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Columnists > Vanessa Anderson

Vanessa Anderson

Try Before You Buy With House Sitting

Posted by: VanessaAnderson on Wednesday January 18, 2017 (20:46:52)   (10993 Reads)

Vanessa Anderson

Are you considering moving abroad? I'm guessing that's why you might be here, browsing the pages of "Expat Focus".

But how do you know you're doing the right thing when buying a home in another country?

How do you figure out if you'll even like living there?    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

9 Best Places To Buy Real Estate Overseas In 2017

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday January 16, 2017 (17:09:08)   (1197 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Time to take stock, regroup, project, and predict…

As we turn the corner from 2016 to 2017, we've been reviewing the world map to identify markets and destinations of particular interest, advantage, and appeal.

Which locations will be dead center on our radar in 2017?    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Natale and Capodanno in Beautiful Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Monday January 16, 2017 (10:42:37)   (486 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti to all my lovely Loyal and New Followers,

Well, here we are again reflecting back on the previous month, which in this case is December in beautiful Chianti.    more ...


Columnists > Rita Golstein-Galperin

Rita Golstein-Galperin

Five Things That Will Change Forever Once You Move Abroad

Posted by: Rita2G on Thursday January 12, 2017 (12:11:23)   (5219 Reads)

Rita Golstein-Galperin

Moving abroad is not easy. You face new challenges, you get to know parts of you you didn’t know existed, you’re amazed at yourself and at the world. And with this change of scenery, there are some things that will forever change for you as an expat.

I’m talking about little habits you took for granted no longer applying; strengths you didn’t realize were strengths until you visited home again; even the words you use every day changing their meaning.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

The Secret To Being Happy In Your New Life Overseas

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Tuesday January 10, 2017 (15:25:29)   (91 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Holiday travels in the States these past couple of weeks gave us a chance to reconnect with extended family, old friends, and former business partners who reminded us, in turn, where we’ve come from…    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Is Retiring In Panama Still A Good Choice? If So, Where?

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Tuesday January 03, 2017 (21:48:06)   (898 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Is Panama 2016 still a top choice for retiring overseas?

I was the first to suggest Panama as a good choice for any North American looking for a place to retire that was sunny and cheap.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

The Morvan Greets the New Year

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday December 29, 2016 (17:15:44)   (570 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Nobody comes to the Morvan for motorways, theatres, discos or shopping malls. We are 20 miles from the nearest cinema, although movies are occasionally screened at the Centre Médico-Social in Corbigny, which also offers tap dancing classes, sewing bees, tax advice and the annual flu jabs. Even so, there is plenty going on in a restrained sort of way.    more ...


Columnists > Sally Hilton

Sally Hilton

Feeling Homesick In The Holidays? Try These Six Steps

Posted by: SallyH on Monday December 19, 2016 (19:37:36)   (432 Reads)

Sally Hilton

Homesickness is a very common experience for expats in general, but more so during the festive period. For many of us, this time of year tends to revolve around family and friends, and is grounded in tradition and local customs. When we are abroad, and especially if we are in a location that doesn’t celebrate the season in quite the same way we are accustomed to, the feelings of missing home can escalate.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

The Taste Of Truffles And The Towers Of Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday December 17, 2016 (14:49:18)   (303 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti to all my lovely Loyal and New Followers,

The beautiful autumnal month of November will have you salivating over the earthy smells and taste of Tartufo Bianco (white truffles) and Porcini Mushrooms. Our local restaurants were grating raw Tartufo Bianco over buttered pasta. This is the very best way to eat these wonderful aromatic fungi or, if you eat them, over softly fried eggs.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Why This Gay Couple Chose Languedoc, France, For Their New Life Overseas

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday December 12, 2016 (17:17:49)   (725 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Alex and his partner Greg were in marketing and advertising in London. In 2003, they decided to leave the rat race and head to France with the thought of making a property investment. They settled first in Aix-en-Provence, where they enjoyed the big student population, both French and foreign.    more ...