Why Moving Abroad Is Just Like Having A Baby!


Columnists - Clara Wiggins

While writing my book the Expat Partner’s Survival Guide, one of the things that struck me over and over again were the similarities between becoming an expat and having a baby. Okay, I admit, there are lots of differences too (after all, how many nappies do non-parent expats have to change?

Hopefully not too many!) But bear with me on this one.

I suspect that one of the reasons I kept drawing comparisons was because I was training and working as an antenatal teacher at the same time as writing my Guide. Time and again the same issues would come up – from the parents I was teaching and from the contributors to my book, giving me their experiences of moving and living abroad.   more ...

  Philippines - Recommended Blogs


Articles - Philippines

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the Philippines and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.

My Philippine Dreams
http://myphilippinedreams.com/

If you prefer to get your news and updates in video format, you’ll love My Philippine Dreams.   more ...

  Morocco - Recommended Blogs


Articles - Morocco

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Morocco and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.

Bewildered In Morocco
http://bewilderedinmorocco.com/

Monika is a Polish expat who now lives in Morocco. Bewildered In Morocco covers local events and places to go, as well as recommendations for which social media accounts to be following.   more ...

  Israel - Recommended Websites


Articles - Israel

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Israel and some of the sites that might be useful for expats there.

Get On In Israel
http://getoninisrael.wix.com/goii

A cleanly laid-out site that deals with some of the most common questions expats have about moving abroad, Get On In Israel is a good place to start your expat adventure.   more ...

  Katie Law, Bermuda


Expat Experiences - Bermuda

Who are you?

I am Katie, and no, I shan’t say my age, but old enough to have grown up children. In my past lives, in no particular order, I have practised being a mother, doctor, teacher, student, volunteer, scientist, artist, writer. Now I am still doing all of those, but not, it seems, earning any money from any of them!

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved with my husband, comparatively recently in 2013; he took a job on Bermuda.   more ...

  Estonia - Recommended Websites


Articles - Estonia

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Estonia and some of the websites that might be useful for expats there.

Estonia: Paradise Of The North
http://estonia-paradise-of-the-north.blogspot.co.uk/

Tania is an Australian-Estonian who currently lives in Estonia and blogs about her life there.   more ...

  Interview with Annabel Kantaria, Author of Coming Home


Expat Books - Fiction

Expat Focus talks to Annabel Kantaria a British journalist and author living in Dubai.

In 2013, she won the inaugural Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Her work caught the critical eye of top London agent Luigi Bonomi and Annabel went on to secure a three-book contract with Harlequin’s MIRA. Her debut novel, Coming Home (MIRA, May 2015), is the reworked version of the prize-winning manuscript.   more ...

  Moving To Finland? 10 Mistakes To Avoid


Articles - Finland

The Nordic nation of Finland is the eighth largest country in Europe in terms of area, but also the most sparsely populated member of the European Union. Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, is a modern destination that remains rooted in its cultural history. Expats and visitors are often drawn to Helsinki’s cosmopolitan character with its sophisticated museums and many excellent restaurants and cafés. Expectations are often high for those moving to Finland, so here are a few common mistakes to watch out for.   more ...

  Top 10 Safety Tips For Expat Women In Morocco


Articles - Morocco

Morocco’s colorful culture, bustling markets, and scenic beauty have made it famous across the globe. Its expat population is relatively small but continues to grow at a steady pace. This is at least partly because the country is a lot more liberal than many of the other neighboring Islamic nations. In general, Moroccans are quite open-minded and accepting of people of other cultures. Nevertheless, safety for women continues to be a concern among expats.   more ...

  Moving To Ecuador With Children


Articles - Ecuador

Ecuador is a multicultural country with one of the highest representations of indigenous cultures in South America. Covering just 283,560 sq. km of area in the northwestern part of South America, Ecuador may be a small country, but it’s known for its remarkable diversity. The country’s official language is Spanish, but thirteen indigenous languages are also spoken. The vibrant culture, along with other factors such as natural beauty and pleasant climate, make Ecuador an attractive destination for expats.   more ...

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