How do you feel about leaving your comfort zone?

Traveling for a gap year or moving to a new country often means leaving our comfort zone. We never know what exactly it will be like. We might leave behind a safe job, a partner, family and friends for an unknown period of time. Everything is open and will probably turn out differently than we think it might.

 

Check out this awesome video, and feel free to share how you felt before a major imminent trip or expat posting.…

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It’s my year of the three wise monkeys. Do you buy art as a souvenir?

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I am starting the New Year with positive intentions and with this new painting in my office. It’s inspired by the three wise monkeys of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
To me it links to Buddhist tradition and the proverb of not dwelling on negative thoughts which is in line with my interest in NLP and Positive Psychology. (I also think it perfectly expresses that Monday morning feeling when you switch on your computer ūüėČ )

It made me think that pictures can be resourceful to expats and travellers and are probably one of the best …

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How do you spend Christmas abroad?

You truly live an expat life when you spend Christmas abroad. Most of us probably prefer travelling home over the holidays, but sometimes work or travel distance might stop us from spending it with our family; or maybe we just love to live an expat life to the fullest and stay at our new home. I personally quite like to travel over Christmas and discover new parts of the world.

Here are 8¬†tips how to make the best out of any Christmas away from home:…

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Here’s inspiration for what to see and visit on your next trip to Spain

Planning to get away over the holidays?¬†Check out trip4real.com¬†‚Äď an online platform to bring local tourist guides and travellers together. It allows you to find your travel adventure by destination while offering you anything between sight seeing, nightlife,¬†culinary¬†tours or sports adventures. It’s a great chance to¬†get shown around by locals.¬†You pick and choose. Or maybe you¬†may just want¬†to find some inspiration for yourself…

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How about Christmas presents on the go?

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Christmas is approaching and there is that feeling of wanting to give something back to those marvellous people who have been great to you on the way or you just want to say thank you. When travelling or at a new expat home, budget can be tight and you are probably restricted in what belongings you can bring. We certainly have to be creative.

Girls, how about a minimalist approach to awesome handmade, personal presents now that knitting & crochet are back in fashion?…

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Languages are keys to new worlds. How do you relate to them?

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We live in a time where speaking 3 or 4 languages is not extraordinary anymore; it is so much more common to be multilingual these days. Multilingual people use several languages in everyday life. Some people call them gifted and intelligent, others doubt they can fully master any one of those languages.

Be it your mother tongue or a language you acquired later in life, I certainly agree that you have to keep in touch with each language. You will lose its fine-tuning if you stop using it. Besides interest in grammar and attention to detail, it helps being aware …

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13 valuable tips for moving to a new country

Moving country is a great, rewarding and character building experience. You get the chance to learn from other mentalities, customs and ways of life that enrich your own. I would not want to miss it!

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However, don’t underestimate the stress and pressure you can be exposed to, especially during the first six months. Having lived in 7 different countries, I know well enough what I’d like to call a ‚Äúcircle of emotions‚ÄĚ you go through. …

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