Living and working abroad can often be financially and culturally rewarding but may also put great strain on a marriage, particularly where one spouse stays behind. Re-location abroad can also be the final straw for a marriage that is already …
Moving abroad is tough at the best of times. Homesickness, fear of the unknown, and retrospective positivity about the life left behind can strike any expat at any age, and is natural to expect. As an adult, integrating into a new culture and country is hard – even though we fully understand what’s going on. But when an international move involves children, whatever their ages they’re likely to find it harder.
Lindsay de Feliz was born, raised and educated in the UK, where she worked as a marketing lecturer and was marketing director for various financial service companies. She then decided to follow her dreams and travel the world as a scuba diving instructor, ending up in the Dominican Republic. She fell in love with the country and its people, eventually met and married a Dominican and has been living there for the last 11 years working as a writer, and translator.
Europe is famous for smooth roads and lovely scenery, but where are the places where you can really put your driving skills to the test? Here are 5 of the most breath-taking and challenging: San Bernardino Pass, Davos to Stelvio via Bormio, Stelvio Pass, Cat & Fiddle Run, and Col De Turini.
Society is truly globalizing, and with corporations starting to operate transnationally, the internet bringing the world closer and air fair prices dropping I guess it’s not that surprising that after a messy divorce many people may now see getting a fresh start in a brand new country as the way to go. However if you have children you want to take with you things not surprisingly get more complicated.
Britishexpats.com has been part of our family's life for 12 years. My son has grown up with the site always in the background, and now he's off to university. Life certainly does flash by quickly and times change and people move on. But BE has been a constant in my life and I'm sure in the lives of many of you. So at this special time of year I want to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful Christmas and I wish nothing but good things for you during 2012.
This year is shaping up to be a banner year for The International Educator (TIE) and the international schools market in general. In 2011 nearly 350 new schools were added to the network of thousands of international schools worldwide. ISC Research, a UK-based organization dedicated to analyzing, researching and tracking developments in the international school market, calculates that there are currently over 2.8 million students enrolled in international schools around the world.
Family relocation is tough for a stay at home mum (SAHM). There is much to organise in packing up one home, and settling into another. Doing so with children in tow gives hectic a whole new spin. SAHMs have school places to research, and children’s health issues to coordinate. Your other half helps with the packing and decision making before leaving your country or city of origin, but frequently, upon arrival at your new home, he’ll be whisked off to company induction.
For many UK nationals, moving to a warmer climate is a dream. Each year, thousands leave the UK in search of the perfect life and whilst the majority head for Spain or France, an increasing number settles in Crete. Crete has a lot to offer, not least of all a warm climate and a friendly population. But visiting a country is a very different experience to settling in; it is only once you have moved over that you really can appreciate the difference in culture and public services.
Living the dream has never before been a reality for so many people. Leaving behind the often grey and wet skies of Britain to start a new life abroad, somewhere with sunnier weather, more work opportunities, a different lifestyle – or all three – is luring millions of Brits away from the UK each year. However he challenges for a couple and families moving abroad are many and varied.