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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

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

Why You Should Consider Retiring Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Aug 17, 2016 1:00:00 PM
After spending the majority of your adult life working retirement is often seen as the grand opportunity to spend your time exploring aspects of life that work preoccupied you from exploring. Perhaps it has been a lifelong dream of yours to move abroad and live your life as an expatriate, or perhaps this is a new dream you have. Regardless, you’re going to need some navigation before taking off. Why retire abroad? There are plenty of reasons why folks decide that retiring abroad is the right decision for them. However, in the case you might need a little nudging, or perhaps solidarity in your decision, here are some main draws for people who choose a ... Read More

The Expert Expat - Your Guide to a Successful Relocation Abroad

Posted by Janet Turner on Aug 12, 2016 1:00:00 PM
Deciding to become an expat can be one of the most dizzying decisions a person can make. While an expat lifestyle is certainly exciting and rewarding, leaving the comfort of familiarity of your home country can be overwhelming.  You may find yourself flooded with a myriad of pressing questions and uncertainties that you would like answers and clarity to. The experts of the expat life can help shed some light on the complexities of uprooting your life to live in a new country. What is an Expat? An expat is an individual who is passionate about travel, new experiences, and living life to the fullest. With these traits, an expat is someone who is willing ... Read More

What You Need to Know About Clearing Customs

Posted by Janet Turner on Jul 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM
 When planning an international move, clearing customs is only one of many things that you have to worry about. However, if you've never had to go through customs before, and especially if you've never had to bring a whole household's worth of items through customs, then it may be something that's especially worrisome for you. To add to that, customs regulations vary by country, so even if you've traveled or moved internationally before, anything that you learned previously may not apply if you're moving to a different country than one you've previously traveled to. Luckily, your freight forwarder has experience navigating customs and will be able to ... Read More

Becoming a Londoner: What You Need to do to Settle in

Posted by Janet Turner on Jul 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Accepting a corporate relocation offer to work in a London-based branch of your company can seem like a dream come true. You'll get the incredible experience of living and working abroad, but in a city where you already speak the local language. You won't have any trouble reading the signs or conversing with people. How hard could it be to fit in? If this is what you're thinking, you're partially right -- London is a terrific city to live in, and many expats love it once they've had some time to adjust. However, that adjustment period may not be as easy as you might expect. Following are a few things that you need to know to make the transition easier ... Read More

Marina Villatoro of TravelExperta.com Answers Questions About Raising a Family as an Expat

Posted by Marina Kuperman Villatoro on Jun 23, 2016 11:30:00 AM
Marina Kuperman Villatoro is the editor and founder of the family travel website, Travel Experta. She hopes to inspire families to travel and move internationally. Here, she offers her insight on moving abroad with your family and helping everyone adjust. Read on: Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background and interest in travel? I've been traveling since I was 3 months old. Cut to my adult life, I took off with a backpack traveling south from NYC. In Guatemala I met my husband and we moved to Costa Rica almost 15 years ago. We lived there for six years and moved to Guatemala where we have been living since. My first son was born ... Read More

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