Expatriate Advice

Best UK Banks for Canadian Expats

Finding the right banks for Canadian expats is important for ensuring the safety and security of one's finances while living and working overseas, particularly the UK. Banks perform a number of roles and functions on one's behalf, often providing critical support for savings and credit. If you are moving to the UK, you'll be glad ... Read more Best UK Banks for Canadian Expats

How to Find Canadian Expat Communities in London

Being in London and away from home can make expats homesick, but thankfully there are Canadian expat communities in London that you can interact with so you don't feel alone. It's easy to just look for Canadian communities in London through the internet if you have the time to do some research. While there are a ... Read more How to Find Canadian Expat Communities in London

Tips for Connecting with Other Canadian Expats in China

Moving to a country as different from Canada as China can be both challenging and exciting, but having a way to connect with other Canadian expats in China could be an invaluable part of the experience.  With its rich culture and myriad world industries, China is appealing to expats from all over the world, and ... Read more Tips for Connecting with Other Canadian Expats in China

The Most Desirable Neighborhoods for Canadian Expats Living in Sydney

As the largest city in Australia, and one of the largest cities in the entire southern hemisphere, Canadian expats in Sydney have many options available to them for finding a great neighborhood.  With low crime rates, high employment, and relatively low property rates, there is no shortage of quality neighborhoods in the city.  Several stand ... Read more The Most Desirable Neighborhoods for Canadian Expats Living in Sydney

International Health Insurance for Canadian Expatriates

If you are a Canadian national who wants to move overseas to retire, travel or work, international health insurance is a vital part of your financial plan. Most Canadians are used to having their health expenses, especially the significant costs, paid for by their provincial medical plan at little or no cost. While many complain ... Read more International Health Insurance for Canadian Expatriates

The Canadian Expat’s Definitive Guide to QROPS

Canada is currently welcoming thousands of British expats with open arms as it struggles to cover its own labour needs. While a new life in such a beautiful country will no doubt be very enticing, many people are not thinking ahead when it comes to planning for their retirement. British pension funds will still be ... Read more The Canadian Expat's Definitive Guide to QROPS

Moving Abroad? Shipping Furniture & Pets Overseas

Shipping furniture is expensive, especially if you are planning to do it via airplane and should really only be considered if you are going to stay abroad for many years. It is quite easy to find furnished accommodation in Europe, so if you’re planning to stay for a year or two it makes much more ... Read more Moving Abroad? Shipping Furniture & Pets Overseas

Family Considerations when Moving Abroad

A partner that is used to working outside of the home may feel restricted or useless outside their natural environment. In a situation where everything is foreign, it is often easier to stick with the same routine as at home. Meeting new people can be a bit of a trial if you are stuck in ... Read more Family Considerations when Moving Abroad

What to do before moving abroad – Considerations

Before you leave, take the time to visit each of your friends, have lunch or do something you don’t often have time for. This extra time is invaluable and you will be glad you made room in your schedule for it. Your friends will be flattered that you made time for them in the busy ... Read more What to do before moving abroad - Considerations

Expatriate Health Insurance – International Health Insurance for Expats

The problem is that when many people move overseas they aren't necessarily covered under a medical plan that the local gvovernment might have in place however the company which you work for my also not give you full insurance coverage either. Especially if you're bringing your family abroad with you, you'll definitely want to get ... Read more Expatriate Health Insurance - International Health Insurance for Expats

Canadian Expat Groups & Canadian Expatriate Associations

Canadian Expat Groups - Europe Hungary - Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Hungary   The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary provides events and support for Canadian businesses and expats living and working in Budapest, Hungary. Belgium - Canadian Club Of Belgium The Canadian Club of Belgium provides support and friendship to Canadians and those who have lived in Canada, and ... Read more Canadian Expat Groups & Canadian Expatriate Associations

Culture Shock – How to Deal with Culture Shock

After the initial excitement of being in a new place, the thrill of learning a new language has turns into an insurmountable barrier; basic things like banking and transport are endlessly frustrating and you would give your right arm for a bowl of Frosted Flakes. Battling culture shock is difficult, especially if you have moved somewhere ... Read more Culture Shock - How to Deal with Culture Shock