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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

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

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

3 Common Challenges Expat Children Face (And How to Overcome Them)

Posted by Melissa Morr on Aug 8, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Deciding whether or not to move abroad when you have children comes with different challenges than just making the decision for yourself, or for you and a partner. On one hand, you probably realize what a unique and valuable experience living abroad can be for a child. On the other hand, you still have to worry about how well your child will adjust to the drastic change in their living circumstances. Once you've decided that the benefits of the move outweigh the drawbacks, you'll need to start looking into ways that you can help your child settle into their new environment and overcome the challenges of expat life. Here are some common challenges and ... Read More

Avoiding 3 Common International Shipping Errors

Posted by Janet Turner on Jul 18, 2016 4:00:00 PM
When you're making an international move, planning how to ship your items from one country to another is not only a matter of extreme importance, it's also one of the more complicated things that you have to do. If you make a mistake, you could find yourself facing any number of different problems. Following are some common international shipping errors so you can take precautions to ensure that they don't happen to you. Inadequate Insurance                       You won't always be there to prevent an accident from occurring. One of the realities of shipping is that at some point, your items will be in a situation that you can't control. They may be ... Read More

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