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

Posted on Wednesday February 12, 2014 (23:35:39)


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 ...

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Five Recommended Expat Blogs – Canada

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


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 ...

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

Posted on Friday December 06, 2013 (21:35:06)


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 ...

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

Posted on Friday November 15, 2013 (03:14:31)
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 ...

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

Posted on Tuesday March 19, 2013 (21:56:41)
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 ...

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Angie O'Brien, Co Founder of PetRelocation

Posted on Saturday February 16, 2013 (02:33:55)
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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Can I Drive my Car Abroad? The International Driving Permit Explained

Posted on Tuesday January 22, 2013 (18:21:55)
International Driving Permit

If you or your family are planning on moving abroad, working away or simply going for a holiday, you may have been considering the viability of taking your vehicle with you. It can be frustrating having to go back to relying on public transport after years of having on your own car, but even if you know of a car shipping company to get your vehicle there, but how do you overcome the obstacle of not having the proper licensing when visiting countries outside of the EU? Well help is at hand in the form of the International Driving Permit (IDP)

The IDP is a document that is recognised by many countries all over the world, and allows the holder of that permit to drive a vehicle in one of those nations. However, please note that the IDP is not a license to drive in a foreign country on its own, and it must be accompanied by a full driving license from your home nation.   more ...

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An Expat's View Of Kiev

Posted on Wednesday November 21, 2012 (15:29:10)
Petryk Vera

by Petryk Vera

It is truly magical how Kiev combines everything together.
Having 1500 years of history, the city is a beautiful architectural place, at the same time, Ukrainian capital is a fast developing mega polis that surprises its visitors with bright nightlife and wild entertainment.

Unfortunately, Kyiv is a slightly new spot on a tourist map so if it's your first visit to the city you might need some basic information about it:

1. It is the oldest capital in Eastern Europe, which used to be a capital of Kievan Rus (Russian Empire)

2. Most people in the city speak Russian and Ukrainian. English is also a popular language; it is spoken as a third language by a minority of the citizens.   more ...

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Top Tips and Checklists for Moving Abroad

Posted on Wednesday October 31, 2012 (18:11:11)


International moves require a lot of preparation and planning so using a checklist can be a good way to keep everyone involved up to date with what has been done and what hasn't. It can also help keep you sane when all around seems like pandemonium!

Begin your planning early

Moving home isn’t something you do often. Preparing and planning well can help ensure that things go smoothly and your move is as stress-free as possible. Try to start planning early to avoid any unexpected problems.

Packing considerations

Label your boxes for easy identification and sorting at the other end. Highlight items that are fragile to ensure that they are extra carefully handled. Check flammable and dangerous goods as some items can not be transported by removal companies.   more ...

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The Emotional Aspects Of The Life Of An Expat

Posted on Thursday October 25, 2012 (13:31:56)


by Xenia Kisantal

The decision of moving to a foreign country is one of a kind. It not only requires planning but also a personality that is capable of conquering anything, as anything sometimes means living on the street, being lonely, and only having oneself to rely upon. This may sound scary, but if handled constructively, it is one of the most rewarding experiences in one’s lifetime. There are certain factors that need special attention and if handled appropriately, they contribute to a successful integration.   more ...





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