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Where Are The World's Best Fireworks Displays?

Posted on Monday November 30, 2015 (11:25:24)
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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 (15:48:33)
© 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 (15:39:35)
©  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 (17:00:45)

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 (16:36:15)
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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 (16:09:37)
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 (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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Ten Tips For Homesick Expats

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