion of city life and culture in a condensed amount of time, interrailing is for you. Not only is it a great option for those who have a fear of flying, but it is ideal for individuals who want to travel as a group on a budget. Understandably, interrailing around Europe has its pros and cons and your enjoyment will most likely depend on the type of person you are. To get a taste of what ... Read more

Euro:Dollar Exchange Rate Causes Woe For Expats

One of the benefits of an expatriate lifestyle is the so-called principle of “geo-arbitrage” – simply that some currencies are worth more than others, and that as a result products and services cost different amounts in different countries. This is one reason why so many retirees opt to retire to “cheaper” countries and why areas like the Philippines and Ecuador have long been popular tourist destinations. Quite simply, visitors to these countries from Western, first-world nations are able to leverage their home ... Read more
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