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Blog > 2015


Truffles, Passports and Playlists

I can't believe it's the end of the week already. As another week draws to a close, here at ExpatFocus we're winding down for the holiday period, but we still have a load of great content for you to read.

Our columnists have been busy: Marla Sink Druzgal writes about losing the extra-large American passport; Meredith discusses New Year's Eve traditions in Germany; and June Finnigan talks truffles, olive oil and the Pope's visit in her latest reflections on life in Tuscany.    more ...

Blog > 2015


Winter Photos, Expat Experiences, And Being Called A 'Trailing Spouse'

Have you moved abroad for your partner's job and ended up being called a "trailing spouse"? How does it make you feel? Expat Focus columnist Flavia Holman shares her thoughts.

Other submissions this week include Clara Wiggins' column about living a multicultural life, an experience from British expat Adele de Caso, and an interview with the headteacher of Geneva English School.    more ...

Blog > 2015


Lost Cities, Home Renovations and Fireworks Displays

We now have twenty great submissions for our winter photo competition and we'll be sharing them in an article early next week: watch this space!

This week, as always, we have a load of useful information for you. For example, what if you want to go away for a while but aren't sure what to do with your house and pets while you're away? Here's how to find a great housesitter.    more ...

Blog > 2015


International Thanksgiving Recipes and a Winter Photo Challenge!

First things first: Happy Thanksgiving! We've rounded up some recipe suggestions from around the world. Whether you're looking for turkey, vegetarian options, side dishes, desserts or drinks, we've got you covered.

But it's not all fun and games when you move abroad. There's still the bureaucracy and paperwork to deal with. That's why we've put together this guide to embassies and consulates.    more ...

Blog > 2015


Great Coffee And Unusual Loos

Recently we've been experimenting with a new kind of article: one that includes several destinations in one go. Previously we've focused more on specific countries - health risks for expats in Venezuela, for instance - but now we're trying something a little more general.

Many of our readers have moved all around the world, and some haven't started moving yet and are still deciding where to go. Plus, it's fun sometimes to read about what's going on around the world.

So, what do we have for you this week?    more ...

Blog > 2015


Language Learning and Quiet Destinations

It's been a quietish week over on ExpatFocus as both the editor and community manager have been away. The editor - that's me - got stuck in a house in the middle of nowhere in Scotland with limited wifi, and then on a train with no wifi at all. Which in 2015 feels a bit like being stuck without air.

But we'll be back in full force from next week, and in the meantime we did still manage to publish some posts for you. If you have any ideas for future articles you'd like to see on ExpatFocus, let me know on scar @ expatfocus.com    more ...

Blog > 2015


Sayings From Around The World And How To Find A Job As An Expat

It's all change here at Expat Focus: this week we've been trialling a new type of article for you. These ones are longer than before, coming in at about 2,000 words each, and should hopefully be more informative and relevant to more people.

We've got a new team of writers on board to help bring this content to you. Would you be interested in writing for us? Email scar @ expatfocus.com for more details.

So, what have we been writing about this week?    more ...

Blog > 2015


Culture Shock, Chilean Linguistics And Catatumbo Lightning

This post is coming to you from London, where we have probably the final couple of sunny days before autumn properly gets into full swing. This week was the equinox, which means we're technically in autumn already: season of woolly jumpers, mugs of hot chocolate and switching to the winter duvet.

What's your favourite thing about autumn?

Luckily for us at ExpatFocus, we can live vicariously in permanently sunny places through our articles. Jealous yet? But wait! You can too!    more ...

Blog > 2015


From German Folk Festivals To August In Tuscany

This week we've been posting even more articles than usual. Over the next few weeks we'll be making some changes to the site to make it a bit more user-friendly, so watch this space for updates and let us know what you think of the changes.

Our most popular tweet this week was one about some of the blogs you should look at if you're thinking of moving to Taiwan:


There's a similar article here for Hungary, if that's where you'll be moving.    more ...

Blog > 2015


This Week On ExpatFocus.com

This month we're publishing even more articles than usual (prompting earlier morning rises for yours truly, who queues them up daily), and we're starting to see more conversation about them, which is nice.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, those that people seem to enjoy the most are the beach-related ones: Caribbean life, moving to sunsoaked coasts, and so on. And really, who can blame them?

Whether you're looking for information about expat healthcare in the Dominican Republic or trying to find online resources that will help your move to Jamaica go more smoothly, we have something for you.    more ...