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Enjoying public holidays and celebrations in your new country

18th October, 2012 Living Abroad

I have already discussed how immersing yourself in the culture of your new home country helps you feel more at home and gain a better sense of belonging. Enjoying public holidays and celebrations in your new country are also a great way to meet new friends, with the local people in a celebratory mood. If you’re not 100% sure what’s being celebrated and why, ask someone to explain the fine detail. They’ll probably be delighted!

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What do expats miss most about home?

3rd October, 2012 Living Abroad

In my experience, it’s difficult to predict what expats will miss most about their home country. In many respects it’s a personal thing, unique to the individual, but sometimes patterns arise. The British, for example, often seem to miss simple little things like the ability to find a decent cup of tea, or the distressing absence of Marmite! So I thought it’d be useful to take a look at the things people miss, and propose some sensible ways to overcome the unpleasant feeling of not quite belonging.

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BrokerFish launches Now Health International video

11th September, 2012 Health Insurance

Brokerfish.com, one of the world’s leading international medical insurance comparison sites has produced an introductory video about Now Health International on their web site.

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The benefits of learning the lingo in your new home country

10th September, 2012 Living Abroad

I speak to all sorts of expats, who live abroad for all manner of reasons, but those who have the most enjoyable lives tend to speak the local language, at least well enough to get by in an ordinary day-to-day conversation.

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Historic sites and attractions in Turkey

21st August, 2012 Living Abroad

The happiest and most settled expats I speak to tend to be those who grab every opportunity with both hands and get to know their new country intimately. In their experience knowing about the history and culture of their new home brings many benefits, from social to emotional and everything in between.

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Interviews with Expats

25th July, 2012 Living Abroad

In our first interview with expats, Mark Dickinson tells us of his experiences in making the move abroad.

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Making friends in a new country

21st July, 2012 Living Abroad , Expat Life

A common subject the expats I speak to bring up is how to make friends in a new country. It can make all the difference between fitting in and feeling like a fish out of water.

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Beating Jet Lag

12th July, 2012 Expat Life

The subject of beating jet lag comes up regularly when I talk to expats. If your annual trip home to the motherland involves one or more long flights, it can mar those precious days with family and friends. So it seemed like a good idea to find out who has been doing what in an attempt to identify the causes, and whether there’s a cure on the horizon.

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5 common mistakes expats make when sending money abroad

18th June, 2012 Financial

At some point in the expatriation journey, you will need to make or receive international payments. Boring part of the process? You could argue so. For many, the financial aspects of relocation, whether it is arranging your insurance cover to currency matters, are tiresome and expensive.

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