±A - Join Our Community

JOIN OUR FRIENDLY COMMUNITY
Learn from the experiences of other expats and make new friends in our disccussion forums and Facebook groups

±A - Cigna

±A - Read Our Guide

READ OUR GUIDE TO MOVING ABROAD
The Expat Focus Guide to Moving Abroad contains everything you need to know when planning an international relocation available now, completely free

±A - Compare Quotes and Save

COMPARE QUOTES AND SAVE MONEY
Find the best health insurance provider or foreign currency transfer specialist by comparing free quotes

±A - Listen to the Podcast

LISTEN TO THE EXPAT FOCUS PODCAST
The Expat Focus podcast features interviews with expats living abroad and service providers meeting their needs subscribe today!

±A - Expert Financial

EXPERT FINANCIAL ADVICE & SERVICES
From our tax, investment and FX partners

±A - ExpatFocus Partners

Expat Focus Partners
Become a Partner. Click Here.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Chinese Expat In London? How To Settle In And Make Friends

Wednesday July 11, 2018 (13:08:28)

As an expat, the hardest part of moving to a new country can be the ‘settling in’ phase, along with everything that goes with it. This could include any number of things, but expats often have to deal with factors such as culture shock and language barriers. These are on top of all the practical, tedious things such as getting all the correct paperwork filled out and applying for any necessary permits or licenses and so on. And that’s before you can even start to contemplate the bigger picture of your life, like a daily routine and making friends.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

The Best Rural Locations In Britain

Wednesday July 11, 2018 (11:24:34)

The Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey, which is dedicated to the quality of life within rural areas in the United Kingdom, is out – and the Orkney Islands in Scotland have come out on top.

The Halifax survey comes out annually and compares crime rate, employment and units which measure general happiness in different locations across the UK to determine which rural areas in the United Kingdom offer the best quality of life.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Expat With UK Property? What You Need To Know About Non-Resident Capital Gains Tax

Monday June 25, 2018 (09:37:38)

It seems like we are always writing about taxes here. Whether it be new tax rules in far-flung countries or the need to file a return in your home nation, tax truly can be taxing for expats.

Having a foot in two cultures is never easy, especially if you have to manage assets and income in both. This will mean you have to follow the tax legislation for both countries and probably report everything twice.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

London - City Of Love: Why The UK Capital Is More Romantic Than Paris

Monday June 18, 2018 (08:50:38)

Paris is often referred to as the city of love, and hopeless romantics all around the world have their eyes set on the French capital. Paris is portrayed in a plethora of literature and films as the ultimate romantic getaway, the ‘it destination’ for finding love, and generally the place to be.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Ten Signs You've Been Living In London For Too Long

Friday May 25, 2018 (12:21:45)

Has there ever come a point where you’ve wondered — have I been here too long? As an expat living abroad, you may start exhibiting clear behaviour and signs that are associated with a culture different to your own, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing! In fact, it’s part of the expat journey.

Many people find a kind of joy in suddenly realising that they’re blending in seamlessly in this new and foreign place that they’ve started calling home. Some of the habits you’ve picked up might even be downright hilarious, and you’ve not even realised that you’re guilty of these things that have unwittingly become part of your everyday life, until someone points it out to you.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Moving To London? Learn The Unwritten Rules Of Life In The Capital

Tuesday March 27, 2018 (07:36:17)

Moving to London can be a daunting prospect. London is a densely populated city and English people have a reputation for being notoriously hard to read. We’re not an unfriendly bunch, per se, but we’re possibly not the most approachable either! In public situations, particularly with strangers, the uninitiated may often find themselves making a bit of a social faux pas. These awkward situations may not have dire consequences but can leave you feeling a bit embarrassed. To the English, a public humiliation is on par with social death. You may perhaps not even feel it, but everyone around you will be cringing inwardly in silence.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Moving To The UK? Get The Paperwork Right!

Wednesday March 14, 2018 (09:50:19)

If you are planning to move to the UK, you may find yourself preoccupied making arrangements for your new job or education course whilst also trying to figure out what to wear in a country where the weather seems to change almost hourly! However, you will need to get your paperwork right as well, otherwise you’ll be stopped at the airport.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

The New American Embassy In London - What Expat Services Does It Offer?

Monday March 05, 2018 (11:41:41)

America has a new home. But don’t panic; there’s no need to go checking maps! The entire United States has not shifted from its traditional spot between the Atlantic and Pacific. Instead, the US embassy in London has re-opened in brand new buildings, leaving its famous Grosvenor Square location.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

London At Christmas: A Guide For New Expats

Friday December 15, 2017 (14:59:11)

The festive season is now upon us!

Christmas is fast approaching, and so we have compiled this Christmas guide for all of you expats who may be spending it in London this year.

We’ve explained English Christmas traditions and customs, and given you some great ideas whether you’re alone this year and looking to meet fellow expats, or searching for family friendly activities to do with the kids during the holidays.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Feeling Low In London This Christmas? Samaritans Can Help

Friday December 08, 2017 (14:10:50)

As a time when friends and families get together to celebrate the winter season and bring in the next year, the festive period can be a particularly difficult time for expats, especially if you've only recently moved abroad.   more ...