The Expater in York

I’ve decided to start a series of travel posts, as travel articles often seem to miss the mark. They’ll be guides written by people who have actually lived in the place, who really know the destination and preferably share my love for mojito, a good cuppa, a proper facial or all of the above. I’ll kick off proceedings with my take…
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Job Vacancy : Holiday Relaxation

I just got back from a week of sunshine, mojito and pool lounging. We stayed at a fabulous resort in Turkey which bills itself as heaven on earth and judging by our time there, they are not far wrong. Heaven it may be, and for a sloth like me it’s pretty relaxing. Nevertheless, holidays are not relaxing experiences perse. If you’ve got…
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The Hotel That Doesn’t Let You Check Out

Last year I changed my holiday routine. After years of adventurous travel to remote lands, travel has been an escape, an experience, something new and exciting. From bling bling hotels in the city (‘circular disco bath anyone? There’s room for six…’) to eco resorts accessible only by foot or helicopter, from private palaces to public houses, I have always sought something a little different. In…
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Top Five Expat Destinations

I recently decided against a move to Nigeria with my two young kids due to (perhaps unjustified…?) concerns over its crime rate and healthcare. My other half rebuked me for my prejudiced view of a country I haven’t even visited. He continues to rave about the wonders of Lagos – exciting business opportunities, fabulous sunshine and amazing nightclubs. But these aren’t…
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‘Your Wife is Dead? Hoorah!’ And Other Language Mix Ups

Language mix ups have cost me dear; from incorrect food orders, to foot in mouth insensitivity and even a date with the wrong guy. On my first French exchange aged twelve the family asked me what food I liked. I got my vocab muddled and was presented with a tray of unidentifiable shellfish, sea demons and other slimy monsters which I didn’t even…
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Is This The Loveliest Hotel in the World?

My mum takes a pragmatic approach to life (seating plans for lunch, precisely ironed teatowels, travel planner journals). The same pragmatism applies to death. She’s updated the will (Rolex for me, dog for my brother… score!), planned the Rolling Stones elegy (‘Mick Jagger will never die, darling!‘) and chosen her place of rest. Apparently she will be spending her final days at the Beau-Rivage Palace…
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Travelling Solo, By the Girl With the Most Dangerous Job in the …

Travelling solo brings many rewards. When I’m abroad and alone I’m more likely to meet new friends, be treated like a queen (‘oh thank you, yes you can carry my case for me…’) and collect amusing tales for the future grandkids. Having said that, going it alone has its downside too. I’ve felt awkward, lonely and downright petrified. In a recent survey conducted by…
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Best Websites for Newbie Expats

Relocation companies should do the hard work in sorting your move but chances are they’ll offer limited scope. After one move, a charmingly conscientious relocation manager lugged a bulging bag of cultural leaflets, restaurant maps and city tour flyers onto my cardboard box cum desk. ‘No offence’ I said, ‘but I’ve changed country more than Madonna has changed her style so can we cut…
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Antwerp: The Coolest Fashion City You’ve Barely Heard Of

New York, Milan, Paris, London. And Antwerp…? As the Belgian capital of fashion, Antwerp is often overlooked on the global fashion map. The city offers much more than chocolate and beer however. Despite its small size (it’s nearly eight times smaller than London), Antwerp boasts nearly 70 home grown fashion labels, a designated fashion district (located in ‘Het Zuid’ meaning ‘the south’…
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