The top 10 tax tips for globetrotters

Moving abroad can be a financial nightmare. Tax expert David Franks continues his exclusive series of articles for Telegraph Expat by telling you how to avoid the major tax pitfalls for expats. 1 Beware of the DIY approach. When you first think about moving abroad, begin by listing in order of preference the countries in which you would be happy to live. Ignore the tax systems for the moment – assume they are all the same. Then discuss your choices with an experienced tax advisor. You may be… Read more »

10 legal tips for avoiding UK inheritance tax

In the first of a series of articles for the Telegraph Weekly World Edition, David Franks, CEO of Blevins Franks, outlines 10 ways expats can avoid paying UK inheritance tax. 1) Change your domicile Unlike any other tax, UK Inheritance Tax (IHT) follows you around the world, regardless of where you may reside. That’s because it is based on your domicile, not residence. So you need to change your domicile in order to shrug off IHT. If you really have made a permanent move to a new country,… Read more »

So you want to own a hotel…

Reality shows continue to be all the rage on television these days. By Bill Bernett managing director of C6 Hotel Whether you want to sing, dance, model, cook, survive, juggle penguins, apprentice, or simply be seen, the next ten minutes of fame can be yours. Of course for many, the brief glare of the spotlight returns them promptly to the cold harsh darkness of anonymity. From hero to zero ” or even less, casting you into some sort of perpetual twilight, like a modern-day vampire who has to… Read more »

Daily aspirin dose 'for everyone over 45'

Everyone aged over 45 should consider a small daily dose of aspirin to help protect themselves against heart disease and cancer, a panel of experts suggested yesterday. Evidence is building that the benefits for many healthy middle-aged and older people “far outweigh” the side effects, according to the academics. In particular, individuals at higher risk from the country’s two biggest killers would be helped by taking the painkiller as a preventive medicine, they added. The experts were speaking at the Royal Society of Medicine a month after research… Read more »


“When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar … and the beer. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a… Read more »

A slow boat down the Mekong

One of the world’s great rivers defines the geography of Southeast Asia. Rising frozen in the Tibetan highlands and running through China’s Yunnan Province, the Mekong defines the geography of Southeast Asia. It is both a lifeline and a frontier, linking and separating the countries of the region – Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam – before finally emptying into the South China Sea, south of Saigon. Our voyage down the Mekong began in northern Thailand, in the mysterious, notorious area known as the Golden Triangle, once the… Read more »

Methods to Get The Price Of Building A House In Thailand For You To Retire To

Methods to Get The Price Of Building A House In Thailand For You To Retire To I am going to describe two distinctive methods of obtaining a price for a building project in Thailand. 1. Via Unit Rates In Order To Assess The Price Of Construction. Utilizing a Rate/metre squared, that is to say Baht/m2, is the primary and most easy method to arrive at an idea of the cost for constructing your retirement home in Thailand. The rate/m2 for constructing homes in Thailand differ depending upon the… Read more »

Want a Thai island beach holiday without the hassle of going to an island?

You may have wondered where we got to on our recent holiday, well read on… This was our 3rd visit to Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat, the closest thing we’ve come across to feeling like you are on an island when you are actually still on the mainland. Expect to take about 4-5 hours to drive from BKK. It’s about 45 km (35 minutes) from Trat and 42 km before the border. It’s not difficult to find as it’s on a the road from Trat to… Read more »

Top 10 places to retire overseas

We find the best-value hot spots for retirees. For sale Set in four acres, with stunning views of the Pyrenees and surrounding countryside, this impressive 18th-century house in the southern Gers embodies French charm. There is even a separate pigeon-house, awaiting renovation. £877,700 with Savills (020 7016 3740; Different people picture their retirement in different ways. Some home owners never fall out of love with Britain, while others prefer to move abroad for their golden years. Here are 10 locations that offer a mixture of good value for… Read more »

More than half of British expats do not want to return home

A new survey from Lloyds TSB International, exclusive to The Telegraph weekly world edition, says that more than than half of all British expatriates believe they will never live in the UK permanently again. However, only a quarter of expats are happy to cut all ties with the UK with three quarters saying it’s important to keep links with the mother country. The survey shows that nearly 60 per cent of British expats left the UK for work reasons. A third of those who are expats for work… Read more »