Expats Life

A Magazine Created for Expats by Expats: Issue No. 9

Welcome to the 9th Issue We are happy and excited to welcome you to our ninth edition of this magazine. 
A magazine for people who live, or plan to move abroad. This issue is concentrated on Spain. In the Featured City section you can learn more about life in three beautiful, sunny Spanish cities – Mallorca, Malaga and Marbella. Also, don’t miss your chance to find out where you can get traditional Spanish tapas free of charge, and introduce yourself to places worth spending your retirement. In the Culture Differences section we concentrate on the diversity of education systems across the globe. Did you know that Dutch children start going to the school after their 4th birthday? There are many more interesting stories to read for any taste! What are the numbers? According to th...

The Importance of Learning a Foreign Language

The world is shrinking as globalization and the Internet brings people together like never before. Yet the value of learning a foreign language remains as hotly debated as ever. Today, even a small business can find themselves competing overnight thanks to the power of eBay and Amazon.com. Moreover, Google translator and others are getting better. So, do the benefits of a foreign language still hold up? Foreign Language Staying Power Despite all the reasons you’ve heard about the benefits of learning another language, good for your degree, great for travelling, helpful for fast-tracking your career, many people still seem to believe being multilingual isn’t all that important anymore. We’re here to remind you that an ability to speak languages remains important, even in a shrinking world. ...

What’s It Like Living In Malaga?

By MyExpatsWorld Hello Sunny Days and Low-Cost Lifestyle in Málaga, Spain Spain’s Malaga are deservedly popular as a chic and unashamedly cosmopolitan destination for expats and holidaymakers a alike. Many expats and their families are choosing to settle in Malaga, lured by its fabulous year-round weather, its economical lifestyle, divine fresh cuisine and vibrant Andalucian culture. Moreover, living and vacationing in Malaga remains more affordable than in comparable parts of Northern Europe. Thanks to its comparatively low property prices and the equally low cost of living in Spain’s sunny southern city. Malaga Today Málaga is about halfway along the Costa del Sol. Six decades ago, this idyllic stretch of beautiful Mediterranean coastline was home to quaint little fishing villages. Today...

15 Well-paid Jobs for People Who Don’t Like Stress

Do you think there is a low-stress, well-paying job doesn’t exist? Think again. Here are 15 well-paid jobs for people who don’t like stress. Compiled here is a result of detailed information from that database at the Occupational Information Network. They summarize information such as salary and stress levels of hundreds of jobs. It turns out there are several of these types of jobs to choose from. Each jobs’ stress tolerance is rated on a scale from 0-100. Scores closer to 0 signal less stress. There really aren’t any completely “stress free” jobs but some professions do rate lower than others. The Occupational Information Network reviews how often criticism must be accepted by an employee. This list reviews jobs that pay have decent salaries and a stress level rating of less ...

Essential Tips for Traveling with Animals

For some committed pet parents, a trip just isn’t the same if their pet companions can’t come too. However, traveling with animals can be highly stressful, both for you and your pets. If you’re planning to take your pets with you on a trip, we have some tips to make the experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable for everyone. Quick Checklist For An Animal Move Check Your Destination’s Pet Import Regulations Do you need to have an import permit? Does your pet have to be micro-chipped? What vaccinations are mandatory? Is a Blood Titer Test (RNATT) test mandatory? Do you need to have them checked for internal parasites? Does your pet need to go into quarantine upon arrivals? Must your pet arrive as cargo? Get Your Pet Used To Their Travel Crate All pet carriers must have a waterproof ba...

Follow Your Dreams: How Not to End Up in a Sinking Boat on Day 2

Follow your dream Let’s begin with a story about two exhausted millennials who sold out everything they owned, quit their jobs just to sail around the world. Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh who are 26 and 24-year old decided to change they life completely and escape the routine. The couple bought a 49-year old sailboat and were planning to navigate the Caribbean. Additionally, the whole preparation cost them $10.000. Half of the money went to the vessel purchase and other half to the repair and maintenance. As soon as they started making their dream come true, the very next day they had to stop the journey. The dream fell apart immediately when these newbie sailors “struck something in a tricky channel of water known as John’s Pass off of Madeira Beach, Florida, ripping the keel off...

Pet Sitting your Furry Friends in Copenhagen

Founded by Zuzanna Rybarczyk in Copenhagen, High Paw! Pet Sitting gives you peace of mind knowing that your pets are in trust-worthy and reliable hands of professionals. The company is the only one of this kind in Copenhagen who offer such a diverse range of services for pet parents. Additionally, they support organizations committed to rescuing and caring for animals in need, donating 5% of proceeds to care groups who work hard to improve the lives of neglected animals in the community and abroad. Inspiration behind High Paw! “I’ve always been an animal lover and the idea of opening a pet sitting company came naturally when I started walking a few dogs in my free time while studying in Copenhagen.” Says Zuzanna. “Once launched, I started taking diverse courses in order to become a g...

How to Be Happy Wherever You Live

By Fiona Maguire There are many challenges and rewards to living abroad. Experiences can either be happy, or really, really low. You might be a happy, go lucky person who thrives on adventure. Or, you may be the type who likes to stand back and play it safe. Most people imagine that the kind of person you are is what makes the challenge of living abroad easy or not. This is partly true but there’s more to the equation than your personality. What makes the biggest difference to our level of happiness when dealing with challenges is understanding how your mind really works. How Your Mind Works Your mind is a big filter, it filters information coming through your five senses and then makes representations of that information inside your mind. It does this so that you can understand the inform...

The Least Awkward Way to See if You Have a Future with Your Date

Dating someone new usually brings excitement and hope to most people. The first few dates can often be accompanied by many questions about the future and this potential new partner. “Where is this going?” “Do we have a future together?” But it may take time to find answers to these questions. Here is a good tip for the least awkward way to see if you have a future with your date. We Don’t Want to Seem Too Forward at First Most of us don’t want to risk being too forward when we first meet someone. Therefore, many times, the conversation is kept to basic questions and small talk. Rarely do we ask questions about any information of substance. So How Can We Tell if Someone is Right for Us? According to a relationship psychologist Dr. Maurer, we really just need to ask this one cliché question....

7 Weird Ways to Get Arrested in Europe

Traveling or moving to Europe? Would you like to keep your record clean and stay away from fines? There are some weird ways to get arrested in Europe. Some of the laws are just strange and we’ve compiled a cautionary list to help you keep law breaking to a minimum. Call it the what not to do list. Run Out of Gas on the German Autobahn Better fill up before you drive on the German Autobahn. An empty fuel tank is always annoying. From having your vehicle stuck on the road to the smugness which usually comes from the passenger seat. Running out of gas on the German Autobahn means that you’re also breaking the law. At the high speeds one is able to travel here (there is no speed limit) it’s no wonder as any vehicle stopped on the road would be a major hazard. Hanging Clothes Out to Dry on a Su...

The Most Romantic Gestures According to Both Men & Women

Dating and maintaining a decent relationship in the 21st century is far from easy. Some may even call it a nightmare. There are many reasons for this. We have greater freedom and most of us are always ‘on’ when it comes to workplace culture. But, of course digital technology (dating apps) and social media make it easy to just swipe left or block when things don’t go the way we’d like.  The most romantic gestures according to both men & women are not all the same, but we do have a lot in common. 75% of People Would Like More Romance in Their Lives Approximately 60% of people are confused about what constitutes romance. Gone are the old days when romance was the norm and doing something nice for your date was very much appreciated, if not expected. Today many people (about 57%) are afrai...

Things to Know When You’re Learning a New Language

Learning a new language is never easy but is a lot of fun. Your horizons open to new cultures, new ways of thinking and expression with a new language. Here are some things to know when you’re learning a new language that will help you grasp it a little easier. Make Realistic Goals Ask yourself what you’d like to achieve and by when. When learning a new language, it’s best to break your goals down. Make them more manageable and achievable over a few months. This will be both more realistic and more motivating. Remind Yourself Why You’re Learning Everyone has a different reason for learning a new language. For many who are teaching themselves it’s especially hard to stay motivated and to keep the momentum going. Write down your top 10 list of why you are doing this and keep it in fron...