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Moving Abroad Checklist

Here's a brilliant checklist for anyone thinking of moving abroad, courtesy of the FCO and A Place in the Sun (PDF for download at the bottom): Also, not on the list - don't forget to plan for your pets! Here's the checklist summary: 1 - Do your homework 2 - Don't...

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Managing your international payments

This is a guest post by Cathryn Evans. In the current economical difficulties, people are now seeking better value for their money. They are looking for simple, uncomplicated processes to transfer money abroad. There are many options for consumers who are buying...

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Love Surfing? Try the top spots in Portugal

Here's a handy infographic by the guys at Momondo showing the top surfing spots in Portugal. Portugal not only has some of the best beaches in Europe it also has some of the best waves. With spots for all levels - why not check them out? I used to live near Arrifana...

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Moving to Italy? Here’s 7 blogs to check out …

Thinking of moving to Italy? Then here's some blogs from expats who have already made that move. Read all about their lives in Italy and the fun and frustration they have in their new lives. Runbritchickrun - http://runbritchickrun.wordpress.com/ I love to blog about...

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National Days in the EU

Today is St David's Day, the national day of Wales. So, I thought it'd be fitting to provide a list of all national days for the current EU countries. I've also included any dependencies that are also located in Europe and as United Kingdom does not have a recognised...

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5 Top Tips for Expats-to-be

When moving abroad there are always tons of things to plan and consider. There are plenty of places to get help and speaking to other expats who have made the move really does help. Sometimes though, there are just some very simple tips that will make your move just a...

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Is this the coolest government site?

Most governments have websites providing visitors useful information about their countries. Most are pretty dry and not very well put together. But, Sweden's is a real pleasure to read. The home page has striking imagery combined with useful facts and figures about...

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How Safe Are You From Reverse Culture Shock?

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” - Maya Angelou I stumbled upon this quote of the great Dr. Angelou a while back, and the moment I read it, it hit me like a ton of bricks. It reminded me of the...

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