One simple trick to combat stress, loneliness and feel great as an …

During a particularly tough week in Angola a friend said to me: ‘surround yourself with your favourite things’. Life as an expatriate is generally wonderful, but sometimes it gets lonely, stressful and tiring. While it’s not usually possible for us expats to magically transport our loved ones from abroad in times of need, a few little touches can make all the difference.…
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Top tips for the best expat insurance

I’ve lost one of my favourite rings. The stone is quite large so I take it off to sleep and it usually rests undisturbed on my bed side table until the following morning. My toddler has a habit of ‘tidying’ my keys, phone and anything which I value into the bin and I can only guess that my ring has…
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How to Make a Temporary Apartment Feel Like Home

Like many expats, I’ve lived in some weird and wonderful places, everywhere from glorified country manors to less salubrious student squats. While you hunt for your next expat abode the temporary apartment stopover can be pretty depressing. Here are some tips to make your place feel more like home. Photo by State Farm   Clean. Before you start unpacking make sure your new…
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The Japanese Art of Decluttering for Expats

My father has never lived abroad. He recently remarked how us expats must enjoy a life of blissful tidiness and simple luxuries. After our sixth, seventh, umpteenth move it was a fair assumption that we’d have homed our decluttering skills and be living with only our dearest possessions. But most don’t. Most, like me, move their crap from one country…
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You Need This In Your Kitchen More Than Your Partner

Any expat knows how it is to live in a temporary apartment so small you could barely swing a hamster in it. The kitchen is generally small, ill equipped (three tin openers but no corkscrew ring any bells?) and hard to navigate. And then there came…. The Thermomix weighs, chops, blends, mixes, grinds, grates, cooks, steams, whisks, kneads and takes…
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