21 best gift ideas in 2016

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Christmas gifts wrapped in maps

Holiday shopping for expats How do you get hold of those ‘must-have’ Christmas gifts when they aren’t available where you live? This holiday season we are reminded of the phrase, ‘an item has value as long it brings the owner joy’. What better way to spark joy than to find … Read More

Repatriating with family

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Family with backpacks sitting on a hillside looking out over a lake

Expats returning home with children Sara is sharing her repatriation journey with us in a new series of posts to allow us a peek into her life as she and her family manage their return home. There and back again After 9 years of living in Courtenay, in the central … Read More

How to repatriate successfully

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Signpost pointing to arrivals and departures

What to expect when you move back home Not every person who has lived overseas ends up repatriating, but many do – especially if the reason you moved abroad in the first place was because of an overseas work placement. You’d think coming back ‘home’ would be easy. But the … Read More

Health planning for expats

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First aid and travel health for expats

The expat guide to a healthy start Moving abroad with your family is a huge change; different culture, different weather, different way of life… and in many places, completely different healthcare provisions. There are lots of things to consider. Do you need vaccinations to travel to your new home? Anti-malaria … Read More

Expat life: Interviews from expats

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Mug with coffee beans Expat interview

Expat Espresso has been a year-long project where twelve lovely expats of all nationalities have contributed their wise words and well-considered advice on expat life. Regardless of their origin, and current location in the world, all these wonderful people took the time to answer the following questions: The answers are … Read More

Expat Espresso in The Netherlands

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Mug with coffee beans Expat interview

Excerpts from expat life in The Netherlands This month’s expat interview comes from Farrah in The Netherlands. Where do you currently live and how did you come to be there? Oisterwijk, Netherlands since October 2012. My husband works for an international company and we were hoping for an assignment opportunity … Read More

5 top tips for driving abroad

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Sign in Australian outback saying 'Drive on left in Australia'

More advice for driving overseas Driving abroad is one of the best ways of feeling like you belong. Unless you’re in a city where it makes much more sense to use public transport, then my advice is get behind a wheel. It will boost your confidence levels and more importantly … Read More