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Blog > 2018

2018

UK Property, The Happiest Countries In The World, And Life As A Transgender Expat In Canada




Moving abroad is stressful at the best of times, but when you face discrimination just for being who you are, it can be even more complicated. We're currently running a series of articles about being a transgender expat, and this month we focused on Canada as a destination.

On the other side of the stress scale, a recent survey has revealed the happiest countries in the world. Unsurprisingly, the Nordics are at the top again. How do they do it?!    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Spring In Tuscany, Advancing Your Career In America, And Expat News From Around The World




Once a month, we like to round up important expat news from around the world for our readers. These are then published as three updates: finance, healthcare, and general news.

This month has been particularly interesting in the Middle East on the healthcare front, with several countries updating their healthcare options for expats.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Tech Start-Ups In Thailand, Retirement In Germany, And Croatia's Red Tape




Visas are an integral part of moving abroad, and it can be even more complicated if you've recently started a business which you want to continue working on in your new home. Luckily for expats moving there, Thailand has a new kind of start-up visa specifically for tech entrepreneurs.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Where To Move For A Slower Pace Of Life, Paris' Unwritten Rules, And The Australian Visa System




Australia's visa system uses a points-based method to determine who can live in the country. This can seem complicated when you first look at it, but we've got you covered. Take a look at our article to see how you can increase your points and get your Australian visa!

While we're on the subject of visas, we also have a guide to the Romanian residency visa, and what you need to do if you want to live there.    more ...


Blog > 2018

2018

Teaching In Germany, Renting In Lisbon, And New Zealand's New Visa System




We have a bit of a focus on Germany this week, with two articles looking at life there. First of all, how to drive in Germany; navigating the roads in any new country is scary to begin with, but take a look at our article to ease your concerns.

Teaching is one of the most popular ways of making money abroad. Expat John Siskar moved to Germany on a whim, and since being there has taught everything from Kindergarten through to secondary school. Listen to this week's podcast to learn about his journey and discover what he found most challenging.    more ...


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 ...