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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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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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The Other Side Of The Street In Granada, Nicaragua

Posted on Sunday October 07, 2012 (01:20:04)
Calle La Calzada
by Paul Schlindwein

Nicaragua is witnessing an economic recovery in a large part due to increased tourism. Granada, located on the northern shore of Lake Nicaragua, is at the center of that revival.

Founded in 1524, Granada is recognized as the oldest European city in the Americas. It boast the best example of preserved Spanish colonial architecture in Nicaragua, and its proximity to the lake, volcanoes, and wilderness areas attracts tens of thousands of tourists annually.

Calle La Calzada stretches from the central park of Granada to the shore of Lake Nicaragua. It is lined with restaurants, bars, hotels and tour operators. On any given night, one will find the outdoor tables filled with tourists and locals alike.

Sharing the street with these night time revelers are artisans and canasteros- young people selling cigarettes and gum from baskets they carry.   more ...

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Reasons Why People Choose To Move Overseas

Posted on Wednesday August 15, 2012 (19:41:49)
Robinsons Removals
Courtesy of Robinsons Removals

There are many reasons why people to sell their home, pack their belongings and move abroad. Some people opt to start a fresh slate in a brand new country, for others there is no choice in the matter and they need to relocate for business purposes.

Whatever your reason is for moving overseas, it is important that you seek expert advice to ensure the big move goes as smoothly as possible. A number of factors need to be considered before taking such a big step. Assets need to be taken care of; visas/working permits need to be acquired; and ultimately the destination needs to picked wisely.
Moving to another country is not a decision that should be taken lightly. It can affect you as well as those around you and when little ones are involved, you need to be 100% sure it is the right move. Here are some reasons why you may agree to move overseas.


Some people opt to move abroad simply to further their career.   more ...

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Riding the Chicken Bus in Nicaragua

Posted on Sunday August 12, 2012 (17:13:12)
The Chicken Bus
I had to go back to Granada this week to take care of some unfinished business. Getting there from San Juan Del Sur is an adventure in itself. There are only two options: hire a car for us$50 or take the Chicken Bus for us$2. Given that I’m on a strict budget at this time, I opted for the Chicken Bus.

My adventure began at 8am. It was relatively uneventful, except for the random stops to let people on or off. A Chicken Bus, unlike an express bus, will stop whenever someone wants to get on or off. It’s my only option for public transportation to Granada from San Juan Del Sur, because the only express bus from here goes to Managua.

We got to Rivas, the main city of the Province, in just under an hour. There I had to change buses.

The bus terminal in Rivas, if you can call it that, is located in the middle of the Mercado. Mercados are akin to open-air market places where one can buy anything from fruits and vegetables to knock-off watches and cheap electronics.   more ...

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10 Things You Should Consider When Shipping Abroad

Posted on Thursday July 26, 2012 (21:31:16)
Whether you are moving abroad or just shipping something to a family member, sending packages abroad can be a confusing process. From knowing how to pack a box to figuring out how to label it, shipping a package takes more work than just shipping it across town. Consider these tips first and you will have a smoother shipping experience.

Figure out the Date

Before you ship out anything, figure out when you need it to arrive. When shipping abroad, packages have to go through a series of customs checks before it arrives at the location. Check how long the shipping process will take so your package arrives on time.

Cushioning the Package

Marking fragile on a box is not enough. If you want it to arrive in one piece, you will need to cushion every item. Use shredded paper, newspapers or bubble wrap to make sure that your package arrives in one piece. For more fragile items, fill the box with extra padding. Put shredded paper or foam peanuts between the gift box and the shipping box.   more ...