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Australia – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Posted on Tuesday April 15, 2014 (16:46:54)
At Expat Focus, we read a lot of articles about adjusting to a new country, but many of our featured bloggers this week have had to adjust to a whole new hemisphere. The bloggers below discuss moving Down Under, becoming an Australian citizen and what it’s like to celebrate Christmas in the summer.   more ...


14 Ways to help you Adjust to Life Abroad

Posted on Thursday April 10, 2014 (22:49:29)
GoAbroad Philippines Content Team
by Elsa Thomasma

Moving across the world, beyond the borders of your homeland, can be one of the most challenging adjustments of your life. But through challenges there is growth and enormous opportunities for personal success.

The first few weeks, and days for that matter, will be difficult no doubt, so remember to take things one step at a time. Try your best to adjust a little more each day, to the new city, culture, climate, and cuisine, and truly immerse yourself.

Don’t just flock to the foreigners

Yes, they are familiar and may bring you comfort, but stay away!   more ...


5 Things You Should Do When Living In Brazil (And 1 You Definitely Shouldn't)

Posted on Tuesday April 08, 2014 (22:54:00)
Brazil draws a considerable number of foreigners each year and many of them go on to make the country their home. The many employment opportunities in the big cities, the cultural diversity and friendly nature of the Brazilians make living here a rich and enjoyable experience for many expats. There are many uniquely Brazilian experiences and activities that no expat should miss during their time in this vibrant land. Here are five things you really must do when in Brazil - and the one thing you’re better off not doing!   more ...


Is The Cost Of Living In Singapore Now Too Expensive For Expats?

Posted on Tuesday April 08, 2014 (22:27:55)
Singapore is now the world’s most expensive city, according to the new rankings of the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU). Singapore which ranked sixth in the same survey last year has now overtaken Tokyo (which topped the list last year), Osaka, Sydney and Melbourne, which all occupied top positions that year.

The EIU surveyed 140 cities across the world, with New York City as a base, and compared the costs of 160 products and services like food, household supplies, transport, domestic help, utility bills, clothing, home rent, private schools and recreation.   more ...

South Africa

Just How Dangerous Is Life As An Expat In South Africa?

Posted on Tuesday April 08, 2014 (22:09:41)
Crime and safety can be a major worry for residents in South Africa. New expats feel they may not enjoy the same sense of freedom they had in their home countries and may have to live in restricted estates or gated communities for protection. The on-going trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has also brought the topic of gun crime into focus in a big way. The South Africa sprint runner and Paralympic champion maintains he shot Steenkamp as he mistook her for an intruder. While the escalation of fear regarding safety may partly be due to the fair share of publicity this high-profile case has received, it is still pertinent to consider just how safe it is for expats living in South Africa.   more ...


Where Should You Retire To In The Caribbean?

Posted on Tuesday April 08, 2014 (20:12:23)
The Caribbean provides a much needed escape from the bustle of everyday life. This is what makes it such a popular retirement destination. Many retirees choose to make their home in the Caribbean because of its pleasant weather, rich natural wealth and the warmth of the people. The cost of living usually depends on which island you go to, but there are many affordable options and incentives that are perfect for people living on a fixed budget. Here are some of the top retirement havens within the Caribbean.


Belize lies on the Caribbean cost of Central America and is a place of immense natural beauty with its blue waters, beautiful beaches and inland retreats.   more ...


5 Foods You Must Try When Living In Malaysia

Posted on Tuesday April 08, 2014 (19:39:25)
Spice trading in Malaysia goes all the way back to the 15th century and the country has continued its affair with spices well into modern times. Malaysian cuisine is a delightful fusion of flavors, with many overlapping gastronomic influences. It is not uncommon to find Thai curries, Chinese noodles and Indian gravy dishes in one menu. With the population being as diverse as its cuisine, living in Malaysia is bound to be an exciting adventure of tastes, textures and cooking techniques. Here are 5 Malaysian dishes you must try.

Nasi Lemak

Considered to be the national dish, Nasi Lemak is one of the most traditional dishes of Malaysian cuisine.   more ...

United Kingdom (UK)

UK – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Posted on Tuesday April 08, 2014 (15:01:05)
Moving to a new country is daunting at the best of times, and the initial thought of leaving the comforts of your home and moving somewhere completely different can seem overwhelming. But if you’ve got your heart set on moving abroad, there are plenty of resources available to help ease your transition. We’ve spent some time perusing the internet to find our favourite blogs dedicated to expat life. Below are five of our favourites written by expats in the UK.   more ...


Spring Has Sprung – Time To Spring Into Action With A Property Abroad?

Posted on Friday April 04, 2014 (22:42:10)
Simon Hilton
by Simon Hilton, senior foreign exchange consultant at World First and official Expat Focus foreign exchange partner

After what has seemed like a never-ending winter, spring appears finally to have sprung. We’ve tasted a little sunshine and experienced some warmth and maybe, it’s just injected a little more positivity into our lives.

However, you never know when the warm sunshine will be replaced by cold rain. British summers are well known for being anything but, well, summery, and promises of barbeque summers (remember that classic) have turned out to be nothing more than a damp squib.

Maybe you’ve decided enough is enough, and are contemplating a move away to warmer climes, where the way of life is more relaxed and the weather is slightly more dependable.   more ...


5 Experiences You Must Try As An Expat In Japan

Posted on Monday March 31, 2014 (18:04:12)
Japan has always been an expat-friendly destination with its high standard of living, comprehensive social welfare systems and interesting cuisine. It is also a unique country that offers many exciting experiences and activities that you probably won’t find in any other country in the world. Here are 5 experiences you must try in Japan.

Take a hike

Japan’s Northern Alps are called the “Roof of Japan” and are a popular destination for hiking trips. You can begin a trek from the town of Kamikochi, which is the gateway to the Alps, and hike your way up many peaks that make up the Kita Alps.   more ...

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