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Life abroad infographic

2 Comments 17 January 2013

   

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What’s the most difficult thing about living overseas?

51 Comments 26 November 2012

I guess what I really mean in the title is what is the most difficult thing for you? For some people, the most difficult thing about living overseas is missing their family and all the big family events. But others have moved overseas hoping to escape their family and the big events. For some people […]

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Finding the right international high schools

5 Comments 08 November 2012

Unlike many expats I am settled in one location. But I do watch a lot of my expat friends as they get adjusted to their new life in their host country for a while… then get ready to move on again. It’s interesting reading their blog posts or chatting with them about the different concerns […]

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World Classroom

No Comments 25 October 2012

  I love the term ‘world classroom’. It makes me think of being a student of the world, the world is my classroom. Did you know there really is a world classroom programme? It’s in an international school in China and its aims are…you guessed it, to broaden minds, instill cultural tolerance of all beliefs […]

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Creating moments with grandparents

5 Comments 23 October 2012

How does your child build a bond with grandparents who live thousands of miles away? Grandparent time for children of expats isn’t Saturday afternoon at the allotment with grandad or helping grandma make cakes for a couple of hours while mum does the shopping. There isn’t much of staying in dad’s old room or rebuilding […]

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Expats and banking

11 Comments 15 October 2012

I remember when I first moved to the UK I had no idea about how to check out international bank options. I went from bank to bank looking for someone who would accept that lil’ ol’ me with zero cash, no job and an American passport might be a safe person to open a bank […]

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Silly things expats do

21 Comments 10 October 2012

Sometimes I do this thing, I guess it could be called a game, where I pretend I’m a stranger here in the UK. Or maybe I’m reminding myself I’m not from here. Less of a game and more of a reality check? I step back, I put myself in that awkward foreign position, behind the […]

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What makes perfect partner for an expat?

7 Comments 27 August 2012

You fall in love with someone from another country and decide to move to that person’s country. It will be an adventure! Your love will conquer all! You will visit home and your family and friends will visit you! You’ll get homesick, sure, but it will pass and you will make a wonderful life with […]

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Renting a home in the UK

8 Comments 17 August 2012

Interested in renting a home in the UK? If you’re an expat moving here you are so check out these top tips in this guest post…! *** The rental market in the UK is good at the moment, meaning there are plenty of houses and flats up for rent. But then, you hear so many […]

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Expat Life Slice by Slice

2 Comments 17 August 2012

I love this. I love the premise of this book and I love this post–and I love the play on words: Apple Gidley writes an entertaining, humorous, informative, page turning book called Expat Life, Slice by Slice. Awesome! And I love adding another clever expat to my Expat Life category, introducing her to my readers. […]

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There’s no place like home

24 Comments 02 August 2012

Ugh. Yet another emotive guest post about expat life on The American Resident to get you thinking. This post is from the brilliant writer, Emma Raphael. With my sister and her family visiting me right now, and with these expat guest posts I am having an emotional roller coaster! What about you? Our expat life […]

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Who are you?

23 Comments 26 July 2012

I didn’t feel I had become who I was supposed to be until recently, and it was only then that I started feeling like I was ready to do what I was supposed to do. You know, fulfill my destiny and all that good stuff. Fellow expat Vicki Jeffels has written a wonderful piece about […]

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Expat Life: A view through the lens

5 Comments 24 July 2012

One of the struggles many expats face is finding a job when they move overseas. Fortunately, we have more and more portable careers to choose from, including online businesses, writing, and the arts such as photography. Tami Curtis is an American photographer who has lived in the UK for many years–in the incredibly beautiful Hertfordshire […]

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Want to meet with fellow expats next year?

8 Comments 18 July 2012

At the BritMums Live 2012 conference this year I organised an expat meet-up. We had so much fun chatting and getting to know each other in 2011 that I thought, let’s do it again! Almost 30 people turned up, with 18 expats. No, it wasn’t exclusively expats, many of us brought friends who live in […]

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Expat life: finding substitutes

27 Comments 06 July 2012

As part of my expat life I accept that I will not be celebrating the same things–or in the same way, as I did at home. I don’t always celebrate the Fourth of July (American Independence Day to the readers who aren’t American) but this year my husband said “do you want to go out […]

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Would you admit to preferring life as an expat?

15 Comments 22 May 2012

Does it matter to you that your friends and family back home may be hurt to learn your prefer life as an expat? Most expats are able to find something they enjoy about their overseas life. Some are miserable expats the whole time they’re there and that makes me sad for them, not because I […]

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