How to travel with an allergy

My family and I are in Barcelona and really enjoying our time here, although one member is finding it a little tough. My youngest child has a cow’s milk protein allergy and he’s been struggling. Thankfully the Lego his grandmother has been buying him seems to be compensating. Allergic reactions and travel: not a good recipe  Technically my son has…
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How to get away from it all in luxury

Over the last few months I’ve been abroad for weddings, to see family and just to get away from it all. As a blogger I embrace technology, but I also need a respite and I especially love holidays where I can disconnect. As expats, it’s not always easy to get away from it all is it? Perhaps it’s a visa…
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Is this the coolest Hotel in the world?

Newsflash: unlike other lifestyle bloggers I’m not cool. A friend’s teenage daughter once said she loved how I wore hats in an ironic way. I don’t dress ironically. I dress to stay warm. She thought I was dressing to be cool and when she found I wasn’t, she reckoned that was also cool. Teenage fashion is very confusing. No matter…
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Bettys Tea Rooms, York: An English tradition with local magic

Visitors to York would be forgiven for thinking that Bettys is a tourist trap. A review by a renowned food critic mocked Bettys for its clever marketing. Walk past the horrendous queues snaking around the square, listen to the mix of languages among its diners and you might walk straight back out in search of something more authentically local. Please…
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My favourite pubs with rooms in Yorkshire

Like most Expaters, I’m a city girl. I love the shops, bars and nightlife that come with urban life. Having said that, I do yearn for the clean air of the country and a piece of me will always call rural Yorkshire home. Right now, a Yorkshire town is my temporary home and as we kiss farewell to a very…
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Top Ten countries for expats

I’ve just got off the phone from a chat with a man called Malte Zeeck. If anyone gets expat life, it’s Malte. Ten years ago as a German TV reporter struggling to get by in very foreign climates (India, Brazil and China, to name a few), he decided to get together with a couple of his university mates and start…
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Prepare to be shocked – these are officially the worst countries for expats

I’ve been speaking to the people at Internations about the best places to live as an expat and I also thought to ask about the worst. I was expecting Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq to top the list but in terms of numbers, these are actually the worst according to their survey. Clearly expat life is subjective and personal. Or clearly some…
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Are you an Expater? Then here’s where you should live

I recently chatted with the CEO of Internations about the best and worst places to live as an expat. As Expaters we have different priorities than regular expats (Mojito), so I asked Malte for some personal recommendations on where I should live next. Here’s his list: 6. Finland. Brilliant education, superb economic growth and saunas built out of the snow. Sounds good…
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Skosh, York: fine dining for toddlers (and their mums)

For months I’ve been reading review after review harping on about an amazing restaurant on my doorstep, Skosh in York. Even the Simon Cowell of food critics Jay Rayner gave it a thumbs up. I’ve been desperate to try it for so long. Alas it’s the school holidays and I have my kids with me. A couple of days ago…
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How to get an ID card in Antwerp and other essential grey …

The single thing I hate most about expat life is bureaucracy. I throw my arms up in the air, stomp my feet and shout ‘this country is so [insert expletive] ridiculous’ as a matter of course on every move. I love Antwerp. I love its shops, its restaurants, but boy, I hate the bureaucracy. For anyone moving to Belgium’s fashion…
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