New Year, New You: Moving Abroad, Finding A Job, And Settling In

Can you believe it’s 2018 already? The years seem to fly by, and often they seem to go even quicker when you’re trying to organise yourself to make a huge life change such as moving abroad.

Rosemary Border Rabson has been living in France’s Morvan region for some years now, and in this month’s column she talks about some of the French traditions for seeing in the new year. Why not find out about local traditions where you are and try to get involved? Many countries, regions and cities have their own festivals and holidays, featuring interesting cultural activities that will help you to understand and embed yourself into your new home.Maureen Moss takes a look back over the month of December, talking about her Christmas in Spain and why she enjoyed it.

Unless you’re moving abroad for a region-specific reason, such as a job offer or to join loved ones, your first decision will probably be where you should move to. This week we take a look at the Netherlands as a potential expat destination: what you need to know before you go, and why you might want to consider it.

New columnist Chuck Bolotin conducted a survey of expats living in Mexico, asking them why they’d decided to move there, what they found challenging, and how their expectations panned out, among other things. Take a look at the survey results here.

If you’re not retiring abroad or relocating for work, you’ll probably need to find a job when you move to your new home. Take a look at our guide to finding a job in Peru.

And if you’re moving to South Africa with children, here’s a guide to international schools in Cape Town.

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