Expat South America News

Latest 10 news items tagged South America

30 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows Thailand losing popularity as an expat destination

Thailand’s overall position in the well-known HSBC Expat Insider survey has dropped in one year from seventh position to 18th, with its positions in several sub-sections of the poll dropping still further. Once a dream destination for expats, whether working or retiring, Thailand’s reputation now seems to be on the line as regards personal happiness, quality of life, travel and transport, friendliness, settling in and safety and security. The only categories still in positive territory seem to be leisure options and healthcare,...
21 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats and visitors celebrate Benidorm Fancy Dress Day

British expats living and working in Benidorm threw off their Brexit worries and joined thousands of tourists for Spain’s famous British Fancy Dress Day revels. Around 40,000 British party-goers descended on the expats’ favourite beach resort of Benidorm for the annual fancy dress celebration. From retirees who’d lived in or near the city for some years through British business owners and their families to plane-loads of tourists from the UK, everyone used their imagination to be the best-dressed (and occasionally the...
24 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Uncovered data reveals top world locations for financial scams

As the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency continues to warn retirees of pension transfer frauds, recently uncovered data reveals the worst world-wide locations for expat financial scams. The data shows UK retiree pension savers are now at even more risk of being scammed out of their savings by unscrupulous, often illegally working financial advised lurking in favourite expat destinations. Global scams are now big business for fraudsters, egged on by pension liberation and even by Brexit’s predicted financial uncertainties. One...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2016

The adventurous expats guide to dangerous countries

As a welcome change from surveys listing the most expensive, cheapest, prettiest, friendliest and safest of the world’s expat destinations, here’s a list of the most dangerous places to visit. The plethora of expat surveys come in all shapes and sizes and often contradict each other in the same week, giving would-be expats a confusing picture of options rather than helping them make a decision which might affect the rest of their lives. However, the latest survey to emerge should appeal to adventurous expats, as it lists the most...
5 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Canadian expat couple get chance to be volunteers at Rio Olympics

The dream of a lifetime has come true for Abu Dhabi resident expats Norman Labbe and Susan Ward. Thanks to their multicultural experience of living in Abu Dhabi, Norman and Susan were two of only 10,000 foreign volunteers to be accepted for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The election process was, they admit, arduous, and took a full two years of endless form filling, language tests, background checks, a group Skype interview and online courses. Finally, they were interviewed together with five other international applicants in order to...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Best locations for expats from entrepreneurs to retirees

A new survey has identified the best places for expats dependent on their reasons for emigrating. Expats leave their home countries for a variety of reasons, including the need to take their careers further, the wish to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit or a wish to find the most suitable place to retire. The one thing they all have in common is that they feel stuck and unfulfilled in their present situations, but finding the best place settle can be a challenge, even in these technological days. The survey analysed no fewer...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Unconventional destinations for adventurous British expats

If the usual expat destinations have lost their appeal for the more adventurous British would-be emigrant, these five countries are well worth considering. Over 5.5 million Britons are believed to be living, working or retiring overseas, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Great weather and cultural similarities are attractions in themselves, but for those who don’t want to be encased in a Little Britain scenario, there are other interesting choices out there. Provided the...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Sexism alive and kicking in expat destinations

Female expats unprepared for this negative aspect of culture shock are experiencing sexism in a number of countries. Nowadays, single women are as likely to emigrate either to further their careers or to retire as are men. However clued up they are to cultural differences and diversities in their new country, they’re often unprepared for the politically incorrect male chauvinism they’ve hardly ever experienced at home. Photographer and writer Sheila Taylor left the UK for a two-year stint in Rio de Janeiro, expecting a fresh,...
23 Mar at 3 PM 2016

Expats in Brussels share dismay over terror attack

The entire international residential community in Brussels is in a state of shock following the deadly ISIS terrorist attack at the airport and Maelbeek Metro station. Belgium’s capital city is a hub for expats from across the world due to its status as a major international political centre and home to the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. As such, the threat from international terrorism has always existed, but no-one could have predicted with certainty the devastating explosions at Zaventem Airport and...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Aussie expat Row2Rio boat in near miss with cargo ship

Phuket-based expat Luke Richmond had a close call during the Row2Rio challenge when a huge cargo ship barrelled towards his team’s rowing boat. Luke and his three team mates had undertaken the challenge of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean from a base in Portugal to Brazil in order to pay tribute to the world Olympic Games as well as raising donations for the Maacmillan Cancer Support charity. Late at night and some 1,500 kilometres into their 6,000 kilometre journey, they were rowing between the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria...