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Blog > 2018

2018

Visas, Vaccinations, And Common Tax Issues For Expats




In our latest podcast, Oliver Heslop talks about some of the most commonly encountered tax challenges for British expats. Taxation can be a minefield to navigate, so it really helps to have someone around who understands the system and knows what they're doing; listen to Oliver's tips to get you started.

Tax administration is particularly important for those who run small businesses; if you're planning to start up your own company when you move abroad, why not take a look at Portugal's new start-up visas?    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Renovating In France, Banking In Panama, And Making Friends Abroad




Over the past few weeks we've been running a series of articles about making friends abroad. It's been very popular, and last week it continued with a focus on how to make friends abroad when you're in your 60s. Do you have any tips for people who want to make friends in their new countries? Share them in the comments below!

For many people, retirement is a time to pursue a dream they've had for a long time, like buying a little cottage in the French countryside, doing it up and living there. However, it's important to do your research thoroughly before you buy any house; especially one you're planning to renovate. Here's a guide to renovating a rural French property.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

New Year, New You: Moving Abroad, Finding A Job, And Settling In




Can you believe it's 2018 already? The years seem to fly by, and often they seem to go even quicker when you're trying to organise yourself to make a huge life change such as moving abroad.

Rosemary Border Rabson has been living in France's Morvan region for some years now, and in this month's column she talks about some of the French traditions for seeing in the new year. Why not find out about local traditions where you are and try to get involved? Many countries, regions and cities have their own festivals and holidays, featuring interesting cultural activities that will help you to understand and embed yourself into your new home.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Christmas, Columnists, And New Year's Resolutions




It's that time of year again: today the days begin getting longer as people all around the world celebrate the winter solstice. This also means that Christmas is nearly upon us, which can be a difficult time for those living away from home. If you're living in a city, you'll probably be able to find plenty of ways to keep busy; here's a guide for new expats in London at Christmas.

Once the indulgences of Christmas are done, many of us start making resolutions for the coming year. If you're planning to do that, we have some inspiration to get you started.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Why Politics Affect Exchange Rates, And How To Beat The Holiday Blues




Have you ever wondered why the pound fell so quickly after the Brexit vote, or how New Zealand's recent elections have influenced the currency there? In this month's column, FC Exchange talk about how the global political climate can affect currency exchange rates, and what you can do to ensure you don't encounter too many challenges.

The holidays can be a really difficult time for expats: while everyone else is celebrating with friends and family, it's easy to feel isolated and alone. Luckily there are resources out there to help you. Firstly, check out this tip from Dr. Martine Luntz, demonstrating a simple way to help with homesickness.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Expat Challenges, London Language Exchanges, And Christmas In Amsterdam




We're starting to get into the festive spirit here at Expat Focus, with our first Christmas feature talking about how to celebrate the holidays in Amsterdam. So if it's your first year there, we've got you covered for the festive season.

If you're about to move to Dublin, here are some of the things you need to know before you arrive. And if you're considering Luxembourg as your next home, here's how to rent an apartment there.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Amsterdam's Business Club, Chile's Climate, And International Updates




This week we have three round-ups of international news for you: here's one that discusses expat financial news around the world; here's one for expat healthcare news; and here's a run-down of general news items relating to expat life.

We also have a guide to healthcare in Argentina, for anyone who's thinking of moving there; or if Belize is more your style, take a look at the local dishes you should try when you're there.    more ...


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 ...