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      Exploring the Best Regions to live in Portugal as an Expat

      November 17th, 2020
      Orbit Moving

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      Portugal has become a top European travel destination. Recently voted as the best country in Europe by USA Today readers, it’s no wonder that so many people who visit want to call Portugal home.
      The three most popular North American expat communities thrive in the Algarve, Lisbon, and Porto – notably also the three most popular tourist hotspots in the country. In addition to these three primary choices there are also options for those who want to live somewhere with less of a vacation vibe. Finding the best places to live in Portugal as an expat is simply a matter of personal preference as there are many popular destinations to select from, no matter what you’re looking for in your new home.

      The Algarve

      Many people love this bustling beach area on the Atlantic coast nestled between Faro and Sagres with thousands of expats calling this region home. What’s not to love about golf, beaches, and warm weather? Expats, retirees in particular, tend to favour the areas near the beaches, so apartment developments here go for a higher price tag than other areas. One of the few complaints about this area, beyond the tourists, is that things can be a little slow in the winter.

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      Lisbon

      Want an ocean view? Lisbon is considered one of the best places to live in Portugal, near the sea and beaches. In true “European living” expats are often charmed by the cobbled streets and stunning architecture. This diverse city boasts 87 nationalities, so you’re bound to meet people from “back home”. Lisbon has shopping, a well-known nightlife, and fantastic shops that bring in millions of tourists every year. The thought of this many travellers can be a bonus for some, but a deterrent for others who want to experience a more laid back environment, particularly since the tourists also bring in some small crime and theft. Those who want to live in Lisbon but want to avoid living in the centre of a tourist hub area should consider looking into the neighbourhoods of Lapa or Campo de Ourique, Rato (extending up to Estrela) or Graca.

      Porto

      People love this medium-sized city for its architecture, culture, food, the Douro River, and the fact that it’s less than an hour away from the sea. Those who want to avoid tourists can live on the outskirts of the city but can also enjoy Porto’s own airport allowing expats to easily return to their homeland for holidays. Despite it being a popular place for expats and locals alike it has also been listed as one of the best places to enjoy retirement for less than 30K a year. The most popular expat neighbourhoods include just south of the city in Vila Nova da Gaia, sea-facing properties in Madalena and Lavadores, or Campanha near the city’s centre.

      Nazare

      For a lower cost of living consider Nazare, with housing and restaurants having prices nearly 50 percent less than what’s available in Lisbon. Love to eat farm to table? Nazare has small farmers’ markets to enjoy fresh food on the regular. Nazare is best for those who genuinely want to experience small town life in Portugal on a budget.

      Braga

      Residents of Braga enjoy city life and proximity to both the beach and the ocean? Braga is the third largest and oldest city in Portugal. It’s said to be elegant and filled with fancy boutiques and busy cafes. Since properties are rarely available in the old quarter of the city, expats have found laid back living by seeking housing in the northern quarter and areas near the University. Braga also is listed as one of the best places to retire in Portugal for under 30K. Those looking for more land can enjoy this by settling in one of the many towns and villages just on the outskirts of Braga, however some renovation work may be needed on any home in Braga because of the age of most buildings in the region.

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      How to move from France to Canada

      November 2nd, 2020
      Orbit Moving

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      There are many reasons why you may be looking to move from France to Canada. One being the comfort of knowing that many Canadians speak French as either their first or second language, with over 80 percent of the Province of Quebec speaking French as their first language. Language aside, whether this move is about job opportunities, family, or a welcome change of pace, there are many ways you can make the move from France to Canada; here are a few ways to explore.

      The Quebec Mutual Recognition Program

      Language isn’t the only reason so many people from France end up in the province of Quebec. A 2008 agreement between Quebec and France has made it easier for French citizens to follow their chosen career paths within this Canadian province. The Quebec – France Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications was designed to speed up the professional credential assessment of people from France, moving them to the front of the line, ahead of other people seeking a smooth transition into the Quebec labour force. The agreement recognizes professions such as: doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers, and social workers, letting them begin work in Canada faster. This same agreement exists in France for Canadians wishing to make a similar move.
      Interested in post-secondary education in Canada? This agreement extends to education for international students from France, providing them with access to the same, cheaper, local- Quebec resident tuition fee structures instead of the very pricey, international student fees for their education.

      Express Entry

      While working and living in Quebec may be more comfortable for those from France, Canada is actively seeking out French speaking immigrants to come to Canada and live in other provinces. The Government of Canada has an entire Express Entry program for those who speak French and hosts informational web conferences to explain the ins and outs of gaining Express Entry.

      Young Professional & Working Holiday Programs

      Many countries have reciprocal programs that encourage younger people to visit, explore, and work in Canada as a part of their Young Professional and/or Working Holiday Programs. Young adults from France (aged 18 to 35) can take up to 36 months to explore and work in Canada. Those who enjoy their time can extend their visit by looking into a study period in Canada.

      Destination Canada Mobility Forum

      Every year the Government of Canada in Paris and Brussels hosts a Mobility Forum to connect Canadian employers and organizations with highly skilled French candidates from many different professional fields. This free event is invitation only and a good way for interested parties to get an idea of what employment opportunities await them in Canada and begin the process of seeking work here. The 2021 events occur in late February to early March, with registration beginning in December 2020.

      Canada Promotes Immigration from all Countries

      While France has a leg up compared to many countries in the world when it comes to a relatively seamless immigration process, Canada also understands the importance of immigration surrounding their economy. This means efforts to make moving to Canada easier for everyone, particularly for young, skilled professionals is something on the top of Canada’s agenda. Whether you’re from France or another country and wish to move to Canada: Bienvenue au Canada!

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      Is moving from Canada to Portugal a good idea?

      October 21st, 2020
      Orbit Moving

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      Whether you’re looking for a career change, an escape from Canada’s cold winters, or are retirement bound, Portugal may be a promising option for you and your family. If you love beautiful beaches, islands and countryside you’re in luck. But picturesque landscapes aside, is this move the right one for you?

      Portugal Wants You

      In early 2020 Portugal made it easier to immigrate to the country. The government wants to bring in international workers and is even offering tax break incentives to entice you. However, the biggest tax cut of 50 percent income tax is for Portuguese citizens who have been out of the country for over three years. These tax breaks are currently slated to last until 2023.
      In addition to tax breaks the Portuguese government has also put processes into place making it easier for international workers to obtain a work visa or purchase property.

      Comparing Loonies to Euros

      Cost of living is a huge factor in any move. Across the board it’s cheaper to live in Portugal than in Canada. Rent is roughly 30 to 40 percent less expensive in Portugal than Canada. Food prices, including restaurant dining, are also significantly cheaper than in Canada. Based on approximate 2020 numbers, the average salary in Portugal is about five percent less than it is in Canada. Be sure to figure travel expenses to visit Canada into your annual budget.

      Tempering Weather Expectations

      While Portugal is warmer than Canada year-round, it’s not devoid of cold and rainy weather. December and January temperatures have been known to hit freezing and below, there is a lot of rainfall, and even some frost and snow. For those who feel homesick around the holidays, this may be the perfect time to return to Canada for a visit, since you won’t be enjoying the weather in Portugal that time of year anyway.

      Foodie Paradise

      If you like seafood cuisine, fish, and quality wine, you’ll enjoy the reasonable prices on this fare in Portugal. The northern Douro region has been renowned for their port wine for hundreds of years.

      Bone Up on Your Portuguese

      If you speak Spanish it should be a snap to pick up on Portuguese with a little work. There is an estimated lexical (vocabulary or language) similarity of roughly 90 percent. Just the same, don’t start speaking Spanish and expect that anyone will understand what you’re saying.
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      Excellent Healthcare

      One thing that Canada and Portugal have in common is their fantastic healthcare. If you’re a citizen and under 18 or over 65 you can enjoy free healthcare. If you are a citizen and fall between 18-65 the healthcare is highly subsidized. As a non-citizen you can enjoy affordable healthcare, however, you will want to set aside some money for medical care in your budget.

      A Popular Place to Retire

      The western region of Algarve is akin to the Florida of North America when it comes to retirees. People enjoy a mild temperature for most of the year, and time with many other retiree expats. This year Live and Invest Overseas voted Portugal as the best place in the world to retire. It doesn’t hurt that local government allows international resident retirees to get their pension without paying tax on it for up to a decade.

      Boa sorte (good luck) on your move!


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      What to Look for in a Long-Distance Moving Company

      October 1st, 2020
      Orbit Moving

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      A big move may have you feeling out of your element. You don’t need to feel lost when it comes to booking a long-distance mover. Moving at any time requires a lot of planning. When you don’t have the option of loading up a moving truck and seeing your items driven directly from point A to point B, it can add stress. Consider these five items when hiring a long-distance mover to ensure your experience is a good one.

      Find a Well-Recommended Company

      A good way of narrowing down the competition is finding out what other people think. Start by asking someone you know and trust, preferred international movers from your place of business, or family members who have had successful moves. These recommendations will help you narrow your search. Once you have a short-list of companies go online to check the reviews. If you can, look for reviews that relate specifically to the countries involved in your long-distance move to determine whether your move is something the company specializes in. This can also be a good place to find questions or concerns to bring up specific to your own move before you hire.

      Look for an Established Business

      While it’s always nice to support a small start-up, an established company with years of experience will allow you to rest easy knowing that all your items are in good hands. Since they have a lengthy client list there will be plenty of reviews and records of move after move that was successful, punctual, and that kept all items safe from shipment to arrival. They will also have the experience necessary to understand the intricacies of each move and the contacts required to keep things on schedule and budget.
      Make sure that your mover is licensed and insured to protect yourself and your property should a rare case of damage or loss occur during your move.

      Seek Clarity

      A good mover will be able to provide you with an accurate quote based on the number of items being moved, packing material required, method of shipment, and destination of your goods. Someone with experience will be able to give you an approximate idea of their costs over the phone and will provide a consult in person, providing a set estimate, particularly around any heavy, large, or breakable items for your move. Make sure you ask about any extra fees or surcharges that people typically run into for moves like your own. If the mover can’t give you a clear and accurate estimate, it’s time to “move” on to someone who can.

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      Find the Right fit for Your Move

      If a moving company specializes in moves within North America, they’re probably not your best bet for a move to Australia. Make sure that the company you hire has experience in breakable items if you’re moving a collection of expensive glassware, or musical instruments if you’re moving a grand piano. Determine whether the company has the packing supplies and containers necessary to accommodate your move before you book. Make sure the quote from your company meets the timeline necessary for your move to run smoothly. There is no sense in booking a company that is less expensive if it means that your personal items are not going to arrive when you need them.

      The Bells & Whistles

      Thanks to technology many movers can provide real time tracking for your items. This helps many people put their minds at ease, as they can check in on where their items are at any time throughout their move, from drop off to pick up.

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      What you Need to Know Before Moving to Australia

      September 15th, 2020
      Orbit Moving

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      A move to Australia brings most to the other side of the planet. While a move to an English-speaking British colony may be of some comfort, the distance and differences between home and the land down under are plenty. Before you spread some vegemite on toast this is what you need to know.

      Sort Out Your Visa & Work Plan In Advance

      Whether you’re going on a working holiday visa or are moving to an iron-clad permanent job offer, don’t leave home until you have your paperwork in hand. For those on a working holiday visa, remember you’ll only be permitted to work with each employer for six months. The holiday working visa will also require you to complete three months of regional (often farming related) work. If you want to extend your holiday working visa from one year to two, make sure you have your regional work completed early in your stay.

      Expat Tip: Beat the heat on your holiday working visa by completing your regional work in the cooler months (often May through September).

      Cash is King

      Find out if your credit cards and bank account can still be used in Australia, and if not get some that will. Don’t forget to call your bank and credit card company to report your move, otherwise your cards may get flagged and suspended for unusual activity, an unnecessary hurdle to overcome. It’s also recommended you have enough cash in the bank to cover at least 6-8 weeks rent, since many accommodations require at least a four-week deposit.

      Expat Tip: Bring less stuff and more cash. If you’re travelling in the Outback, you’ll have to pay a premium for food and drink. A tin of pop can even be more expensive if it’s cold vs. room temperature.

      Where to Live

      Many outsiders assume that Australia is relatively small and warm; Australia is roughly the size of Europe, and small portions of Australia see more snowfall than Switzerland. Whether you’re planning to travel during your stay or want to figure out what clothes to pack and where to settle based on your interests, seasonal preferences, and job opportunities this regional summary may help.

      You’ll see all four seasons in Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia, thanks to its oceanic climate (sometimes in the same day). Temperatures peak in the low to mid 40s°C in February and dip just below 0°C in July. Melbourne is known for fine dining, art, and is often selected among the most livable cities in the world.
      Enjoy Sydney for mild winters and warm summers (think North American West Coast weather) with highs of 26 °C in January and lows of 8 °C in July. Sydney has a vibrant night life and wonderful beaches.

      Brisbane has more of a tropical climate with 280 days of sunshine. This is the third most populated city in Australia with a diverse and quickly growing population.
      Perth has hot and dry summers and wet and mild winters, and is famous for being one of the most geographically isolated large cities in the world.
      Darwin’s closeness to Southeast Asia makes it appealing to anyone who wants/needs to travel to Asia. This is the most northern major city in Australia and has a tropical savanna climate with both dry and wet seasons. If you like heat and culture this is the place for you.

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      Expat Tip: Wear lots of sunscreen. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Make sure you look for “Reef-Safe” sunscreen to ensure you aren’t impacting the aquatic life in the area.

      Finding the Right Accommodation

      Many find it’s helpful to pre-book a hostel or place to stay in advance for a few weeks to allow them time to find a more long-term living solution suitable to their needs. Most Australian apartments are rented without furniture, so pack and ship accordingly. When searching for a place in a hotter climate, air conditioning is vital. Finally, if you’re on a tight budget find out when the next “Hard Rubbish Day” is in your area. This is when locals leave large items, think furniture and appliances, out for collection and you can get yourself some used items for your home at no cost.

      Staying Connected

      Australia isn’t known for public Wi-Fi or speedy internet services (it was ranked 50th globally for internet speed). If you’re traveling the outback bring a map because as great as GPS is, you’ll want a backup plan for places with spotty service. You may want to purchase a portable Wi-Fi router to save yourself headaches, and don’t forget a portable cell phone charger and universal power adapter while you’re at it.
      Keep all these things in mind and you’ll be ready to say G’day mate to Australia in no time.

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