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Spain > Articles

Spain

Starting A Small Business In Spain - 5 Things You Should Know

Posted on Monday February 17, 2014 (22:32:33)
Starting your own business is a dream for many people – it opens up the possibility of higher earnings, it brings freedom from a regular employment, and doesn’t involve many of the work-related restrictions that go with a regular job. But of course it also comes with a few potential downsides. For one, there isn’t a guaranteed income and you have to begin from scratch. Starting a business in a foreign country poses a few additional challenges.

Before you start your business in Spain, it is a good idea to ask yourself how your business is going to be different from existing business in Spain. Also, is there a market for your business? This initial research will help you start out on the right foot.   more ...

France > Articles

France

5 Good Reasons You Should Move To France (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Posted on Monday February 17, 2014 (21:53:28)
France, with its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, fine wine and scrumptious cuisine, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. It probably doesn’t take much to make you want to pack your bags and head to the picturesque French countryside for a weeklong holiday. But moving to a foreign country is something quite different. It is a truly life-changing move, and one that should usually involve a great deal of thought. If you’re wondering whether moving to France is the right decision for you, here are 5 good reasons why it just might be:

• A new cultural experience
Getting introduced to a new culture can always be an opportunity to evolve as a person.   more ...

Financial > Articles

Financial

Good News For UK Expats Moving Abroad As Sterling Continues To Strengthen

Posted on Wednesday February 05, 2014 (16:34:05)
Simon Hilton
by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

When a new year arrives, it can be tempting to set ourselves goals that we want to achieve in the coming 12 months. These could range from small things like keeping fit, learning a language or eating more healthily, to big ambitions like moving abroad, buying a house or getting a job overseas.

For those with such goals in mind, or people already living or working abroad, the exchange rate is all important, as it determines how far their money will go when buying a property or sending money home, for example.   more ...

France > Articles

France

France - Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Posted on Friday January 31, 2014 (16:10:00)
At Expat Focus, we like to take a look around the internet and see who’s sharing interesting ideas and useful tips for expatriate life all around the world. In our travels, we come across lots of blogs we’d like to recommend, and we’ll be featuring some of them over the coming months. Today we’re focusing on France; here are five of our favourite expats writing from their new French homes.   more ...

Financial > Articles

Financial

Cigna Individual Health Plans Go Multilingual

Posted on Thursday January 30, 2014 (13:08:34)
Cigna, a leading international health insurer, has announced the launch of local language sales and service capabilities for their expatriate individual health insurance product range.

This move is a milestone in the company’s commitment towards expanding its reach globally, particularly towards European and Latin American brokers supporting expatriates moving abroad.

This coincides with the combining of forces between Cigna Global Health Options and Cigna expatplus, bringing the strength of a single individual proposition for expatriate healthcare to the broker market.   more ...

Canada > Articles

Canada

Five Recommended Expat Blogs – Canada

Posted on Sunday January 26, 2014 (15:19:00)
At Expat Focus, we like to keep an eye on the blogosphere and see who’s sharing interesting, up to date content about expatriate life around the world. In our internet travels, we come across blogs we’d like to recommend as excellent reads for anyone considering expat life. Today we’re focusing on Canada; here are five of our favourite Canadian expat blogs.   more ...

General > Articles

General

Five Recommended Expat Blogs – Canada

Posted on Thursday January 23, 2014 (18:02:04)
At Expat Focus, we like to keep an eye on the blogosphere and see who’s sharing interesting, up to date content about expatriate life around the world. In our internet travels, we come across blogs we’d like to recommend as excellent reads for anyone considering expat life. Today we’re focusing on Canada; here are five of our favourite Canadian expat blogs.   more ...

General > Articles

General

Considering A Move Overseas? Good News If You’re A Doctor, Engineer Or Bee Keeper

Posted on Friday December 06, 2013 (16:35:06)
courtesy of Robinsons

Leading international relocation specialist, Robinsons Relocation, has released a list of the most ‘in-demand’ vocations for Brits wanting to start a new life overseas – as well as some of the more unusual roles currently sought.

Based on data gleaned from Robinsons’ 15,000 international relocations completed in the last 12 months, it has cross referenced its most popular emigration destinations - Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand and Spain - with the most in-demand jobs in each country.* And while medics, engineers and the professional services are in high demand across the board, there are also a few surprises, with New Zealand needing bee keepers and wine makers, Canada in short supply of chefs, and Australia wanting map makers!   more ...

France > Articles

France

An English Christmas - French Style

Posted on Thursday November 28, 2013 (22:26:18)
Rosie's Prawn Cocktail - French Style
I must have blinked, just as I thought Autumn had arrived it was suddenly winter. Its now time to start planning my Christmas, well planning started in March when our turkeys arrived becoming the most pampered live stock here at Half Acre, with a diet of bread, corn and fresh veg. Now they’re ready to repay us by providing us with our Christmas lunch.

Having an extended family here in France there are occasions when we attend two Christmas feasts; a French one Christmas eve and a traditional English one on Christmas day. The French don't have a Boxing day holiday and are usually back at work on the 26th so it makes sense to have a relaxing restrained Christmas day and let the excesses of Christmas Eve fade.   more ...

Costa Rica > Articles

Costa Rica

Starting A Business In Costa Rica: Perrovida Craft Beer

Posted on Saturday November 23, 2013 (22:48:15)
Perrovida Craft Beer
Shannon Enete interviews Kyle Kersey, Perrovida Craft Beer

Who are you? Tell me a little bit about your family.

I’m Kyle Kersey from Washington D.C. area. I grew up there. My wife and I went to high school together. We joke that our relationship is a homecoming dance that never ended because our first date was sophomore year’s homecoming. We got married our freshman year of college and moved to the subburbs, where we had 3 sons back to back to back. This year we will be celebrating our 15 years anniversary. We spent about 10 years in rural Virginia where I established myself as a government IT worker just in time to be bitten by the bug to move to Costa Rica.   more ...