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Expat Interview: Life in Qatar

We spoke to one of the many expats living in Qatar and she shared a great insight into life there!

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More countries welcome Netflix

Expats' favourite TV streaming service Netflix is branching out to Portugal, Spain and Italy.

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How does the 'Expat Experience' differ if you're the 'Trailing Spouse'?

Expat couples: are 'Trailing Spouses' the real relocation heroes? If you have moved abroad for your partner's job, you might identify. 

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Childbirth while moving across cultures

Having a baby abroad is a huge decision. We asked the blogger Lisa from Knocked Up Abroad to share some information and advice.

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World's best countries for work-life balance

We all want a better work-life balance. Medibroker have put together the best relocation destinations for a superior lifestyle.

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Having a baby in Seychelles

Medibroker spoke to Chantelle, who has just given birth to her second child in Seychelles!

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Why don't people buy health insurance?

Too many people who are living in a country without good public healthcare are foregoing health insurance plans in an effort to save money.

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15 ways to tell if you’ve culturally adapted to Spain

A hilarious guest post from new expat Aussie mum Toni. Signs that you've adapted to life in Spain!

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7 ways to heal a British expat's homesickness

Homesickness. It catches up with every expat at some point but the kind guys at British Corner Shop have shared some tips for beating that expat yearning for home.

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Expat Guide to Living in Ecuador

Everything expats need to know about moving to Ecuador including geography, culture and healthcare information from the global health insurance experts at Medibroker. 

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Expat Interview: A Muslim in Dubai

An interview with a Pakistani expat living in Dubai about her life there.

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One thing no HR Manager will ever tell you when relocating

Dealing with expat grief or depression after a relocation overseas can be difficult for everyone involved. Read this expert's insight into coping with change.

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The importance of International Health Insurance: we're celebrating!

Medibroker International are delighted to announce that we've been shortlisted in the COVER Awards for Best Intermediary Promotion of Health/Protection thanks to our dedication to customer satisfaction.

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Expat Interview: Life in Seoul, South Korea

An American expat shares her experiences of life in Seoul, South Korea and she doesn't leave out the weird bits!

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10 'Bad' Foods You Should Eat

We're constantly being told what we shouldn't be eating. Here, Medibroker explain why 'bad' foods got their reputation and why you shouldn't cut them out of your diet completely.

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Expat Interview: The International Experiment

An interview with a Canadian couple who sold their home and belongings to travel the world permanently with their six year old son. He is home schooled and they are professional housesitters.

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Best Destinations for Professional Expats in Africa

Expats working in Africa are among the world's highest earners. If you're planning to move to Africa for work, read Medibroker International's guide to the best expat destinations.

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The Ultimate Moving Abroad Check List

A comprehensive check list to help you prepare to move overseas including packing tips, dealing with paperwork and moving abroad with children. Brought to you by the expat health insurance experts.

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Expat Interview: A Dutchman in South Africa

Mark Wijsman is a Dutch expat who shares his experience of relocating and adjusting to live in Cape Town, South Africa with the international medical insurance advisors at Medibroker.

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6 Ways Expat Life Will Benefit Your Kids

Living abroad at an early age means children develop a variety of skills and qualities they otherwise may not. Here, Medibroker explain 6 reasons to move abroad with your kids.

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Expat Interview: Living in Botswana

An interview with interesting expat James Wilson, who moved to Botswana's Chobe Game Lodge to take to the African wilderness.

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How Living Abroad Makes You More Employable

Travel and living abroad doesn't have to mean sacrificing your career. International experience breeds a lot of transferable skills that will help you in future job applicatons.

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Expat Interview: Costa Women

An insightful expat interview with Ali Meehan, creator of expat network Costa Women which gained Best of British Social Club by The Telegraph and Expat Stars award. Here, she details her past as a serial expat and explains why she settled in Spain.

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Moving Abroad & Looking After Your Health

A guide to planning how you will take care of your health when you move abroad to start a new life as an expat. Purchasing international health insurance for your move is key.

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Cultural Business Etiquette Around The World

A guide to successfully dealing with different cultures while you are on international assignments. Send this to your globally mobile workforce or use it to prepare for your next work trip.

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Expat Interview: Life as an 'Expat Spouse' in Vancouver

Expat Spouses are often the real 'relocation heroes' of a family or couple that moves overseas. Here, Jen from The Expat Spouse shares her experiences as a self professed home bird living abroad in Kazakhstan, France and Canada.

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10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Health Right Now

Give your health and well being a boost with these 10 things you can do anytime, anywhere. From eye exercises to deeper breathing, you can do these things right now to feel your best self.

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Expat Interview: Arabian Notes

An interview with a British expat living in Abu Dhabi covering healthcare and giving birth in the Middle East, how to move abroad and some wise words of advice.

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Why you should use a broker to buy health insurance

Health insurance is a complex, expensive product. You should always talk to a professional about your specific needs, and brokers offer added customer service that a faceless comparison site can't.

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Expat Interview: Partly Cloudy in Singapore

An interview with an English expat blogger living in Singapore with her young son and husband.

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No Insurance? No Visa. Dubai's New Rules

HR executives for companies with staff in Dubai must get their workforce complaint health insurance to ensure they can keep or get visas for Dubai.

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Expat Interview: Teaching in France

Thinking about teaching and living in France? Catherine Rose is an American expat and here she shares the ups and downs of moving to France.

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Expat Interview: Living in Hong Kong

Australian expat Jasmine tells Medibroker about expat life in Hong Kong.

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Crowd Funded Health Insurance in Uganda

In Uganda, poor medical provisions and lack of staff makes good healthcare an issue. Rita is a nurse from the UK running a crowd funded medical insurance scheme to improve health in the mountain villages of the region.

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Thailand Confirms First MERS Case

The first case of MERS has been confirmed in Thailand, following outbreaks in South Korea, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. Health insurance experts advise people to avoid affected areas.

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Expat Health in Nigeria

Expats living in Nigeria are the highest earners, but  it was also uncovered that expats in Africa work the longest hours, often logging 48 hour working weeks – and this can translate to health problems. It's vital people living in Nigeria have comprehensive health cover. 

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Expat Interview: Planning a Move Abroad

Alexandria Drake, blogger at A Modern Girl's Travels, tells Medibroker how she's preparing for her move to a mystery location!

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The World's Weirdest Citizenship Tests

Our list of the weirdest test questions and requirements from citizenship tests in countries around the world. People have actually been asked these questions to test their cultural knowledge!

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The Medibroker International logo is missing something vital….

The Medibroker International logo is missing some vital letters.... and so is the UK. We're helping raise awareness of dwindling numbers of blood donors in the UK to help the NHS.

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Expat Interview: Doctor Mariana in Barcelona

Mariana Calleja is a 33-years young Costa Rican doctor, traveller and writer currently based in Barcelona. Her blog, TravelThirst, is about experiencing the world through all of your senses.

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MERS is on the increase

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has broken out in South Korea after a man travelled from four GCC countries to South Korea. Medibroker give words of advice to people living in Saudi Arabia and South Korea about how to protect themselves against the virus.

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Female Entrepreneurs in the Middle East & North Africa

An interview with 'third culture kid' and expat podcast presenter Nicholla Henderson.

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Local Cover versus International Health Insurance: What's the Difference?

Many expats think a local health plan will be enough to cover them should they need medical attention abroad. However, have you considered a plan that travels with you whenever you leave your expat country and protects you better in the long term? Health insurance experts at Medibroker International share why we recommend expats buy international health insurance.

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Expat Interview: Teaching English Overseas

Want to teach English abroad? We interviewed blogger Amanda Kendle, an Australian expat who has lived a life of travel, about her experiences teaching English in a country that was not her own.

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Expat Author Interview

An expat interview with Polish author Marek Lenarcik about his itchy feet and what life is like for expats in Myanmar.

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Adventurous Expats: Meet Cathy O'Dowd

Medibroker chats to our client Cathy O'Dowd, extreme sport pro and the first woman to summit Mount Everest from both sides!

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Expat Interview with a Global Entrepeneur

We interviewed Chris Osborne from Founders Grid about building businesses on the road and how having a baby made him change his attitude to health insurance.

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Is Your Employee Benefits Package Good Enough?

Questions to ask about your employee benefits package and the extent of medical cover it provides, especially if you are going on an international assignment.

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Where to travel 2015

With the countless comparison sites and other internet resources, traveling is becoming more and more available to everyone. So here are our top 5 places to visit in 2015.

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Expat Interview: Travelling with a Pre-Existing Condition

Travelling with a pre-existing condition can be complicated. A medical practitioner and travel blogger with a chronic illness explains how to manage it.

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Expat Interview - UK Desperate Housewife in America!

Claire Bolden McGill decided it was time for a change, so she and her family took the plunge and headed off for the sunny states of America.

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How the Health Tourism Crackdown Affects British Expats

A crack down on ‘health tourists’ coming to Britain to take advantage of the NHS also signals bad news for Britons living overseas - here's how to ensure your health is covered

 wherever you are.

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10 Best Expat Blogs

These bloggers are popular because they talk about the expatriate experience truthfully and offer a wealth of advice, information and inspiration both to people planning a new life abroad and to those who already have their feet firmly planted in foreign soil.

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Bern: The Best City in Europe for Expats

Bern, the capital of Switzerland, has been named the most ‘liveable’ city in Europe for expatriates.

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5 Reasons Why Life in the Italian Countryside is Better than Life in the British Countryside

In our twice weekly #ExpatHour twitter chats with people who have built a new life abroad, expats often tell us that weather and lifestyle are a motivating factor when it comes to choosing a country to move to. We asked Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs, Founder of property company Appassionata, what makes her new landscape in Italy so much better than Blighty.

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The Risks of being Abroad without Health Insurance

When you're planning a trip abroad or even relocating to another country, insurance can be pushed to the back of your mind as the excitement of packing takes over. However, as insurance experts, Medibroker have seen cases of people going abroad without insurance go catastrophically wrong.

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Best Books for Expats and People Planning a Life Abroad

Medibroker runs a twitter chat for people living abroad and we recently asked the #ExpatHour community to share the books that inspired them to move to another country. The feedback led us to...

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Moving to Bahrain: The Definitive Guide

Connected to Saudi Arabia via the King Fahad Causeway and close to Qatar; Bahrain is currently home to around 12,000 British expatriates. With an overall population of around 1.3 million, of which over half are non-nationals; Eastern and Western culture blend together in the archipelago, making it a veritable paradise for people seeking a new life overseas.

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How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Having lived on two Caribbean islands, Clara Wiggins has first-hand experience of surviving several hurricanes. This includes being in Jamaica when it was hit by force 5 Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and later coming home to a flooded house after Hurricane Tomas in St Lucia in 2010. Here, she gives her advice on what to do if you find yourself living in the path of giant storm.

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Medibroker can now find health cover for Bahrain

With a multicultural society, a low cost of living, excellent education facilities and one of the gulf region’s highest quality healthcare systems; Bahrain is becoming an attractive destination for expatriates, and Medibroker has taken steps to make moving to Bahrain easier.

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Insurance for Expats in Hostile Countries

If you are relocating to a country in which security is an issue, it's vital that you have the right international health insurance.

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Best Places to Live in New Zealand for Expats

Wine, rugby and stunning scenery… what’s stopping you moving to New Zealand?

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Healthcare in Johannesburg: What Expats Need to Know

The greenest city in South Africa offers many benefits for expats looking for a slower pace and a bona fide safari on their doorstep.

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The Cost of Having a Baby Abroad

You’re far away from home, contending with the daily challenges of living in a country that is not your own, and you’re about to start a family. Medical bills should be the last thing on your mind.

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Make 2015 the Year You Move Abroad

Do you dream of escaping the 9-5 life and relocating to foreign lands where troubles melt like lemon drops? Perhaps you feel your home country has little to offer you, or that the grass will always be greener on the other side.

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6 Qualities You Need to Become an Expat

Moving abroad isn't always a walk in the park, even if that park is in a much better climate than the one you left behind. Whether you choose Australia for the weather, Dubai for the career prospects or Thailand for the culture; any move abroad has its downsides.

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Expats in Cuba Welcome Netflix

People living abroad often cite their favourite TV shows as the things they miss the most overseas and while Netflix makes it easy for people all over the world to tune into their favourite TV series, expats in Cuba have been missing out on entertainment from home – until now.

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Five Important Questions to ask Yourself when Choosing an International School

For families with children moving abroad, education is naturally a pressing concern. What sort of education options are available? How do you enroll? 

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9 Best Apps for International Business Travel

Working abroad can pose difficulties for the savviest international businessperson. While long-haul flights can leave even seasoned travellers bleary-eyed in the boardroom, the yearning desire for home comforts can also make working overseas challenging.

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Eco-Adventures in Thailand

When we hear about Thailand, the first thing that comes into our minds is its exotic beaches and crazy, mesmerizing night life; but Thailand is more than a holiday destination for party animals and sun worshipers.

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Imported British Chocolate Banned in America

Last week's agreement made between leading British goods import company Let's Buy British Imports (L.B.B) and American confectioner Hershey's to stop importing Cadbury's chocolate made in Britain will leave a sour taste in the mouths of expats in America.

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Renewing your overseas health insurance

So you've purchased an international health insurance policy and your first year is up.

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Maternity cover for expats

A recent story about a Canadian mother being charged almost $1 million when her baby was born prematurely during a holiday in Hawaii highlights just how important health insurance is when living or travelling abroad. 

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Health Insurance News

In some US health plans, HIV drugs cost nearly $3,000 more per year than in other plans. If left unchecked, this practice could partially undermine a central feature of the Affordable Care Act.

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5 Movie Filming Locations You Should Visit

If you’re working, living or travelling overseas, you’ll want to see everything the country has to offer – including all of it’s hidden gems. One way to see the very best of a country is by visiting movie filming locations abroad!

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5 foods British expats miss most

Which British foods do you miss the most when you're living in another country? The expat health insurance experts asked some Brits abroad about the home comforts they miss.

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Dying Overseas - What happens next

Death is never an easy topic to talk about, however with old and young alike moving to greener pastures overseas to live and work it’s something that needs to be taken into consideration. 

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5 fantastic reasons you should move abroad

So you’re tired of your 9-5 lifestyle and you’re beginning to think maybe you should start living life the way you want to. Moving abroad is a lifestyle change that makes so much sense, but there’s still something holding you back.

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6 Super Fun Destinations In Australia

There's a reason the land down under is a prime destination on everybody's travel bucket list. Australia boasts numerous natural wonders and has something that appeals to every kind of tourist...

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The difference between travel insurance and international medical insurance

When living or travelling abroad it’s important to get an insurance policy that’s right for you. This means understanding what types of insurance are available and exactly what you need from a plan depending on the period of time and the reason you will be overseas.

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Expat Interview: Johannesburg - Living in the City of Gold

Becoming an expat came upon us rather suddenly. We had no plans to move outside of India really but then a good work opportunity came up for my husband and we decided to explore it! In no time, we found ourselves in the Rainbow nation!

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Top Restaurants in Bangkok

Expats and travellers in Thailand rave about Bangkok's street food, but dining out in a city as awesome as Bangkok is also a great way to explore the diverse Thai culture and flavours.

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2014 International Health Insurance Awards

It’s getting to that time of year again when the health insurance industry comes together to praise the achievements of exceptional companies. 

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Ebola Outbreak - Globailty Health Warning

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7 Cheap hotels in Bangkok

Thailand is a top choice because it offers budget backpackers and expats relatively cheap living costs compared to its Eastern counterparts. Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, and has an array of options when it comes to a place to lay your weary head.

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Top Expat Destinations 2014

Thousands of people have decided to move their lives overseas to chase better salaries, a higher standard of living, new experiences and much more. So which destinations were most popular for expats in 2014?

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Traveller Interview: Steve Bloom, Born to Travel

As a kid I was a big fan of adventure movies like Indiana Jones and James Bond. They were always traveling to exotic locations and seeing amazing places. That was my first real taste of the world around me and of a looming travel bug.

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Top 5 Mind Blowing Luxury Travel Accessories

Frequent flyers no longer have to make do with sipping lukewarm water over a dog-eared book on a 12 hour flight. International travel is becoming easier and more accessible than ever, meaning there's a huge market for luxury travel accessories.

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The wonderful world of Chinatown, Bangkok

Chinatown Bangkok (Yaowarat in Thai) is an old city center where Chinese migrants settled when they first came to Bangkok. Its old style buildings and narrow alleys tell a tale of culture and history.

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South East Asia's deadly Methanol alcohol

A good friend of mine (Let's call him Colin) recently went on a trip around the world, spending some time in South East Asia. What he wasn't to know was that what should have been an experience of a lifetime would take a severe turn for the worse.

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Best Places for Expats to Live in Thailand

Are you tired of “paying your dues” at your job? Are you bored of the 9 – 5 corporate world?

You know what I’m talking about: the traditional understanding that loyalty in a job will eventually pay off and lead to a better life.

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Expat Interview - A New Life in Bangkok

I always regretted not going travelling after university, but at the time I didn't have the confidence that I eventually gained in the world of work.

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Three moves to make when you feel out of place

An expat comes to a new country, city or neighbourhood and feels out of place automatically.

Global citizens feel ‘out of place’ at the beginning of their global journey, all the way through, and when they come ‘home’ again.

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Expat Interviews: From Ukraine to France

So, I started saving each and every penny and thinking of ways to travel long-term. Then, on my next trip around Indonesia, I met a boy whom I couldn't let go and followed him all the way to France.

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Top 10 Expat and Travel Gadgets

Gone are the days when a returning traveller would have to regale friends and family with crude drawings and journal entries of their adventure! It’s 2015 and if you want to show friends live video footage of yourself and your fellow nomads feeding elephants in Malaysia then you can.

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6 Seemingly Obvious Facts every Expat Should Know about Singapore

From extremely humid morning sun, to a gloomy and rainy afternoon, to smoky, starless night sky; Singapore is predictable in its unpredictable weather...

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The ultimate guide to moving abroad - Deciding where to move

Choosing where to move abroad can be difficult and you must always keep an even balance between your head and your heart, maybe sometimes even swaying towards your head!

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Expat Adventures - Karen Bleakley's move to Australia

In 2008/09, my husband and took a round the world trip. We spent over half our time away touring New Zealand and Australia because we thought we might like to emigrate one day.

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Five things they won’t tell you about moving abroad

1) You will eat lots of humble pie as you stumble around in your new surroundings learning things...

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Became An Expat

I have lived in Bangkok for a little over 18 months now. The time has flown by so far, and there are days I cannot remember what it was like not to live here. I moved to Bangkok when I was 31....

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Top 5 Mistakes Made By Rookie Travellers

According to Fox News, one of the worst mistakes made by American travellers is the assumption that nobody else speaks English abroad. 

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