Expats

Brexit From an Expat Perspective: British Living Abroad Want to Stay in the EU

Malte Zeeck | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Malte Zeeck

Apart from those who are not allowed to vote, 18 percent of British expats not planning to do so say that they find the matter too complicated to deal with. Another 15 percent state that they do not feel informed enough to make a decision. A lack of interest or influence are each mentioned by 9 percent to be the primary reason for having decided not to take part in the election.

No Adjustment Required: Expats and the Changing Face of Social Media

Melissa Thermidor | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Tech
Melissa Thermidor

While my travels have been daunting at times, there was one thing that remained familiar and readily available: social media. What was even more surprising? The notion that people just like me were now packing up their bags and making a living off the very platforms that served as my lifeline in unfamiliar territory.

Your Year Abroad May Not Be the Best Year of Your Life - And That's Okay

Annina Claesson | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Annina Claesson

In all likelihood, your year abroad will be a mixed bag of highs and lows. It will probably not be the worst year of your life, but not necessarily the best, either - and that's okay.

Notes on Denmark: People and Practices

Harvey Wilks | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Eight months after moving to Denmark, I'm now straddling that crepuscule between things being novel and others becoming the norm, so in this lucid moment I wanted to jot down a few observations, about my experience of Denmark and, more importantly, about the people who hail from it - an invitees examination, if you will.

The Brits Abroad And Why We Believe the UK Belongs in the Heart of Europe

Jennifer Morgan | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jennifer Morgan

We shouldn't shy away from saying that that the greatest reason to stay is that the UK simply belongs, now more than ever, with her allies in the heart of Europe. We should commit to stay and we should commit to improving the European Union.

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 13.05.2016 | 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?