Thanet, or "Planet Fanit" as it is sometimes jokingly referred to in an exaggeration of the local accent, is a government region in the east of Kent and one of the UK's main tourist hotspots. Every year thousands of expats and tourists flock to the seaside resorts of Margate and Ramsgate, where a warm welcome is always offered. Life in Thanet is varied. During the summer months, things are fast paced due to a seasonal increase in visitors, while the winter sees many businesses closed. If you're new to this picturesque part of England, then InterNations can help you adapt to the change and settle in. Our forums are a good place to visit as they will allow you to directly connect with people who are or have been expats living in Thanet and who are able to give you some handy tips.
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For expats who like the joys of seaside life, moving to Thanet makes perfect sense. Located on the eastern tip of what is called 'The Garden of England', Thanet is home to a number of great sites. Art loving expatriates in Thanet will particularly enjoy the Turner Contemporary Museum in Margate. Opened by Tracey Emin in 2010, the museum features exhibitions from many of the world's most revered modern artists. Due to its location on the English Channel, the county of Kent is also often the first place people reach when entering the country from mainland Europe so the number of different nationalities found in the Thanet region is large. That said, InterNations understands that moving to a new country can be a little daunting. They'll be things you are not used to such as currency, insurance issues and healthcare. This is where our Expat Magazine and our content section in general can help. While not including information specifically on Thanet, it offers useful information on what to expect and look out for when making starting your new life abroad through relocating to the UK.
A number of industries operate in Thanet, but the by far largest sector is tourism. Local seaside towns such as Ramsgate and Margate are popular summer destinations for people from England and all around Europe and many seasonal opportunities will be available for an expatriate hoping to start working in Thanet. Another growing sector is energy production, with the Thanet Offshore Wind Project being the largest wind farm in the whole of England. Some expats in the area also choose to work in London as a high speed rail link opened in 2009 allows relatively quick journeys between Thanet and the capital city. Regardless of what sector you want to work in, you probably feel a little unsure of what to expect. However, by checking out the user generated content on InterNations' website you will be able to read about the experiences of people who have previously taken the plunge and are now enjoying a new life in the UK and across the globe.