If you are moving or living abroad but want to ensure that your career remains intact in some form or another, here are ten pointers: 1. Think creatively You may need to rethink your career path but with creative thinking you can end up going in a surprising and fun, albeit new, direction. Now is… Continue reading 10 Expat Career Tips
As 2018 turned into 2019 I said to my husband, "Thank god for that. 2019 can't be worse then 2018." Little did I know 2019 was standing in the side wings saying to 2018, "Ha! Hold my beer." Probably the worst thing about moving overseas is the fact that you leave your family and friends… Continue reading 10 Things 2019 Has Already Taught Me
When I left the UK in 2000 to board a boat that would take me to a new life in the Netherlands, I never really stopped to consider how my life was about to change. Naive maybe, but one thing I learned quickly was how to roll with the expat punches. I knew there was… Continue reading 10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands
Whether you have secured the job of your dreams in a location you have always wanted to live, or are moving abroad for more practical reasons, working as an expat is an exciting prospect. There is so much to do in the run up to the move and when you first arrive, it can be… Continue reading Expat living: Four Expat Challenges and How to Overcome Them
At this time of year many of you have travel plans to spend Christmas with loved ones that you left behind when you moved abroad. Leaving family and friends behind is certainly one of the biggest downsides of moving overseas. But there are many positives to living overseas. There are at least five convincing ones… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Live Abroad at Least Once in Their Lives
Hard to make friends, difficult to learn the local language, fit into the local culture and integrate into the local community. Does this sound like your expat life in the Netherlands? That Was Then, And Now? Expat Survey Results Back in 2011, according to the Expat Explorer Survey carried out for HSBC Bank International, the Netherlands placed… Continue reading It is Impossible to Integrate, Fit into the Local Culture and Make Dutch Friends. Discuss.
It's eighteen years ago since I made the journey from England to the Netherlands to start a new life. That day is still fresh in my mind, as if it was yesterday......... The sun-faded oranges and reds of the shipping containers, emblazoned with white letters, lining the dock edge are the first things I see… Continue reading The Day I Came to the Netherlands