Expat Life

How to Have a Calm and Present Expat Life

Source: Anglo Info Link to original article Living overseas can be challenging at the best of times and overwhelming when things don’t go to plan. One way to deal with mounting pressure and the sometimes overwhelming speed of life is to meditate. Discover the seven most common forms of meditation and then try a simple breath-awareness meditation technique. Wait…isn’t meditation for long-haired types sitting cross-legged on a mountain top? No! Mediation can be practiced anywhere by anyone. The key to successful meditation is finding the right kind of meditation to suit you and your overseas lifestyle. One size does not fit all! There’s no question that when things go wrong far from friends and family, it always feels much worse than if you were “back home”, which inevitably piles the pressu...

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...

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...