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5 Great Restaurants For Expats In Monaco

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014 (21:38:44)
Monaco has a varied restaurant scene with establishments serving up cuisines from around the world. Being the wealthy destination that it is, many of the country’s eateries are Michelin-starred, sophisticated up-market hotspots. Here are 5 great restaurants in Monaco that expats must visit.

Le Louis XV

Top chef, Alain Ducasse, is the owner of Le Louis XV. This is a hugely popular restaurant at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco known as much for its grand interiors as for its fine food. Le Louis XV holds three Michelin stars and has regularly featured in lists of the world’s best restaurants.   more ...

Costa Rica

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

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014 (21:28:59)
Costa Rica has become one of the most popular destinations in the world for expats and retirees. If you’re thinking about moving to this tropical paradise, here are 5 points that may help you decide.

Expat community

Relocating to a country where there is already an established expat community is a big advantage for expats. Costa Rica is one such place where an expat community has grown and developed over the years. These communities not only provide support and practical assistance to new expats, but are also involved in other activities like setting up schools, markets, health clubs and restaurants.   more ...


5 Foods You Must Try When Living In Turkey

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014 (21:17:45)
From aromatic home-cooked stews to spicy kebabs, Turkey’s culinary heritage is a blend of varied influences. The flavors that arose from the kitchens of the Ottoman court continue to inspire Turkish cooking today, as do the cooking methods and tastes of the many ethnic communities and cultures that have inhabited the land over the years. While there are many delectable delights in store for anyone who makes a culinary journey through the country, here are five typically Turkish dishes that you must try during your stay.

Hünkar Beğendi

This dish comprises of lamb stew served on a bed of puréed roasted eggplant.   more ...


5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Qatar

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014 (21:07:38)
Every year, Qatar receives a large number of foreigners who move there for lucrative job opportunities, tax-free income and a high quality of life. Despite the fast-paced work life and extreme weather of this desert destination, there are a number of things that expats can do for recreation and leisure. Here are 5 must-try experiences in Qatar.

Dhow cruising

Dhows are traditional Qatari fishing boats that were originally used by merchants. Today these modest wooden sailing vessels have been transformed into comfortable boats equipped with most amenities and are used to take passengers on luxury cruises.   more ...


Positivity In European Property Market, But Still Some Way To Go

Posted on Tuesday October 07, 2014 (21:02:04)
Simon Hilton
by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

Let’s start with a stat. Two thirds of Europeans say house prices are too expensive. That’s according to a survey of over 12,000 European consumers by ING Bank.

It’s very possible that you’re reading this in the UK, and wondering whether that 66% have ever taken a look a property prices in the UK, and if they know how lucky they are!   more ...


10 Websites Expats Need To Visit Before Moving To Panama

Posted on Sunday October 05, 2014 (21:56:48)
Panama has become a popular expat destination in recent years. The reasons for moving here are varied. Some relocate to Panama for business, while some simply want a change of lifestyle. The country also attracts many retirees looking to make the most of their retirement years. For those thinking of moving to Panama, here are 10 websites that may be helpful.

panama.usembassy.gov/living-working-in-panama   more ...

United Kingdom (UK)

Make The Most Of Your Time In London - 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home

Posted on Sunday October 05, 2014 (21:45:09)
London is a charming city with many attractions. It is modern and multicultural, but also celebrates its rich history and culture. There are several things to do and see in London and here’s our list of five experiences that are as unique as the city itself.

Secret Cinema

Secret Cinema aims to create ‘experiences’ around popular movies by incorporating the storyline into an event before the actual screening of the film. Everything, including the locations, is kept under wraps, except for the one standing instruction – Tell No One.   more ...

Costa Rica

Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To Costa Rica

Posted on Sunday October 05, 2014 (21:31:16)
Costa Rica has a lot to offer to expats who move there. The cost of living is low enabling expats to live better for less. The healthcare system provides good medical care to citizens and permanent residents. The country has a literacy rate of 95% and most Costa Ricans speak Spanish, as well as English. Life in Costa Rica is also much simpler and the culture is family-oriented. Another advantage of living in this tropical paradise is the healthy lifestyle, with a low obesity rate and longer life expectancy. Here is some recommended reading that will provide helpful insights and information about moving to Costa Rica.   more ...


Useful Job Hunting Tips For Expats Moving To France

Posted on Sunday October 05, 2014 (21:21:36)
A large number of foreigners move to France for work. Some may relocate on a job transfer, while others may relocate after securing employment. There are also those who hope to find a suitable job once they arrive in the country. If you’re among the latter, here are some job-hunting tips that may come in handy.

Learn the language

Learning French can open many doors for job seekers. Although there are some companies who hire employees regardless of their knowledge of French, others may insist on fluency.   more ...


Using The Healthcare System In Malaysia - A Short Guide For Expats

Posted on Sunday October 05, 2014 (21:16:29)
The healthcare system in Malaysia is known to be of a high standard. In fact, the country is a major medical tourism destination that attracts many foreigners in need of high quality, yet affordable treatments. The healthcare system is aimed at providing care to everyone within the country, however access to such medical care may be difficult in rural areas and remote regions of the country.

Medical facilities

Malaysia offers both public and private healthcare. Both provide excellent services, have trained staff and employ modern techniques.   more ...

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