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How Can Living Abroad Make You Smarter?

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Feb 3, 2017 11:11:00 AM
It's no secret that the expat life has become increasingly popular. More and more people are either moving abroad for work, education, or otherwise simply for the sake of indulging in new experiences. Whatever the reason, living abroad can actually be incredibly beneficial, aside from just being fun and interesting. Here are a few reasons why living abroad can be a great mental workout. Improving your communication skills If you're moving abroad, there's a good chance you'll have to learn a new language. Not only can learning a foreign tongue increase you cognitive skills, but being a second-language speaker also forces you to rely on other methods of ... Read More

2016 Year-end Global Mobility Trends: A Corporate Perspective

Posted by Janet Turner on Jan 27, 2017 11:03:00 AM
Global mobility is becoming a more common facet of corporate business, and yet, it's anything but perfected. As the year comes to a close, it's important to look at what's driving corporate relocation trends and how companies can effectively maintain a candidate pool that aligns with these trends. BGRS's 2016 Global Mobility Trend Survey offers some insight into the year's emerging trends, especially those practiced by companies at the forefront of successful global mobility. Key areas of mobility management Moving into 2017, more and more companies are moving away from traditional models to improve global mobility management through five key areas of ... Read More

The World's Best Places to Retire Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Jan 20, 2017 11:02:00 AM
Traveling the world is at the top of so many bucket lists that it should come as no surprise that more and more people are choosing to live abroad each year. It's never too late to fulfill the dream of living in a foreign country, and if you're planning your retirement, the expatriate life is an easily attainable reality. All you need is the right freight forwarding service and a destination. If you're looking for the perfect place to spend your retirement, here are some of the best destinations the world has to offer. France If you have your heart set on retiring abroad but you can't afford the luxuries of Paris, France has a number of affordable ... Read More

6 Things Nobody Tells You About Moving Abroad

Posted by Janet Turner on Jan 12, 2017 11:01:00 AM
Living abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person's life, but it can also be stressful. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to guide expats through a comfortable transition and a fulfilling time abroad. Here are some problems expats don’t always take into account, and how to deal with them. Language barriers can be hard to deal with The language barrier is an issue that becomes apparent to expats practically as soon as they land. Before even entering a new country, you will no doubt have to pass customs, after which you may need to find a cab, get some food or check into a hotel – all of which require conversation. Aside ... Read More

10 of the Best Cities for Expats in 2017

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Dec 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM
When considering moving abroad, it's important to choose the right destination. Not only should prospective expatriates look for a city in which they can enjoy themselves, but it's also essential to research cost of living, education, work opportunities and a number of other factors. Weighing all of these elements, here are some key destinations for expats.  Stockholm, Sweden  Stockholm is a charming city that has seen an insurmountable increase in economic growth over the past decade. With affordable suburban living and excellent public transportation, Sweden's political and economic core is ideal for expats looking to live comfortably.  Copenhagen, ... Read More

2016 Year-end Global Mobility Trends: Where Are Expats Going?

Posted by Janet Turner on Dec 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM
As global growth continues to push professional individuals across borders, expatriation becomes more and more common. With the year winding down, we can look at the changing environment for international business. Let's take a look at some of 2016's global mobility trends, focusing on where expats are going and what's driving that move. Top countries maintain their dominance According to BGRS's 21st Annual Global Mobility Trend Survey, the top international assignment destinations, which are listed below, have not changed since 2008. United States China United Kingdom Singapore Germany Emerging expat destinations The new trend in 2016 is the growing ... Read More

4 Essential Things Expats Should Do While Living Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Dec 12, 2016 11:01:00 AM
Moving abroad can be both exciting and challenging, but knowing what to do while you're abroad can make your experience as fulfilling as possible. Whether you're serving in the military, planning to retire or simply taking a year off, you'll want to take advantage of any opportunity you can while living abroad. Here are some things you should do to ensure a fulfilling and immersive experience abroad. Learn a New Language There's never a better time to start learning a new language than the present, and living in a foreign country is the quickest way to learn. While it may seem difficult to perform simple tasks such as asking for directions or ordering ... Read More

Personal Moves: 3 Common Questions about Freight Forwarding Services

Posted by Melissa Morr on Sep 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM
For most people, international or long-distance moves are not common occurrences. The first time that you need to make one of these moves is probably your first exposure to a freight forwarding service. If you're used to packing up all of your own things and throwing them in a truck to move, you may be wondering what to expect when dealing with a freight forwarding service for the first time. Don't worry, though, you're not the only one! To help you prepare for your move, here are some of the most common questions customers ask about freight forwarding services.  Can I Pack My Shipment Myself? Your shippers will need to see inside your packing boxes. ... Read More

The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Employee Relocation Assistance

Posted by Melissa Morr on Sep 12, 2016 12:48:10 PM
Check, check: as you coordinate an international move, are you sure that you have everything covered? If you're in the position of managing a move, you need to make sure that your employees feel as organized as possible so that they can settle in and get to work. A simple checklist can help employees make sure that they have everything they need to make their move run smoothly. Get Documents Ready Documents can take a long time to process, so get organized a few months in advance. What documents do you need to travel? Renew passports, get a visa if required, and find adoption certificates, marriage certificates, and medical records to make sure that ... Read More

2 Common Challenges HR Professionals Face with Corporate Relocations

Posted by Janet Turner on Sep 7, 2016 2:03:23 PM
Handling corporate relocations for your company is a big responsibility. You're tasked with doing what's best for your company while also making sure that the relocating employees -- and often their families as well -- are also happy, so that they can be effective workers. Managing all of that at once can be a delicate balancing act. Take a look at two of the common challenges that HR professional face with corporate locations, and find out what you can do to effectively meet those challenges. Selling Real Estate                           Selling a house isn't always easy, especially if you're in a hurry.  If the relocating employees are currently ... Read More

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