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Blog > 2016

2016

Parenting, Personal Finance And Property Protection

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It's that time of the week again - time for a round-up of what's been going on over here on ExpatFocus.com.

We began the week with a discussion of personal finance - specifically, the financial impact leaving the US will have on your family back home.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Distilleries, Dishes And Popular Destinations

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(c) Joshua Rappeneker on Flickr

When you move to a new place, it's easy to quickly get caught up in the day to day administration of life and forget to take in your surroundings. While you might not want to do the whole tourist thing, it's still worth checking out a few local attractions.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Financial Scams, Winter Plans and Expat Blogs

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(c) Goldmann Jo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It's getting chilly over here in the UK, and your editor has finally caved in and turned on her heating. Luckily, London isn't the coldest of cities, and there are plenty of free museums to duck into when you need a bit of warmth and a shot of culture.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Retirement, Managing Money And The US Election: This Week's Hot Topics




If there's one topic on everyone's minds at the moment, it's the US election. With only a few days left before all the votes are cast and counted, the Clinton and Trump camps are both ramping up their campaigns. We've compiled a list of blogs to read about the election - some from expats living in the US, others from US expats abroad.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Experiences, Affordability And Apartment-Hunting: The Basics Of Expat Life

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(c) StevenMorrow on Wikipedia

Affordability is one of the most persistent questions asked by expats around the world. If you're thinking of moving abroad, you've probably had your doubts as to whether your budget is up to the transition. This week, we take a look at whether Switzerland is too expensive to live in, where you should move to in Belgium, and why it really is possible to afford the best of French country life.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Religious Beliefs, Reducing Debts And Returning Home

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(c) FreeAussieStock.com

Religion has been in the news a lot recently. One of the most controversial stories in recent weeks was the report of the 'burkini ban' in France, where Muslim women who cover up on the beach were being told that they were in violation of French secular law. We've written an article to talk about the various options for Muslim women living in France.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Blogs, Bank Accounts and Brexit Blues




This week at Expat Focus, we've been talking to people who have moved abroad about their experiences.

Our columnists, as always, have provided a wealth of information about their lives abroad. Rosemary Border Rabson discusses the Morvan in France and a flea circus in Surrey, England; and Kathleen Peddicord talks about the idiosyncracies of life in Prague.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Finance, Fairs And First-Rate Bloggers

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(c) David Dugdale on Flickr

Along with our usual finance and healthcare updates that cover expat-related news all around the world, this week we also have articles about opening a bank account in Greece, and how to apply for an account abroad when you don't have a credit rating.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Education, Interviews and Expat Adjustment




Where are the most prestigious universities in the world? They're all in the UK and USA. Here's a list of the top ten.

Of course, education doesn't just happen in learning establishments. If your children are younger, you might need some help around the house with things like picking them up from school, helping them with homework, and the day to day minutiae of life. Expat Focus' new columnist Bec Baxter talks about her experiences of hiring au pairs and shares some tips to make your au pair experience go smoothly.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Brexit, Earthquakes and Extreme Temperature Changes




It's been on everyone's minds since the referendum in June: How will my expat life be affected by Brexit? This week we have a short article about how pensions in the EU might be impacted.

Columnist June Finnigan tells us about July in Tuscany, and Estelle Van De Velde shares her experience of expat life in London, England.    more ...