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4 Top Tips for Going Home

Posted on Saturday July 05, 2014 (01:51:21)
Dhyan Summers

by Dhyan Summers, Expat Counseling and Coaching

Whether we are returning home to repatriate or for summer vacation, we are bound to rub up against some rough spots with family and friends. The folks back home have not shared our experiences, and have a limited capacity to “get” what our lives have been like abroad. They may feign interest because they care, but they cannot really understand our experience.

Living in a foreign country enlarges us. Our worldview will never be the way it was before we left. We have seen too much and have had too many varied experiences to remain culture-bound. Even though we probably didn’t realize that our views were culture-bound before.   more ...


Pet Travel for Dogs and Cats

Posted on Sunday June 15, 2014 (03:38:44)
Cody and me

by Ely Acker

If you have a dog or a cat, it is possible to travel and live abroad with them. I am not sure about other pets, but you can always check with the airline and the country's embassy that you plan to visit. The first time I traveled with my dog, Cody, was back in 2003. At that time, it took about a year to get him ready for the trip. I was planning on going to England and had heard about the mandatory quarantine. This really concerned me, because not only would I be responsible for the costly boarding fees, he would have been there for several months. Thankfully, I had a wonderful, well-traveled veterinary that told me about the U.K. pet scheme, which is still in use today.   more ...


14 Ways to help you Adjust to Life Abroad

Posted on Friday April 11, 2014 (03:49:29)
GoAbroad Philippines Content Team

by Elsa Thomasma

Moving across the world, beyond the borders of your homeland, can be one of the most challenging adjustments of your life. But through challenges there is growth and enormous opportunities for personal success.

The first few weeks, and days for that matter, will be difficult no doubt, so remember to take things one step at a time. Try your best to adjust a little more each day, to the new city, culture, climate, and cuisine, and truly immerse yourself.

Don’t just flock to the foreigners

Yes, they are familiar and may bring you comfort, but stay away!   more ...


Where Should You Retire To In The Caribbean?

Posted on Wednesday April 09, 2014 (01:12:23)

The Caribbean provides a much needed escape from the bustle of everyday life. This is what makes it such a popular retirement destination. Many retirees choose to make their home in the Caribbean because of its pleasant weather, rich natural wealth and the warmth of the people. The cost of living usually depends on which island you go to, but there are many affordable options and incentives that are perfect for people living on a fixed budget. Here are some of the top retirement havens within the Caribbean.


Belize lies on the Caribbean cost of Central America and is a place of immense natural beauty with its blue waters, beautiful beaches and inland retreats.   more ...


Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family

Posted on Wednesday February 12, 2014 (22:35:39)

Expat Focus talks to Melissa Dalton-Bradford about her Memoir - Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family—a Memoir about her fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

Melissa, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an American by birth and by passport, but like many of your readers, I’m a good solid Citizen of the World. I was raised primarily in the great American west by parents who had studied and worked in Germany, spoke fluent German, and subsequently kept their secrets from us in German. We cracked that code, there were no more secrets, and my passion for languages (and discovering the world) was ignited.   more ...


Five Recommended Expat Blogs – Canada

Posted on Thursday January 23, 2014 (22:02:04)

At Expat Focus, we like to keep an eye on the blogosphere and see who’s sharing interesting, up to date content about expatriate life around the world. In our internet travels, we come across blogs we’d like to recommend as excellent reads for anyone considering expat life. Today we’re focusing on Canada; here are five of our favourite Canadian expat blogs.   more ...


Considering A Move Overseas? Good News If You’re A Doctor, Engineer Or Bee Keeper

Posted on Friday December 06, 2013 (20:35:06)

courtesy of Robinsons

Leading international relocation specialist, Robinsons Relocation, has released a list of the most ‘in-demand’ vocations for Brits wanting to start a new life overseas – as well as some of the more unusual roles currently sought.

Based on data gleaned from Robinsons’ 15,000 international relocations completed in the last 12 months, it has cross referenced its most popular emigration destinations - Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand and Spain - with the most in-demand jobs in each country.* And while medics, engineers and the professional services are in high demand across the board, there are also a few surprises, with New Zealand needing bee keepers and wine makers, Canada in short supply of chefs, and Australia wanting map makers!   more ...


Where Are You in the Expatriate Journey? A Roadmap of Expat Acculturation

Posted on Friday November 15, 2013 (02:14:31)
Michelle Sullivan

You made it happen. You are now living abroad. You have deftly completed the tasks on a long checklist from having a garage sale back home to figuring out how to open an electricity account in your new home country. You maintained a brave face so far, as the journey that has been paved with twists, turns and the occasional bump in the road. Some you anticipated; others, not so much. Or… maybe you dream of living abroad some day, or just arrived to your new country, or perhaps a few years into your new reality. No matter where you are in the expatriate journey, an understanding of the stages of the expatriate integration process will help to serve as guide throughout your experience.   more ...


Escape to the City: The World's Best Places to Live

Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2013 (20:56:41)
Auckland, New Zealand

by John Rooney on behalf of Autoshippers

Exciting new environments; meeting new people; exotic and varied climates. There is a huge list of reasons why every year thousands of Brits make the decision to start a new life abroad.

Of course, before making this life-changing choice it is essential that you fully think through where it is you want to go and that, once you've decided, you thoroughly research that destination first. However if you are growing tired of the incessantly monotone British skies and fancy moving to a more exciting location, read as we detail three of the world's best places to live.   more ...


Angie O'Brien, Co Founder of PetRelocation

Posted on Saturday February 16, 2013 (01:33:55)
Kevin and Angie O'Brien

Angie, what inspired you and your husband to set up PetRelocation?

My husband Kevin and I moved to Austin from San Francisco back in 2000, and after starting a small pet taxiing business I saw the potential for incredible growth in the pet industry. Having relocated with my own dog and cat and realizing how stressful an experience it can be, it only made sense to explore how we could make it easier for people to get their pets from point A to point b efficiently and safely. We now have over 30 employees and handle hundreds of corporate and personal moves each year. To see this initial idea grow into a global business has been incredible, and the best part is knowing we’ve helped so many families keep their pets with them when life throws a big change into the mix.   more ...

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