Day trip to Valparaiso

Last weekend we headed to Valparaiso. In case you’re new to Chile, Valparaiso is a lovely port town, located an hour and a half’s drive from Santiago. Valparaiso isn’t just a holiday resort, but a place of life, of history, culture and art. In the 19th century, it served as a major port within Latin America, and became known affectionately…
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Gift ideas: Best luxury beauty travel kits

I travel regularly and Expaters, I’m sure you do to. I like to keep a suitcase under the bed ready to go, just in case. After all, Paris is always a good idea. After travelling a fair amount for my last job and even more as an expat, I now keep a couple of travel beauty sets for last minute…
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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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How you’ve got your swimwear all wrong

Chances are that like me, you’ve been getting your swimwear all wrong. You skip off to a department store, pick out some bright stringy scraps of lycra, then remember that unlike the prepubescent model in the ad, you like carbs and wine. Personally, after many shamefully drawn out holidays (including several gap yahs) I’m beginning to realise that there’s much…
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The Expater in Lausanne

I’ve written before about my love for Switzerland and perhaps I have Lausanne to thank for it. It’s not the most beautiful city in the country, although Switzerland’s zillion other instagrammable towns make that some task. It is perhaps one of the easiest places to live though. Photo by Nouhailler Ask a Lausannois about stress and they won’t mention pollution, crime, traffic or politics. If…
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