Health insurance is vital if you are moving to a country with a private healthcare system – and often even if it has a socialised system. Many countries won’t even give you a visa until you’ve sorted your health insurance, and for good reason: medical care is expensive.Continue reading
Travel insurance is very important. It is human nature to think that everything will be fine, as it has been on every trip you’ve ever taken. But one day – inevitably – it won’t be fine.Continue reading
Spanish politics is a complex and fractious subject. You’ll learn more about the average Spaniard’s views by sitting in a bar and chatting than you will from guides like this, but I hope this overview is useful (it might prepare you for the pub conversations).Continue reading
The reality often turns out very differently. Hard work. Crippling losses. No spare time. Descent into alcoholism. Sorry to sound a little grim, but the risks are real. A huge number of bars fail within their first couple of years. Yet running a bar can be, for the right person with the right drive, a profitable and fulfilling business. One …Continue reading
Human development, as set out by the United Nations, comprises three core areas: leading a long and healthy life, receiving a good education and enjoying a decent standard of living (a high income per capita).Continue reading
This guide deals with the thorny and very topical question of global healthcare for expats. Whether you are retiring to a foreign country or living there to work or run a business, this will be an issue of concern to you.Continue reading
The euro in Spain Spain joined the European Union (EU) in 1986. It was one of the first countries to adopt the euro (having previously used the Spanish peseta), in the first wave of 1999. The fixed conversion rate was €1 to 166.386 ESP (Spanish Peseta). From 1999 to 2002, Spain was in a ‘transitional’ status – meaning that both …Continue reading
The euro is a relative newcomer to the world stage, having been introduced in 1999. It was rapidly taken up by countries in the EU, surprising many with the speed in which it replaced old currencies.Continue reading
If you’re hoping to live or work in Italy, look closely at the climate in the city you’re considering – and, if possible, visit at different times of year. A warm, sunny spring can turn fast into an unpleasantly hot summer. Winters are generally bearable across the country, but some places come with risks of storms.Continue reading
Germany is one of the big players in the European Union. It’s often referred to as the EU’s de facto leader, or the economic powerhouse of the union. It’s got the biggest population, the largest GDP, and the most exported and imported goods in the EU.Continue reading
Bulgaria is an Orthodox Catholic country, but it doesn’t celebrate the swathe of Saints’ days that some other Catholic countries (e.g. Spain) do. As well as the major Christian holidays, Bulgaria focuses on its own history, culture and military talent.Continue reading
Bulgaria does not have a large percentage of foreign-born residents – in fact, it’s one of the lowest in the EU. Those expats who have found their way to Bulgaria, though, have choices to suit most lifestyles.Continue reading
Joining a few Facebook groups is a good way to get a feel for the expat community in Turkey. Find expat events in Turkey and chat and share ideas, experiences and – occasionally – frustrations with like-minded people. Tell us if you’re part of a group that you’d like us to add.Continue reading
Turkish media is varied and competitive on the surface – but much of the media, across all mediums, is owned by large conglomerates with other business interests. This means that Turkish news media, whilst it does cover stories from different angles, is somewhat restricted in its viewpoints.
Despite this, I would recommend that anybody living, working or doing business in another country makes an effort to consume local media. It is a great way to learn about the culture, as well as current events, and Turkey is no exception!Continue reading
This guide lists the national public holidays of Turkey, and gives a little background on the meaning and importance of the days.
Turkey is a secular country, but its population is almost entirely Muslim; so it is no surprise that this is reflected in their national holidays.Continue reading
So, instead, we’ll take a look at the seven regions of Turkey. Truth be told, even the regions are large enough and varied enough in weather and climate to make it worth your while to check out the average climate in specific cities – but this guide should give you some idea of what you’ll experience. The date below was …Continue reading
The book Find out about How Things Really Work in Turkey here. Başak Yıldız Orkun Başak is a partner at the Orkun & Orkun law firm. Her legal speciality is advising foreign individuals and companies who are relocating to Turkey to work, retire or set up a business. She and her team of lawyers and accountants provide a full range of legal, accounting, …Continue reading
Vanuatu’s inclusion in our Property Investor Show programme (via Melanesian Waterfront Real Estate ltd) was a beguiling one – and also quite timely, as we were receiving BBC alerts about Prince Charles’ new position as heir apparent of the Commonwealth (as the top job is not a strictly hereditary position, there was some question of who exactly would succeed Queen …Continue reading
Getting to Turkey is simple. Getting around Turkey requires a little more thought, but the public transport system is fairly modern and the roads are improving all the time. If you don’t know the language, it is particularly important to plan ahead if you want to use public transport in Turkey. Work out your route from the comfort of your …Continue reading
Depending on where you are in Bulgaria, the internet can be surprisingly speedy or hair-pullingly slow. The popular expat city of Varna, for instance, has notoriously bad internet speeds – whilst little Pazardzhik (with around 70,000 occupants) has the fastest internet speeds in the country.Continue reading
Although Bulgaria is not a huge country (at 110,994 square km), it does straddle several climate zones.
Temperatures depend on where you are – the southwest, by the Mediterranean sea, is mildly subtropical. The plains of the country are temperate. The mountainous regions are much colder (great for skiing).Continue reading
Freedom of religion is enshrined in the US constitution, and the States – whilst being overwhelmingly Christian – are home to communities of many faiths.
As always, look carefully at the city of region you’re hoping to live or work in before making a decision. Will you be able to find somewhere to worship? Are the religious attitudes too conservative for you to be comfortable? Is there a high level of discrimination against your faith?
While the US is a developed nation, there are still some issues when it comes to sex and gender.
As with so many things in the US, the details are all at the state level. Carefully examine the state you’re considering for any ‘deal breakers’ when it comes to gender, sexuality or gender issues.
This strange little island is a British overseas territory on the edge of the Costa del Sol. The locals speak a mixture of Spanish and English; and you’re just as likely to find fish & chips as tapas.Continue reading
La Línea de la Concepción is a town closely linked to Gibraltar – many of its 60,000 residents commute their for work each day. The town itself has a weekly open air market, a bull ring, a museum and an attractive ‘old town’ area.Continue reading
Alcaidesa is an upmarket seaside resort, developed in the early 90s. The development was carefully designed to look like a town (with a good mix of different houses, villas and apartments) rather than an indentikit set of dwellings. The town has two golf courses and three beaches.Continue reading
General guides Sotogrande Lifestyle from the Air High-quality drone footage from Noll & Partners Sotogrande Properties. A short video, but one that gives you a good idea of the area’s aesthetics. Sotogrande Marina Some short clips showcasing the Sotogrande Marina and beaches, from AndaluciaVideo.Continue reading
Nueva Andalucía is particularly popular with sports lovers: it boasts facilities for tennis, paddle tennis and, of course, golf. It’s also home to an international school and one of the Costa del Sol’s two casinos.Continue reading
A popular resort town on the Costa del Sol, Marbella is a refuge for expats and tourists alike – and a favourite of the rich and famous. The town is a mix of historical and modern, fringed by a sandy beach.Continue reading
Getting to Italy is pretty easy. It’s a popular tourist destination and a country more and more people are visiting for business.
Italy is well known for a slightly scary driving experience – but many are unaware of its comprehensive public transport system.Continue reading