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10 Creative Hobbies You Can Pursue From Anywhere In The World

Posted on Tuesday December 01, 2015 (11:18:12)

A lot of busy people make the mistake of thinking they don’t have the time to indulge in a hobby, but in fact, a hobby is no indulgence. It’s a great way to relax, and a great way to expand your personality and skill set. There’s plenty of research to show that hobbies make us happier and healthier, and even more productive than we would otherwise be. For expats, hobbies can be especially valuable.   more ...


Which Country Should You Move To In 2016?

Posted on Monday November 30, 2015 (10:46:54)

For many expats, the country that they live in isn’t exactly one they picked off a map – they were simply brought there by circumstances. Living and working in a new country is often the result of a job posting from within the organization you already work for, or else it’s a new job that you’ve chosen to take due to a lack of satisfying career opportunities in your line of work back home.   more ...


Where Are The World's Best Fireworks Displays?

Posted on Monday November 30, 2015 (10:25:24)
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There are few things as mesmerizing to watch as a fireworks display. Even though fireworks were invented in China and were originally meant for the purpose of scaring away evil spirits with their noise, today they’re popular across the world, and mostly for the purpose of pure entertainment.

And many displays across the world are beyond spectacular: there are cities and celebrations that repeatedly put on incredibly beautiful, complex, and dazzling displays, which draw tens of thousands of people, sometimes for days on end.   more ...


Visiting Home? Here's How To Find A Reliable House Sitter

Posted on Saturday November 28, 2015 (14:48:33)
© VinnyCiro

Everyone spends some time away from home, when their house is locked up and empty. A short weekend trip, a week spent with family or friends: there are plenty of situations where it’s necessary to leave your house unattended to. This usually isn’t a problem when it’s just a matter of a few days. However, longer trips of a week or more can be problematic.   more ...


Ten Thanksgiving Recipes Influenced By Local Cuisines Around The World

Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015 (14:39:35)
©  Lulzim Rexhepi

Being an expat means sharing in the culture of your new country, and discovering traditions and celebrations that you otherwise perhaps wouldn't know about. Whether you're in Mexico for your first Day of the Dead, Scotland for Burns Night or South Korea for the Boryeong Mud Festival, expat life can open your eyes to a whole new kind of tradition.

That being said, sometimes it's nice to keep some of the traditions of your home country alive.   more ...


The Top 10 Countries For Beer Lovers

Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015 (16:00:45)

One of the wonderful things about being an expat is the opportunity to explore other cultures, and in particular, their food and drink. Gastronomy is a universal language, and one that doesn’t require a knowledge of the local language - at least, not for those of us with adventurous palates.

Alcohol isn’t quite as universal as food, but for those who do drink, it can add a whole other dimension to the expat experience.   more ...


A Realistic Guide To Moving Abroad For The First Time

Posted on Monday November 23, 2015 (15:36:15)
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There’s something uniquely exciting and enticing about the idea of life in a whole new country. The stories you read about seem fantastic and inspiring; the pictures are stunning; and the possibilities for a whole new style of life seem endless.

Meanwhile, here at home, you’re stuck in the same old boring, familiar surroundings, suffering the terrible weather you’ve known all your life, swamped with work at a job that leaves you no time to do much else, and you’re struggling to pay your bills.   more ...


Interview With Andrea Martins,

Posted on Monday November 23, 2015 (15:09:37)
Andrea Martins

Expat Focus: Andrea, can you tell us a bit about your background and what prompted you to start

Andrea Martins: I started working on with my American friend Jill Lengré when we were both living in Mexico City three years ago. Jill and I had a combined 20 years of experience abroad and saw a real need for an online community that aimed to connect and inspire expat women on a global scale.   more ...


Interview With David Mundstock, Intrepid Berkeley Explorer

Posted on Monday November 23, 2015 (15:00:12)
David Mundstock

David Mundstock (username "IntrepBerkExplorer") is a regular contributor to the Expat Focus forums where he keeps us up to date with his latest adventures around the world. In this interview we get to know David a little better and discover what inspired him not only to travel but also to document his experiences for others.

Expat Focus: David, can you tell us something about your background?   more ...


10 Top Tips For Solo Women Moving Abroad

Posted on Sunday November 22, 2015 (17:17:51)
© stevepb

Being a solo female expat is relatively rare. Many people move abroad with families, but there is a lot to be said for heading to a new country and setting up a whole new life regardless of whether or not you have other people around you.

While all expats have their own unique challenges to deal with, the situation of a solo woman expat is arguably the most challenging.   more ...

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