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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

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

Overcoming Move-Related Stress: 3 Important Steps

Posted by Alyssa Lopez on Jun 3, 2016 10:30:00 AM
Let's face it – moving is hard, whether you're transitioning to a home around the block or relocating halfway around the world. And when you're about to embark on a work-related international move, stresses can pile on top of other stresses, leaving you emotionally drained just when you need to be strongest. Instead of letting your next corporate relocation eat you alive, follow these three important steps to overcome move-related stress. Communication First Whether you have a family moving with you or you'll be joining colleagues who have already relocated, you're likely not in this alone. Making communication your primary focus during every stage of ... Read More

5 Common Moving Mistakes to Avoid When Relocating Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Apr 9, 2016 10:53:00 AM
Moving your home and family overseas really means that you are moving your lives to another country. It takes the utmost in planning, research, organization and decision making. The process can seem overwhelming at first but if you can avoid these international moving mistakes, your relocation can be made much simpler. Hiring a reputable international household goods mover is top priority. It’s not just a matter of opening the yellow pages and making a phone call. You can find movers online that are a member of the IMA (International Movers Association) and are registered with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Considering any mover that does not ... Read More

Planning an International Move? Here's How to Start

Posted by Janet Turner on Mar 9, 2016 5:17:28 PM
The decision to move internationally is bigger than just moving across town, or even moving across the country. Living abroad, whether permanently or just for a few years, can be a life changing experience. However, it can also be a paralyzing decision. Once you've made up your mind to go, you'll want to get started on your plans right away. Making a plan and putting it into motion can help you feel more confident and in control of your decision. International moves take a long time and a lot of work, so there's no such thing as starting too early. Here are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling. Make a Checklist There are so many things that ... Read More

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