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Expat Focus

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Expat experiences, information and advice for anyone moving or living abroad. Visit Expat Focus at expatfocus.com for more.

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Expat experiences, information and advice for anyone moving or living abroad. Visit Expat Focus at expatfocus.com for more.

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Living Abroad 101

By dbertram1 - Jan 02 2020
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This podcast has is crammed with a wealth of information pertaining to an expat experience. If you are even slightly considering a life abroad, then this is the podcast for you. My only wish for this podcast would be to have a higher frequency of episodes. 1-2 episodes per month just isn’t enough for me! :)

Disappointed

By windtrix - Sep 05 2012
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I was hoping this podcast was going to be good, but Tai's voice is so raspy it is painful to listen to. Also, the one I listened to had a lot of blather. Fifteen minutes in, I just couldn't take anymore.

iTunes Ratings

15 Ratings
Average Ratings
8
3
2
0
2

Living Abroad 101

By dbertram1 - Jan 02 2020
Read more
This podcast has is crammed with a wealth of information pertaining to an expat experience. If you are even slightly considering a life abroad, then this is the podcast for you. My only wish for this podcast would be to have a higher frequency of episodes. 1-2 episodes per month just isn’t enough for me! :)

Disappointed

By windtrix - Sep 05 2012
Read more
I was hoping this podcast was going to be good, but Tai's voice is so raspy it is painful to listen to. Also, the one I listened to had a lot of blather. Fifteen minutes in, I just couldn't take anymore.

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Latest release on Jan 05, 2021

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Rank #1: 7 Things Expats Need To Know Before Moving To Portugal

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When you move abroad, there are inevitably things you find out that you wish someone had told you about earlier.    In this episode we're joined by James Cave from Portugalist, who is here to help if you're considering a move to Portugal.

Aug 29 2018

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Rank #2: What Non-Europeans Should Know About Moving To Spain

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Cat Gaa was pretty good at Spanish when she was at school in the USA. She first went to Spain on a study abroad program, and soon found her way back there, this time teaching English. Cat worked out how to stay on in Spain, she started a blog at Sunshine and Siestas, and that blog turned into a side hustle with a fellow expat.    Their business, Como Consulting Spain, helps fellow non-Europeans navigate the red tape around moving to the country and staying there long term.   So how can you move to Spain and become a long-term resident as a non-European? And what else is important to know about life and culture in the different regions of Spain? Listen to find out.

Jun 03 2019

23mins

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Rank #3: What You Should Know Before Buying Property In France

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If you’re planning to move to France and become a homeowner, you’re going to love today’s guest. Mark Sayers is the Head of the Pyrénées-Orientales team at Artaxa - a real estate agency in Perpignan. Buying property in a foreign country can be a pretty daunting task, with lots of unfamiliar processes. I know because, funnily enough, I’ve just been through it - and here in France. And I really wish I’d had this chat with Mark before we bought our home, because I would have had a much better understanding of what we were about to go through. From the best approach to house hunting in France, to making an offer - and knowing if there’s room to negotiate... what agency and notary fees to expect, and how long it typically takes before you get the keys. Mark is going to cover it all in this episode.

Aug 26 2019

56mins

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Rank #4: What You Need To Know Before Investing In Property Abroad

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Has a beachfront holiday home in Mexico taken your fancy? Maybe you’ve spotted a place with a great rental return in Malta. Or perhaps you have your sights set on a house to retire to, in Panama. If you’ve never invested in property abroad before, it’s hard to know where to begin. So today’s guest is going to give you some pointers, talking through the current hotspots and the things that can trip up people who are new to the international investment scene.

Lief Simon is the founding editor of Global Property Advisor. Over 20 years, he has bought more than 45 properties and invested in 26 different countries around the world. 

Nov 11 2019

29mins

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Rank #5: Running A B&B In The Italian Countryside

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What does it take to own and run a B&B in the Italian countryside?

American Ashley Bartner can tell you all about it – and she’s going to, today on the Expat Focus Podcast.   

10 years ago, she and her husband Jason left the hustle and bustle of New York for a big old farmhouse in the beautiful Marche region of Italy. They’ve turned it into a very successful organic farm, inn and cooking school – called La Tavola Marche. But that’s not all - Ashley and Jason are also helping other expats lay the groundwork to realise their own dreams of ‘living the sweet life’ in Italy, after experiencing first-hand, the consequences of being unprepared.  

Mar 09 2018

31mins

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Rank #6: How To Avoid Disaster With The US Tax Code - Anthony Parent From IRS Medic

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Anthony Parent from IRS Medic talks to Carlie about the US tax system and how it affects expats.

Jul 15 2017

19mins

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Rank #7: Moving To The Netherlands

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The Netherlands is well known for its great work-life balance, its cycling culture, tulip fields... But did you know it’s also a bit of an expat’s dream when it comes to making your move to a new country, and settling in?   My guests in this episode are Sharon and Gladys from Rotterdam Partners, and the Rotterdam Expat Centre. This and other centres like it in cities across the Netherlands are taking so much stress and hassle out of the life setup process for new arrivals. The ladies are going to explain how they help, and provide a few tips for those who are going to be making the move.

Jan 03 2018

16mins

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Rank #8: Michael Barrett of AmericanExpatinFrance.com

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We speak to Michael Barrett, an American expat who has settled in France and now runs the blog AmericanExpatinFrance.com to help other expats. This interview gives us a unique insight into the problems and differences between the US and France as well as the benefits of living in another culture.

Jul 15 2017

19mins

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Rank #9: What You Need To Know About Expat Life In Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is well-known as a haven for expat retirees, but what’s it like to move to this tropical paradise in Central America if you’re at not at that stage of life yet?

American Samantha moved to Costa Rica more than six years ago, for love. And she’s come a long way since first arriving with little knowledge of the country - needing to learn Spanish, find a job, make friends, understand how the local community - and systems - tick.

She’s come so far in fact, that she and her husband Yeison were even named Tourism Ambassadors for their work on their very successful Costa Rica travel blog, mytanfeet.com. Samantha’s going to share her story of settling into life in Costa Rica, and how she navigated the integration bumps along the way.

Mar 19 2019

26mins

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Rank #10: Why American Expats' US Brokerage Accounts Are Being Closed

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Guest hosts Claudine Gindel and Anthony Parent at IRS Medic talk to Tom Zachystal, founder of Individual Asset Management and Expat Focus partner, about why US brokerage accounts of Americans abroad are being closed down.

Learn more about IRS Medic at www.irsmedic.com and follow their Parental Advisory podcast at www.parentaladvisoryshow.com. Contact Tom through his enquiry form at Expat Focus.

Jul 15 2017

25mins

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Rank #11: Life In Denmark

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What’s your motivation for moving abroad? British expat Melanie Haynes was ready for an adventure, and it led her and her husband to move to Denmark. More than eight years later, they’re still there, living in the capital of Copenhagen. And Melanie’s blog dejligedays has become a go-to for many English-speaking expats in the city; she shares her discoveries, recommendations and gives newcomers advice for settling in. In this episode, Melanie shares her relocation story, and provides a little insight into the Danish way of life.

Feb 09 2018

26mins

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Rank #12: A Guide To US Expat Accounts - Tom Zachystal, Individual Asset Management

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Tom Zachystal from Individual Asset Management talks to Expat Focus about some of the financial challenges US expats should consider

Jul 15 2017

17mins

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Rank #13: Vanessa Anderson - House Sitting

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Many of us want to ditch our 9-5 life and travel the world. But finding a viable way to do that long term can be a bit of a challenge! One way that is increasing in popularity is house sitting. Vanessa Anderson is the publisher of House Sitting - the Ultimate Lifestyle Magazine.

She and her partner Ian are living that ultimate lifestyle, as nomadic expats, looking after other people's homes and pets. So how does house sitting work exactly, and how do you get started? Vanessa's going to share some tips.

Oct 05 2017

23mins

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Rank #14: Learning Foreign Languages - Sarah Cole, John Murray Learning

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Sarah Cole from John Murray Learning talks to Expat Focus about learning foreign languages.

Jul 15 2017

20mins

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Rank #15: Living Off The Grid In Central America

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Could you handle composting your own toilet waste? What about doing away with the convenience of the supermarket, and growing all your own food?    Choosing a life that is more sustainable and self-sufficient is becoming easier, and more realistic for many of us, and living off the grid can also be very affordable in some parts of the world, once you get past all the up-front costs.   Ian Usher is the co-publisher of House Sitting Magazine. He also once sold his whole life on eBay, and scored a movie deal with Disney. But the chapter of his life that we’re going to dive into today is the one where he lived off the grid on his own Caribbean island, off the coast of Panama.

Nov 17 2017

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Rank #16: 5 Things To Consider Before Moving To Peru

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Entrepreneur Alan La Rue is our guest in this episode of the Expat Focus podcast. A language school owner, he’s been living in the country for a long time, and is going to talk through the essentials: from where to live to what to bring with you; job opportunities in Peru; how to approach learning Spanish; and the Peruvian cultural norms that may take some getting used to.

Sep 03 2019

34mins

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Rank #17: Renovating And Running A Guest House In France

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Welcome to another episode of the Expat Focus Podcast, I’m your host Carlie, and my guest today is a UK expat, based in beautiful South West France, where he runs a guest house along with his partner.  Their home is called Maison Mûrier, and on their website, Phill and Kev call it their ‘little bit of heaven’ in the French countryside.   Looking at the stunning photos, their acre-and-a-half property has a pool, incredible views over sunflower fields, their house has seven bedrooms and there are a number of barns on the land as well.   So how did they choose their dream French property? How was the renovation process and, what sort of qualities do you need to run a guest house in France? I spoke to Phill about his experiences, in November of 2018, at the end of his very first year as a host.

Jan 09 2019

24mins

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Rank #18: Becoming An Expat Entrepreneur

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After her first child was born, and she decided she didn’t want to go back to full time work, British expat Melitta Campbell dived head-first into entrepreneurship. She set herself up as a freelancer in Montreux - a French-speaking part of Switzerland. She quickly picked up work, and then more work... and then, running a successful business and being a stay-at-home mum became a bigger challenge.

Years later, Melitta is on to her third business and she passes on her lessons learnt about focus and balance and asking for help, as a coach to other women who are working for themselves.

If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur in Switzerland or elsewhere in the world, Melitta has some sage advice. 

Jul 23 2019

35mins

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Rank #19: The Cost Of Living In Thailand

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Our guest today is based in Thailand - a country that is well known for attracting expats wanting good living on the cheap, but just how good, and just how cheap?

Brett Debritz is an Australian freelance journalist, currently on a ‘trial retirement’ in Thailand, and blogging at Expattaya.

If a move to the country is on your bucket list, you might want to take some notes during this chat, because Brett’s going to talk us through what you get for your money: from housing, to bills, groceries, and other expenses that some expats moving to Thailand may not necessarily anticipate.

May 20 2019

32mins

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Rank #20: Relocating Your Pets Abroad - Bethany Tucker, PetRelocation.com

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Bethany Tucker from PetRelocation.com talks to Expat Focus about how to move abroad with your animals.

Jul 15 2017

20mins

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