turquoise sea in Comino island in Malta

Expat, Tourist, Traveller, Backpacker or Digital Nomad ?

What’s the best way to discover a new place?

How do you prefer travelling when discovering new places? Most of us have been a tourist before and some may have chosen to travel on a budget as a backpacker. But what distinguishes them from a traveller? And would you consider becoming an expat or digital nomad? They are certainly similar and overlap at times. Let me try to shed some light on what the differences are and how to benefit from all of them: …

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How to cope with the four stages of expat relocation

I recently came across an article on the 4 stages of cultural adjustment when moving abroad. As an expat who has lived and worked in 7 different countries I couldn’t relate more! While each time can be slightly different, there is definitely a repeating pattern every time you make that move. Being aware of these emotional phases and learning how to overcome difficulties during expat relocation helps to take a step towards understanding the culture of your new expat home. Here’s how to immerse yourself in a new country:…

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Studying abroad in Spain

It’s been tricky lately to post regularly because I have been doing a part-time masters degree in online marketing and e-commerce while working and trying to run this blog. The good news is I am about to hand in the final thesis and ready to share my experience.
Have you been thinking of studying abroad or gaining additional qualifications in another country? Here are helpful ideas and practical advice how to approach your goal and know what to expect.…

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7 ways how to move abroad

Want to live abroad but you’re not quite sure how to tackle it? You’ve had a fabulous Erasmus year and want to move overseas again sometime? Getting bored with things at home and the thought of going abroad seems attractive? Don’t just wait for the occasion. Make it your goal and find a way to get there.

Living abroad will definitely be character building and open a new world with different points of view. You’ll strengthen your personal skills such as flexibility, courage and tolerance. At times it will push your limits and you’ll be out of your comfort zone. …

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Expat guide: How to keep in touch with family

expat guide how to keep in touch with family and friends Expat life is…

when you’ve been away for so long that your mum starts to confuse you with your sister in law. 

When I first noticed that Christmas and birthday gifts seemed to be for someone else in the family, I thought it was kind of funny. Don’t get me wrong; I am grateful for my family thinking of me! But the second time round I started to ask myself questions.

I guess after 15 years of seeing family only for a few days every year or two, I should feel bad and spend more time with them. 😉 It’s …

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4 insights into overseas work mentalities

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Living and working in foreign countries is a funny thing. We hop on a 2h flight across Europe and think we are aware and respectful about cultural differences or that at least we will learn to adapt shortly. But do we really?
I recently joined a French company here in Spain to work for their German team which made me think about differences in working mentalities: I have worked in international teams across 7 countries over the past 15 years and definitely find some mentalities easier to work with than others. Take meeting styles as an example. In my opinion …

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Lonely expat: How do you handle loneliness?

expat life can be like on a different planet

Expat life sounds exciting and adventurous to most people. We get to experience different ways of life and to learn about new countries, cultures and mentalities. It truly is exciting! Especially the first six months are filled with thrilling excitement and discoveries about the “new” life while relocation and general adjustment keep us busy. During that time we may go through a rollercoaster of emotions. And when it finally gets a bit quieter and find a routine, we may feel a little lonely sometimes.

Even after 10 years of living abroad a feeling of isolation comes and goes in steady …

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