Feeling lonely? Congratulations: you’re normal, and stronger than you think

Expaters, have you ever felt lonely? Chances are you have. Loneliness is a big issue and countries around the world are waking up to the fact. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of Britain’s Royal College of GPs, has warned that loneliness can be as bad for our health as chronic diseases. The UK government recently announced that it is putting £11.5m…
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Anxious or depressed? Speak to Audrey

Expat life is fabulous. Life here in Chile revolves around skiing, swimming and Shiraz. Well, yes and no… At times, expat life can be very tough. Sometimes it’s more than that. Sometimes we can’t find the tunnel, let alone the light. Been there, done that…  I’ve experienced horrible anxiety after the sickness of my middle child. Even after the trauma…
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The International Women’s Club needs you (and you may need it)

Expaters, we live in a globalized, but lonely world. Let’s connect! A few years ago while living in Belgium I met a girl at an expat group. She confided in me that she’d actually been having a really rough time before finding the group and just wished she’d met us earlier. Not speaking the local language, finding the lifestyle very…
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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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One simple trick to combat stress, loneliness and feel great as an …

During a particularly tough week in Angola a friend said to me: ‘surround yourself with your favourite things’. Life as an expatriate is generally wonderful, but sometimes it gets lonely, stressful and tiring. While it’s not usually possible for us expats to magically transport our loved ones from abroad in times of need, a few little touches can make all the difference.…
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Just for fun: what type of expat are you?

Last year expatriate networking organisation Internations released a study listing ten types of expat. I’m not sure which category I fall into. In fact, I reckon it’s much more simple. Either you’re an Expater or you’re not. In case you’re unsure where you land on the Expater scale, I’ve compiled my own quiz. 1. A friend is travelling to your hometown.…
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Life as an expatriate: Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. …

Last month was quite tough for me. I’m optimistic that things are improving though. I’ve laid down some ground rules. I’ve reset my priorities. I’ve been overwhelmed with support from all corners of the globe. My family and friends are awesome. It’s been interesting to see the way my Expater friends replied. Nine times out of ten, those living abroad…
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Worst week of my expat life. Bet you’ve been there too.

I’m pregnant. I had written a lovely, cheerful post about how the doctor tricked me into thinking I was having triplets and how relieved I was to be having ‘just’ one. I’m overjoyed to be having another child. This is not the story, though. Back to the crap. After all, that’s the interesting bit. And more importantly, Expaters, this is…
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British expats – is this the single most annoying thing about life abroad?

Last week I was at the supermarket here in Chile. I chose an aisle because there was just one man in front with very few items. When asked to pay he took out a bag of coins and counted them out, one by one. ‘Oh, how much did you say?’ he asked. Then he started all over again. ‘Ah, wait……
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