Where Do Expats Choose To Live In Australia? An Overview Of Popular Locations

Articles - Australia

Property prices witnessed a boom in Australia during the latter part of 2013. Many expat investors and homeowners found it a lucrative time to buy property due to lower interest rates and an atmosphere of improved confidence about the country’s property market. Here are some Australian locations that are popular among expats.

Gold Coast, Queensland

With a population of about 600,000 people, Gold Coast is a highly populated city and has also experienced the most growth among the cities of Queensland.   more ...

  Using The Healthcare System In Costa Rica - A Short Guide For Expats

Articles - Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known to have one of the best healthcare systems in Latin America and the life expectancy of the population is among the highest in the world. Both public and private healthcare is undergoing continuous modernization with new equipment, new techniques and improved training. The best part is that the costs still remain low when compared to the United States and European Union countries. Here are some highlights of the healthcare system in Costa Rica.

Government-run healthcare

Under Costa Rica’s universal healthcare system, every citizen is eligible for health coverage through the public system. This is funded by employee income tax amounting to 9 percent. There is also employer contribution, which is variable. Public healthcare is available to citizens regardless of pre-existing health issues and the extent of the medical care required.   more ...

  Useful Job Hunting Tips For Expats Moving To Germany

Articles - Germany

Finding employment in a foreign country can seem daunting, as there may be differences in the nature of the job market, labor laws and cultural norms. Some expats may be posted abroad by their company, in which case the process is much easier. But for those who need to find a job on their own or accompanying spouses who prefer to work while abroad, the process can be a little more challenging. The German job market offers lucrative opportunities for qualified professionals. Here are some tips to increase your chances of securing worthwhile employment in Germany.   more ...

  Shopping For The First Time In Brazil? Here's What You Need To Know

Articles - Brazil

While Brazil may not be among the most popular shopping destinations in the world, the number and variety of shopping spots available in the country will come as a pleasant surprise to expats and tourists. Some of the top boutiques are located in the cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, while Salvador is the place to go for great bargains. You can find everything here in Brazil, from jewelry and clothes to leather products and crafts. Even the smaller cities and towns have busy markets that sell regional goods.

São Paulo

From local handicrafts to international boutiques, you can find it all in São Paulo.   more ...

  A Month In The Life Of An English Writer In Tuscany - October Reflections

June Finnigan
Columnists - June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers

Here in beautiful Tuscany, the first week in October heralds the buying up of loads of winter plants to cheer up the pots that are now in need of refreshing. So on the first Saturday morning, we dropped down to Certaldo’s fruit, veg and plant market to check out our lovely plant lady. She loaded us up with trays of clematis, pansies and heathers and threw in a few freebies as is her wont.   more ...

  Joanna Newman, Veliko Turnovo

Joanna Newman
Expat Experiences - Bulgaria

Hi I am Joanna Newman. I was a wife, as well as a mother & nana, when I moved here but I am now single. Not sure who I am right now as I am re-evaluating this very question. I am though the face behind "The Secret Garden Tea Room" which raise money for charities in Bulgaria.

I have lived permanently in the Veliko Turnovo area of Bulgaria for 6 years after owning property here for 3 years previously.

I moved here with my husband after we fell in love with the country & the simplicity of life here.   more ...

  South Africa Diaries: Part 5 – Langebaan Here We Come Penguin Wake-up Call

James King
Columnists - James King

No need for alarm clocks here. Inquisitive penguins were playing round the boat before dawn broke. Seagulls, cormorants and oyster catchers added their voices to the cacophony of the morning chorus long before we rose and set sail north, along the Western Coastline to Langebaan.

Most of the other yachts had sailed on to Langebaan the night before so we were one of only a few who stopped off at Dassen Island. This part of the cruise was very leisurely, as the Lagebaan leg was organised as a holiday for a few days before Christmas, where the crews socialised in the marina restaurants and bars and played at water-sports.   more ...

  Global Citizenry – Ruined By Red Tape

Toni Hargis
Columnists - Toni Hargis

You’d think with so many people moving around the world, holding citizenship in more than one country and generally being planetary, the countries of origin would come to terms with it all and well, not put so many obstacles in the way.

I understand the need to (try to) regulate who comes in, especially if they end up receiving benefits having never paid into the system; (although one might argue many natives do the same). The UK is up in arms at the moment at the number of immigrants apparently claiming welfare benefits and living in free housing, although there are restrictions on this, as explained here. Possibly because of the number of EU citizens entering the UK, there are now tougher entrance requirements for non-EU citizens, including those married to Brits.   more ...

  Tales from a Spanish Village: Two Old Fools And The Last Chicken

Victoria Twead
Columnists - Victoria Twead

Whilst most people here in Spain are digging out their warm clothes in preparation for the winter, I am doing the very reverse. The coats and scarves are being packed away and the swimming stuff, shorts and T-shirts are coming out.


Because soon, very soon, I shall be on a long-haul flight to Australia. I’ll be spending Christmas with my daughter, son-in-law and gorgeous granddaughter, two-year-old Indy.

“What about Joe?” I hear you ask.   more ...

  Moving To Moscow? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On Public Transport

Articles - Russia

The entrance to the metro is generally just an underpass with a large “M” sign above it. The Moscow metro is quite extensive and the tickets are very cheap and can be purchased at the metro stations. Look for a ticket booth with the word ‘Kacca’ on it – you can buy multiple tickets (maximum of 60) for a number of journeys.

There is an emergency column at the centre of each metro station in case you require any assistance. The metro is very efficient and is probably your most economical option but rush hours are particularly brutal, unless you are used to taking the London tube or “the train” in NYC!   more ...


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