Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

19 Apr at 6 PM 2018

How to avoid the pitfalls of emigration from the UK

British expats often leave the homeland for locations worldwide without calculating the emotional cost of adjustment and the financial cost of settling in an unfamiliar country. Falling in love with a country whilst on holiday is a major reason for many Brits’ decisions to up sticks and emigrate before they’ve any idea of the reality of living overseas. Considerations such as ease of travel back to the home country if necessary, local schooling for the kids, local shops and transport options and much more simply don’t figure in...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2018

US expats torn between distancing and joining political protests

As US political tensions escalate, American expats are split between watching from a safe distance and advocating support for a common sense solution to the Trump presidency. Caught between feelings of guilt for missing out on the USA’s developing protest movements and relief they’re not affected by the continuing chaos in their home country, expat Americans are doing what they can on the international protest stage but are worried about the Trump effect on their families and friends. Unable to cut their emotional ties to...
4 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Southeast Asian beaches not yet wrecked by tourism

Many retirees’ dream destinations involve living within walking distance of a peaceful, sandy beach lapped by azure wavelets and untroubled by hordes of tourists. Dreams of retirement as an expat often focus on beach life as well as warm weather and an affordable cost of living, but mass tourism has wrecked the dream in many countries, with Southeast Asia suffering more than most. Once the famous movie ‘The Beach’, went on general release, the trend began and hasn’t stopped yet, as seen in the temporary closure by the Thai...
2 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Spain warned about Airbnb rental apartment scam

Expats and travellers are being warned about yet another Airbnb property rental scam focusing on Spain. Non-existent properties purporting to be on rental booking site Airbnb are being used to con expats looking online for Spanish accommodation. One luxurious central Estepona property discovered on popular e-commerce website Milanuncios during a media-led investigation seemed too good to be true for the price offered, and proved to be so as a result of the investigation. When contacted, the scammer asked for two months’ payment...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Dubai expat parents worried about school reopening dates

Dubai expat parents are growing concerned about the lack of information on September's school year starting dates. At this time of year, it’s usual for expat parents to be advised by their children’s schools as to their September re-opening dates following the long Spring Break holidays. Some parents are finding it difficult to decide on travel plans for overseas holidays, whilst others are concerned that all may not be well with the schools themselves. For the majority of private schools in the emirate and across the UAE, July 5...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Surprise parliamentary debate on EU citizenship for UK expats

Following a call from Plaid Cymru, Britain’s Welsh nationalist party, a parliamentary debate on EU citizenship for UK expats is taking place. The minority political party believes the UK’s Brexit negotiators should include the proposal in future talks, thus allowing Britons living in EU member states to have at least a chance of retaining their European citizenship and its associated rights. Plaid Cymru has also launched a petition on the topic which explains the reasons why their demand is relevant to expats’ futures in their...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Second passport schemes now popular with high net worth UAE nationals

As obtaining residency in first-world countries is getting harder, second citizenship programmes are coming to the fore in the Arab States. High-net worth UAE residents are increasingly turning to second passport applications as being granted long-stay visas in Western countries gets even tougher. Citizenship programmes are now being seen as the only way to enjoy visa-free travel in order to expand business opportunities as well as moving finances without investigation. As always, Chinese nationals are first in the queue, followed by...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Controversial Dubai DNA testing plan causes discrimination fears

Dubai’s controversial plan to DNA test all its residents inclduing expats is being seen as an invasion of privacy likely to result in discrimination. The idea of creating the largest DNA database in the world is being justified as a scheme aimed at identifying dangerous diseases before they take hold, but is causing widespread concern amongst the sprawling city’s millions of expats. Privacy campaigners are warning about possible violations of personal privacy once the database is complete. According to Big Brother Watch director...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Expats and tourists caught up in Spanish hospital scam

A damning report has revealed several Spanish public hospitals are working with a company charging triple the actual medical fees to non-Spanish patients. A document shared with an English language expat-focused newspaper is claiming the International Care Patient Association is acting as an intermediary between non-Spanish patients and the hospitals themselves and can charge whatever it pleases on condition the medical facilities get a cut. According to the report, Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar has an agreement with ICPA to get 55...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Singapore and Hong Kong battle it out in surveys

A recent survey highlighted expats in Hong Kong and Singapore with 24 per cent stating Hong Kong had the best jobs against Singapore’s 19 per cent. The Expat Explorer survey is no stranger to controversy, as are most comparisons between equally popular destinations. In this instance, nearly a quarter of Hong Kong respondents stated unequivocally that their city had the most fantastic jobs, with expats in Singapore only able to muster 19 per cent’s worth of praise for their city’s job opportunities. Sadly, both Asian destinations...