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Europe is Closed for the Summer

When you’re socialising with the locals of your adoptive nation, it’s generally considered diplomatic to avoid pointing out all of their native country’s oddities. While “spotting the difference” can be fun, it’s also only-too-easy to step on peoples’ toes and cause offence, which is hardly conducive to a harmonious expat experience. But sometimes it’s all just […]

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Expat Experiences: Skyping Elderly Relatives

Phoning home from your expat nation can be expensive, but technology makes it cheap and easy to keep in contact. Unless, of course, you’re Skyping the older generation… Whether you’re getting in touch with your mum and dad, or trying to Facetime with your granny, tools like Skype go from being easy and convenient, to […]

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Stay or Go? Attending UK Weddings as an Expat

Wedding season is well and truly upon Great Britain. Growing numbers of stag and hen parties rove the UK’s city centres as every week passes and it’s time for invited expats to make that tricky decision: should I stay or should I go? Whether you’re a born romantic or an incurable cynic, there’s no denying […]

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How’s the Weather? 6 Weather Clichés Expats Always Hear

Whichever foreign shore you’ve washed up on, there’s one thing you can be sure of when you talk to people back in Old Blighty. They’re going to want to talk about the weather, and they’re going to have some serious stereotypes in mind when they do. From “Ooh I bet you’re really tanned” to assuming […]

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7 Things New Skiiers Learn When They Hit The Slopes

Hitting the slopes for the very first time and feeling a little bit clueless? Don’t panic! The tumbles, sprained ankles, sunburns and embarrassments of a ski trip make fast learners of us all. In fact, there are 7 skiing essentials which you’re going to get to grips with pretty quickly. Here’s a head start… 1. […]

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Expat Dilemma: Do you go home for Christmas?

“The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming” – we may not have heard from everyone’s favourite festive carbonated beverage commercial yet this year, but it’s only a matter of time before the television sets and billboards of the Western world are all about one thing and one thing only: Christmas! Wherever you travel in […]

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10 Signs That You’re In An Expat Pub

The dark wooden interior, the fake Irish memorabilia, Guinness on tap, Sky Sports blaring from the big screen… Look around you, traveller, it appears you have ventured into that deepest, darkest, seediest cultural phenomenon – The British Expat Pub. If you’re still not quite sure of your surroundings, here are 10 telltale signs that you’ve […]

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10 Undeniable Signs That You’re a British Expat

1. Pop culture from home no longer makes any sense at all Image Source Made in Chelsea what? Kimye, who? Flawless, huh? Viral trends and pop maelstroms pass you by overseas, making your encounters with the latest “big thing” very confusing. 2. You’re officially “the English lady” or “the British guy” Image Source If you’re […]

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How to Import Your Home-Favourites Online

Whether you’re crazy for Cadbury’s or jonesing for Jelly Babies, it’s surprisingly tricky dealing with a persistent home food craving as an expat. Fortunately there’s a huge online market springing up to make sure expats get their Tetley tea and their Mr Kipling Bakewell tarts. Here’s how to get your hands on a few classic […]

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