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Testing the waters: Why it's important
Testing the waters: Why it's important
If you had told me five years ago that come 2016, I would be permanently swapping the wet and windy streets of my hometown Manchester in the UK for the sunshine and everyday stunning sunset views in magical Mauritius, I probably would have laughed in your face. Yet here we are, and here I am — an official expatriate now living on this glorious island, right in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
The cities with the most expensive rents for expats
The cities with the most expensive rents for expats
There are several ways to feel at ease in the new country you have decided to move to — finding a place that you can settle in and make it homey is maybe the predominant one.
Brussels has it all: Love, friends and Italian food
Belgium
Brussels has it all: Love, friends and Italian food
Charlotte comes from London. Her partner's posting brought her to Belgium in January 2016. Since then, every day is an adventure. She shares her time between work and fun wanders among the cobbled streets of Brussels where there's always a new bar or restaurant waiting to be discovered. She shares with Expat.com her life in what she describes as being a very European city with a laidback lifestyle.
France's Provence through the lens
France
France's Provence through the lens
Ashley comes from Montreal, Canada. She spent a few years in Florence, Italy during her photograhy studies. Her endless curiosity and her francophile British companion led her to France three years ago. An avid blogger and photographer, she enjoys her relaxed lifestyle in the countryside.
From TV news reader in Australia to expat mum in China
China
From TV news reader in Australia to expat mum in China
Nicole was born in New Zealand but grew up in Australia. Following her studies, she started working as a journalist before her husband's posting in Hong Kong. After a few years, they moved to Xi'An in the center of China. Nicole talks to Expat.com about her life as an expat mom, an avid writer and blogger, and her passion for traveling.
Reunion Island: Love at first sight
Reunion Island
Reunion Island: Love at first sight
Catharine comes from the UK. She first visited Reunion Island in 1990 during an exchange year. After her graduation, she flew back and ever since, she has found another place to call home. She shares with Expat.com her love for the island's lifestyle, its natural landscapes, and the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity.
How love for Greece spawned a long-standing expat life
Greece
How love for Greece spawned a long-standing expat life
Linda was born in New Zealand. Feeling an urge to move and see the rest of the world, she headed to Europe back in the 1970s. Her love for Greece led her to the Greek love of her life. Today they have two children and five grandchildren. She talks to Expat.com about her life as a retired Kiwi expat on the island of Poros, Greece, and the irresistable beauties of a country with so much history, sun, culture, and many apetizing flavours.
From China to Singapore : A Finnish mom in a multicultural melting pot
Singapore
From China to Singapore : A Finnish mom in a multicultural melting pot
Milla is a mother to two — a 10-year old boy and an 8-year old girl. Originally from Finland, she moved to Singapore one and a half years ago when she decided to support her husband in his new job. Nowadays, she is a homemaker and an avid blogger.
Time to decide: Is it better to buy or to rent?
Time to decide: Is it better to buy or to rent?
Moving abroad involves meticulous preparation and decision making. If you are a first time expat, it's okay to feel unsure about your choises — you already have enough on your plate. Are you immersed in long conversations with your family and friends about the next steps to securing a property? Some will argue that's better to rent a home abroad while others are ardent buyers. And what about your current home? Should you let or sell?
From the US to the Philippines: A retired American expat in Tagaytay
Philippines
From the US to the Philippines: A retired American expat in Tagaytay
Gary comes from Southern California. He retired in 2013 after serving in the US Army Signal Corps and occupying several corporate executive positions in the private sector for over 35 years. Nowadays, he is enjoying a relaxed lifestyle in Tagaytay, Philippines.
Dutch retired expat couple living the adventure in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Dutch retired expat couple living the adventure in Kuala Lumpur
Frank and Francien come from the Netherlands. In 1986, Frank joined an American multinational in South Africa, and for 35 years he was enjoying the prosperities of an international career. Since his retirement in 2015, Frank and his wife Francien have been living an exciting adventure in the vibrant capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
From Switzerland to Frankfurt: A British expat in Germany
Germany
From Switzerland to Frankfurt: A British expat in Germany
Originally from the UK, Oliver spent a few years in Switzerland before moving to Frankfurt following a job offer. He shares with Expat.com his love for the city's liveliness, far from bustling Munich and Berlin, and his appreciation of Frankfurt's nice weather.
A UK couple in New Zealand: Adapting to expat life in Auckland
New Zealand
A UK couple in New Zealand: Adapting to expat life in Auckland
Dawn and Isaac traveled together to the North and the South Islands of New Zealand after university, and decided to settle in, while joining friends and family. They talk to Expat.com about the way of life in Auckland, and the sentiments of their English expat life.
Sarah in Texas: Life of a British expat in Texas, USA
USA
Sarah in Texas: Life of a British expat in Texas, USA
Sarah moved from Northern Ireland to Houston, Texas, three and a half years ago. The British expat shares her everyday life in the USA with Expat.com and talks about what makes Houston a good place to live in.
Kate in Zurich:
Switzerland
Kate in Zurich: "The quality of life here is so wonderful and the pace of life is quiet and slow"
Kate comes from Washington. She fell in love with Switzerland 10 years ago during a train ride. Following a two years stay in London, she finally moved to Zurich in 2014 with her husband and two daughters. In this Interview, she shares her views about life in Switzerland.
The best places to live in Budapest
Hungary
The best places to live in Budapest
Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Central-Eastern Europe and one regional student hub, with thousands of foreign students living in the city. If you intend to move to Hungary, here are some data on the real estate market and the Budapest main districts.
Adrian Leeds:
France
Adrian Leeds: "Purchasing in France as compared to other European countries is a safe investment bet"
Adrian Leeds grew up in New Orleans but stayed in New York, Tennessee and California. With over 21 years of experience in marketing and public relations, she is also a French property expert. In this Interview, she shares her views about the French real estate market.
Amanda in Athens:
Greece
Amanda in Athens: "There is an amazing amount of history and archeology to see in and around the city"
Amanda comes from the USA. She has lived in Derby, Brooklyn and Washington before moving to Greece following her husband's job posting. In this Interview, she shares her views about life in Greece.