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Czech Republic

A Few Tips for Expats Driving In the Czech Republic

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015 (08:09:50)
The Czech Republic is an extremely popular expat destination because of its high standards of living with reasonable costs. The country has an excellent public transport network, but driving is often the most convenient way to get around the country. Choosing to drive in the Czech Republic is a decision you shouldn’t make lightly however, as it has one of the highest rates of traffic accidents in central Europe. Driving laws are also extremely strict, and you need to make yourself familiar with all of the practices and requirements for driving in the country.   more ...

Austria

An Overview Of International Schools in Austria

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015 (07:39:42)
Expats moving to Austria with their families can expect to find a good number of international schools in various different cities. These schools follow the national curriculum of their respective home countries, which is an advantage for expats who may be staying in Austria for a limited period of time before returning home. The fees at international schools tend to be slightly higher than public schools, and there could be long waiting lists too. Negotiating an allowance for tuition fees into the employment contract can be greatly beneficial for many expat families.   more ...

China

5 Things You Should Do When Living In China (And 1 You Definitely Shouldn't)

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015 (07:28:49)
Your stay in China can be many things, but one thing it’s least likely to be is boring. This is a country where unexpected surprises greet you at every corner. The natural beauty is breathtaking and the cities are complex and sophisticated. The truth is that it may never be possible to truly explore the depths of China in just one lifetime; but here’s a list of a few must-have experiences that all expats should indulge in during their stay.   more ...

Costa Rica

5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Costa Rica

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015 (07:20:43)
Travelling to Costa Rica on a vacation is quite different from moving to the country as an expat, so don’t form your expectations based on your Costa Rican beach holiday! Moving to a new country always presents its fair share of challenges and Costa Rica is no exception. There are various aspects of life and services that will affect your move, so it’s important that you give all of them due consideration before you actually relocate. Whether you are pondering a move to Costa Rica or already have your bags packed, take some time to learn about the differences not just in culture, but also in the standard of living, quality of essential services, cost of living, public transport and so on.   more ...

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

5 Foods You Must Try When Living In The UAE

Posted on Saturday January 24, 2015 (20:52:15)
The UAE is a land of striking contrasts. It is both deeply traditional, and also incredibly modern. On one hand, it sits in the midst of the dessert, but it does also have a spectacular coastline. The one other thing that makes this destination stand out is the cuisine. Laden with Middle Eastern traditions that date back centuries, the local food here is simply cooked, but packed with character and flavor. Here are 5 foods you really must try when living in the UAE.

Harees

This hugely popular dish of the UAE is such a simple dish, but with an exotic taste.   more ...

Panama

5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Panama (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)

Posted on Saturday January 24, 2015 (20:35:33)
If you are thinking of moving to Panama, your reasons had better be more than the Van Halen song by the same name, which incidentally has nothing to do with the country, but in the vein of many metal acts of the 80s, had more to do with a stripper and a fast car!

The country Panama redefines the term ‘tropical paradise’ and it is a lot more than a popular tourist destination. Panama is an excellent country for expats and retirees to live in, making it a top choice among immigrants and working professionals from across the world, especially Americans.   more ...

Singapore

Learning To Communicate With The Locals in Singapore - Some Tips For Expats

Posted on Friday January 23, 2015 (00:34:28)
Singapore is the second most popular destination (after Switzerland) for expats, according to a survey conducted by HSBC. This is largely due to the concerted efforts of the Singaporean government to attract expats. The country’s infrastructure is considered to be among the best in the world. The well maintained roads, impressive internet speed, transparent (if rigid) government, and the prevalence of English make it an ideal destination for expats. About a quarter of the people in the country are expats, so Singaporeans are very comfortable with diversity and are welcoming to foreigners. However, although communicating with fellow expats may not be an issue, it is natural that you would face a few communication problems when dealing with the locals.   more ...

Germany

Make The Most Of Your Time In Germany - 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home

Posted on Thursday January 22, 2015 (23:47:18)
There’s so much to do in Germany, from exploring the grand Alps to relaxing in the many luxurious spas. Then there is art and architecture to discover and also some great culinary experiences to have. But sometimes the real essence of a country is tucked away in places that are off the tourist maps. These can be hugely rewarding experiences and something you will remember long after your stay ends. Here are some uniquely German experiences that every expat must try before returning home.

The biggest little museum in the world

The Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg is often skipped in many guidebooks, but it’s something truly worth discovering.   more ...

Switzerland

Dealing With Culture Shock In Switzerland - Some Advice For New Expats

Posted on Sunday January 18, 2015 (00:11:18)
Switzerland’s cultural and linguistic diversity makes it easy for most European expats to settle down and assimilate. Nevertheless, culture shock is an inescapable reality that any expat has to deal with when moving to a new country. Dealing with culture shock is never easy but a simple way to reduce it is to familiarize yourself with the customs and practises of the country. Here are a few things to keep in mind about living in Switzerland:

Language

Switzerland has 4 official languages – not one of them is English! French, German, Italian and Romansh are the four national languages and approximately 65% of the population speaks German. However, English is a very widespread language, especially in tourist areas.   more ...

Turkey

Dealing With Culture Shock In Turkey - Some Advice For New Expats

Posted on Saturday January 17, 2015 (23:00:03)
Turkey’s unique geographic position hasn’t just made it a historic bridge between East and West, it has also helped shape a distinctive culture that blends the traditions and values of both East and West. Most of Turkey’s population is Islamic, but its people are quite different from what stereotypical perceptions of Middle Eastern or Islamic countries would lead you to expect. Turkey in many ways defines multi-cultural societies and its population is generally friendly and welcoming towards foreigners. Expats should feel particularly comfortable in Western Turkey as this part of the country attracts plenty of tourists and it is more liberal.   more ...

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