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Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

7 Surefire Tips For Managing Your Financial Life Overseas

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday June 19, 2017 (15:53:31)   (3894 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Living or retired in another country, how do you manage your financial life?

Virtually, with the support of a laptop and an internet connection.

At least that should be your goal.

This way, you don’t have to worry about not being able to access an account, get cash, move money, send a wire, or pay a bill. You want these critical functions to be hassle-free… not a distraction and a big pain in the neck getting in the way of all the fun you’re supposed to be having in your new life in your chosen Shangri-la.    more ...


Columnists > Fiona Hodgkins

Fiona Hodgkins

Expat Children Need A Helping Hand

Posted by: fthodgkins on Tuesday June 13, 2017 (19:35:58)   (6008 Reads)

Fiona Hodgkins

As this is my first submission as a columnist to Expat Focus, I would like to start by introducing myself. Born in Japan (to a British father and Eurasian mother) I grew up in South East Asia, went to boarding school in the UK at 11; then embarked on the expat circuit as an adult with my oil engineering husband, and have lived in such diverse locations as Japan, Germany, the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, the UAE, Venezuela and Trinidad.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Cost Of Living In The Algarve: A Detailed Breakdown

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday June 12, 2017 (20:46:59)   (2351 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

When you think about the world’s cheapest places to live or retire, you probably think first of Latin America or Asia, writing off Europe altogether, figuring no way someone of modest means could ever afford to move to the Old World.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Wine, Art And Politics In Chianti

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday June 11, 2017 (08:44:55)   (367 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and welcome to all my lovely followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is May 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Flaming June In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday May 30, 2017 (12:47:21)   (485 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

I am typing this on May 30, during a heatwave – une canicule as they say here. It ain’t half hot, Mum, and John has taken to wearing shorts, while I hang out the washing at 6 am to take advantage of the blessed coolth and to put out water for the birds and squirrels and give the geraniums their morning drink.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

The 4 Best Beaches In Panama

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday May 29, 2017 (15:40:25)   (797 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

One of Panama‘s greatest assets is its beachfront. This is a little country with two long coasts and several clusters of outlying islands... meaning lots of different beaches — Pacific and Caribbean, touristy and undiscovered, developed and emerging, accessible and remote.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

The Cheapest And Best Places To Buy Property In Europe

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday May 22, 2017 (15:10:21)   (2916 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Diversifying your portfolio into euro-valued real estate is a better idea right now than it has been in more than a decade.

The dollar is close to par with the euro, providing U.S. dollar-holders with more purchasing power than they’ve had in euro-land since 2003.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Why Álamos Is The #1 Place For Single Women Overseas

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday May 15, 2017 (15:00:37)   (322 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

It’s easier to adapt to a new life overseas when you move with a spouse or partner. It’s more of a challenge to move abroad on your own, and it can be even more intimidating for single women than it is for single men. That’s why it’s understandable that some of our most frequently asked questions have to do with the suitability of various destinations for single women moving abroad.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Easter In Beautiful Chianti

Posted by: junefinnigan on Monday May 15, 2017 (07:39:50)   (369 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is April 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Barry O'Leary

Barry O'Leary

4 Things I've Learnt Since Being An Expat Dad

Posted by: bazseville on Sunday May 14, 2017 (20:57:36)   (6505 Reads)

Barry O'Leary

I’m a dad of two lovely Spanish kids. I say lovely because that’s what they are 90% of the time, the other 10% they can be complete devils. I enjoy being a dad, and the longer I am one, the more I love it. I enjoy the responsibility of bringing them up, seeing them laugh and smile, picking them up (and at times dropping them off) at school, and helping them make dinosaur shapes with playdoh. I even see the benefits of being woken up early at the weekend, otherwise I’d just waste the day.    more ...