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Europe's most dynamic cities
Europe's most dynamic cities
Europe is full of cities on the move, be it improving infrastructure, to heightening inspiration. Savills Investment Management's measure of the most dynamic cities in Europe highlights the cities with the best prospects for commercial investment, though it is a good indicator of a city's development for anyone hoping to move there. London topped nearly all five of the metrics used by Savills to take the overall top spot, and the UK as a whole features strongly across the different categories.
Our top blogs for a taste of island life
Our top blogs for a taste of island life
As you're sitting in an office on a rainy day, your thoughts may drift to relaxing on a beach with a cocktail in hand, but not just for a holiday – what if that was your life? Though many of us have dreams about packing up and moving to a paradise island, here are some of our bloggers who have made the dream a reality.
The most cycle-friendly cities in the world
The most cycle-friendly cities in the world
Sometimes cycling in a city is not only an environmentally-friendly and healthy way to get to work, it can also be the quickest way to get there. Whether you just love cycling, or are looking to get to work without having to deal with public transport or the inevitable rush-hour traffic, here are some of 2017's most cycle-friendly cities, according to Copenhagenize.
Where in the world are the best climates?
Where in the world are the best climates?
Though you may not move abroad for a country's climate alone, it can definitely be one of its most attractive features. For those coming from colder climes, warmer year-round temperatures can seem very appealing, while anyone living in extreme heat may see the appeal in a more temperate year-round climate. Here are some of the places with the best year-round climate.
International Yoga Day: A healthy mind in a healthy body
International Yoga Day: A healthy mind in a ...
While the yogis around the world are taking their positions on International Yoga Day, Expat.com speaks to Nathalie, a body and mind yoga and fitness instructor, about the benefits of yoga and her decision to move to Mauritius. After having lived in Belgium, France, Spain and Singapore, Nathalie decided to come to Mauritius and discover her roots while she's praising a holistic approach to health and life.
A truly European citizen in France
France
A truly European citizen in France
Having spent a number of years in the Netherlands and Belgium, Brit Nicholas Parrott decided to continue his European adventure in Hendaye, France, where he has been living since June 2016. He shares with Expat.com just what it is that makes Hendaye such a unique an appealing town.
Bike sharing schemes around the world
Bike sharing schemes around the world
As the global trends towards health and fitness have picked up over the past years, with a vast population who won't stop talking about their clean eating journey, CrossFit classes, and seven-day-detox plans, it's hard to suppress the urge to become more active in our day-to-day lives. One of the easiest ways to get active is to shake up our commuting routine — after all, there must be more productive ways to use our time than staring at our phones on the bus or the subway.
Ahlem Mahroua: From Google to the world of digital nomads
Ahlem Mahroua: From Google to the world of ...
Ahlem is a blogger and the founder of Digital Nomads Media. Born in France to Algerian parents, she grew up in a multicultural environment — it's this setting that sparked her love for languages and travelling. Ahlem has lived in Mumbai, London, Madrid, Dublin, Lisbon, and currently she lives in Barcelona. A sales manager at Google for six years in the field of online advertising and marketing, Ahlem created the site last year after leaving Google to pursue her own passions. She is a digital nomad who writes about her travel experiences and entrepreneurship on her blog.
Our top 5 expat parenting blogs
Our top 5 expat parenting blogs
Moving abroad with your children can be one of the most fulfilling and life-changing decisions you have made for your kids — new experiences, exposure to different cultures, and maybe acquiring a new language are just some of the benefits. But if you are overwhelmed by questions, such as how will my child cope in the new country and how to choose the right school abroad, here are five expat parenting blogs to help you and your family smoothly settle in your new home.
Smoking bans around the world
Smoking bans around the world
Since the early 2000's there has been an international move towards eradicating smoking, and this has come in the form of different types of bans and regulations surrounding the sale and packaging of cigarettes. On World No Tobacco day, we look at some of the different laws around the world that aim to help prevent the damage caused by smoking.
Jobs for digital nomads: Travel and work remotely
Jobs for digital nomads: Travel and work ...
You want to rediscover your passion, to dedicate your time to a job that doesn't simply pay the bills — it makes your day. You know other people have done it, and you are ready to quit your nine to five and become a digital nomad. Here are a few top jobs that you could do remotely with all your heart while enjoying the freedom of travelling, managing your time, and balancing your life. Choose the job that best suits your talent and skills, and join a diverse community of digital nomads who have taken the courage to live life through experiences.
5 ways to document your expat adventures
5 ways to document your expat adventures
Expatriation is synonymous to adventures and discoveries — a different environment, cultures and traditions; all become part of your new life abroad. But how do you keep hold of the memories and show your friends, family, and the wider world what your host country has to offer? Catie, an American expat in Turkey shares with Expat.com some tips to help you document your expat adventures.
How a Kiwi expat found home away from home
Turkey
How a Kiwi expat found home away from home
Teacher Alan Scott first moved to Turkey in 1995 and, when he returned to New Zealand, he realised that Istanbul had become the place he called home, so made the move a permanent one in 2001. When he's not teaching, he's writing on his blog or working on his autobiogrpahy. He talks to Expat.com about how he came to adopt Turkey as his home. 
Interesting facts about Poland you might not have heard
Poland
Interesting facts about Poland you might not ...
Every country has its unique charms that attract foreigners -- from a different culture and unusual traditions, to delicious cuisines. Poland is no exception; as soon as you start living in the country, you will see how the different can also be exciting. Here are some interesting facts you might have never heard about Poland.
Where do you have the strongest spending power?
Where do you have the strongest spending ...
There are some people lucky enough to enjoy a life of luxury abroad, with a seven figure salary and their employer fully funding luxury accommodation and flights. However, we're not all those people, and some of us have to worry about paying our rent and bills, after which we carefully budget how much money we have left to enjoy ourselves with. And who doesn't want that new pair of jeans or iPhone? A recent study by Deutsche Bank maps prices of different goods and services around the world, as well disposable income. Here, we look at where you can find yourself with the most spending power after rent.
Falling for Germany as an American expat
Germany
Falling for Germany as an American expat
Krisa decided to pack up and move to Braunschweig, Germany to follow her heart and to embark on a new adventure. She had begun working in fashion design in Wisconsin after graduating from university, and continues to do so in Germany, which she has successfully adopted as her new home thanks to its rich history and culture. She shares her love of all things German with Expat.com.
The lives and travels of young expat bloggers
The lives and travels of young expat bloggers
More and more young people are looking overseas for their next new adventure, be it the next step in their education or in order to further their career. Though long stints of travelling have been popular for a while, young adults are increasinly looking to make a long-term move abroad. This breed of young expat is often a keen traveller (often using their new home as a base for visiting the region) with a desire to discover the nuances of their new culture. Here are our top five blogs from young expats.
Which countries offer the most annual leave?
Which countries offer the most annual leave?
There's nothing quite like a nice holiday, or even just a few days break from work to help recharge the batteries, but not all countries agree. While some are incredibly generous with their annual leave policies, some offer their workers far less time off. Though where you decide to move to will not be based on the amount of annual leave alone, it's certainly a factor to bear in mind if you are considering moving abroad to work.