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Keeping It In The Family

Keeping It In The Family Why moving abroad can be exciting but can also lead to dilemmas over family and friends… There are quite a few unexpected aspects to starting a new life overseas – many of which we’ve examined in earlier blogs. It takes a while to adjust to a new culture, to the climate, a different diet and a new daily routine; it can be quite a while before life seems “normal”. Indeed, we’d recommend giving it at least six months to a year before you make any more serious decisions. A Friendly request But something you perhaps you won’t.

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Manners Maketh Man

Manners Maketh Man A potted guide to dining etiquette in Portugal… Although we Brits like our cooking shows – and there are as many good restaurants around as anywhere else in the world – many of us would probably concede there is still a slightly different approach to food in the UK than in many of the Mediterranean countries. Although we enjoy a good meal and see it as a treat, our busy lives mean quite a few reading this will be probably sitting at their desks with a sandwich in hand. The proliferation of fast food outlets up and down.

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IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT … Summer’s nearly here and, after a long, cold UK winter, there will be plenty of us dreaming about some sun. But are you really ready for the heat …? When you plan a new life overseas, better weather is perhaps up there on the list of things you’ll really take time to appreciate. You’ll tell yourself it will be great to be able to anticipate long, sunny days in a place where barbecues are not rained off and you can leave the house with confidence without taking a coat or an umbrella. You may.

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THE HITS AND MISSES OF A NEW LIFE ABROAD At the moment I have a cold … Not earth-shattering news, admittedly – but, when you haven’t had one for approximately four years, it’s remarkable enough to warrant a note in the diary. But the bug – probably brought specially from England by a visiting family member – also prompted a train of thought about what you may miss when living overseas. So, just in case you’re thinking of making that giant leap and starting a new life in the sun, here are five things you may find hard to do without to.

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CONSIDERING A NEW LIFE AS A LANDLORD? Some things you need to know… If you’re considering a new life overseas but you own property in the UK already, you’ll have two options to consider. First of all you could sell your home, releasing a considerable amount of equity which you can either use to purchase a property abroad or invest in a savings account, which – when combined with a pension – might pay you enough in interest to cover your rent and be enough to live on. The other option is to let your current home and then use the rental income to cover your living.

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HOW YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE WINNING AS AN EXPAT Ask those who have already done it, and you’ll probably be told that upping sticks and moving to a different country is one of the most exhilarating but scary things you can take on in life. If you’re considering doing the same, some friends and family will definitely call you brave, others perhaps stupid – but most seasoned expats will probably tell you they’re neither; they’re the same person they always were before – just in a different place. And it’s the place they’ve chosen to live which makes the difference. HOW.

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