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Interview With Andrea Martins, ExpatWomen.com

Posted on Monday November 23, 2015 (16:09:37)
Andrea Martins

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

Andrea Martins: I started working on ExpatWomen.com 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 ...

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Interview With David Mundstock, Intrepid Berkeley Explorer

Posted on Monday November 23, 2015 (16:00:12)
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 ...

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10 Top Tips For Solo Women Moving Abroad

Posted on Sunday November 22, 2015 (18:17:51)
© 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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Embassies And Consulates: A User's Guide

Posted on Saturday November 21, 2015 (19:05:07)
© Tim Sackton

You’re in a foreign country, far from home and without any friends nearby. When something bad happens it may feel like you are all alone, and it's easy to becmoe overwhelmed by the situation. But rest assured that there is somewhere you can turn for help: a government office specifically run to lend a hand when things get rough.

For most of us, embassies conjure up images of either swanky cocktail parties or flag-topped, bullet ridden buildings in the middle of warzones.   more ...

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Ten Tips For Homesick Expats

Posted on Friday November 20, 2015 (16:06:50)
© Zeca19722677

You’re a long way from home, and it really feels like it. Everything around you feels strange and unfriendly. Why did you ever leave the safety of home?

The concept of homesickness might be familiar, but it’s a difficult thing to pin down: a complex mix of social anxiety, sadness, feelings of isolation and a fear of the unfamiliar. It can strike just about anyone.

Even those who have travelled extensively or moved home regularly can suddenly find themselves struck with a horrible sense of not belonging.   more ...

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Interview With Victoria Twead, Forum Leader And Author

Posted on Friday November 20, 2015 (15:25:02)
Victoria Twead

Victoria is one of the forums leaders of our Spain forum and author of the popular book Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools. In this interview we get to know her a little better!

Expat Focus: Can you tell us a bit about your background before you became an expat?

Victoria Twead: I was born in Dorchester, Dorset, the middle child of three.   more ...

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Interview With Jo Parfitt - Expat Writer, Mentor And Publisher

Posted on Friday November 20, 2015 (15:04:38)
Jo Parfitt

Jo, can you tell us a bit about your background?

I have lived abroad since 1987, moving from my home in the UK to Dubai, Oman, Norway, back to England for a while and now to the Netherlands. I have created, maintained a career based on my love of writing throughout this time.   more ...

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Are These The World's Most Unusual Toilets?

Posted on Thursday November 19, 2015 (15:58:34)
© Emdot

Happy World Toilet Day! Yes, it is a real event, organised every year by the World Toilet Organization to promote awareness of sanitation issues worldwide. In honour of World Toilet Day, we bring you what are, in our opinion, the most unusual toilets in the world.

As an expat, you have likely come across many an unusual toilet in your travels – from squat toilets in China to toilets in the woods in rural areas.   more ...

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Interview With Robin Pascoe, Expat Expert

Posted on Thursday November 19, 2015 (15:14:15)
Robin Pascoe, Expat Expert

Robin, can you tell us a bit about your background?

My husband used to be as Canadian foreign service officer (he's been in the private sector now for many years with his own global company) but during his time as a diplomat we were posted four times to Asia. As a journalist of more than 35 years now, at the time, I was not allowed to work as one given I carried a diplomatic passport!   more ...

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Interview With Jo Danehl, Director, Intercultural Account Management & Sales, Cartus Corporation

Posted on Thursday November 19, 2015 (15:10:28)
Jo Danehl

Jo, can you tell us a bit about your background before joining Cartus?

I have been with Cartus for 8 years (the past 6 years in the USA) but worked within the training industry for my entire career. I started in the Learned Society of the Institution of Electrical Engineers based in London putting together educational programs for the membership.   more ...



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