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United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Ten Signs You've Been Living In London For Too Long

Friday May 25, 2018 (12:21:45)

Has there ever come a point where you’ve wondered — have I been here too long? As an expat living abroad, you may start exhibiting clear behaviour and signs that are associated with a culture different to your own, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing! In fact, it’s part of the expat journey.

Many people find a kind of joy in suddenly realising that they’re blending in seamlessly in this new and foreign place that they’ve started calling home. Some of the habits you’ve picked up might even be downright hilarious, and you’ve not even realised that you’re guilty of these things that have unwittingly become part of your everyday life, until someone points it out to you.   more ...

Ecuador > Articles


Beachfront Retirement Communities For Expats In Ecuador

Friday May 25, 2018 (11:39:47)

A study ranked Ecuador as the number one country for holiday makers and expats alike to make friends with local people and seamlessly blend into the community. The most obvious place to settle down in the country is arguably Cuenca, the capital of Azuay Province. At the end of 2017, an estimated 5000 expats called this city their home. Cuenca is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site thanks to its historical architecture. The city was not properly connected by road with the rest of Ecuador until the early 1960s, which helped preserve its architecture and traditions. There are shopping centers, cinemas, several hospitals, big food stores and many restaurants to satisfy every pallet in the city. All of this comes at a very reasonable cost in comparison to many European cities.   more ...

Italy > Articles


Homeware Shopping In Tuscany - A Guide For Expats

Friday May 25, 2018 (11:36:19)

Located in central Italy, Tuscany is famous for its spectacular scenery, awe-inspiring architecture and pleasant climate, making it a popular destination for expats. There is a wide range of shopping options offering homeware to suit everyone.   more ...

Costa Rica > Articles

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Or Panama: Which Would Suit You Best?

Friday May 25, 2018 (11:32:27)

The neighbouring countries of Costa Rica and Panama both have a lot to offer expats. We take a look at the factors to consider.

Costa Rica and Panama are both long, thin countries with thousands of kilometres of coastline overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. They have interesting and varied landscapes offering a range of spectacular and unusual locations to visit, including rainforests and golden beaches. Costa Rica has two volcanoes, which are active and cause occasional damage to nearby settlements.   more ...

Russia > Articles


Russian Visas: A 2018 Guide

Friday May 25, 2018 (11:25:22)

Obtaining the correct visa for a trip to Russia can be confusing, as there are many options to choose from. Our guide to the process will answer all your questions.

Who Needs A Visa

People from countries that have bilateral and multilateral agreements with Russia such as Ukraine and Belarus do not require a visa. Visa-exempt countries are listed here, although many will only allow a visit of a certain number of days before a visa is required. People from all other countries are required to apply for a visa, including citizens from the USA, UK, EU and Australia. The 2016 changes to regulations now state that citizens from Turkey also require a visa.   more ...

Kuwait > Articles


A Vegetarian Guide To Kuwait City

Friday May 25, 2018 (11:15:31)

Vegetarians and vegans in Kuwait might find that they are met with some confusion. However, just because eschewing animal products isn’t as common in Kuwait as in the UK or US, vegetarian expats moving there need not worry. Don’t let blank stares or questions about whether you get enough protein put you off. You can find vegetarian food here more easily than you may think. In fact, these days you’ll find non-dairy milks in supermarkets, vegetarian and vegan cafes around the city and even veggie Instagram celebrities.   more ...

Canada > Articles


Adjusting To Life As A Medic In Nova Scotia - A Guide For Expat Doctors

Friday May 25, 2018 (11:05:55)

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is desperate for doctors. So desperate in fact that they are launching a new visa to entice foreign-trained physicians.

The scheme applies to the 29 jurisdictions currently accepted for Canadian residency, but the new visa makes it easier than ever to make the move. Immigration Minister Lena Diab announced the scheme in February, stating: “it cuts red tape and paperwork.” She told CBC the scheme would see paperwork processed rapidly for doctors. “We do not have to check their education. We don't have to check their credentials or language. Why? Because we are working cooperatively with the health authority and the IWK [Health Sciences Centre] and the College of Physicians, who are doing that for us.”   more ...

Netherlands > Articles


Living In The Netherlands As A Transgender Expat

Friday May 25, 2018 (10:50:21)

Building a life as an expat is always a challenge – and being transgender can make everything more complicated. Pulling up roots and migrating to a famously liberal place like the Netherlands is a dream for many trans people facing persecution and discrimination elsewhere. However, living that dream means grappling with the difficulties of the expat life in general and obstacles particular to trans people all at once. The Netherlands isn’t a challenge-free place for transgender expats, despite its reputation, and migrating there requires some care and forethought.   more ...

Croatia > Articles


Moving To Croatia? Don't Get Tied Up By The Red Tape

Friday May 11, 2018 (11:45:00)

Croatia is a relatively young country full of potential. With its stunning coastlines, rugged mountain peaks and dense forests, it’s undoubtedly a beautiful place. However, in recent years Croatia has struggled due to slow economic growth as well as an infrastructure that’s been dragging its heels and is in drastic need of an overhaul.

Politicians have promised that this will happen, and that radical changes will streamline various processes across the board. As tourism in Croatia increases, so does the tantalizing prospect of investment from foreign entrepreneurs. The biggest issue thus far has been the infamous red tape that has plagued many an investor. With frequently shifting regulations and high tax burdens, the full potential of foreign investment has not got off the ground yet.   more ...

Ireland > Articles


Moving To Ireland? Stock Up On These Items Before You Arrive

Friday May 11, 2018 (11:40:54)

If you are relocating to the Emerald Isle in the near future, being purposeful and practical about what to pack is essential. It is human nature to want to pack anything and everything when moving abroad to live, but knowing just what to stock up on before you arrive can save you time, money and effort further down the line.   more ...