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Where Should You Retire To In The Caribbean?

Posted on Wednesday April 09, 2014 (01:12:23)

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 ...

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Five Recommended Expat Blogs – Canada

Posted on Thursday January 23, 2014 (23:02:04)

At Expat Focus, we like to keep an eye on the blogosphere and see who’s sharing interesting, up to date content about expatriate life around the world. In our internet travels, we come across blogs we’d like to recommend as excellent reads for anyone considering expat life. Today we’re focusing on Canada; here are five of our favourite Canadian expat blogs.   more ...

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Considering A Move Overseas? Good News If You’re A Doctor, Engineer Or Bee Keeper

Posted on Friday December 06, 2013 (21:35:06)

courtesy of Robinsons

Leading international relocation specialist, Robinsons Relocation, has released a list of the most ‘in-demand’ vocations for Brits wanting to start a new life overseas – as well as some of the more unusual roles currently sought.

Based on data gleaned from Robinsons’ 15,000 international relocations completed in the last 12 months, it has cross referenced its most popular emigration destinations - Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand and Spain - with the most in-demand jobs in each country.* And while medics, engineers and the professional services are in high demand across the board, there are also a few surprises, with New Zealand needing bee keepers and wine makers, Canada in short supply of chefs, and Australia wanting map makers!   more ...

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Where Are You in the Expatriate Journey? A Roadmap of Expat Acculturation

Posted on Friday November 15, 2013 (03:14:31)
Michelle Sullivan

You made it happen. You are now living abroad. You have deftly completed the tasks on a long checklist from having a garage sale back home to figuring out how to open an electricity account in your new home country. You maintained a brave face so far, as the journey that has been paved with twists, turns and the occasional bump in the road. Some you anticipated; others, not so much. Or… maybe you dream of living abroad some day, or just arrived to your new country, or perhaps a few years into your new reality. No matter where you are in the expatriate journey, an understanding of the stages of the expatriate integration process will help to serve as guide throughout your experience.   more ...

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Escape to the City: The World's Best Places to Live

Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2013 (21:56:41)
Auckland, New Zealand

by John Rooney on behalf of Autoshippers

Exciting new environments; meeting new people; exotic and varied climates. There is a huge list of reasons why every year thousands of Brits make the decision to start a new life abroad.

Of course, before making this life-changing choice it is essential that you fully think through where it is you want to go and that, once you've decided, you thoroughly research that destination first. However if you are growing tired of the incessantly monotone British skies and fancy moving to a more exciting location, read as we detail three of the world's best places to live.   more ...

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Can I Drive my Car Abroad? The International Driving Permit Explained

Posted on Tuesday January 22, 2013 (18:21:55)
International Driving Permit

If you or your family are planning on moving abroad, working away or simply going for a holiday, you may have been considering the viability of taking your vehicle with you. It can be frustrating having to go back to relying on public transport after years of having on your own car, but even if you know of a car shipping company to get your vehicle there, but how do you overcome the obstacle of not having the proper licensing when visiting countries outside of the EU? Well help is at hand in the form of the International Driving Permit (IDP)

The IDP is a document that is recognised by many countries all over the world, and allows the holder of that permit to drive a vehicle in one of those nations. However, please note that the IDP is not a license to drive in a foreign country on its own, and it must be accompanied by a full driving license from your home nation.   more ...

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An Expat's View Of Kiev

Posted on Wednesday November 21, 2012 (15:29:10)
Petryk Vera

by Petryk Vera

It is truly magical how Kiev combines everything together.
Having 1500 years of history, the city is a beautiful architectural place, at the same time, Ukrainian capital is a fast developing mega polis that surprises its visitors with bright nightlife and wild entertainment.

Unfortunately, Kyiv is a slightly new spot on a tourist map so if it's your first visit to the city you might need some basic information about it:

1. It is the oldest capital in Eastern Europe, which used to be a capital of Kievan Rus (Russian Empire)

2. Most people in the city speak Russian and Ukrainian. English is also a popular language; it is spoken as a third language by a minority of the citizens.   more ...

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Top Tips and Checklists for Moving Abroad

Posted on Wednesday October 31, 2012 (18:11:11)

International moves require a lot of preparation and planning so using a checklist can be a good way to keep everyone involved up to date with what has been done and what hasn't. It can also help keep you sane when all around seems like pandemonium!

Begin your planning early

Moving home isn’t something you do often. Preparing and planning well can help ensure that things go smoothly and your move is as stress-free as possible. Try to start planning early to avoid any unexpected problems.

Packing considerations

Label your boxes for easy identification and sorting at the other end. Highlight items that are fragile to ensure that they are extra carefully handled. Check flammable and dangerous goods as some items can not be transported by removal companies.   more ...

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The Emotional Aspects Of The Life Of An Expat

Posted on Thursday October 25, 2012 (13:31:56)

by Xenia Kisantal

The decision of moving to a foreign country is one of a kind. It not only requires planning but also a personality that is capable of conquering anything, as anything sometimes means living on the street, being lonely, and only having oneself to rely upon. This may sound scary, but if handled constructively, it is one of the most rewarding experiences in one’s lifetime. There are certain factors that need special attention and if handled appropriately, they contribute to a successful integration.   more ...

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The Other Side Of The Street In Granada, Nicaragua

Posted on Sunday October 07, 2012 (01:20:04)
Calle La Calzada

by Paul Schlindwein

Nicaragua is witnessing an economic recovery in a large part due to increased tourism. Granada, located on the northern shore of Lake Nicaragua, is at the center of that revival.

Founded in 1524, Granada is recognized as the oldest European city in the Americas. It boast the best example of preserved Spanish colonial architecture in Nicaragua, and its proximity to the lake, volcanoes, and wilderness areas attracts tens of thousands of tourists annually.

Calle La Calzada stretches from the central park of Granada to the shore of Lake Nicaragua. It is lined with restaurants, bars, hotels and tour operators. On any given night, one will find the outdoor tables filled with tourists and locals alike.

Sharing the street with these night time revelers are artisans and canasteros- young people selling cigarettes and gum from baskets they carry.   more ...

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