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How To Find A Good Place To Stay When Working Abroad

  Accommodation is one of the most important factors to consider when working abroad. After all, you will be spending a lot of time in your home away from home, so it is important to find a comfortable place that suits your needs. If you choose the wrong accommodation, it can make your work experience much less enjoyable. Here are a few tips o ...

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Why Learning The Language Is The Priority When Moving To A New Country

  When moving to a new country, learning the language should be your top priority. Language is the key to unlocking all of the culture and traditions of a place. It allows you to communicate with the locals, learn about their customs, and make friends. Without learning the language, you will be at a disadvantage and may find it difficult to get by in your new home.       In thi ...

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How To Take Proper Care Of Your Yacht

  If you’re the proud owner of a yacht, then you know that it’s important to take proper care of it. After all, this is a big investment, and you want to make sure that it lasts for many years to come. In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to take proper care of your yacht.       We’ll talk about things like cleaning and maintenance, and we’l ...

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5 Tips to Help Your Dog Settle In After Relocating Abroad

Moving to another country or simply to another home can put some stress on the whole family. This includes your pets as well, as they understand the concept of moving less than us. You need to basically explain everything to them and hope they will not find the whole move too stressful. And, luckily, there are some things you can do to help your dog settle in having moved stress-free and even help ...

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8 Simple Ways To Start Over In A New Country

Let’s be honest: starting over, especially in a new country, is and will always be stressful, and rightfully so. The relocation process is tiresome, and you also never know whether the country you are moving to is right for you beforehand. But does it mean you are doomed to fail at putting down roots? However challenging the relocation may be, it is still pretty doable. Read on to learn how to set ...

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7 Ways To Make Expat Friends (And Feel Like You’re Not In A Language Vacuum)

  For anyone who has lived abroad, that feeling of being a stranger in a strange land is familiar. All your toolkit to make friends and have fun with people might not be applicable there. But it doesn’t have to be that way.         Making friends as an expat can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. You just need to know where to look and how to approach peo ...

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Don’t Forget To Plan For Your Future When You Are Working Abroad

  When you are working abroad, it is important to remember to plan for your future. While you may be focused on your career and enjoying your new life, it is essential to think about what will happen down the road. Will you stay in the country indefinitely? Do you want to eventually return home? What will happen to your pension and benefits? It is important to think about these things in adva ...

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5 Benefits Of Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Living Abroad

  Suppose you have been a long-time employee working in your citizenship country wanting to venture out onto something new or you just graduated and you want to go out of your comfort zone and live the best life you could ever have- an excellent way to do this is by living abroad.       Living abroad could give you tons of options to do and experiences to try. Going out of your ...

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How To Tame An Aggressive Dog

  If your dog shows aggressive behaviour, you would want to understand why the sudden behaviour change and how to change the behaviour.  This can be tackled only by understanding the reason behind the behaviour and training the dog adequately.       This problem can also occur when you get a rescue dog from a shelter, as its background may be why it has developed this issue. If ...

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Moving Abroad? Why You Should Consider A Pet-Nup

If you’re moving abroad, there’s so much to consider – especially when it comes to relocating beloved pets. Rules and regulations vary when it comes to moving to different countries – for example, New Zealand doesn’t allow certain animals such as birds or reptiles. Quarantine periods vary and most countries require pets being brought over to be micro-chipped.  Do you need a Pet-Nup in place to avo ...

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Moving To The UK – Aspects To Consider When You Settle In

  Moving to a different country can involve quite a lot of planning ahead. You may need to gain a visa, or other documentation, to allow for the initial move. Some people might also want to do some research into naturalisation to enable them to live there permanently. However, once you reach the UK, you might want to think about some of the resources that can make life there seem that much mo ...

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How To Find The Perfect Neighborhood Bar (Wherever You Live In The World)

  If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re considering traveling overseas permanently or for a specific duration. Perhaps you just moved into a different city, state, or country. Or maybe you’re on a vacation and you need to explore the destination’s nightlife a little bit.  How do you find the perfect neighborhood bar?       But whether you’re a local or ...

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Customs Requirements For Entry To Spain

Visitors taking up residence in Spain may import household goods and furnishings and personal effects free from duty and VAT if the items have been used for at least sixmonths for a citizen of a non-EU country. They must have a certificate of change of residence issued by the shipper’s Embassy/Consulate at origin, stating that the importer has been registered as resident at origin for a peri ...

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Why Expat Families Should Stick To Their Family Rituals?

When moving to another country and wanting to build a life there, you must adapt to numerous completely new things. Those could be a new language, school or working environment, manners, food, roles in society, and so on. However, as much as adapting can sound good, it’s crucial to maintain a balance. Fitting in is a fantastic feeling, but you shouldn’t lose the sense of where you come ...

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Taking A Pet To Spain

Pets entering Spain must be fitted with an ISO microchip for identification. Citizens of EU countries should bring their pets’ passports.  What are the rules for British pets now that we are no longer members of the EU?   If you have a pet passport issued by Spain or another EU member state, you can use it to travel with your pet to countries in the EU.   Will UK citizens be able t ...

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5 Career Options for People Who Want To Work Remotely

There are more digital nomads emerging across the world. Many companies that required employees to report in person, are now giving people the option to work remotely 100% of the time. This is a great opportunity for those who love to travel and want to become expatriates. If freelancing isn’t for you, you can still have all the benefits of working for a company, while doing your job from anywhere ...

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 5 Great Places To Work And Meet Up With Other Expats

Working as an expat comes with some emotional difficulties, especially if you travel abroad alone. The thought of being far away from loved ones can creep into your subconscious and get in the way of your job in your first days abroad. Making friends at work who are in the same situation as yours and getting out of your workspace to meet other expats in a collective, inspiring work environment can ...

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7 Reasons Why Now Is The Time To Move Abroad

  Many people dream of living in another country, at least for a little while. There are many benefits of living abroad, including meeting new people and learning about different cultures. But unfortunately, many people have had to put their dreams on hold in the past few years due to various reasons, including travel restrictions, financial difficulties, and other responsibilities like famil ...

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Expat Life: 5 Hobbies and Pastimes to Make You Feel at Home

  If you’re an expat, it can be tough adjusting to life in a new country. One of the ways to make your expat life feel more familiar is to find some hobbies and pastimes that remind you of home. Here are ten suggestions to get you started. Whether you like spending time outdoors, being creative or simply relaxing, there’s something for everyone here!       Why not e ...

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The Role Of International Separation Agreements For Expats

  Making the decision to separate can be difficult, especially when you’re expats, living far from home with children. Separating with the international element to your family or assets or job can make the process much more complicated.  What role can international separation agreements play?       Written exclusively for Expat Network by Iwona Durlak, Senior Family Partner and ...

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The Best Gifts For Expats & Overseas Friends

  Those who relocate to other countries to work usually have challenges with the new environment they find themselves in. If they find themselves in a country where the first language is not their own official language, they face the problem of communication and making new friends. There is also the burden of loneliness to deal with and making new friends would be difficult because of the lan ...

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