Expats

One of the Obstacles of Decluttering

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

It doesn't take days, week, years to get 'value for money' because really, such a thing never exists. When the money is gone, it's gone. So why torture yourself that you should be using something that you spent money on if you don't like using it.

London Pole: Pilot, AKA Don't Panic, I'm From Poland

Rita Suszek | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Rita Suszek

There is the North Pole, the South Pole... and all the other Poles are in London! Years ago, while on my Erasmus exchange in Rotterdam, I met a Black...

Life is a Beach

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

You can see the vibrant colours. You can almost see the life bursting from them. Imagine putting all that living goodness inside your body. These days, I eat no processed food. I don't each much carbs or empty calories. I eat a lot of these. From these I can make:

Survival Guide: Packing to Move Abroad With Check-In Luggage Only

Lucy Adams | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Adams

Moving abroad is an enriching and exciting experience: beautiful places to explore, interesting people to meet and a new community to become part of. But getting everything sorted before you make that leap of faith can be stressful and daunting.

Why You Should Move to France for a Healthier Life

Ellie Widdowson | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Widdowson

It's no secret that the French are generally healthier than Brits and Americans. Our Gallic neighbours enjoy a diet packed with artery-blocking ingredients and yet somehow manage to avoid many adverse health effects.

Is the Scandi Love of Winter Swimming Crazy?

Melanie Haynes | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Haynes

Last week I found myself in the well-to-do Copenhagen seaside suburb of Hellerup and I was drawn down one of the side roads leading to the front as the sun was actually shining and glittering off the sea. I was sitting looking out towards Sweden when I realised that I was sitting right by the Vinterbad or winter swimming area.

Living in a Country That People Have Finally Heard of - How Denmark Stopped Being Holland

Melanie Haynes | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Haynes

Back in 2008 I moved to a country that seemingly no one had heard of. Conversations went a bit like this - Me: I am moving to Copenhagen in Denmark. Others: Wow Holland, it's a bit flat there isn't it? Me: No, Denmark. Others: Wow, I don't know anyone who has moved to Belgium before. Me: Argh!

A French Village's Pragmatic Justice Keeps Its Foreigners Happy

Memuna Forna | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Memuna Forna

For the last 10 summers, I've holidayed in southern France in a village of 300 people. St Nazaire de Ladarez is frankly unreconstructed. As I understand, surrounding villages call it Le Village Gaulois - or the prehistoric village...

Oh The British, Heatwave

Elfa Wilmot | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Parents
Elfa Wilmot

Growing up in Northern California, I was used to plenty of sunshine. But people are not so lucky in the UK. And when the weather gets hot, they go a little crazy. And by 'a bit crazy', I mean CRAY-ZEE. And Brits keep talking about the sun having its hat on, whatever that means.

Twelve Ways Becoming an Expat is Like Becoming a Parent

Megan Ainsworth | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Parents
Megan Ainsworth

I've been living in London as an American expat for just over four months now, and my experiences so far remind me of what it was like becoming a parent for the first time...

'Moving to Spain with Children' by Lisa Sadleir, a Review

Matthew Hirtes | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Matthew Hirtes

The book begins with a daunting contents section. Perhaps this is meant as a metaphor. As Sadleir advises any family planning on relocating to Spain to research, research, and then go and research some more.

London, My Love

Megan Ainsworth | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Megan Ainsworth

I know what you're thinking: I'm having a fun fling now, but in two years I'll come running back to you and your majestic mountains, your stunning waterways, and your glorious drive-thru coffee shops, just begging you to take me back.

Adapting to Foreign Cultures is Easy

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Once I get to know some people in a country I absorb their history and culture continually; they tell me about their nations history (a golden age when they conquered their neighbours is invariably highlighted). Then I start reading and I never stop learning about their culture until I leave it.

These New Immigration Figures Look Very, Very Bad For David Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

Immigration is at its highest level since 2005, according to damning new statistics which are set to take centre stage in the Conservatives' battle wi...

London: Living, Loving and Leaving

Emma Kate Codrington | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Kate Codrington

It's entirely possible to love and hate London with ferocious, equal intensity. On good days, you're invincible. Because you're there, and you're living your dream. On bad days, you want to tumble over the edge of the world: frustrated, perplexed and fiercely clutching your Vegemite jar. Tomorrow, you'll rise, determined to endure.

Six Ways Christmas Is Different in Australia

Sharon Swift | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Swift

No doubt about it - Christmas creeps up on us just that much faster each year, don't you think? Every year, us POMs (Brits) always muse (occasionally with a 'soupcon' of a whinge) about how Christmas in Australia just isn't the same. Not just because of the weather.

There's No Place Like Home...

Sophie Bauer | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

I have always dreaded the question "Where are you from?" For me there are only two options. I can um and ah and seem horrendously self-obsessed. Alternatively I can spare myself the hassle and just go for the easiest, least controversial option: I'm from Birmingham. What a copout...

There's No Place Like Home

Caroline Feraday | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Feraday

After one year of living in Los Angeles, here I was - back visiting London for 2 weeks. Home. I was noticing things I'd never noticed before. No, not just noticing, but in their comforting familiarity I found them to be exquisite.

Six Tips for Relocating With Children

Sharon Swift | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Swift

Relocating with children can add to the challenge, but needn't be an insurmountable challenge. As with any change, careful management and planning can pay dividends...

International Money Transfers: Five Insider Tips for Expats

Marianne Stenger | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Marianne Stenger

As exciting as it can be, moving abroad also brings an endless to-do list with it, and transferring money overseas is just one of the challenges you'll face as a new expat. Failing to devise a plan for this early on can end up costing you unnecessarily, but what are the most important things to consider?

How to Live in London on Minimum Wage (And Still be Happy)

Lee Tobin | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Tobin

Almost two years ago now, I left that big mass of sun-scorched land down-under for the city which has now been ranked the world's most expensive to live and work in, according to a survey by global estate agents Savills.

How to Live in Denmark by Kay Xander Mellish, a Review

Matthew Hirtes | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Hirtes

Denmark and Gran Canaria are both pretty insular. On Gran Canaria, the gene pool's more of a dipping pond. Mellish refers to the blue-eyed boys and girls of monoculture Denmark where between 5 and 10 percent of the population aren't derived from Danish stock.

Moving to Hong Kong: On Being a Curiosity

Evie Burrows-Taylor | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Evie Burrows-Taylor

In the Hong Kong district of Sham Shui Po, Kowloon side, the market stalls play host to many a social gathering. Groups of older men, stylish in aviators, crisp white, or pastel, short-sleeved shirts and tailored trousers, stand in a cloud of imperial leather, discussing, well...I rarely know. But sometimes there's a clue in the shape of racing forms being passed around, or a grandchild being proudly held aloft - a champion at a sporting event.

Top 10 Free Apps for Expats

Sohaib Siddique | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Tech
Sohaib Siddique

Wherever you've moved to, be it somewhere in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa or Oceania, you're guaranteed to have an incredible adventure, but there may be some surprises along the way. Breaking the language barrier and staying in touch with family and friends are two such challenges that you might face on a regular basis.

Moving to Paris? Everything You Need to Know

Josie Sampson | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Josie Sampson

There's just something about Paris, isn't there? The enchantingly grand buildings, the deliciously gourmet food, the feel of romance floating through the air; it's a city that Francophiles all over the world dream of calling home. But is it time to make that dream a reality?