How does your city compare to other popular expat destinations? With the increased globalization of businesses, rapid growth of new economies, and ever decreasing air fares, more people than ever before are taking up roots and moving overseas in search of a new life. We look at some of the most popular expat destinations around the world and see how they compare”¦
Reverse culture shock is not something one really considers might happen when you have just returned to your native Country. But after working and living in another Country for a year or more, it is something worth preparing yourself for. Re-intergration back into ones own native culture can take just as much getting used to as the initial move abroad.
The flow of Western expatriates into Eastern Europe region to take advantage of investment opportunities is testament to its growing prosperity. However, the question of healthcare is sometimes overlooked and living in a developing country is not always plain sailing – and healthcare in particular can throw up some nasty surprises.
More than 198,000 British nationals moved overseas last year, bringing the total number of Brits abroad to more than 5.5 million, according to new research from the Institute for Public Policy Research, published on December 11th, 2006. The report shows that almost one in ten Britons now lives abroad and that a British national emigrates every three minutes.
Moving abroad is a great way to travel, develop new friendships, experience diverse cultures and broaden you horizons. Fortunately, you can also develop your career at the same time. When considering a career move overseas, it is wise to extensively research before you go. Doing your homework is definitely worthwhile, for both professional and social reasons. There is a huge amount of information available, including an array of fantastic books and websites such as this one.
I’m not usually one to "share", but I just came back from walking the dog and thought I’d relate what happened …… I live in a small neighborhood tucked away across the street from where I work. The university baseball field is just across the street and when there’s a game on, you can hear the crowd (and the floodlights light up the tops of the tall trees that are everywhere in my neighborhood, it’s a pretty cool sight, especially when the wind is blowing, which is often).
No matter how well thought out your move may have been, there may be times when you feel a touch of home sickness. You may miss your old friends, the theatres and shows or the reliable electricity supply. You may even miss the cold drizzle on a Monday morning and the warmth of a good curry on a Friday night. Debbie Jenkins talks us through the stages of home sickness and gives some tips on how to deal it.
If you look in the dictionary, the meanings of host are listed as, a) one who entertains and b) organism harbouring a parasite. Most guests make you feel like a) but let’s be honest, most of us have occasionally felt like a b). Sooner or later we will all experience being a host. It is one of life’s certainties. For expatriates, unfortunately, this certainty is repeated several times over.
Be under no illusions: buying property abroad is not a quick thing to accomplish, be prepared to spend up to a year from deciding to buy overseas to moving in. The tips in this article may help you guide you through the complicated and sometimes frustrating process of buying property abroad and moving into your dream home.
Applying for and getting a mortgage to finance a foreign property purchase involves many of the same steps as getting a mortgage to buy property in your own country. But there are a few very important extra factors to bear in mind and decisions to make.