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Blog > 2016

2016

Brexit, LGBT+ Expat Life And London Cocktail Bars




As winter marches on towards spring in the UK, there are more pressing questions at stake than whether it's OK for your editor to plant flowers in her windowboxes without risking them dying in a frost.

What impact Britain leaving the EU - the snappily named "Brexit" - would have on expats in both areas, for example.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

How To Make Friends And Not Accidentally Insult People




Love was in the air last week, with Valentine's Day being celebrated around the world. Expat Focus columnist Flavia Holman talked about the differences in celebrations of romance between Brazil and the USA.

Our other columnists were busy submitting articles last week, too. June Finnigan wrote about Jude Law, rock music and la Befana in her latest column. Meredith discussed some common expat frustrations and doubts, and we welcomed our newest columnist, Kathleen Peddicord, who wrote this month about the best places to retire in 2016.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

It's Definitely The End Of January, Isn't It?




Sometimes I think you can feel people's resolutions slipping away, sailing out of reach like a balloon on the wind. It's heading up to the end of January, and I'm just about keeping up with my new year's resolutions, but it's been more of a struggle for the last week or so. How are yours going?

Reading all our columnists' adventures abroad doesn't exactly help with the London January blues. June Finnigan writes about December in Chianti, complete with beautiful scenery. And I interviewed columnists Rosemary Border Rabson and Alka Chandiramani about life in France and Singapore respectively.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Interviews, Financial Advice And Finding A Constant Summer




It's been a busy week here at ExpatFocus. We've been interviewing expats from all around the world, and putting together our article titles for next month.

Is there a topic you'd like to see us write about? Let us know in the comments!

Our first interview this week was with Sibylle Eschapasse, a Parisian expat who works in the UN's Counter Terror office in New York. We also interviewed Sasha Conlan, whose company, The Barbie Girls, imports quality meat and fish products into Singapore.    more ...


Blog > 2016

2016

Food, Language Learning and German Carnivals




Are you over the holiday indulgences yet? Have you spent the first week of January exercising furiously and drinking green smoothies, only to cave in and order a pizza on day seven?

Well, to keep you occupied while you're munching your way through your resolution-breaking snacks, here's what we've been up to over at ExpatFocus.    more ...


Blog > 2015

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

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

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

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

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 ...