How much do we all take notice of what is around us, how much do we block out? I for one have tended to try and block out the graffiti that is so much a part of the cityscape of Lisbon these days. Much of it is mindless ugly scrawl, however some is impressively artistic, [...]
In May this year, the Brookfield Global Relocation Services released their latest survey results: Global Relocation Trends Survey 2011. The people responding to the survey were Senior HR or mobility professionals. Compared to previous years this survey was considerably more upbeat with over 61% of respondents saying that they expected to see an increase in [...]
When the alarm clock rings in the morning, do you groan and turn over wishing it were the weekend or some other day OR do you jump out of bed excited and enthusiastic by what the day holds for you?
We moved abroad to support our partners and their international career; a wonderful opportunity to experience life in different countries and cultures and perhaps exciting, challenging and very positive but also sometimes overwhelming and isolating? What was your experience of your transition process? How easy was it to adapt, and how does your experience compare to the experience of the people who contributed to my survey?
Moving abroad is a time consuming occupation for the accompanying partner. Just the sheer logistics of a move, settling a family into a new home and school, getting to know the local area and building a new network of friends can leave little time or space for the partner to think about themselves, their personal [...]
Earlier this week I wrote about the challenges involved in living and working abroad. Perhaps an article like this does give a bit of a gloomy perspective on the experience, but forewarned is forearmed and setting realistic expectations is so important pre-move. A move abroad never is all sea, sun and sangria! But Challenges dispatched [...]
If you are thinking about relocating abroad and wondering about certain locations one suggestion I have for your search is to investigate what expatriate/international groups exist in each location. OR If you are already decided on where you are relocating to, then take time now to find out what groups exist, how to contact them [...]
People say it all the time, loften light heartedly; “things are bad here (politically, economically, even weather wise) I want/wish I could move abroad” People are even tweeting about their desire to move to a new life abroad. Of course many don’t ever get round to anything more than writing that tweet and I often [...]
Where are you living now? What is your nationality? Was this your first move abroad? How long have you been living in X? What brought you here? What do you do to make a living? How has your experience of living in X been so far? What do you like/love about X? What do you [...]
When I first relocated abroad to Madrid from the UK – a frightening number of years ago now! I remember vividly the excitement I felt at being in a new vibrant city “Abroad”. I loved the lifestyle, the long lunches, the late dinners, tapas – oh yes!, the loud chatter of the locals ‘discussions”, the [...]