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Posted on Feb 18, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad |

Practical Preparations for Living Abroad

Moving is serious business that requires careful planning. Although it may feel like a grand adventure at first you will need to keep a lot of things in mind before you move forward with such a step. You should never underestimate what you’re getting yourself into as this will have a significant impact on your well-being. Here are some tips on what you can do to adapt to the changing environment and stay sane at the same time. Realistic expectations If you travel to a new place as a tourist, that is one thing. Traveling and living in a completely new and almost alien culture is a far more life-changing experience. You will need to be mentally prepared for the skip between the familiar and the unknown. It is a large step so you must consider the reasons for your move and the length of your stay abroad. Making a second home You must consider the accommodations in your target country long before you board the plane. This has to be done at least months if not a year in advance so you will have sufficient time to deal with the paperwork and details involved. This takes time and effort that you won’t otherwise have the chance to deal with. It may breed a number of problems down the line if these details are not taken into account. Keep in mind each country will have different requirements and a different culture which you will need to adhere to if you want to fit in and make a living. Documentation It is the most important step of all as within this lies the key to your new destination.  It is important to have a valid passport, which will be available to you long after you are done with the immigration process. The requirements and documentation concerning immigration will be different for every country, however one thing is certain – you need to be patient. Depending on the nature of the immigration it may take months, if not more than a year for you to be accepted within the boundaries of...

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Posted on Feb 18, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad |

Staying in touch whilst travelling

Going travelling is one of the most magical things one can do in life; learning about new cultures and seeing the things we’ve only seen in movies – but it can also be a daunting time as it can be difficult to get those messages to our loved ones to let them know that we are safe and well. There are options that are easily available to everyone when travelling and staying in touch with friends and family, as long as you use the right kind of technology for specific types of calls. Here I will give you some of the options available and how you can use them to get the most out of your data. Mobile Phones. We all take advantage of our phones every single day, but knowing how they work abroad can be confusing and costly to our bank balances. There are plenty of mobile networks that now offer cheaper ways to call and send texts messages home from where ever you are. One of the best ways to know how much you are spending on your calls is to use a monthly phone plan, such as Virgin Pay Monthly Phones. These are exactly the type of phone plan that a traveller needs, especially if you don’t know how long you are going to be away. You are not tied in to an 18 month contract that you won’t use when you are back and as long as you use it correctly you can still get the perks of a contract such as internet data and free calls once you are home! Using your mobile phone abroad is perfect for when you need to have a quick conversation or you simply want to send a daily text message to say that you are OK. Internet Calls Ok, so you may not want to carry a laptop around with you at all times, but there are a number of options for staying in touch over the internet. The most obvious is to email news to your family – this is great for long letters and also...

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Posted on Feb 15, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Maldives Islands – An Island Getaway Like No Other

When you’re looking for an exotic vacation destination where sandy beaches, tropical vegetation, and crystal blue waters abound, you probably already know that you have a few different viable options. Why choose the Maldives? The Maldive Islands have long been a popular tourist destination and even a popular wedding and honeymoon location for many UK travelers, but in America and elsewhere, the Southern Asia archipelago of 1200 islands is slightly less well known. The Maldives has 80 tourist islands, all with resorts and services that cater to visitors from all around the world. Besides the year-round sunshine, one of the things that makes the Maldives stand out is the ocean itself. From warm lagoons where you can snorkel amongst amazing tropical fish, to gentle waves that make the Maldives one of the 5 best places for whale and dolphin-watching in the world, the crystal clear waters of these coral islands are like nowhere else on earth. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? 1. Planning a Trip to the Maldives The Maldives has one of the easiest visa policies you’ll find in a vacation destination. Free 30-day visas are granted to pretty much all foreign visitors, but you’ll still need a passport. The most important thing you should do if you’re planning to visit the Maldives is save up. It’s definitely a luxury holiday, and it will be one you remember for the rest of your life. So you can never be too prepared for the costs of food, travel, and activities, on top of the cost to stay in one of the country’s many resorts. You can save money by looking for package deals and considering some of the more obscure islands. You can even travel during the rainy season, from early summer through November. If you enjoy surfing or diving, the conditions can be even better during those cheaper months. 2. Getting Around on the Islands The only international airport in the Maldives is located in Male, the capital. Travel around Male is easy with ferries, motorbikes, and taxis. If you’re staying on another island, the staff at your resort...

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Posted on Feb 14, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad, Travel |

Reasons to Move Abroad

With the world slowly opening toward new horizons many people find reasons to move abroad for a variety of reasons. For some it may be because they are not happy with the way their current life is going, for social, political and other reasons. For others it may be because of lovely new prospects of finding work overseas and abroad. Undoubtedly everyone has a different reason but for most of us you can simply categorize the majority of those into a few basic points as we will illustrate here. Regardless of being motivated by money, career or the desire to explore the world, escape your country or followed your loved one into a new land you will encounter these reasons: A change of pace is something we all need from time to time. If you don’t like where you live right now it is possible you will fare better abroad. Countries over in Europe or Asia can be calmer and less hectic than much of the western world. Making a fresh start is needed when we are urged to get away from it all, sick and tired of our current situation and our life. Moving abroad to a place completely unknown gives you the wonderful opportunity to leave everything behind. If you are adventurous moving abroad will give you a chance to experience new aspects of life. Choosing your new destination on a whim may seem reckless to other individuals, but to you this is a chance to see the world in a light no one else ever will. Tracing your family history is a worthy cause too. Perhaps you’re looking to find out where your great-grandfather came from or to visit the town where they lived? Whatever the reason with the amount of immigration around the world today this is something you might do. Knowing your roots is important and admirable. Education is another good reason to travel and live abroad. Enrolling into a new school or education program will let you live in a new world, having to cope and adapt to it. The good side of...

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Posted on Feb 7, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Five Perfect Cities for Stag Weekends

In previous years, prospective grooms enjoyed a raucous and enjoyable stag night with a group of friends, in a bid to say farewell to single life. These occasions were always great fun, but it seems nowadays one evening simply isn’t enough, and that a weekend or even a whole week is now necessary. Some destinations are reluctant to entertain too many large groups of young men, but there are other towns and cities which welcome them with open arms. If you’ve been given the job of organising a trip in the coming year, here are five potential places that may be at the top of your list of potentials. Las Vegas To many people Las Vegas is the most exciting city on the whole planet, and of course it has a deserved reputation for being something of a party capital. As well as the major casinos that are waiting to welcome you, there are also plenty of live music venues, restaurants to cater for all tastes and a number ultra-cool bars and clubs. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so this could be the perfect choice. Edinburgh In recent times, Edinburgh has become a popular choice for both stag and hen groups, and one look at the city tells you why this is the case. The nightlife is exceptional, with plenty of options for an evening of fun and frolics. And during the day there are a number of enjoyable activities on offer in and around the city, so there is no chance of any members of the party becoming bored during the stay. Vilamoura The Algarve is the most popular holiday region in Portugal, and in the summer months the town of Vilamoura is teeming with visitors. There are several exciting bars and clubs in the area, especially centred around the famous marina, so a good time is always waiting to be had. One of the reasons for Vilamoura being so attractive to stag groups is that a number of exceptionally good golf courses are in the area, providing instant daytime enjoyment to all. Prague...

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Posted on Feb 6, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

How to Make the Most of a Short City Break

Over the past decade or two, more and more people have added a short city break to their annual travel schedule, and with an increasing number of urban destinations making concerted efforts to attract tourists it seems the trend will continue for some time to come. A week or two at a sun-kissed beach often means a chance to relax, but a city break is always likely to be far more hectic. In order to get the most from one, here are a few tips. Plan ahead Most travellers will understandably be against the idea of having any kind of timetable when on holiday, but if you don’t plan some kind of schedule for a short city break there is every chance that many major landmarks and attractions will remain undiscovered. In the weeks leading up to the day of departure, it’s a good idea to make a list of which places you want to see, and when you plan to do so. It may sound a little regimented, but if you don’t do it you may regret it later on. Travel like the locals Sometimes it’s great to hire a car for a holiday, but there are other times when it really isn’t. Getting from A to B and beyond in a large city is rarely much fun if you’re at the wheel, thanks to the complicated road systems and the regular bouts of traffic congestion. In most major cities, such as Paris, London and New York, the underground railway network is fast, cheap and convenient, and should be your main method of transport. After all, if it’s good enough for the locals it should be good enough for you. Sample the local dishes When you start to feel the hunger pangs on your travels, you will be faced with a huge selection of dining options in the centre of a city. And although you might be tempted to choose a place that seems familiar, why not use this opportunity to try something different? You could have a pizza or burger any day of the week back home,...

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