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Why Western Australia is a wise choice

Why Western Australia is a wise choice

When it comes to Australia, there is a bit of an east/west divide. However, for many people, there is just no competition when it comes to the best state in Australia. Discover why for many people, Western Australia is the right side of the continent: Western...

What is the safest country in the world?

What is the safest country in the world?

Safety and security is a priority for expats and is often listed as a reason for moving from one country to another, especially among many people who emigrate from South Africa. Expats with families are more inclined to move to countries with a high personal safety...

Visit Europe’s fantastic Autumn festivals

Visit Europe’s fantastic Autumn festivals

If you’re an expat living in Europe, you’ll be delighted to know that Europe’s festivals don’t end with summer. Autumn festivals are a great way to meet fellow expats and just take in the vibe and culture of the country where the festival is being held. Language is...

Shanghai versus Beijing: There is one clear winner

Shanghai versus Beijing: There is one clear winner

There has always been rivalry between Shanghai and Beijing when it comes to attracting the best expatriate talent – but the rivalry has recently become irrelevant as Shanghai emerges as the clear winner. Of the 193 000 work permits issued by China in the last eight...

Are expats avoiding Australia?

Are expats avoiding Australia?

Australia has always been listed as a top expat destination – after all, it has so much to offer including a laidback lifestyle, wonderful weather and excellent education and healthcare. It ticks the boxes for retirees, single expats and expats with families looking...

The pros and cons of retiring abroad

The pros and cons of retiring abroad

What do you want to do when you don’t have to work 9 to 5 any longer? Do you dream of using your hard-earned money to travel to and live in an exotic location abroad? Many people approaching retirement age have dreams of retiring abroad – and are successful in turning...

France is working hard to attract expats

France is working hard to attract expats

Hot on the heels of the looming shadow of Brexit, France is introducing changes to attract expats to experience its joie de vive (joy of living). French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has detailed new measures specifically aimed at attracting investors and expats to...

Why expats favour the digital nomad lifestyle

Why expats favour the digital nomad lifestyle

One of the top reasons expats without families give for moving abroad is to travel and experience different cultures and lifestyles. Many of these expats are entrepreneurs who favour the life of the digital nomad – a lifestyle that has been made possible due to the...

Why local schools can be better for expat kids

Why local schools can be better for expat kids

One of the biggest dilemmas facing expat families when they move abroad is schooling. Parents often want to ensure that children experience as little disruption as possible when they make the move – which leads some expats to consider placing their children in...

What do expats think of Australia?

What do expats think of Australia?

Australia is a top expat destination with expats and it’s a destination that many South Africans consider when they decide to emigrate. A recent study by World First looked at 2000 expats and compiled some of their findings – noting their likes and dislikes about...

Let’s braai and celebrate our South African heritage

Let’s braai and celebrate our South African heritage

The 24th of September is Heritage Day or Braai Day as it is often colloquially called. This public holiday is one of South Africa’s newer holidays and is a day when everyone is South Africa is encouraged to celebrate their cultural traditions. Previously, the 24th of...

Join the expat buzz in Berlin

Join the expat buzz in Berlin

Berlin is buzzing and attracting the attention of the expat community drawing investors, companies and talented employees from all over the world. The key reason the German capital is booming is that it provides plenty of value to businesses by offering affordable...

How social media can help expats with their move and their life abroad

How social media can help expats with their move and their life abroad

Social Media has opened up a whole new world for expats, enabling them to stay connected to their family and friends back in their home country as well as helping them to connect with new friends and people who share similar interests in their new country. Here is a...

Why South African expats are heading to sunny Mauritius

Why South African expats are heading to sunny Mauritius

Mauritius is reporting a dramatic increase in the number of expats moving to the country after the Mauritian government relaxed the rules over property and residency. The new laws include a lower threshold of $500 000 for obtaining residency and buying property and...

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