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10 Spookiest Places Around The World

Posted on Saturday October 31, 2015 (16:46:22)
Hinterkaifeck © Andreas Keller
Hallowe'en is here again.

Once a year we spend a less-than-scary evening watching second-rate horror movies whilst waiting for a knock on the door so we can hand out candy to kids in cardboard costumes. Whatever happened to the most fright-filled of festivals, the most harrowing of holidays?

Thrillseekers who are brave enough to seek out the truly terrifying, to face their fear of ghosts and ghouls or to explore the unexplainable can visit the strangest, spookiest and down-right scariest of places the world has to offer.   more ...

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Moving Abroad? 11 Things To Do Before You Leave

Posted on Tuesday May 12, 2015 (12:53:29)
Before you leave the country that you have been living in there are a number of things you should remember to do before you depart:

1. You may come back! Work on the assumption that you may return. Too many people burn their bridges - make sure that you pay your tax, parking fines and everything else that you are liable for. Just because you are leaving that doesn't necessarily mean that you won't be coming back. Turn up at any expat function and you will find many second-timers who have done stints in other countries before returning back to their host country. Even if you don't return with your original employer, the skills that you have gathered and your familiarity with this country will make you an easier re-employ. If you leave badly, you may not be welcome back and that lucrative job may not be offered to you. Additionally, leaving badly can have an adverse effect on your employer and your future prospects within your company.   more ...

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Make The Most Of Your Time In The Caribbean - 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home

Posted on Saturday May 02, 2015 (04:59:49)
The Caribbean is comprised of many beautiful islands, all of which are known for their pristine beaches and clear waters. The islands are also unique in their character, adding to the appeal of the region. There is a multitude of things to do in the Caribbean, but here is our list of five things you must try before returning home.

Take a submarine ride
There are many different ways to explore the sea, but this is truly one of a kind. The Atlantis submarine tour in Aruba takes you down to depths of nearly 130 feet. Here you can feast your eyes on the varieties of tropical fish, sponge gardens, corals and even a couple of shipwrecks. This is perfect for those who don’t dive.   more ...

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Supporting Children During An International Move

Posted on Friday May 01, 2015 (20:37:04)
by Patricia Linderman, Tales from a Small Planet.

Let's face it: most kids hate to move. The long-term benefits of international mobility - including language skills, cross-cultural understanding and friendships with people around the world - may outweigh the drawbacks over the long term, but our kids aren't thinking about that when it's time to leave their friends and adjust to a new school and culture. Here are a few ideas that may help ease the transition:   more ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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 ...

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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 ...