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Blog > 2018

2018

News Round-Ups, Staying Safe In Your New Home, And Running A Business Abraod




Sometimes a destination just calls out to you. Perhaps you've seen pictures of its beautiful scenery and think you'd feel at home there. Perhaps you've tried some of the cuisine and can't get enough. Or maybe you've been there on holiday but want a more long-term plan.

Whatever your reasons for moving abroad, you'll have some research to do before you arrive. One of the most important aspects is safety: being unfamiliar with your surroundings can make you more vulnerable, especially if your new home has a higher crime rate or more treacherous climate than you're used to.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Chinese New Year, Expat Challenges In Germany, And Becoming A Digital Nomad




It's Chinese New Year! In his latest column, Ben Zabulis talks about how it's celebrated in Hong Kong, and talks us through some of the popular traditions and customs of the holiday.

Over in Italy, June Finnigan talks about January in Tuscany, including the excellent local cuisine.

We caught up with Evelyne Fallows, a French expat in New York City, about her experience of life abroad.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Pancake Day, Valentine's Day, And The Impact Of Brexit On Expat Finances




We have quite a mixture of posts for you this week, reflecting the eclectic nature of expat life around the world.

For starters, two big festivals in many countries in February are Pancake Day and St. Valentine's Day. In her latest column, Rosemary Border Rabson talks us through these traditions in France and what you can expect if you're living there. And in case you missed it a couple of weeks ago, take a look at our article about Valentine's Day traditions around the world.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Christmas Reminiscing, Expat Experiences, And The French Nationality Test




A lot of people find January difficult; once the Christmas cheer has died down, and you have to wait weeks for your next payday, things can seem dark and dreary in the early part of the year. This month June Finnigan is reminiscing about Christmas in Italy, reminding us of the festive period and giving us a window into her life in Chianti.

June isn't the only one sharing her experience of life abroad: we've also heard from Yayeri, a Dutch expat in Portugal, and Lena, who moved from Germany to Cambridge, UK.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Visas, Vaccinations, And Common Tax Issues For Expats




In our latest podcast, Oliver Heslop talks about some of the most commonly encountered tax challenges for British expats. Taxation can be a minefield to navigate, so it really helps to have someone around who understands the system and knows what they're doing; listen to Oliver's tips to get you started.

Tax administration is particularly important for those who run small businesses; if you're planning to start up your own company when you move abroad, why not take a look at Portugal's new start-up visas?    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Renovating In France, Banking In Panama, And Making Friends Abroad




Over the past few weeks we've been running a series of articles about making friends abroad. It's been very popular, and last week it continued with a focus on how to make friends abroad when you're in your 60s. Do you have any tips for people who want to make friends in their new countries? Share them in the comments below!

For many people, retirement is a time to pursue a dream they've had for a long time, like buying a little cottage in the French countryside, doing it up and living there. However, it's important to do your research thoroughly before you buy any house; especially one you're planning to renovate. Here's a guide to renovating a rural French property.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

New Year, New You: Moving Abroad, Finding A Job, And Settling In




Can you believe it's 2018 already? The years seem to fly by, and often they seem to go even quicker when you're trying to organise yourself to make a huge life change such as moving abroad.

Rosemary Border Rabson has been living in France's Morvan region for some years now, and in this month's column she talks about some of the French traditions for seeing in the new year. Why not find out about local traditions where you are and try to get involved? Many countries, regions and cities have their own festivals and holidays, featuring interesting cultural activities that will help you to understand and embed yourself into your new home.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Christmas, Columnists, And New Year's Resolutions




It's that time of year again: today the days begin getting longer as people all around the world celebrate the winter solstice. This also means that Christmas is nearly upon us, which can be a difficult time for those living away from home. If you're living in a city, you'll probably be able to find plenty of ways to keep busy; here's a guide for new expats in London at Christmas.

Once the indulgences of Christmas are done, many of us start making resolutions for the coming year. If you're planning to do that, we have some inspiration to get you started.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Why Politics Affect Exchange Rates, And How To Beat The Holiday Blues




Have you ever wondered why the pound fell so quickly after the Brexit vote, or how New Zealand's recent elections have influenced the currency there? In this month's column, FC Exchange talk about how the global political climate can affect currency exchange rates, and what you can do to ensure you don't encounter too many challenges.

The holidays can be a really difficult time for expats: while everyone else is celebrating with friends and family, it's easy to feel isolated and alone. Luckily there are resources out there to help you. Firstly, check out this tip from Dr. Martine Luntz, demonstrating a simple way to help with homesickness.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Expat Challenges, London Language Exchanges, And Christmas In Amsterdam




We're starting to get into the festive spirit here at Expat Focus, with our first Christmas feature talking about how to celebrate the holidays in Amsterdam. So if it's your first year there, we've got you covered for the festive season.

If you're about to move to Dublin, here are some of the things you need to know before you arrive. And if you're considering Luxembourg as your next home, here's how to rent an apartment there.    more ...