9 reasons to visit Chile in 2019

I’ve been living in Chile for just over a yer ago and on the whole I love it. In case you’re not convinced from my instafeed alone, here are nine reasons to visit Chile in 2019: Festivals – Chile is a land of saints days, parties and indigenous festivals. The biggest celebration of them all comes with Fiestas Patrias which marks the…
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A travel expert’s top tips for 2019

Today I had a (virtual) chat with a guy called Paul Johnson. He’s the editor of one the biggest luxury travel websites out there, A Luxury Travel Blog. I wanted to share his top tips for travel in 2019… What are the top destinations to visit in 2019 and why? I think Tokyo will be a great place to visit…
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Hanging out with an Expater in Mumbai

Meet Richa, an Indian girl who’s lived across much of Europe and India and now calls Germany home. While all these places have contributed to her identity, a piece of her heart will always be reserved for her beloved city of Mumbai. Here she shares a slice of life in the Indian City of Dreams. Foodie fun You can never…
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Time out with an Expater in Manila

Going to the Philippines? Many travellers forego the capital for its lush islands, but it’s an opportunity wasted if you know where to look. Meet Mei, a Filipino repat who’s lived in Cambodia and Bangladesh, but now calls Manila home. Here she shares her top tips on life in the intoxicating, chaotic and wholeheartedly charming city. Manila for foodies Firstly…
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Moving to a new country? Read these tips from the experts first

I’ve moved countries about nine times in my life. I say ‘about’ because to be honest I can’t really remember. You think I’d get better at it, but each time moving countries throws up new challenges. For anyone else going through the move, I thought to share a few tips from some of my favourite travel bloggers, expat community founders…
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Expatriate relocation: what to pack in your hand and hold luggage

Last week I listed items that I wished I’d packed in my container before I moved. This got me thinking about things which I should have kept in my suitcase with me for the journey. After a flight from hell and a super chaotic move into our apartment, I’ve learnt the hard way about what to keep in my hand…
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What to pack when relocating to another country? A checklist

What should you pack when moving to a new country? Of course it depends where you’re moving to. And how much you crave your home goodies. But an international move is a great reason to declutter. Scrap, Sell, Store, Ship Follow the rule: first priority is to scrap it. If you really can’t throw it away, then sell it. If…
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My semester at a Syrian mosque: Islamic dress, spies and Britney Spears

I lived in Syria, pre civil war, before it became known to many as hell on earth, for about six months. A chance chat with a lovely beautician led me to rent a room in her home. To say that Syria was nothing like today is an understatement. After a few months studying Arabic at the University of Damascus, I still…
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Shhhh! A former PR’s guide to luxury hotels (and fake reviews)

I used to work in luxury hotel public relations. Those who claim it’s all about jetting from hotel to hotel with Champagne breath journalists would be… errrr… mostly right. After a horrendous experience in Angola, I chose to move back to the UK and focus on a job which I’d love. Travel PR suited me well, the team I worked…
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Travel with preschool age children

When asked an expat mum said to Santa that she’d like a purple unicorn for Christmas. ‘Don’t be silly’, Santa replied, ‘there’s no such thing’. ‘OK’, said the mum, ‘I’ll have a relaxing flight back home with the kids then’. ‘Umm… let me see about that unicorn’, said Santa. I recently survived the flight from hell with our two preschoolers.…
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