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?

Moving to Hong Kong: Lost in the Red Light District

Evie Burrows-Taylor | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Evie Burrows-Taylor

With space finite and demand for it high, the city's towers are not only for banks and flats, but often host a hotchpotch of tailors, jewellers and iron mongers living harmoniously side by side. As the number of red lanterns decorating the city increased in anticipation of Chinese New Year, the possibilities for urban exploration seemed endless.

Moving to Hong Kong: Jet Lag, Duck Tongue and the Great Outdoors

Evie Burrows-Taylor | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Evie Burrows-Taylor

Moving abroad can be stressful, that much is obvious, but when you're about to leave home some arrangements come more naturally than others. While I managed to hold a leaving party before moving to Hong Kong, some things, such as organising the shipment of important possessions, fell by the wayside. Oh well - who needs a change of clothes anyway?

Why Do So Many Australians Move to London?

Emily Verdouw | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Verdouw

It's Australia Day this weekend and some of the biggest gatherings of antipodeans will be happening right here in London. It's become a second home to many young Aussies. But what is it about this city that draws so many of us in when we so readily revel in tormenting the English cricket team? How can we declare our love, when we proudly declare that our lifestyle of balmy weather and beaches is to be envied by London Brits who covet grey skies and enduring winters? 

How to be German (a Very British Point of View)

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandhya Matthes

Think about everything you ever learned about queueing - from early memories at theme parks where kids who queue-jump get escorted in shame by staff to the back of the line, to the sniggers and muttered words directed at adults who attempt to cut a queue - and forget it all.

The 5 Best Superbowl Foods

Liv Sibony | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liv Sibony

So there we all were, tucking in to a delicious roast beef, enjoying our Sunday lunch, discussing the terrible weather with my American friends. And as they started talking about American Football I went and spoiled it all by asking something stupid like "so what's your favourite Superbowl food? Is there a top 5?"

The Expat Credentials

April Salchert | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
April Salchert

Many expats don't return home, but this is not necessarily due to perpetual wanderlust or adventure-seeking. Residing abroad can also be motivated by a particular fear. This fear is not politically, culturally, or emotionally rooted. It is a fear of what our expat lives have done to our resumes.