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The 10 Most Unusual Hotels Around the World

By Sheena Bhattessa The choice on where to stay often dictates where you go. And competition gets tougher. There is a new breed of hotels that are becoming more adventurous, more peculiar and in more improbable locations. And there is not shortage of travellers who have to see them to believe them. From Berlin’s Propeller Island, for example, a popular choice amongst artists, or Sri Lankan eco lodge Kumbuk Hotel that looks like a giant elephant, or the TreeHotel in Sweden featuring TreeRooms and a Tree Sauna. I commend the creativity and when you can’t drag bricks and mortar, an architect, sometimes a hotelier will find a way to make it happen. From up in the trees, to deep underwater, its been a difficult list to edit, but we brought it down to our top 10. 1. CRANE HOTEL FARALDA, AMSTERDA...

Expats Move Up The Career Ladder In The UK

By Dean Blackburn There are many dreams and aspirations expats hope to realise during their time abroad: improve their quality of life, pursue a new challenge or join a partner in their overseas adventure. Many also seek to boost their job prospects, and to find greater fulfilment in their careers. For these expat ambitions, the UK emerges as one of the top destinations with each British city offering something different. HSBC’s Expat Explorer latest annual report – Achieving ambitions abroad – reveals that Singapore, New Zealand and Canada are the top three expat destinations globally. With nearly 27,000 expats from 190 countries sharing their views on life abroad with us this year, the survey is the world’s largest poll of expats. While the UK ranks 22nd overall, ...

One of a Kind Solutions

Founded in 1993, Epicenter Creative is an award-winning graphic design firm specializing in the natural goods industry, and serving clients in a broad spectrum of industries on a regional, national and international basis. Business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients alike rely on Epicenter to help successfully introduce new products and services, increase sales and provide positioning and branding. Experience in all aspects of advertising design, including creative conceptualization, photo art direction, and layout and printing supervision. Their industry diversification provides a broad base of understanding for business-to-business and consumer products and services. In fact, this diversity offers Epicenter’s clients far more “fresh perspective” than industry-specific advertisi...

The Nordic Countries are the Worst in the World for Making Friends, According to Expats

By Tom Turula The Nordic countries are popular destinations for expatriates. They continue to attract foreigners with outstanding education, childcare, and healthcare. Moreover, the highly satisfying work-life balance supports family life and allows foreign residents to enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle. These were some of the findings in InterNations’ recent study, Expat Insider 2017, which asked more than 13,000 expats about quality of life in 65 different countries. While Norway (20th), Finland (21th), Sweden (22th), and Denmark (30th) all rank slightly above average, the survey found that the Nordic region does have a dark side (beyond high living costs). Many expats find it difficult to settle in and make contact with the natives. As welcome as the cold weather Norway, Denmark, a...

Welcome to the 6th Issue of MyExpatsWorld Magazine

We are happy and proud to welcome you to our sixth edition of this magazine, the only monthly magazine for people who live or plan to move abroad. There are approximately 1200 new people connecting to MyExpatsWorld every 24 hours, truly amazing.. Reading this magazine online, reading our newsletters, following our daily updated newsblog, posting and commenting on our 112 Facebook groups and pages around the world, watching our webTV show, listening to our webRadio channel and contacting us with all kinds of questions and requests for assistance around the world. We see a high concentration of connected people in Europe, Asia and North America. We are now pro-actively starting to connect with people and companies to grow our crowd of followers in Latin & South America, Africa and China....

You’re More Likely to get Better Service on a Plane if You Sit Here

By Megan Murray From tips on how to wing your way into first class or learning when is the cheapest time to book, there are lots of ways to make the most out of an upcoming holiday. But the easiest way to improve any airplane experience is, of course, to indulge in all those little extras – after all, you are on your holidays. With that in mind, we reckon it’s of the highest importance that all of us planning to jet off for some winter sun (or a Christmassy weekend away) learn exactly how to get on the right side of the flight attendants, otherwise known as the guardians of booze and snacks. According to Oyster.com, the best place to sit on a plane to get attentive service and better access to all the treats is the rear of the aircraft. Annie Kingston, a flight attendant writing for the ‘h...

Singapore has the Richest, Safest, and Best Quality of Life for Expats

By Lianna Brinded Singapore is the best place to live in the world as an expat, according to HSBC’s 10th annual “Expat Explorer: Broadening Perspectives” survey. HSBC commissioned Britain’s YouGov polling agency to survey nearly 28,000 expats (people aged 18 or over and living away from their home country) between March and April this year, living in 159 countries and territories. Of those, 46 countries and territories made into the ranking—inclusion required a minimum sample of 100 expat respondents, including at least 30 expat parents. The survey asked 27 questions on topics ranging from personal finance, work-life balance, and overall cost of raising children, which made up three league tables: Economics, Experience, and Family. In the master league table combined from the three, Singap...

How to Deal With Language Barriers as an Expat

By Vivian Chiona Language and the spoken word is our most direct way of communicating. It’s how we connect with others and how we make sure our needs are met. So, it’s only natural to feel lost, confused or anxious when you can’t speak a local language, or struggle to speak it well. The secret is to develop a committed belief in yourself – and to be kind to yourself – as you learn the lingo. Learning the local language can be invaluable As an expat, you’re no stranger to adapting to new circumstances and thinking on your feet. But it can still come as a shock to find that you can’t order a loaf of bread, or make a doctor’s appointment, or that the quality of your conversations is limited by your vocabulary. Although it’s tempting to remain in the international bubble or to spen...

Brexit: Expats Given ‘No Disruption’ Pledge by Spanish Government

By BBC Britons living in Spain will not have their lives “disrupted” after Brexit – even if there is no UK-EU deal, the Spanish foreign minister says. The two sides are yet to reach an agreement about how the rights of expats will be protected after Brexit. Theresa May has called for “urgency” from the EU side in finding a solution. And speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Alfonso Dastis sought to reassure more than 300,000 Britons living in Spain. “I do hope that there will be a deal,” the minister said. “If there is no deal we will make sure that the lives of ordinary people who are in Spain, the UK people, is not disrupted. “As you know, the relationship between the UK and Spain is a very close one in terms of economic relat...

The 10 Places Where Expat Income Goes the Furthest

By Courtney Connley For the fourth year, expat resource site InterNations has analyzed the life of expats across the globe with its Expat Insider 2017 survey. Garnering 12,500 responses from individuals representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories, the Expat Insider survey asked participants a range of questions regarding quality of life, cost of living, safety and education to get insight on the best places to live and work abroad in 2017. Of those surveyed, 31 percent said their reason for moving was because of their career, 25 percent said because of love and family, and 14 percent said they sought a better quality of life. Richard Elliot | Getty Images City of Luxembourg. InterNations considered expat wages as well as cost of living to create this list of t...

Which European Countries Are the Most Welcoming?

By Currency Fair Countries can be considered welcoming to expatriates for lots of reasons. Locals being friendly to foreigners is the most obvious, but other things matter, too. The standard of living is important, and some expats will give up a seemingly perfect job at home for what they consider a great work/life balance abroad. For families with children, good childcare ranks pretty highly on the list, while others cite economic stability as an important factor. Even your age matters in terms of how quickly you settle into a new place, so what might be deemed a welcoming country to Baby Boomers and retirees may well seem a bit stand-offish to Millennials. Standard of Living The researchers at Glassdoor recently published its list of European countries with the highest standard of living...

Live Like a Local in Spain

Founded by Nino González-Aller in 2010, Homestays in Spain is an exchange programme which allows English Speakers to live in Spain with local families. Nino has had the opportunity of living and studying in many countries including the United States and Belgium, and has a huge passion for cultural exchanges and languages, which he can speak four of fluently. Why should people experience this opportunity? Well, you’ll be able to take Spanish lessons, visit the city during the week, and even travel the weekends – this is totally up to you. What are the benefits of a homestay exchange programme? You’ll have a chance to live in Spain for a few weeks or months and enjoy the Spanish lifestyle at its fullest! In exchange all you need to do is engage in conversational English for TWO hours e...