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Preparing to Live Like a Local in a New Country

Integrating into a new culture can be one of the more challenging aspects of living in a new country. Yet for many, a change of culture is precisely what motivated their move. A new life abroad can quite literally ...
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Must have Apps to Best Support Settling Expats

Moving overseas can present quite a minefield to overcome. Although the planning stage is intense, you can naturally expect some hurdles throughout the process, until you have settled into a new normality. One of the best preparations for your move ...
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Online reviews: the good, the bad and the ugly

When you’re planning to move house, how do you find a good removal company? Twenty or thirty years ago, you probably would have looked in the Yellow Pages or relied on word of mouth. These days however, you are more ...
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Helping Teenagers Accept Moving Overseas

There are a fair few challenges to overcome when moving abroad and convincing others it’s a good idea can be quite an emotional process. This has never been truer when it comes to getting your teenagers to accept this ...
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Where Will Your New Year’s Resolutions Take You in 2019?

The New Year provides many of us with a fresh start, a chance to hit the reset button and set ourselves a new challenge to achieve. For some that might be fulfilling a life-long dream of moving abroad, learning ...
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5 Perfect Countries for Festive Expats

Just hearing the word Christmas can sometimes be enough to instantly transport us to that warm, comforting feeling that surround the festive season. What’s not to love – relaxation, indulgence, celebration, fun, family, presents – this time of year ...
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Expat Wellbeing: Combating Loneliness

When making the decision to take the plunge and move overseas, you’ll no doubt be faced with many concerns, worries and fear, which may at times mean you experience some confusion and indecision as to if moving overseas is ...
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How to Apply for a US Green Card

Securing a green card can be one of the most difficult things for someone looking to move to the US, yet it is vital for anyone hoping to get a job and be able to support their family after ...
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4 Key Things You Must Do Before Emigrating

If you are heading overseas to enjoy life as an expat it can seem chaotic before you leave. Getting everything in order can present a headache and the countless forms and online paraphernalia is exhausting. However, to make your ...
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4 Amazing Experiences in St Lucia

Anyone and everyone will go wild for the stunning beauty of St Lucia. It’s a beauty that is unmatched by anywhere else in the Caribbean. Nestled between Martinique and St Vincent, the teardrop-shaped island packs rainforest, beautiful beaches and ...
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Why Expats Move Abroad – Which one are you?

With over 4.5 million Brits living abroad, there is clearly some appeal for prospective expats to up sticks and begin a new life abroad. But, for so many, what is the primary motivation to move abroad? Is it a ...
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What you Need to Know About UK Expat Buy to Let Mortgage Opportunities

The United Nations statistics estimate over 4.5 million British Citizens now live overseas and since the 2016 EU referendum, over 100,00 Brits have emigrated. So, it appears many more will continue to follow and as a result, the Expat ...
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Where in the World Should you Live?

When you experience a yearning to move overseas, one of the first questions likely to crop up is what country should I live in?! Often, UK citizens automatically consider Europe as their first choice, simply due to the ease ...
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The Latest Impacts of Brexit on Expats

With each new headline and constantly changing Brexit situation, expats are understandably feeling somewhat confused and uncertain about their futures. Tensions remain high as the negotiations between the UK and EU reach breaking point. There appear to be far more ...
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The Britannia guide to buying a home

Although buying a home can be an exciting adventure, it is also one of the most stressful and daunting decisions you will ever make – especially when it’s your first time. The decisions you make along the way when ...
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Expats in UAE can Relax with New Visa Regulations

The new regulations around visas and foreign company ownership are set to have significant positive impacts on expats living and working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). For expats looking to emigrate to UAE this is very good news ...
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The Expat Life – Preparing for your new life abroad

So you’re looking to make your dream of moving out of the UK a reality? You may be feeling a mixture of emotions as you start to take action towards your goal. Feeling like you are on an emotional ...
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6 of the Best Vegan-Friendly Countries to Emigrate to

Choosing a vegan diet is something that is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, for a variety of reasons, such as health benefits or to reduce environmental impact etc. As a result of this growing demand, more and more ...
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7 Ways to Survive Onboard a 17 Hour Flight with Toddlers

With the recent historic first non-stop commercial flight from the UK to Australia, it brings up a lot of questions about what this actually means in practice for flyers. Yes, you and your family are indeed spared the frustrating ...
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2018’s Best places to retire abroad

If you are considering retiring abroad in 2018 or just curious where the best places might be then according to a report by The International Living Annual Global Retirement Index, the number 1 location is Costa Rica (up from ...
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HMRC replaces C3 and C104A import forms with the new online ToR01 system.

Since the 1st January 2017 HMRC have been transitioning the new ‘Transfer of Residence’ (ToR) online application form, which is now mandatory for applicants changing their country of residence to the UK and wishing to import used personal and ...
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Not always a smooth ride for Expats living abroad!

Moving home has always been a stress inducing experience, if you add relocating abroad to the mix the stress levels increase tenfold. However, for years thousands of people from the UK have successfully made their homes in other countries ...
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Thinking of moving to Indonesia?

Explore a taste of Indonesia - Britannia Movers Indonesia has always been a sleeping giant in South East Asia. Social and political instability as well as its vast geography have historically disabled its efforts to take a firm footing on ...
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Emerging markets of the future for expats

According to global economic research carried out by international investment company – Goldman Sachs, the latest batch of developing countries that are quickly growing into economic power houses are Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico and Poland. Head of Global Economic Research ...
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Best cities for expats to move to in 2016

According to consulting firm Mercers’ 18th Annual study of foreign worker’s overseas lifestyles, which assesses the quality of living conditions in over 440 locations around the world, the following cities are the best cities for expats to move to ...
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Top reasons for moving to Panama

If you are looking for an exotic and adventurous place to move to, that also offers one of the lowest costs of living for expats, then moving to Panama is the best decision you could make. Currently around 1000 British ...
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What to expect from moving to Brazil

After the FIFA World Cup was held in Brazil last year and the impending Olympics next year, all eyes are on Brazil and have been for the past couple of years. This developing country has seen a boom in ...
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The Health Benefits of Living in a Warm Climate

Moving abroad from the UK can provide plenty of lifestyle benefits but one of the main attractions for many British expats are the health benefits of living in a sunnier and warmer climate. As well as simply being more ...
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The best destinations in Europe to buy a second home

Buying a second home and moving abroad, for all or even some of the year, is a dream for most of us. So what do you do when you’re finally in a position to make that dream a reality? ...
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What are the Best Ways to Pack when Moving?

Whether you’re moving within the UK or moving abroad, the thought of packing everything you own into a collection of cardboard shipping boxes can be daunting. While Britannia offers a professional packing service, doing it yourself needn’t be a ...
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What Are The Most Popular Places To Live In The UK?

In this post we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular cities across the UK and explain why so many people want to live in them. Edinburgh, Scotland. Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh is one of the ...
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Using a Removal Company VS. Doing it Yourself

As we all become ever more cost conscious in these challenging economic times there’s an increasing temptation to try and do more things yourself rather than paying a professional to do it for you. In a lot of situations ...
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How to overcome the language barrier when moving to a new country

Moving to a new country can offer a whole range of new opportunities, in terms of career, education, and the overall quality of your life. As well as the opportunities that moving abroad brings it also delivers a number ...
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Why Expats Should Consider A Move To Spain

We live in a world that is ever-increasingly defined by change and adaptation. At no time has this been more apparent than during the socio-economic problems encountered over the last five years. Companies have outsourced or downsized, wages can ...
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Why Are Jobs Moving Overseas?

We live in a time dictated by increased competition, globalisation, and a seemingly perpetually sluggish domestic economy. While many of the effects can be felt financially, another ancillary and yet profound result is that we have witnessed a large ...
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What Costs to Expect When Moving Overseas

Choosing to move abroad is a big decision; when considering moving abroad a number of factors need to be taken into account. One of the major factors which you should examine when moving overseas is the cost. A number ...
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Cost Of Living In Australia

Australia is a very common choice for US and UK citizens who are looking to start a new life in an area with a similar culture and quality of life. Comparing the AUD currency to your current Country’s currency ...
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British Expats Flock to Cayman Islands

The British overseas territory saw an increase in its number of foreign workers from 19,927 at the end of 2011 to a raised 21,000 by December 2012, according to the latest findings. These heightened numbers are most likely due ...
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Cost of Living In South America

For people looking to move abroad, who want some familiarity but also to live in a new environment with new challenges, they should look no further than South America, a continent that offers many options for expats.Is it Cheap ...
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Canada Makes It Easy For Expats

Canada has introduced a permanent residency scheme from January 2nd, which has the intention of speeding up the entry process for thousands of foreign skilled tradespeople. As Canada’s booming industry is in need of skilled workers the hope is ...
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British Retirees Flocking to Southeast Asia

British expats have long been drawn to Southeast Asia due to the promise of sunshine, but now countries in that part of the world are making the move to Asia even more appealing welcoming expats with open arms by ...
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5 US States For Expats To Think About

At the start of any year many people think about making a new start in another country and the steps they would need to make in order to make that happen. If you are one who has started thinking ...
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Greece: To Move Or Not To Move?

Even with the shadow of political instability and social turbulence caused by the economic crisis Greece enjoys a higher standard of living for middle class people compared to other countries. Although hit with all these problems new opportunities arise ...
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City Of The Month: Rome

For January’s City of The Month we have chosen the gorgeous Italian capital city of Rome. Known as a hugely romantic city for couples we are sure you don’t need any extra reasons to visit or even to move ...
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Cheap Places To Live Now And What To Do Next.

The cost of living in Europe has dropped recently, with countries descending into monetary problems due to debt crises, with Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy chief amongst the countries stealing the headlines for these reasons. Although Italy is ...
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5 Good Reasons To Move To Sweden

Here are five of the best reason we can think of for why you may just want to think about moving to Sweden, officially one of Europe's best places to live.1. Sweden Can Boast The Best Benefits In The ...
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Things To Know When Moving To New Zealand

Here are some of our tips for things you need to know and do before moving to New Zealand. We’ve based these tips on advice from the New Zealand government, Immigration New Zealand as well as advice from many ...
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Spending Your Christmas Abroad

 Here are some of our favourite places for spending those cold European winter months in a sunnier climate. If you’re an expat you will already know the benefits of spending your Christmas or the winter season away from home, ...
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Have a Weird and Wonderful Christmas in Australia

 Celebrate Christmas a little differently by spending it in Australia, baking in the summer heat that only the Southern hemisphere can offer at this time of year. It is not uncommon for Australians and the expats who live there ...
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Spending The Winter In France

 Many people visit France in the summer, thanks to the continental climate of Central France or the mediterranean feel of the South, as well as the allure of its ski slopes and the sight of Paris covered in snow. ...
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City of the Month: Prague

There’s no escaping Prague’s reputation among the British as a cheap stag weekend but look beyond that status and you will find a modern city that continues to be at the heart of what Central Europe has to offer. ...
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Top 5 Things To Do In Madrid

1. Experience Real FlamencoFlamenco is often misunderstood as a joyful form of song and dancing when it is in fact representative of the suffering endured by the Andalucian gypsies, expressed in performance. The best place to find an authentic ...
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How Do I Get A New Zealand Visa?

Many people are drawn by New Zealand’s cool weather and rugged landscape, with the famously laid-back and friendly reputation of the local population meaning that many of them want to stay. The great news is that New Zealand is ...
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New Zealand: take a tour around the shire

Ever wanted to travel to Middle Earth and the world made famous in Lord Of The Rings? If so you’ll be glad to know taking a trip to Hobbiton is now no longer as far-fetched as you’d think. Fascinating ...
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Top Expat Moving Tips From Expats

Often the best way to get advice is to speak to people who’ve done it before, who can offer that little bit of wisdom that only experiencing something first hand can give you. When it comes to moving abroad ...
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City of the Month: San Francisco

For people of a certain age San Francisco will always mean “flowers in your hair”, summer of love and electric kool aid. It's fair to say things have changed since the 60s. Back when it was the world's counter-cultural ...
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How To Spend a Sunday Afternoon in France

France is a brilliantly diverse country and it isn’t hard to find plenty to do considering it is twice the size of the UK with a similar sized population. This guide tries to steer away from the typical suggestions ...
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Top Tips for What To Do When Moving to an EEA Country

Here's a quick guide for what you should think about doing when you arrive in a new EEA (European Economic Area) country. The EEA countries are all of those in the (EU) European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. ...
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How to spend a Sunday afternoon in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is often overlooked by visitors to Australia in favour of better-known Sydney and Melbourne, but Queensland’s capital more than merits a visit in its own right. Brisbane is a place where modernity and nature meet. Home to gleaming sky ...
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Moving to Brazil: Best Expat Destinations

Due to its booming economy many Brits are looking at Brazil as a possible new home. With huge publicity surrounding the country that will be hosting the World Cup in 2014 and Rio Olympics in 2016, now really is ...
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Marmite and other foods British Expats can’t live without

Many British expats move to Australia or New Zealand dreaming of the perfect laid back lifestyle, with family barbecues, beautiful beaches and palatial homes making it the perfect upgrade from Britain's crowded, rainy streets. While the sharing of language ...
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Five Million Britons Living Abroad

According to the most recent Natwest International Personal Banking Quality of Life Index, there are almost five million Britons living and working abroad. Australia, Spain, the USA, Canada and South Africa were found to be the top countries for ...
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City of the Month: Berlin

In 2004 Berlin's long-standing mayor Klaus Wowereit ushered the words “Berlin is poor, but sexy”, which seemingly stuck like a mantra to the city. In 2011 he referred again to the quote saying: “We want Berlin to become richer ...
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Preparing for A Move To Australia

Despite a host of newly emerging popular expat destinations, Australia maintains its position as the top location for expats worldwide, and especially for Britons. The country is home to the largest British expat community around the globe, with 1.4 ...
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City of the Month: Calgary

Calgary is often over-shadowed by Toronto and Vancouver when it comes to expat living in Canada, but this is a thriving city in its own right and an increasingly popular destination for European expats moving abroad to North America. ...
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Being British in Argentina

Despite an increasingly strained political situation between Argentina and Great Britain (caused by the Falklands Islands) there has been little evidence of British expats experiencing any problems while living in Argentina, suggesting this is more about diplomatic agendas than ...
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The Best British Expat Forums and Blogs

The Brits are out there! Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in 2005 indicated that an estimated 5.5 million Britons lived permanently abroad, that's equivalent to one tenth of the country's population. With an estimated 2,000 ...
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How to Move to New Zealand

How to Move to New Zealand

With Europe continuing to languish in the financial doldrums, and the UK climate enduring an endless cycle of drought, floods and below-average temperatures, the prospect of moving abroad to pastures new is more compelling than ever.New Zealand is becoming ...
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City of the Month: Adelaide, Australia

One of the beauties of being a “modern” city is that it can benefit from careful and intelligent planning. This is the case with Adelaide, an unexpectedly attractive and cultural city, which was founded by Colonel Light in 1836. ...
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Finding your favourite foods after you’ve moved abroad

Before moving abroad it is hard to imagine what things you will miss most about your home country. You may be worried about leaving your family behind and missing out on time with loved ones, missing your favourite shops ...
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Planning a Working Holiday in Australia

Taking a working holiday in Australia is one of the most exciting, challenging and life-changing experiences you can have. Perhaps you are taking a gap year before university, maybe you have just graduated and are in search of a ...
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City of the Month: Wellington, New Zealand

Encircled by towering mountains and set around a spectacular stretch of coastline, Wellington is one of the most picturesque Pacific cities.As New Zealand’s third-largest city and administrative capital, Wellington is also very much a cultural capital. This is a ...
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Tips for Studying Abroad

With the introduction of tuition fees and the costs of higher education rising in the UK, more and more people are looking at their university and further education options with fresh eyes.While still in a minority, experts predict that ...
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How to deal with the stress of moving abroad

Many of us dream of making a new life abroad, for the sunshine, for the work opportunities or simply for the ability to spend more time with the family. However, suddenly finding yourself in a new country where you ...
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British Expats celebrate the Diamond Jubilee

Last weekend, expats all over the world took part in a range of regal events to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years on the throne.Over in Lisbon, Portugal, the Royal British Club hosted a gala ...
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Spending A Sunday Afternoon In Stockholm

If you are living as an expat in Sweden’s capital and largest city, Stockholm, there are plenty of things you can do on a Sunday afternoon whether it’s December or the height of the summer. Although Stockholm, with its ...
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More and More Expats Working In Emerging Markets

While traditional expat destinations either for professionals or those moving for a better lifestyle include Australia, the USA or Europe, countries like China and Russia are becoming increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the many economic difficulties Europe ...
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Expats Don’t Receive Enough Employer Support

Expats Don’t Receive Enough Employer Support

While moving abroad for an overseas assignment or a new job can be an exciting and fun experience, British employees often don’t receive enough relocation support from their employers. Although the majority of international assignees are happier abroad than ...
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City of the Month – New York

City of the Month – New York

New York is certainly one of the most well-known destinations in the world and has been a popular city to emigrate to throughout the last centuries. If you are looking for new opportunities, an exciting lifestyle and are not ...
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Wealthy Britons Moving Abroad

According to new research by Lloyds TSB International Wealth, the number of wealthy Britons to leave the country over the next two years is set to increase. The survey revealed that most Britons who are considering moving abroad are ...
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Top Reasons to Move to France

France is a popular destination with many British expats. The country’s proximity, culture, the warmer climate and the potentially more relaxed lifestyle attract many expats, whether they are moving for professional reasons, moving with their children or relocating for ...
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More and More British Expats Are Moving to the Far East

According to the new Quality of Life Index by NatWest International Personal Banking, British expats have been attracted by booming economies in Far Eastern nations such as Singapore and China in recent years. The survey also reveals that the ...
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5 Tips For Finding A Job Abroad

For most migrants, the success of a move abroad largely depends on securing the right job in the destination country. Whether you are moving to improve your family’s lifestyle or your quality of life, you will need an insight into ...
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Top Countries For Raising Children

Expat parents have a lot of factors to consider when it comes to choosing the most suitable destination for a move abroad and to guiding their children through the relocation process. By choosing an ideal destination country, raising your ...
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How To Spend A Sunday Afternoon in Sydney

Australia has always been a popular expat destination with Britons, and the country is a great choice, as it offers good living standards and a more relaxed outdoor lifestyle in a relatively similar cultural setting to the UK. There ...
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City of the Month – Vancouver

City of the Month – Vancouver

If you are moving to Canada in search of a better lifestyle or new career opportunities, settling down in Vancouver could be a great choice. Whilst Vancouver is relatively small with its 600,000 inhabitants, at least compared to big ...
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Five Reasons You Should Move to Spain

Spain is a popular country chosen by a lot of expats as their new home. The warmth of the country’s people, the sun and the wide variety of unique dishes are just a few things that make it a ...
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People Living In Denmark Are Happiest

If you are planning to move somewhere for a  more relaxed lifestyle, Denmark, which is the happiest country in Europe according to a recent study could be a great choice. Scandinavian countries have ranked well in well-being studies in ...
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Canada Ranks First in Expat Quality of Life Survey

If you are thinking of moving overseas, but haven't yet decided on your final destination, moving to Canada could be a great choice, as it offers excellent living standards, even in the current global economic climate. Canada has topped ...
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Top Green Expat Cities

If living in an environmentally friendly city, with low pollution levels, abundant green spaces, pristine natural environments, good public transport and progressive environmental policies are important factors for you when moving abroad, here's Britannia's list of top green expat ...
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More Britons Considering Moving Abroad For Retirement

According to a recent survey by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), almost half of Britons would consider moving abroad after they retire in order to live more comfortably in a country with lower living costs than the ...
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City of the Month – Barcelona

City of the Month – Barcelona

This month, we have chosen Barcelona, Spain’s second largest and most cosmopolitan city as our city of the month. Barcelona is a popular destination among expats and tourists alike and is one the region’s most international, multicultural and exciting ...
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Five Reasons You Should Move to Canada

For many British expats, Canada is a popular country to emigrate to. The amazing scenery, good economy and great lifestyle appeal to many, but there's so much more to Canada that make it a great place to live. In this blog ...
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Selling Your House Before Moving Abroad

They say that moving house is the second most stressful event in a person’s life, after divorce. Add to this the pressure of an international move and all that goes with it and you have a melting pot of ...
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4 Reasons To Move To New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country situated east of Australia across the Tasman Sea. If you are thinking of moving to an English-speaking country, moving to New Zealand could be a great choice, as it combines UK cultural influences ...
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7 Things To Know About Buying Property In France

France remains one of the most popular destinations for Brits tempted to leave these shores for sunnier climes and a more relaxed way of life. Many of us feel comfortable with the idea: we’re likely to have visited on ...
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5 Things You Should Know About Raising Kids Abroad

Raising kids abroad can be a challenging task, and it is always important to consider the specific benefits and drawbacks of moving abroad with your children. How well your children can adapt will depend on the extent of cultural ...
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British Expats Miss Countryside Most

British expats living abroad miss the British countryside the most according to a new survey by Lloyds TSB International. Almost half of those questioned, 46%, chose the countryside as the thing they miss most while living abroad, with 85% ...
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How To Spend A Sunday Afternoon In Copenhagen

Moving to Denmark can be a great experience, as the country can offer great living standards, good economic opportunities, a rich cultural life and alternative lifestyle choices. Copenhagen, Denmark's capital has also been repeatedly recognised in recent years as ...
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