best apps and websites for Australian expats

The best apps and websites for Australian expats

Moving overseas and about to become an Australian expat? Then make sure you have these apps on your phone before you go. They will make your life easier and potentially even save you money!

Skype

Many of us already use Skype from our laptops, but it’s a handy app to have on your phone too. That way, you can use it to call landlines and mobiles back home in Australia when you’re on the move. It’s the perfect way to save money if you need to call your Australian bank, or your family or friends.

Express VPN

If you want to still be able to watch your favourite Aussie TV shows, then it’s handy to have this VPN service. You can log in and hide where you are really accessing the web from, so your favourite services still think you’re in Australia. Hiding your VPN also makes accessing private information like online banking and emails more secure when you’re overseas.

OFX

If you need to transfer money into a foreign currency while you’re overseas, OFX is one of the best transfer services out there. Perhaps you need to transfer over the funds from your expat tax returns in Australia? Then this is the service to use. OFX easily lets you track different rates and book in international money transfers. You can also set it up to get alerts to your phone when exchange rates change.

Google Translate

If you’re moving overseas, the chances are you will be in a country where English isn’t the first language. This can sometimes be a challenge, which is why we recommend having Google Translate installed on your phone.

From helping you to understand a restaurant menu or simply explain a word to a shop assistant, this app is a very handy one to have in your pocket.

Zinio

We’ve all heard of Amazon Kindle, but Zinio is another reading app that differs in that it allows you to access digital magazines. If you simply feel you cannot live without your favourite Aussie magazines, then this app is a lifesaver. Best of all, it’s much cheaper to download digital copies than it is to get the hard copy versions while you’re overseas!

Do you have a favourite expat app or website? Let us know in the comments below!

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Shane Macfarlane

CEO & Founder at Expat Tax Services
Shane's an Australian Chartered Accountant and Australian expat tax specialist who's also an expat himself (based in Asia).Shane's passionate about tax and legitimate tax minimisation, particularly as it relates to Australian expats who are often subject to high rates of tax back home in Australia.Beyond tax and accounting, Shane's an entrepreneur, having devised, created and founded a successful accounting startup, Fifo Workpapers (acquired by accounting software giant, Intuit inc. in 2013)

In short Shane's a tax and software techno-geek, who recognised that Australian expats were unable to obtain the specialist advice and quality service, that they needed from their accountants. Accordingly, Shane founded Expat Tax Services to provide Australian expats with access to specialist, quality advice at fair and reasonable prices (no hourly rates, fees quoted upfront with unlimited support included) . . . receive the support and advice you need without having to take second-mortgage to pay your accountant's bill! Speak to Shane & the team today.
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