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2017

Blog > 2017

2017

US Visas, Portuguese Tax Changes, And Living Off The Grid




Retiring from society is increasingly becoming an option for a lot of people, especially now that building your own home and living off the grid is cheaper and easier than ever before. This week, we caught up with Ian Usher, who has some tips for anyone who's interested in this kind of sustainable lifestyle.

Retirement is one of the primary reasons why people move abroad, especially to warmer climates where the weather is forgiving and the culture is laid-back. If you've been thinking about going down this route, why not try retiring to Belize?    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Childcare And Other Choices




Moving abroad with children can be a fun and rewarding experience for the whole family, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. Luckily some countries have systems in place to make things easier; like France, for example, where the Allocation Familiale can help.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Pets, Property And Local Cuisine




We have a strong focus on the culinary this week, with guides to local food and drink in several countries:

Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
the Bahamas
Colombia    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Round-Ups, Guides And Experiences




It's been a fairly quiet week here at Expat Focus - we've posted one guide to working in the UAE, so if that's where you're headed, take a look.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Expat Professionals, The Panama Pensionado, And Positive Mental Health




Our podcast guest this week is Jonathan Brown, who talks about his life in Singapore and how to maintain a location-independent lifestyle.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Halloween, House Sitting, And How To Find Work




Plenty of expats move abroad for work-related reasons, but it's still important to make sure you have the appropriate visa to do so. Here's a guide to getting a work visa in Israel.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Drought, Delicacies And Documentation




There's been a drought in columnist June Finnigan's region of Italy - take a look at her latest column for more news from Chianti. And if you're planning to move to Italy, here are some regional delicacies you might want to try.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Remittances, Recycling And Residence Fees




One of the main reasons people move abroad is to be able to better support their families back home. Recently, however, remittances from Oman have been decreasing - we take a look at why that's happening.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Citizenship, House Sitting And Serial Expats




You've been dreaming of the expat life for years. You've done all your research, picked a destination, worked out what your new cost of living will be, planned your goodbye party, bought the airline tickets... and then your new home decides to reform its citizenship rules. Suddenly you might be back to square one, no longer able to fulfil the requirements of the visa you've been coveting for years.

This is a reality for many expats, including those moving to Australia. We've put together a short guide to the new citizenship reforms and how they might affect you.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Self-Employment, Short-Term Rentals, And School In September




It's nearly back to school time for many people! How are your kids coping with the transition? Rosemary Border Rabson talks about La Rentrée in France.    more ...