We aim to take the stress out of moving abroad when it comes to transferring your funds overseas. However, we know there's a lot more to starting the expatriate lifestyle than just great currency exchange rates.
With these articles we aim to give you all the help you need you every step of the way.
30 Must Read Articles and Blog Posts For Expats & People Who Want To Move Abroad
For most, uprooting themselves and leaving their country of birth is a daunting prospect indeed, and not one for the faint- hearted. It requires a tremendous amount of planning, organization and courage, (not to mention a touch of wanderlust).
So we’ve sourced various guides, tips, posts and real life stories to help aspiring expats achieve their relocation ambitions.
All journeys begin somewhere. Dorothy started in Kansas, Frodo started in the Shire and you’re starting in your front room. Much like those who went before you, it’s easily to feel overwhelmed. But that needn’t be the case. Our guide to preparing for your move overseas will break down the considerations that you need to make, doing some of the hard work for you!
So, you did it. You’re sitting on a chair that doesn’t feel familiar and there’s no ticket home. You are now Living Abroad. Before the symptoms of a full-blown freak-out start to take hold, grab a chamomile tea, take a few cleansing breaths and read our handy guide to settling in.
This subject has probably been keeping you up at night more than any other; the success of your whole move depends on getting this bit right. Never fear - to say we’ve got experience in this particular field is an understatement.
Worried about Moving Overseas? 8 Tips to Help You Relax
Moving house is stressful. Moving abroad? An entirely different kettle of fish. A huge amount of planning and preparation goes into a relocation of any kind. Add in cultural differences, language barriers and potential homesickness and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Whether you’re just moving yourself or taking the whole family, we’ve put together some tips to help make it a positive and enjoyable experience all round. So take a few deep breaths, count to 10 and let’s focus on making wonderful memories in your new home.
Living overseas is an amazing experience but it can also be an expensive adventure if you're not careful. We have some helpful tips and ideas which can help you not go bankrupt when living in a foreign country.
Checklist: Things to Organise Before and After Becoming an Expat
So you’re about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime? Relocating to a new country is always an exciting – and occasionally daunting – experience.
There is a great deal to plan and prepare for when you move abroad, so to ease the stress we’ve put together this useful checklist. Containing everything you might need to do before and after relocation, this list is a comprehensive guide to navigating those tricky waters of moving overseas.
The Best Forums to Join for Expats Moving to Different Countries
The internet is a wonderful resource, full of helpful articles and advice from people in the know. It’s also rife with myths, rumours and absolute nonsense, so you should take everything you read with a pinch of salt.
If research is playing a heavy role in your preparation for a move overseas (and it definitely should be), you don’t want to sift through the rubbish. There’s going to be a lot to learn about your new country and the relocation process, so you need to get straight to the good stuff. That’s where this list comes in...
Are you ready to relocate to a new country? No, are you really ready?
In the excitement and chaos of moving abroad it can be really easy to forget to do a few important things. Things that could help make the move a more pleasant and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family.
We know your to-do list is already never-ending, but hear us out. The following 7 tips will help ensure a smooth move and make settling into your new home a breeze. You don’t want to leave these off your list!
Living Abroad: Do you need to be able to speak the local language?
Over the course of the last few decades, the UK has become what is now known to many as the “emigration nation.” It is a country whose nationals choose to flee the bitter weather in favour of a warmer climate, a new and improved lifestyle or else a life of relaxation.
In 2014, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 318,000 more people chose to leave the United Kingdom than enter it. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Brits decide to make this bold move abroad - the vast majority of these do it with no prior knowledge of local customs and the language spoken in their country of choice. This raises the question: how important is speaking the local lingo when choosing to make a move abroad?
Have you forgotten to cancel your gym membership? What else have you forgotten?
You’ve done it. You’ve decided to make that big move to the country of your dreams and it’s a few days before the departure date.
You’re running over and over your check-lists of things you have to do before you go, sure you’ve forgotten something both important and obvious. You scour the internet looking for essential checklists: perhaps this is how you found this article.
This is by no means a definitive list, merely a little checklist of the few things that might not have even crossed your mind as the weeks and days tick away until Departure Day.
Documenting Your Adventure: Writing About Living Abroad
The beginning of your new life in a strange and foreign land can be thrilling, life-affirming, or sometimes downright terrifying. Even if you’ve moved to a country you’ve a long history with, making the permanent move can be very different from the occasional holiday. One of the best ways to acclimatise to your new surroundings is to write. Describing your experience is great for processing emotions as well as sharpening your observation and creative skills.
The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, which is to be held on 23rd June 2016, is creating much uncertainty on how expats and those owning property in other EU countries will be placed if the UK votes to leave.
Making a New Life: Friends, Groups and Communities When Living as an Expat
The move is done! Now to begin living. Settling into a new culture and community often feels like a daunting experience. But remember, the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step outside of your front door.
City Slicker or Country Bumpkin? The Pros and Cons of moving to a city or rural area
So you've set your sights on the country you're going to move to. But where in that country would you like to move to? No two regions of a country are quite the same. Do you prefer the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan city? Or would you like a rural area surrounded by countryside and local life?
This article will help you discover which one suits you more.
Missing Your Home Country: How To Deal With Homesickness & Staying In Touch
You did it! You've managed the final hurdle of moving abroad and now your new life can begin. Except for one thing; from time to time you will find yourself missing your home country. Everything from the familiar language, the well-trodden roads, to the smell of Sunday roast gravy or meeting up with your friends.
Moving to a new country is an amazing journey but we all get homesick once in a while. Luckily there a few simple and helpful ways to keep in touch with your old life and your friends and family.
10 Expats from around the World Talk About Life As An Expat
Many people dream of expatriating, though it takes a brave person to build up the courage and make the leap to another country. We decided to ask some of the most influential expat bloggers around the internet how being an expat has changed their lives. Here are their answers.
An Expat's Guide To Relaxing - What To Do In Your Downtime
When you first make the big move abroad, you're likely to have your time taken up with a lot of tasks. There was the planning, the organising, the actual travel and then the moving in and settling down...But now what?
Maintaining Long Distance Relationships For Expats - Can It Be Done?
According to the statistics, 14 million people consider themselves to be in long distance relationships. Often seen as the prelude to doomed romance, recent public opinion has been that long distance relationships can work out.
So how can you cope with missing your spouse or partner? Living in different countries for a time can seem like an impossible challenge, but there are some ways to endure the distance between seeing them.
When you are about to move to another country, to live as an expat, it’s easy to think only about the logistics of actually moving. However, once you have arrived you will need to start living your new life, and unfortunately that still means paying for things!
Becoming an expat can involve a lot of expenses, so it's a good idea to give yourself a budget to live on, at least until you have properly established yourself and settled in.
How To Choose The Best Country To Work & Live As An Expat
There are lots of things to consider when choosing a country to move to. What’s the tax system like? How easy is it to travel? Can I comfortably retire there when I stop working? Alongside these questions, there are four areas that have a large effect on life in any given country.
If you’re unsure about where exactly you’d like to emigrate to, it can feel like a nightmare trying to decide. On the one hand, you might be inspired by a country’s culture and history; on the other hand, you might want hard facts about expenses.
Young Expats: How to help children adjust to Expat life
Moving abroad is a life-changing experience, especially if you are a child! There’s plenty to organise and remember, once you’ve decided to move abroad. But if you’re a parent, it’s not just your needs that need to be taken into consideration. It’s important to prepare your child for the big move and support them as you both settle into your new life, and the sooner the better.
Feeling blue? 5 Things to get you through the tough days when living abroad
No one likes admitting it, but being an expat can be difficult sometimes. Even after you make new friends and get used to your new location, there will still be days where it’s hard to keep going. Being far away from your family and friends back home is tricky, as is that feeling of being a stranger in your new country.
5 reasons to become an expat in a developing country
There is nothing quite like the feeling of spinning a globe and deciding which country you would like to live in next. Being an expat comes with a certain feeling of freedom but there also comes the burden of choice. With so many countries in the world, how do you choose one?
One big decision expats need to make is whether to travel to a developing country or a developed country. So here are five reasons that a less economically developed country could be the right option for you:
5 sure-fire ways for trailing spouses to earn money abroad
The experience of an expat often starts positively; a fresh start, a new culture and a brand-new set of challenges that await them. For a trailing spouse, however, the expectations of expat life can quickly fall short and many report feeling bored and frustrated at the lack of opportunity.
Thankfully, an internet connection is all one needs these days to both pass the time and earn at least a small income. Here are five sure-fire ways for trailing spouses to earn money abroad.
An expat’s guide to living and working in Singapore
Now rated the world’s most expensive city in the world, Singapore, a small island state in Southeast Asia, has grown significantly in the past 50 years to become one of the world’s economic powerhouses. It’s unique combination of Eastern and Western culture and it’s thriving economy has lent itself considerably to expats from all over the globe. But what is it really like to live there?
Dealing with reverse culture shock and repatriation - is it as bad as you think?
If you’ve lived the expat life you’re probably quite familiar with the dissociative feeling of culture shock; you may have felt out of place, overwhelmed by stimuli or frankly just wanted to find somewhere quiet to lay down to recover from the jet lag.
As one of the most popular destinations for British expats to emigrate to, Australia maintains its popularity with expatriates all over the world for the gorgeous weather, myriad beaches and super-friendly locals who always seem to be having a good time.
When it comes to moving abroad, many prospective expats consider quality of life as the defining metric by which they choose their future home. Others will choose low cost of living, allowing their budget to stretch further. Business-minded expats may even choose a destination for its tax benefits, though when it comes down to it, personal preference plays a big part.
Regardless of preference, there are many countries that naturally appeal to expatriates – be it down to their laws, culture, or established expat communities. So, let’s look at the ten most desirable expat destinations this year.
Moving to the United Arab Emirates, you will likely find your new life in one of the seven states (or emirates) and in one of the richest and fastest-progressing countries in the world today. In fact, the UAE is a thriving part of the world that offers many opportunities to businesses and expats alike – with many companies offering enticing salaries and relocation packages, naturally the country is a hotspot of expat activity.
Moving abroad - tips for reducing the overall cost of your move
Moving abroad is an expensive endeavour no matter where you decide to go; from freight shipping to transferring money abroad, all carry with them hidden costs, charges and overall, general black holes for your money.
With all these potential financial pitfalls, you may well be slightly put off the process of expatriating, but fear not. We are here to offer some helpful tips and advice when it comes to saving money during the move.
Moving abroad - Housing price changes around the world
If you’ve decided that you want to move abroad, but aren’t sure where to, there are many factors you may consider before relocating. Which country has the best quality of life? What language do they speak? And the all-important; what is the local cuisine like? One factor that may be vital in influencing your decision is the housing price trends in each country.
China is one of the world’s oldest civilisations and has now grown to become an economic superpower. This blend of history and future potential naturally attracts expats seeking to gain from its economic opportunities and the deep cultural experience.
On average 200,000 people migrate to Canada every year and it’s easy to see why. The world’s second largest country offers mind-blowing scenery, a diverse and vibrant culture, and a quality of life that few countries can match. As the ninth most sparsely populated nation in the world (just 8.6 people per square mile), Canada has room to spare.