Pancake Day, Valentine’s Day, And The Impact Of Brexit On Expat Finances

We have quite a mixture of posts for you this week, reflecting the eclectic nature of expat life around the world.

For starters, two big festivals in many countries in February are Pancake Day and St. Valentine’s Day. In her latest column, Rosemary Border Rabson talks us through these traditions in France and what you can expect if you’re living there. And in case you missed it a couple of weeks ago, take a look at our article about Valentine's Day traditions around the world.Some of our other columnists have written articles for us this week too: Maureen Moss takes us on a walk through her local park, while Chuck Bolotin finds out whether it’s really cheaper to live in Mexico.

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In our latest podcast, Melanie Haynes talks about life in Denmark and introduces her blog, Dejlige Days.

We have a couple of articles for expats in the Netherlands this week: one showcases the Student Hotel, which actually caters to people of all walks of life. Creating a whole new concept of living and working, it sounds like a fascinating place to visit or indeed live in. The second discusses the Expat Archive Centre, which brings together stories of expats from around the world.

But of course, life isn’t all pancakes and intriguing stories. So much of being an expat involves the more in-depth administrative elements of settling in to your new home. Luckily we have articles to help with that too.

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First of all, Stephen Spriggs has some advice for those who are planning on moving to China with children: from settling in to finding a school.

Will Hewitson from FC Exchange discusses the impact of Brexit on currency levels and what you’ll need to consider when sending money abroad.

And finally, a couple of expat guides for you: healthcare in Chile and taxes in Belgium.


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