New online tool helps expats explore what life will be like overseas

HSBC Bank International has today announced the launch of its new interactive Expat Explorer tool, an online resource providing users data from the company’s annual Expat Survey. While we’re not big on sifting through massive amounts of data, the reports available could easily prove useful to people looking to spend extended amounts of time living and working in another country.

One of our favorite features? The three categories, Economics, Experience and Offspring each have easy-to-use dropdown tabs to categorize countries by qualifications that matter to you, including “healthy diet,” “organizing school for my children” and “social life.” Plus, each unique query generates its own link, which can be shared with friends and family and across social media sites, which easily can provide a colorful picture of what life will be like in a new location. Of course, the survey isn’t perfect – from the boxes we checked, we’d be best off living in Bahrain … naturally, the findings are based on 2010 survey data and not current events.

“Considering a move abroad can be a daunting prospect, often involving a huge amount of research,” said Lisa Wood, HBSC Bank International’s head of marketing. “[H]opefully through our new online resource we’ll provide some really useful insights for any potential expats.”