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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 lea...

How Do Expats Cope With Losing Their Identity

Source: BBC By Laura Clarke Link to original article After years away on a foreign posting, coming ‘home’ can be overwhelming and isolating. Here’s how many people cope with fitting back in. Last week, we identified an important, but often overlooked problem of being a long-term expat: how a foreign posting can affect your sense of identity, belonging and home. It prompted many of you to share your own enlightening and often surprising experiences of moving around the globe. The sense of never being at home anywhere is very real In fact, so many of you identified with our writer’s dilemma that we thought we would both share your experiences and highlight your best tips when it comes to fitting in once you return “home” after a long stint abroad. No place like home In a Facebook c...

World’s Top 10 Beaches 2018

The planet is filled with what seems to be endless beaches. This can make it challenging when deciding where to invest your precious vacation time. Our list of the world’s top 10 beaches will help you choose the beaches that are sure to fill your vacation with natural wonders and relaxing vibes. 1. Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos Shipwreck Beach is located in Zakynthos, Greece and truly isa postcard-perfect destination come true. Due to it’s location in a beautifulsecluded cove surrounded by towering golden cliffs, visitors are only be able to reach this slice of paradise by boat. But it’s definitely worth the ride there because swimming in these turquoise waters is a memory to cherish for life. On the shore the old Panagiotis shipwreck adds another interesting element to this already stunning ...

Weird and Wonderful Christmas Traditions from Around the Globe

Christmas traditions are wonderful and sometimes wonderfully weird.  These are some of our favourites that are guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit. Giant Lantern Festival, Philippines The Giant Lantern Festival is held each year on the last Saturday before Christmas Eve in the city of San Fernando. San Fernando is known as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.”  Ligligan Parul Sampernandu, as its known to locals, attracts spectators from all over the country and across the globe.  It’s a competitive festival between 11 participating villages.  Local citizens pitch in to build the most elaborate lanterns.  These lanterns were originally simple, paper lanterns not measuring more than 1m in diameter.  Today they’re over 6m and made of all kinds of materials and illuminated. Gävle...

Why Valencia?

If anyone ever asks you the question, “Why Valencia?” after you’ve explained you have just relocated there, the simple answer is, “Why not?” Safely tucked away out of the hurley burley between Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is comfortable in its own skin. And what a skin that is. Valencia is an effortlessly livable city, a haven for foodies, culture-vultures and night owls. Valencia has never looked back since it courageously diverted its avowedly flood-prone river around to its outskirts and converted the now dry riverbed into an illustrious verdant park twining its way through the city. On it, Valencia unleashed innovative architectural designs such as the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Just as critical to Valencia’s enduring attractiveness to residents, visitors and expa...

The Hidden Costs of not Taking Vacations

We know Americans be good at many things however vacationing isn’t one of them. Every year millions of American workers fail to take their allotted vacation days, according to workplace surveys. It seems that the overriding reason is fear but there are costs of not taking vacations. Last year, approximately 54% of Americans ended the year with unused vacation days. When added together, that is 662 million paid days off. About a third of these days (206 million) cannot be rolled over or exchanged for money. Fear of falling behind The lead deterrent to taking time off is the fear of falling behind with work (43% of people cited this as their main reason). The number 2 reason for not leaving the workplace is that people fear that no one else can do the job in their place. And, while man...

Millennials and the Minimalist Trend

The world of retail sales may soon start to worry, if they haven’t already. Not enough people buying enough stuff.  Although this worry has always existed it is somehow different now.  Millennials don’t want to buy stuff and they are trending towards minimalism. Downsizing – not only for the retired In today’s western society success is measured in terms of home prices, market values, and GDP.  Citizens are generally prompted to buy more and more.  When someone came to the age of retirement or once the children left the nest it seems many people had the need to minimize. This is not the case only for retirees however.  The desire to declutter is seen across generations. It is growing among the Silent Generation, the Baby Boomer Generation, Generation X, and the Millennials. Technolog...

5 Challenges Facing Mobility Managers in 2018

Mobility is a necessary part of running a business, from offering better customer support to making employees happier and more productive. Mobile devices improve the way your employees interact with each other, and you’re able to produce an environment where those employees are better equipped to help out customers no matter where they are. Enterprise mobility seems like a no-brainer, but there are several challenges facing mobility managers, and it all starts with understanding how people use these mobile devices and how to go about implementing them. Since mobility in the workplace is still a new concept, there’s no standardized way to go about making your employees more mobile. Sure, you want to allow your employees to work from anywhere, but every individual has their own idea of what ...

Are Spaniards Now Wealthier Than Italians?

According to IMF statistics, for the first time, it seems Spain has a higher GDP (PPP) per capita than Italy. Are Spaniards now wealthier than Italians? There’s a first time for everything The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released figures in mid-April 2018 that confirmed Spain has overtaken Italy in terms of GDP per capita based on purchasing power parity (PPP). This is the first time this has happened according to the IMF. The International Monetary Fund found that the Spanish GDP per capita was $38,286 (€31,111), compared with $38,140 (€30,994) for Italians. It’s evident that there isn’t much of a difference between the two however Spain did come in higher than Italy. Great Recession recovery in Italy It has been almost eight years after the euro crisis began and Italy has yet to re...

Unwritten Rules of Living in a Spanish Village

Fines won’t be handed out for disobeying these norms but failure to comply definitely won’t go unnoticed. Here are some of the unwritten rules of living in a Spanish village. Things work differently Things tend to work a little differently in small towns and villages, including customs and social norms. Spain is no different and their villages have code of unwritten laws that are usually strictly adhered to. You won’t be punished or receive a fine for breaking any of these rules however they’re honoured because they have always been in place. It just comes with the territory. No parking in places  where people hang out  You may very well see some areas where neighbours set up chairs at sunset to enjoy the fresh air. Here you’ll have to imagine a yellow line. You won’t receive a fine but be...

Modern Life in One of the Ancient Cities

It seems just about anywhere you care to dig in modern Rome. You find its ancient origins buried underneath just waiting to be rediscovered. Unlike many ancient cities, however, Roma, the eternal city is a bustling modern city with all the attendant issues we associate with contemporary life; traffic, urban sprawl, parking shortages and garbage collection. All these play tag with Rome’s past. A giddy mix of magnificent Renaissance art, evocative ruins and a dynamic, vibrant contemporary culture make Rome the world’s most inspiring, romantic and zestful of cities, with an undeniable lust for life all of its own. Portrait Roma One of the world’s most impossibly romantic cities, immersed in a history that spans millennia, and with a heartbeat fuelled by divine cuisine and fabulous fashion. Ro...

Why Are Spaniards so Obsessed With Window Shutters?

Spain enjoys plenty of hours of sunshine. The opportunity to have light-filled homes is available the majority of the year, yet homes are often completely shut off to natural light. Why are Spaniards so obsessed with window shutters? Afraid of the light? It seems like Spaniards are afraid of light. As a foreigner living in Spain this is one of the first things one notices. When walking or driving either in a big city or a quaint village one will notice that almost all of the homes will have their shutters drawn. Darkness even in winter  Most shutters in Spain are kept closed all year. Even in the winter months when it’s not so hot. Many expats living in Spain are attracted by the many days of sunshine the country receives and need light all the time. Popular culture In most of Europe the u...