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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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Arranging expat health insurance in India

31st May, 2012 Health Insurance

India is an incredible country with warm welcoming people and all kinds of exciting experiences. But I’ll be honest and say that when I first arrived, I was very pleased my expat health insurance had already been arranged. Despite huge economic growth in the past decade, India is still usually classed as a developing country, and it’s fair to say that the majority of healthcare there reflects this. The average person in India has to pay for their own treatment right down to supplying their own bandages. And there are a huge number of people who have no healthcare provision at all.

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Using the Internet in China

9th May, 2012 Living Abroad

Internet access in China is subject to all kinds of rumour, so when I first arrived I hardly knew what to expect. I’d heard that the information available to the population was monitored but to what extent does this actually apply online?

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Using the Internet in Dubai

25th April, 2012 Living Abroad

A topic that often comes up when I’m discussing living in Dubai is Internet censorship. Friends and colleagues are always interested in the idea that the UAE government censors the web, restricting certain sites from public view. It is true to a certain extent that web service providers in Dubai do police their content and this can be one of those subjects that concerns potential ex-pats.

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Hospital care in China

5th April, 2012 Health Insurance

Just when I thought I’d got to grips with Chinese culture another issue arose. Hospital care in China can be confusing to say the least, and medical care arrangements are very different to the west.

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Business etiquette in Dubai

29th March, 2012 Expat Life

In first appearances I thought Dubai must be a very Western city in terms of business culture. This is a destination made of glass skyscrapers and towering hotels, joined by wide roads crammed with the latest prestige vehicles. I soon learned, however, that appearances can be deceptive, and despite a very modern appearance, Dubai is traditional at heart, even when it comes to business.

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The cost of living in Hong Kong

20th March, 2012 Financial

I love Hong Kong. It’s a fantastic vibrant city with so much going on. And even better is the fact that the cost of living in Hong Kong can be far lower than you might expect – if you know where to look.

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Finding a new job in China

13th March, 2012 Living Abroad

China is an exciting country and the prospect of finding a new job there appeals to many intrepid employees. From experience there are two major routes into employment in China. Each has its potential advantages and disadvantages and which you choose will depend to an extent on your personality.

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