Is It Safe to Live in Cambodia?

Ask most long-term expats if Cambodia is a safe place to live and they will likely be too busy trying to hold back laughter to be able to answer. But don’t worry; it’s just a question that seems almost absurd to expats based here. The short answer is yes, Cambodia is a safe place to live. Twenty or 30 years ago it was the sort of question people asked before even entering the country...

Is a Roving Retirement Safe?

One of the things at the forefront of our minds as my husband Tim and I travel across the globe is our safety. After all, if you believed the TV and newspapers, just stepping out your front door is fraught with danger, let along travelling through many countries around the world. And yet after travelling to over 135 countries around including 34 in Africa, much of the Middle East...

Is France Safe?

You may adore France –the beauty, the cheese, the wine–but you won’t quite be ready to pack your bags until you know you’ll feel safe living there. Concern is understandable, given the acts of terrorism that have occurred in the country over the past few years. But France generally remains a safe place to visit and live. Violent crime is relatively uncommon in France...

What’s the Safest Country to Retire to?

For a time before International Living I made my living through crime. I wasn’t robbing banks. I’ve always left daylight robbery to the bankers. What I did wasn’t illegal and far less exciting than banditry. I spent my mornings in the juvenile courts and my job was to write about what I heard and saw for the newspapers. The judges were grumpy, the police suspicious, the lawyers hard-faced and slippery...

The Safest Country in Southeast Asia?

My day began in Little India, peering in doorways of crumbling colonial shophouses at sari sellers and stopping for a coffee at the Coliseum Hotel, where Somerset Maugham used to drink. Moving on through Merdeka Square, colonial heart of the city, I found the daily market in Chinatown, where, after some five-flower tea and curry potato puffs, I strolled into the Golden Triangle...

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