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Reasons Why People Choose To Move Overseas

Posted on Wednesday August 15, 2012 (19:41:49)
Robinsons Removals

Courtesy of Robinsons Removals

There are many reasons why people to sell their home, pack their belongings and move abroad. Some people opt to start a fresh slate in a brand new country, for others there is no choice in the matter and they need to relocate for business purposes.

Whatever your reason is for moving overseas, it is important that you seek expert advice to ensure the big move goes as smoothly as possible. A number of factors need to be considered before taking such a big step. Assets need to be taken care of; visas/working permits need to be acquired; and ultimately the destination needs to picked wisely.
Moving to another country is not a decision that should be taken lightly. It can affect you as well as those around you and when little ones are involved, you need to be 100% sure it is the right move. Here are some reasons why you may agree to move overseas.

Career

Some people opt to move abroad simply to further their career.   more ...

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Riding the Chicken Bus in Nicaragua

Posted on Sunday August 12, 2012 (17:13:12)
The Chicken Bus

I had to go back to Granada this week to take care of some unfinished business. Getting there from San Juan Del Sur is an adventure in itself. There are only two options: hire a car for us$50 or take the Chicken Bus for us$2. Given that I’m on a strict budget at this time, I opted for the Chicken Bus.

My adventure began at 8am. It was relatively uneventful, except for the random stops to let people on or off. A Chicken Bus, unlike an express bus, will stop whenever someone wants to get on or off. It’s my only option for public transportation to Granada from San Juan Del Sur, because the only express bus from here goes to Managua.

We got to Rivas, the main city of the Province, in just under an hour. There I had to change buses.

The bus terminal in Rivas, if you can call it that, is located in the middle of the Mercado. Mercados are akin to open-air market places where one can buy anything from fruits and vegetables to knock-off watches and cheap electronics.   more ...

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10 Things You Should Consider When Shipping Abroad

Posted on Thursday July 26, 2012 (21:31:16)


Whether you are moving abroad or just shipping something to a family member, sending packages abroad can be a confusing process. From knowing how to pack a box to figuring out how to label it, shipping a package takes more work than just shipping it across town. Consider these tips first and you will have a smoother shipping experience.

Figure out the Date

Before you ship out anything, figure out when you need it to arrive. When shipping abroad, packages have to go through a series of customs checks before it arrives at the location. Check how long the shipping process will take so your package arrives on time.

Cushioning the Package

Marking fragile on a box is not enough. If you want it to arrive in one piece, you will need to cushion every item. Use shredded paper, newspapers or bubble wrap to make sure that your package arrives in one piece. For more fragile items, fill the box with extra padding. Put shredded paper or foam peanuts between the gift box and the shipping box.   more ...

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A Call From France

Posted on Saturday June 23, 2012 (00:47:27)
Catherine Broughton

The following is an extract from Catherine Broughton's latest book, "A Call From France", available from Amazon and most leading book stores.


Chapter One.

Debbie left her handbag on the table.

This was deliberate. Grand’mere sat in front of the fan, in her usual place by the kitchen window where she could watch the Paris suburb streets. She had removed the black scarf from her head and her grey hair rose in small wispy strands in the cool draught from the fan. Her forehead, where the scarf hid her face down as far as her eyes, and tightly up under her chin, was beaded in sweat and she turned her face to the rush of cool air.   more ...

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The Political Plight Of The American Expatriate

Posted on Thursday June 21, 2012 (20:35:39)
Rick Levy

by Rick Levy

Another U.S. presidential election year is upon us, the second such event that has taken place since my wife Lydia and I relocated from America to the Philippines seven years ago. As I was completing my absentee ballot for the primary election in California where I’m a registered voter, I reflected on some of the issues about living outside the U.S.

American citizens who move abroad usually don’t do so arbitrarily. By uprooting themselves they give up the familiarity of life in the United States and often face many hurdles in adjusting to our new environment, one of which is the lack of meaningful political standing or voice that we had back home. For although we no longer reside in the United States, most of us expatriates do not severe our connections with America.   more ...

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6 Tips For Moving Abroad With Your Kids

Posted on Tuesday April 10, 2012 (00:02:12)


Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do, if you add children into the mix and you’re moving to a new country it’s going to be very overwhelming. Of course it’s not impossible and with a little organisation and forward planning you’ll make the whole process a little bit easier but no one is going to blame you if you need a little meltdown from time to time.

If you are moving abroad with younger children here are a few tips to make the whole thing go a little easier.

Explain why

Whether you’re moving for a new job, a better style of life or even heading back to your partners home country you’re going to know why you’re moving. You need to make sure the kids understand why too, they might understand they’re moving to a new country, that they’re leaving their old house and friends behind but if they understand why it’s all happening they’ll find it a lot easier.   more ...

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10 Things to Remember When Moving Abroad

Posted on Saturday April 07, 2012 (02:09:58)


Courtesy of Bishop’s Move

If you are planning to move abroad this year, there are many things to remember before embarking on your adventure. Apart from choosing the right international removal company, much preparation and organization is required before you leave. Use this checklist of things you need to remember when moving abroad to make sure that everything is covered before getting on your plane.

1. First of all, make sure to arrange your transport. Whether you are travelling by train, plane or car, ensure that you have booked your trip well in advance.

2. Check if your passports are still valid and that there is still a proper amount of time left before they expire. You might need to return home for an unexpected reason. Also remember to apply for the appropriate visas that you need to enter the country you are moving to.   more ...



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