Expat Life

16 October 2018

Beauty and the Beast: comparing Hong Kong & and Singapore for expats

Comparing Singapore and Hong Kong from the perspective of an expat

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9 October 2018

Gender equality: is the tide turning for female expats?

Are the long-running attempts to redress gender discrimination finally bearing fruit? Many challenges remain for female expats, but there are recent signs for optimism

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25 September 2018

6 tips to prepare expats for a different office culture

We help expats prepare for a very different office environment during their global assignment. Are you ready to do as the Romans do?

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27 August 2018

Cross-cultural awareness: more than just a different country

Cross-cultural differences are often larger than expats expect – with direct consequences for their assignment. Raise your cross-cultural awareness & stay prepared

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21 August 2018

6 ways for expats to stay connected with friends

One of the hardest parts of moving overseas is leaving behind your friends. Enjoy 6 tips to stay close with your friends as an expat on the move

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13 August 2018

Love to travel, travel to love: dating for expats

Finding romance in a new host country can be daunting. We share advice, experiences, and research to help single expats find their true love

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10 July 2018

The pros and cons of expat life in Moscow

A summary of the strengths and weaknesses of Moscow from the expat perspective

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26 June 2018

Preparing kids for a relocation – a moving story

Kids adjust quickly, but moving halfway across the world can take its toll. Our Affiliate Martin shares his emotional story and the lessons he learned.

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19 June 2018

The pros and cons of expat life in Shanghai

A summary of the strengths and weaknesses of Shanghai from the expat perspective

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17 May 2018

Around the world in 7 movies: great films for expats

Seven classic movies that give different perspectives on the life of expats. Have you seen them all?

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Global assignments and expat children: advice for parents
20 March 2018

Global assignments and expat children: advice for parents

A global assignment is a big deal for grown-ups. But they also have to think about how their children will get on. Make sure you cover all your bases

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16 March 2018

An alternative view of the top 5 destinations for expats

An infographic highlighting some of the lesser known facts and figures about the top five expat destinations, as rated by the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey.

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16 February 2018

The pros and cons of expat life in NYC

A summary of the strengths and weaknesses of New York City from the expat perspective

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7 February 2018

Always an expat, never a repat: what to do when returning home is not an option?

Many expats repeatedly relocate to new countries. Mariam Ottimofiore shares her challenges of serial expatriation and the type of support these expats require

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27 November 2017

Global mobility and emotions: how does it feel to be an expat?

Excitement, fear, loneliness, empowerment. Ride the rollercoaster of emotions that every new expat experiences and discover where to find emotional support

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1 August 2017

The pros and cons of expat life in Barcelona

A summary of the strengths and weaknesses of Barcelona from the expat perspective.

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18 July 2017

The best cities for expats – from all angles

Which are the best cities for expats to live in? Explore our alternative take on the best relocation destinations.

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20 April 2017

Does an expat assignment really help your career progression?

Going on a global assignment can be great for your career. But beware of the professional downsides too…

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27 March 2017

The pros and cons of expat life in Singapore

A summary of the strengths and weaknesses of Singapore from the expat perspective

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16 February 2017

Avoiding culture shock: 4 tips for coping with a new culture

Preparing to relocate overseas? Here are a few tips to help you avoid culture-shock on arrival in your new host country

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12 January 2017

The 5 best cities for expats to live in

Which are the best cities for expats? We combine surveys from around the web with our own experience to give you the top 5. 

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6 January 2017

6 national holidays from around the world that expats need to know about

Different cultures celebrate different holidays – this is our guide to the major holidays and festivals around the world, and how they affect expat life.

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23 November 2016

Expat depression: recognition, reasons and remedies

Expat depression is an under-reported phenomenon which can have terrible consequences. Learn how to spot the signs, understand the causes, and act.

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3 November 2016

Well I wasn’t expecting that: the top 5 expat surprises

Whether travelling independently or going on a global assignment, working abroad will be full of surprises; this quick checklist prepares you for some of them…

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26 September 2016

Repatriation experiences – preparing for a soft landing

Rob Chipman, President of FIDI, shares observations about repatriation – and what you can expect when your assignment comes to an end. 

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