Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

20 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Shanghai prefer e-biking to overcrowded public transport

Due to massive overcrowding in Shanghai’s otherwise satisfactory public transport and on its roads, many expats are turning to e-bikes, scooters and motorbikes as a practical means of getting around. An expat survey by an internationally-focused English language newspaper in the city revealed the majority of expatriates living and working in Shanghai are now the proud possessors of e-bikes, scooters and motor bikes after giving up on never-ending traffic jams and the twice-daily crush on public buses and the metro. Several approved...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats in rentals urged to get home content insurance

Given the soaring cost as well as the legal difficulties of owning a home in expat relocation destinations, renting is now the most popular option. Expats arriving overseas for a stint at their employer’s international office almost invariably opt for renting an apartment or house, hopefully for the duration of their relocation but more normally on a short-term lease. However, many believe the owner’s house insurance policy will cover any unforeseen damage to their contents. Unfortunately, most rental contracts in popular...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2018

British pensioners refused insurance payout after their car was stolen and torched

A British expats couple are being treated unfairly by their insurance company after they were gassed and had their car stolen and torched. After falling into an unusually deep sleep, pensioners John and Jacqueline Armitage were woken by Spanish police knocking on their door to let them know their burnt-out car had been found after having been involved in a number of robberies. The horrified couple had no idea the Toyota had been stolen and are convinced they’d somehow been gassed prior to the robbery. According to John, he’s a...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat-led environmental group holds cleanups in Turkey

Tidy Turkey is yet another of the world-wide initiatives to clean up beauty spots and beaches covered in human-deposited trash. Environmentally-friendly and like-minded expats and citizens come together for a full day of cleaning up selected areas, having fun and meeting new people at the same time. Lucy Tooze, a well-travelled Australian expat now living in Turkey, is the founder of the group which held its inaugural event on last year’s World Cleanup Day. Since then, a further seven events have been organised. Lucy told local...
13 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Surviving the deadly Andalusian heatwave

As the scorching temperatures continue across Spain, what can expats and tourists do to survive the experience? It may well be the hottest ever summer along Andalusia’s Costa del Sol coastline, but travelling to its interior isn’t recommended as an escape. The little town of Ecija is famous for just one thing – it’s called the ‘frying pan of Spain’ as it gets so hot residents can fry eggs on the pavements. The quirky little town is just an hour by car from Seville and is famous for its geographic location which regularly...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Swedish mother arrested with her daughter on arrival in Dubai

A Swedish national mother of three travelling with her four-year old daughter was jailed in Dubai for drinking one glass of wine during her flight. Dentist Ellie Holman had arrived in Dubai from London, along with her four-year old daughter Bibi, and was pulled up at immigration as her visa from a previous visit had only been issued for a single entry although it wasn’t yet out of date. She was told by an immigration official she’s have to return to the UK on the next available flight, but pleaded for a new visa application as her...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat guide to car purchase in Spain

Once you’ve moved into your new home in Spain and discovered the disadvantages of the local transportation options, it’s time to consider buying a car. Purchasing a vehicle in Spain is procedurally similar to the British model as regards bureaucracy, but with several layers of Spanish law tacked on for good measure. For new arrivals as yet far from fluent in the local language, the process is daunting, with finding a bilingual friend the best idea. If you’re a registered resident, you’re allowed to buy a car as long as...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats to be subject to airport health screening on returning to Kuwait

A proposal to subject all expats returning to Kuwait after time overseas to airport health screening has been put forward by lawmakers. MP Mohammed al-Dalal has presented a proposal that all returning expatriates should be subject to health screening by medical examiners before they’re allowed back into the emirate. The MP is suggesting allocating a building close by the international airport to be updated and refitted to serve as a medical examination centre. Al Dalal is also in favour of all expatriate workers undergoing further...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Holiday options for expat professionals working overseas

Expat life has a habit of overturning the norms of everyday existence, especially if there’s a family to consider. For non-expats, life overseas is often seen as either one long holiday or an exotic and glamorous experience to be envied by those stuck in the home country. For expat professionals, the reality is far less enviable, consisting of the same or very similar routines as in the home country and with holidays as much about relief from the daily grind as they ever were. The only difference may be that expats actually have...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2018

UK police still attempting to trace missing expat in Tenerife

British police are again asking for information about a UK expat who went missing more than 14 years ago in Tenerife. Kevin Ainley, a British expat living and working on the Spanish island of Tenerife, went missing in June 2004 and hasn’t been heard of since. Aged 24 at the time he disappeared, he had many friends both back in the UK and on the island, and his family are still hoping for new information which might at least put their minds at rest. Lancashire Police review officer Garry Fishwick told local media he knows the mystery...