Expats and the Five Stages of Loss

In Cologne, Germany, the part of the globe where I have been living for almost 16 years, winter has made room for spring. The long-awaited rays of sunlight warm our hearts and lift our spirits, as my husband and I move through the broad emotional spectrum of loss and grief. We said farewell to both […]

Expat Lessons from My Five-Year-Old

Being an expat is a lot like being a five-year-old. Spoiler alert: I have the most adorable trilingual five-year-old at home and I’m head over heels in love with him. Having said that, there are some solid lessons he can teach me and fellow expats around the world. No, I’m not talking about the desire […]

10 Reasons Why Expats Make the Best Social Entrepreneurs

The global age is the era of the social entrepreneur. Their innovative projects are the change agents for addressing burning issues, such as poverty, education, environment, or inequality. In fact, people all over the world are moving towards building sustainable businesses with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing problems. It is also the era of […]

My InterNations: LGBTE(xpat)

Nearly all LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people have probably experienced some degree of prejudice in their home country. Coming out is often a struggle, but it can be easier at home: you have a network of friends and/or family members to support you and, most of all, you have an idea of what […]

Around the World in Seven Unique Holidays

Every culture — not to mention every family — has their own holiday traditions, and some are well worth knowing. Not only is it fun to read up on various festivities worldwide, but it can also save you from being caught off guard abroad: Imagine visiting a peaceful Austrian town in early December only to […]

(Not So) Common Knowledge: Expats Share Their Top Tips

Being part of the global expat community means that what is a new experience for you is likely to be considered business as usual by other, more seasoned expatriates. In this sense, you have a large, multicultural group of expats from all walks of life at your disposal for advice on whatever topic you can […]

Kick Off Your International Job Search

Are you crazy for a change of scenery at work? Would you like to boost your CV, or are you “just” looking for a career-related challenge? So, what about searching for a new position abroad? But before you start your international job search, consider the following questions to determine your goals and priorities: – Do […]

Six Essential Apps That Every Expat Should Have

Moving overseas soon? Or have you been based on the other side of the globe for some time? Whether you are just starting out in this exciting and rewarding lifestyle, or are well accustomed to its challenges, there are ways to make your day-to-day life easier with the help of your trusty smartphone and the […]

Common “Fails” Abroad — and How to Deal with Them

While traveling, you may end up in a tricky situation that’s more or less straightforward to handle back home, but can turn out to be rather complicated abroad. Although some lucky folks never have any close encounters of the awkward and messy kind, even if they travel a lot, some of us can hardly go […]

The 10 Least Expensive Expat Cities: Mercer Cost of Living Survey 2015

Would you like to know in which cities around the globe expats could make it on a shoestring budget? Take a closer look at the destinations listed below. Every year the international HR consultancy Mercer conducts its Cost of Living Survey, releasing a ranking of the most (and least) expensive cities for executive assignees. The […]