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Blog > 2018

2018

Weddings In Italy, Diving Clubs In Panama, And Moving Abroad With A Big Family




In her latest column, June Finnigan explains how her local town of Certaldo is trying to attract more weddings from abroad. So if you've been thinking about getting married elsewhere, check out the article!

In our latest podcast, Tony tells us what it's like to live abroad with a big family which is spread over two continents.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Language Barriers, Loneliness, And Healthcare In Mexico




Here at Expat Focus we love sharing your experiences of life abroad. Seeing how other expats have dealt with the same frustrations, challenges and joys you're facing can be a great way to feel like you're not alone, even if you're far from home. This week we spoke to Yvette in Paris, Larry in Taipei, Kate in Chicago, and Jacqui in Buckinghamshire.

If you'd like to be interviewed, just fill in the questions here and send us your answers!    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

London's Unwritten Rules, Hong Kong's Meetup Groups, And The Challenges Of Living In Italy




We have quite an eclectic mix of articles for you this week. It's a bank holiday weekend here in the UK, but we're still bringing you content from around the world as usual.

First off, Hong Kong and how to meet new people when you're an expat living there. Finding friends can be a challenge, but if you open yourself up to new experiences you might be surprised at the welcome you'll receive.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Education In Europe, Tax Tips For Digital Nomads, And The Dream Destination For Vegan Expats




In Western Europe it's currently snowing - they're calling the storm "the best from the east". Flights have been grounded, schools have been closed, and people are growing tired of the opportunity for snowball fights and sledging, wanting instead to see some more spring-like weather.

For expats the weather isn't the only concern - it's of the utmost importance to ensure that all your paperwork is in order when you move abroad. Here's a guide to navigating the red tape as an expat in the UK.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Podcasts, Paperwork, And How Brexit Might Affect Your Plans




Long after the referendum took place, Brexit is still at the forefront of many people's minds, especially those who have plans to move abroad in the future. This week, we took a look at some of the latest updates on how the Brexit vote could affect your rights as an expat, from pensions to jobs and everything in between.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Getting A Visa, Finding A Job, Making Friends, And Saving Money: Expat Essentials Abroad




This week we've put together a number of articles that should help you through the process of moving abroad, especially if you're planning to move to one of this week's featured countries: the Netherlands, South Africa and Canada.

Even if your plans are taking you elsewhere, though, we hope you'll find useful tips and helpful hints scattered throughout the site. And if you have any suggestions for new topics you'd like to see covered in our articles, please share them in the comments below or email them to scar@expatfocus.com - we love your feedback!    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

News Round-Ups, Staying Safe In Your New Home, And Running A Business Abroad




Sometimes a destination just calls out to you. Perhaps you've seen pictures of its beautiful scenery and think you'd feel at home there. Perhaps you've tried some of the cuisine and can't get enough. Or maybe you've been there on holiday but want a more long-term plan.

Whatever your reasons for moving abroad, you'll have some research to do before you arrive. One of the most important aspects is safety: being unfamiliar with your surroundings can make you more vulnerable, especially if your new home has a higher crime rate or more treacherous climate than you're used to.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Chinese New Year, Expat Challenges In Germany, And Becoming A Digital Nomad




It's Chinese New Year! In his latest column, Ben Zabulis talks about how it's celebrated in Hong Kong, and talks us through some of the popular traditions and customs of the holiday.

Over in Italy, June Finnigan talks about January in Tuscany, including the excellent local cuisine.

We caught up with Evelyne Fallows, a French expat in New York City, about her experience of life abroad.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

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.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Christmas Reminiscing, Expat Experiences, And The French Nationality Test




A lot of people find January difficult; once the Christmas cheer has died down, and you have to wait weeks for your next payday, things can seem dark and dreary in the early part of the year. This month June Finnigan is reminiscing about Christmas in Italy, reminding us of the festive period and giving us a window into her life in Chianti.

June isn't the only one sharing her experience of life abroad: we've also heard from Yayeri, a Dutch expat in Portugal, and Lena, who moved from Germany to Cambridge, UK.    more ...