A four-year battle with the tax office - to avoid paying a £300,000 bill, a mounting legal bill and the stress of losing a loved one... It’s a nightmare situation, but one that sadly the we came across recently

Can you afford not to take financial advice?

A four-year battle with the tax office - to avoid paying a £300,000 bill, a mounting legal bill and the stress of losing a loved one... It’s a nightmare situation, but one that sadly the we came across recently Tagged Financing and Legal

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Do you plan on emigrating to Australia in 2013? You can hardly be blamed

Emigrate to Australia: The first steps

Do you plan on emigrating to Australia in 2013? You can hardly be blamed Tagged Australia

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Buying Guide: Japan

Simply mentioning Japan evokes imagery of beautifully crafted temples, geisha, futuristic buildings, kimonos, ninjas, and stretches of rice fields. Nothing beats the uniqueness of the charm this spectacular country has to offer.

There are endless incentives for buying in Japan. …

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Carnivorous expats appreciate fresh meat, horse or otherwise

Turkey twizzlers, salmonella, E-coli, mad cow – it was only a matter of time before the next food scandal occurred. The latest has a difference however, in that it highlights cultural gastronomic differences between the UK and our fellow Europeans.

No one in the world disputes that mis-selling meat is an inexcusable crime, but the ongoing horsemeat crisis has inadvertently shown two things: compared to Europeans, British people are less open-minded when it comes to the type of meat w...

Turkey twizzlers, salmonella, E-coli, mad cow – it was only a matter of time before the next food scandal occurred. The latest has a difference however, in that it highlights cultural gastronomic differences between the UK and our fellow Europeans.…

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You too can profit from a Portuguese property

I won’t be the first to tell you it’s still a buyer’s market in Europe. Portugal, a popular second home and retirement destination, typifies this and to prove it, here are the stories of two British couples who recently snapped up bargains in the Algarve. What’s especially amazing is that both couples found their dream home and put a deposit down on it within days of flying out to view the properties. They knew a good thing when they saw it and didn’t wait to risk losing it.

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I won’t be the first to tell you it’s still a buyer’s market in Europe. Portugal, a popular second home and retirement destination, typifies this and to prove it, here are the stories of two British couples who recently snapped …

By Richard Way, Editor, The Overseas Guides Company Tagged Live, Portugal

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Top 5 places to retire in… the European Union

France
The French village, and all the peaceful and pleasant connotations that it entails is an idyllic destination for the British retiree. A moderately light and warm climate and an easy accessibility from the UK are two of the main appeals, but costs of living are likely to mirror home, so not necessarily a large cut. The medieval towers, turrets and ramparts that were said to have inspired Walt Disney, cobbled villages, street side terrace cafes and old world romant...

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The French village, and all the peaceful and pleasant connotations that it entails is an idyllic destination for the British retiree. A moderately light and warm climate and an easy accessibility from the UK are two of the main …

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Top 5 places to retire in… Asia & Australasia

Chaing Mai Thailand
This small, lush and green region in northern Thailand is home to 30,000 foreigners, meaning that familiarity in faraway lands will always be close. Chaing Mai has become accustomed, and adapted to the large influx of foreigners coming to live, work and retire. The cost of living is on average 70% less than in the UK. The Chaing Mai local authority, and businesses proudly promotes the low crime rates and exemplary standards in health care and hospita...

Chaing Mai Thailand
This small, lush and green region in northern Thailand is home to 30,000 foreigners, meaning that familiarity in faraway lands will always be close. Chaing Mai has become accustomed, and adapted to the large influx of foreigners …

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Simple steps for learning languages in later life

It might be true that as we get older and our brains are set in our habits of language and dialect it becomes more difficult to learn another language, but that is not to say that anyone with time, patience, a work ethic and dedication can become a competent speaker in another language at any age. There are thousands existing to testify this.

Children naturally have an advantage over adults; their ability to learn languages is not purely biological. Children have more time and fewer co...

There is a perception that unless you have the young and sponge-like brain of a child, able to absorb and adapt to any situation with ease, learning a second language is nearly impossible. This is a misconception
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Top 5 places to retire in… The Americas

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There is one place in particular that comes to mind in Nicaragua that is particularly well suited to retirement, it’s the oldest city in the Americas; Granada. An ancient colonial city intended by Spanish conquistadors to be a statement of elegance. A bright, colourful city laid out along the peaceful shores of Lake Nicaragua with a misty mountainous skyline the city and surrounding landscape is postcard perfect. Granada is particularly appealing because of ...

Nicaragua
There is one place in particular that comes to mind in Nicaragua that is particularly well suited to retirement, it’s the oldest city in the Americas; Granada. An ancient colonial city intended by Spanish conquistadors to be a statement …

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Changing a life

It’s hardly surprising, but when us Brits emigrate it’s not just a change of scenery we crave but a complete change of lifestyle too. We see relocating as a brand new start, the chance to get our teeth into a new career or realise a lifelong dream, usually something we don’t fancy doing in the UK. Semi-retired Brits with no experience of the hospitality business opening a B&B in France is the classic example. Or, in a similar vein, how many expats who have never pulled a pint in th...

For many, living the expat dream is becoming a reality
By Richard Way, The Overseas Guides Company Tagged Live, New Zealand

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Tigné Point: Redesigning Malta

The Maltese islands are situated at the heart of the Mediterranean some 90km south of Sicily. The islands are a melting pot of civilisations and have experienced a fascinating history stretching back thousands of years. The country has been inhabited since around 5,500BC and a significant prehistoric civilisation existed on the islands prior to the arrival of the Phoenicians who, it is said, named the main island Malat, meaning ‘safe haven’. Later the islands were for centuries the seat o...

Unique interior design has helped Tigné Point set itself apart, even as it embraces the architecture of the past
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How the Metabolists helped shape modern architecture

Over the last century humanity has explored the boundaries of how architecture should be defined. One significant architectural group to emerge in the late 1950s did exactly that. The Metabolist movement, based in Japan, experimented with ideas many had previously considered unthinkable, redefining how people use and interact with the space around them.

What began in Japan as a simple theory went on to impact the entire globe in terms of conceptual city planning, design and art, and u...

The Metabolist architectural movement may have been short-lived, but it left a lasting impression on the idea of the metropolis
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Four Seasons captures the beauty of Bora Bora

Bora Bora is unique among the Leeward Islands in French Polynesia; a tiny paradise – barely 30km2 – benefiting from a healthy year-round climate. Its topography is unusual; at the centre of the island lies an extinct volcano, which rises above the lush forests and dazzling seawater, overlooking the lagoon and barrier reef which surround the island.

Today, the island has barely 9,000 inhabitants, many of whom make their homes in the city of Vaitape, the island’s only settlement o...

Bora Bora is an enchanting island in the South Pacific; a place where tourism has benefited the economy but also left nature largely untouched
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A passage to India

The Maharajas’ Express is a unique, luxury train service inspired by the lifestyles of the Maharajas. It offers sculpted tours around India on predetermined routes, aimed at tourists and travellers looking for luxury rarely found on the railway.

The ‘Royal Sojourn’ is the most elaborate of these journeys – an eight-day round trip beginning and ending in Delhi, taking in all manner of attractions along the way, including national parks, UNESCO World Heritage sites, countless mu...

The Maharajas’ Express offers luxury travel on the railroads of India’s largest state
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Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton: The world’s highest hotel

Hong Kong’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, which opened in spring 2011, is the highest hotel in the world. Not the tallest, but the highest, as it occupies the 102nd-118th floors of the city’s imposing International Commerce Centre, one of the world’s tallest buildings. Perched atop one hundred floors of primarily executive office space (for the likes of Credit Suisse) the Ritz-Carlton is an impressive feat.

The International Commerce Centre occupies an enviable spot in West Kowloon. Visito...

Guests can expect the absolute best at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the highest hotel in the world
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Affordable housing post-Arab Spring

Burned by grand and audacious real estate projects, which became financial burdens when market bubbles burst three years ago, property developers in the Gulf are putting more emphasis on mundane but affordable housing.

Their motives are mainly economic, but they are being encouraged by governments who are trying to improve mass living standards after this year’s political unrest in the region. A chronic lack of affordable, quality housing for growing populations was one factor behind...

Praveen Menon explains how the Arab Spring has positively affected the mindsets of national governments
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Assessing the global housing market

It has been a summer of discontent across financial markets. The latest wave of sovereign debt fears on both sides of the Atlantic, alongside a stark slowdown in economic growth, has revealed that the treacherous debris of the financial crisis is still evident. The fact that the global economy cannot count on much external support undermines confidence further. Fiscal policy is hamstrung by nervous bond markets and central banks have little real monetary ammunition left, save a renewed bout o...

Stefan Wundrak, Director of Research and Property at Henderson Global Investors, looks at the possible directions property investment could take following 2011’s confidence-sapping summer
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