Leap Year traditions around the world

Carole Hallett MobbsFestivals & Holidays0 Comments

February 2016 calendar Leap Year

Weird and wonderful Leap Year customs So this year, 2016, we get a whole extra day to enjoy our travels, our adventures and our families. How exciting is that? The extra day in February comes but once every four years, and is designed to accommodate earth’s precise revolutions around the … Read More

Valentine’s Day around the world

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Valentines day around the world Red heart shaped balloon

How Valentine’s Day is celebrated in other countries Have you ever wondered how others celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Here is your cheat sheet to 11 traditions in other countries: Created by GiftBasketsOverseas.com.

A portable home

Carole Hallett MobbsPersonal stories0 Comments


Creating a feeling of ‘home’ Whether as an expat family, a trailing spouse, or an expat child growing up in more than one place, as you move from one new home to the next quickly creating a feeling of ‘home’ in a new place is vital. As a child I … Read More

Keep calm – it’s Christmas!

Carole Hallett MobbsExpat Life, Festivals & Holidays0 Comments


First Christmas overseas? It’s just a week to go before Christmas. Depending upon where you are in the world the Christmas songs may have been cranked up and the shops may be jam-packed. Or everything may be so far removed from your home country’s traditions that you just don’t know … Read More

#HomeToUs photo competition winner

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Home to us

Winner announcement! Many congratulations to Eleanor McCallin in The Netherlands who has been chosen by Becky of Little Wolf Illustration as the winner of ExpatChild’s first photo competition. The winning photo is … Thank you for all your entries, I’ve really enjoyed seeing your lovely photos. If all goes well, … Read More

Last call for photo competition entries!

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Black and white view of the interior of a store with the word home viewed in reverse

What does ‘home’ mean to you? Share your pictures of ‘home’ and be in with the chance of winning a beautiful, personalised illustration and a Trunki™ suitcase for your child. Thank you to all who have already contributed to ExpatChild’s first photographic competition. What you need to do Simply upload … Read More

Ten commandments for expats

Carole Hallett MobbsExpat Life, Quotes3 Comments

Blue sky with sun shining through clouds

Advice for expats I’ve tried to find out where the following ’10 Commandments for Expats’ originated, but cannot. Therefore, I share it here with gratitude to whoever originally posted it online so we can all enjoy and contemplate the great advice. Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou … Read More

International students

Carole Hallett MobbsEducation, News & Articles, University0 Comments

two smiling young women with books

Expat students Let’s catch up shall we? So we’ve got a quarter billion living abroad and it’s comprised of the most diverse population imaginable. Most recently we’ve sussed that, on the whole, ‘the kids are alright’, but we could do with raising awareness about unaccompanied young immigrants, as shown in … Read More

Moving abroad to study: infographic

Carole Hallett MobbsEducation, News & Articles, University0 Comments

Expat students infographic

Study abroad? Where students go. Where are all the world’s international students moving from and to around the world? This map shows the countries where all the world’s international students are moving from and to using the most recent data from UNESCO, published in May 2014. The primary colour shows … Read More

A New Expat Directory

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World map in pastel colours

Rebuilt and redesigned After launching the expat business listings a few months ago, it quickly became obvious that the layout afforded by this site wasn’t going to work for an expat directory. So, I have created a brand new website for the directory listings! It is still part of ExpatChild, … Read More