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The Extravagant Brunches of Expat Elites

By: Jui Chakravorty Robyn Coughlan is a brunch enthusiast. Originally from Scotland, she moved to Dubai two years ago to work in the oil and gas industry. Even before she arrived, she had heard of this celebrated element of the expatriate scene. “Usually served up at five-star hotels and the city’s most upscale restaurants, these events can cost $800 per person.” “Brunch is everywhere, it’s impossible to be in Dubai and not see it or hear it being advertised,” Coughlan says. For her, it’s about socialising with friends and indulging in food and drinks at lavish hotels. “It’s a weekend favourite here, so when you arrive, you are guaranteed to be invited to one.” These are no ordinary brunches. The City of Gold is one of several global cities with big expat populations wher...

Senior Executives Cost Their Firms More Than £6,000 a Trip Waiting Around at Airports

Source: International Business Times By: Roger Baird Link to original article It pays for chief executives on £4m a year to get around quickly, says report Top executives waste over £6,000 ($7,500) every time they board a scheduled flight, according to a report. The study by research group Censuswide found that business people took almost three hours to travel to an airport from home or the office, and spent a further three-and-a-half-hours hanging around at terminals at either end of the flight. In total, six hours and twenty minutes of waiting around and travel is priced at £1,009 an hour, based on the median pay of a FTSE 100 chief executive set at £4m a year in 2015, according to the High Pay Centre. “This figure does not take in the cost of a business class seat, or flight delay...

The Surprising Benefits of a Mid-Career Break

Source: BBC By: Elizabeth Garone Link to original article Once considered career suicide, sabbaticals are now not only accepted – but encouraged – by some employers. Here’s how to take one and still get ahead. When Winston Chen told his friends that he had quit his job as chief technology officer at a software company to move to a small island in Arctic Norway with his family for a year, few people called him crazy.  Instead, most people simply replied: “I wish I had the guts to do that.” While many people dream of taking time off mid-career, few actually do it. But the number of people taking lengthy sabbaticals later in life is increasing, according to experts. That’s in part due to companies becoming more open to the idea and the higher rate at which people are changing jobs. And depend...

4 Ways Living Abroad Changes You… Forever

Source: Huffington Post By: Russell V. J Link to original articleIt was in the summer of 2002 that we first decided to move abroad. The kernel of an idea was already there but, during those months, we began to grow an idea into reality.One year later and our first stop was Vancouver, Canada, where I turned my back on the corporate world and returned to student life. It was tough going but got easier as time went on. And we moved on. To Ottawa and a job with the government, a new set of friends, our first Canadian house and a more settled way of life. But we were young and we grew restless. With the quest for travel and adventure still burning in our hearts, we quit Canada in search of long hot summers and a more laid-back lifestyle. Our next move took us to the beautiful harbor city of Syd...

Looking for a Job Abroad? Expats Who Found Work Tell All

Source: Wall Street Journal By: Anne Louise O’Connell  Link to original articleLooking for a job can be a stressful proposition, fraught with challenges and requiring a strategic approach and a healthy dose of self-confidence. The landscape shifts that much more when the search is conducted in a foreign country, or when you’re preparing to move. In these cases, the need for creativity increases.“I graduated from college with a degree in marketing and then started working in a digital marketing company,” said Tom King, a digital marketing professional from Ireland. “Then my girlfriend was offered a job with Emirates, so I was tasked with the role of finding a job in Dubai.”He turned to the place he knew would be the greatest source of information, the Internet. “I registered for every websi...

How Do You Make Friends In a New Country?

Source: BBC Link to original article For expats working on assignments in new countries, building a social circle can be the toughest challenge of all. Readers share their tips for meeting new people in strange places. For those of us who live abroad, moving to a new country comes with a host of challenges – from weird cultural quirks to finding a place to live. But one of the toughest is meeting new people: indeed,  one of our most popular stories from last year was a piece about dating in Sweden, which examined loneliness many expats feel when trying to settle in abroad. So we posed the question: How have you made friends after moving to a new country? Many of you responded with innovative, thoughtful and novel ideas. After working in the Middle East, Africa, USA as well as mainland Euro...

20 Lessons Learned From Traveling to 20 Countries

Source: Brittany from Boston Link to original articleAmong the wonderful benefits of traveling is the opportunity to grow and learn more about yourself, while learning about other people and cultures around the world. And along the way, it’s important to look back and reflect upon what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown. With my recent trip to The Bahamas marking my 20th country visited, I’m taking a moment to reflect! Here are my 20 Lessons Learned from Traveling to 20 Countries: Lessons Learned from Traveling: 1.   I am not the center of the universe.  Most people are self-absorbed on some level, and I think the easiest cure to a case of vanity is traveling the world to see how much life exists beyond your own. It’s actually a really beautiful realization to learn about other people fro...

Loneliness Often Follows Sudden Wealth

Source: BBC By Alina Dizik Link to original article  After more than three decades working as a flight attendant, Sandy Stein, now 65, finally hit the jackpot. Stein was 53 when she invented the finders key purse, a tool that hooks onto a handbag and makes it simple to lift out your keys rather than digging for them. That year, she paid cash for a fancy car, hired her first few employees and grossed $4m in sales. It was a dream scenario in so many ways. But, to Stein’s surprise, all this success led to, loneliness at home. She got divorced — her husband had always been the main breadwinner and grew resentful of Stein’s sudden success, she says. Some of Stein’s friendships were also strained. “People get jealous and say or do ugly things,” she says. While most people wouldn’t give up longin...

The Foreign Workers Leaving Britain Because of Brexit

Source: BBC By Elizabeth Garone Link to original article With fears of what’s next for foreigners post-Brexit, these people are uprooting their lives again, after being long settled in the UK. Katarina Karmazinova came to London aged 24 to study European business. Attracted, she says, by the UK’s multiculturalism and openness, the Slovakian native chose the Royal Holloway University for her master’s degree. After graduating, she decided to stay and work – she even bought a flat. But when the UK voted to leave the European Union in June last year, Karmazinova sold her flat, quit her job, and left the country. She has been travelling and writing since.  Of those who uprooted their lives and moved to the UK, some now find themselves facing a big decision of moving yet again  “It made me sad t...