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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How To Teach Your Expat Child English

The one question my friends across the globe ask the most is ‘how can I get my kids to improve their English?’ As a native English speaker, a mum of two (almost) bilingual kids and language pedant, here are some tips to get you started: Foster the fun. Don’t enforce the language on a child. Let them love it their…
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Beauty Spotting: Fake Tan

I love a good tan. Sadly my body doesn’t agree with me. It never has. Nowhere did I feel this more acutely than during my all-girls school years. While friends would return from a summer in St Tropez with midriffs bronzed to perfection, I’d be slapping on the aloe vera after fish and chips on the English seaside. Photo by EEPaul I’d spend days…
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12 Things I Wish I’d Done Before the Move

When it comes to the little things in life I am the world’s worst procrastinator. Pret salad or Itsu rice pot? Curly hair or straight? Toast or porridge? Middle class problems reach a whole new level. As for the more important decisions, I’m like Trump on quickfire. Move to Angola? Sure. India next week? Already packed. Quit job to volunteer in…
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So You’re an Expat? Just Don’t Tell the Folks

I’ve always told my parents (almost) everything. Throughout my formative years my folks parenting style focused on honesty, so as a teenager while my friends were secretly faking IDs, sneaking into parties and hiding bad school reports, I laid it all on the table. In fact, throughout my teens my father was my free minicab driver and my mum a clothes bank cum pub landlady.Photo by Foundry (Pixabay) In…
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