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The World’s 10 Best Cities to Live in 2019

Last year we gave you a rundown of the best cities to live in and this year we’re back to update you on the movements for 2019. According to Mercer’s ‘Quality of Living Ranking’ for 2019 Vienna has topped the chart for the 10th year running. Every year Mercer evaluates a variety of different factors including; recreation, housing, public transport, education, natural environment and more to determine the quality of living in almost 500 cities around the world. This is what the ... Read more

Where Should Expats be Moving in 2019?

Expat exodus The UK sees approximately one in ten of its population taking the plunge, upping sticks, and moving overseas. Driven by work opportunities, sunnier climes and different lifestyle prospects, expats are continuing to make their homes across the globe; but just where do we Brits decide to settle abroad, what are the top destinations, and where should expats be moving in 2019? Important considerations There are so many factors to take into consideration when deciding on the right destination to make your new ... 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

Singapore Ranked Best Place for Expats for Fourth Year in a Row

HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer study analyses the views of over 22,000 expats around the world, based on economics, experience and family life. Released at the end of 2018, the results found Singapore to be the expat destination of choice for the fourth year running. The global report looks at how expats feel about living overseas by examining various aspects of expat life, including family dynamics, their experiences and the economy. The findings from countries all over the world are then ranked against ... 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 New Zealand Visas

New Zealand is in many ways is a home from home for British expat students. The educational system is the same as the UK and, of course, it’s an English speaking country, making it relatively easy to settle in quickly. However, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Yes, it is also an island (well two actually), it has lush green landscapes and these are also home to a fair amount of sheep, but New Zealand has some major plus points when ... Read more

Expat Safety Tips: What to Do During a Volcanic Eruption

There are around 1,500 potentially active volcanos around the world, many of which are on the ocean floor. The most active region in the world is the Ring of Fire; a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. The Ring of Fire is responsible for 81% of the largest earthquakes recorded and 22 of the largest volcanic eruptions of the past 11,700 years. Some of the most affected countries include the Philippines, Japan, New Zealand and the west coast ... Read more
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