- Relocation Checklist
- The Paperwork…
- Your New Home
- Everything Expat
- Before You Go
- The Preview Visit
- Your New Home
- Adaptation & Coping
- Assignment Contract
- Essential Documents
- Money & Finance
- The Moving Process
- Expat Life & Laughter
It can be summed up in nine little words.
Just tell me what I need to do next.
Amid all the packing, the paperwork and the moving, that’s [...]Continue Reading →
My mother has just emailed to tell me that she has booked her flight out to San Francisco, and I’m already panicking slightly. Not that she isn’t excellent company and always game for an adventure, but we seem to have a history of inadvertent senior abuse.
Her first clue about the downside of expat [...]Continue Reading →
It is a triumph of determination over adversity, of defiance over embarrassment, and of small steps over giant leaps. It’s a David and Goliath story, for here I am, in the middle of a billion dollar industry, and I have been published.
You can read it HERE. (and please do, because [...]Continue Reading →
These are what I came up with – I’m counting on you all to add your own at the bottom..
You receive a friends and family discount card, and you have absolutely no-one to share it with.
You volunteer as a parent driver, and then get completely lost with 4 [...]Continue Reading →
On February 20, 2012 By Rachel
On February 19, 2012 By Rachel
Moving somewhere new, not knowing the rules, and having a constant stream of seemingly ridiculous questions means making contact with the outside world, and hopefully, making friends.. They are your gateway to social support, security and sanity, and while Sinead O’Connor and Demi Moore may be able to rock the buzz cut, for the rest of [...]Continue Reading →
On February 13, 2012 By Rachel
It’s the second part of our guide to avoiding relocation disaster – and the same rules apply for domestic moves, diplomatic postings and international assignments. So before you sign on the dotted line, here’s numbers 4 and 5 of the essential questions that every relocating expat should ask.. If you missed the first part, [...]Continue Reading →
It’s a guest post today, courtesy of Laurie Mucha over at Séjour Travels, who obviously employs exactly the same strategy as my mother when buying tickets.. except in my mothers case, she then decides that it’s far too risky to buy online, and heads to the local travel agent to get them to follow steps [...]Continue Reading →
It’s been a funny week for fat in the Defining Moves household. My only explanation is that St Valentine is working his magic early this year, and rebranding adipose tissue into a variety of more desirable terms.
It started with a shopping trip with the Other Half. The idea that men can walk into [...]Continue Reading →
On February 10, 2012 By Rachel
When we think of living abroad, we instantly conjure up images of white sandy beaches, turquoise seas, friendly locals and a leisurely quality of life. That is, until we’re two days into our first relocation, surrounded by boxes, with no power, not internet, and no help in sight. By day four, the [...]Continue Reading →
From the monthly archives: February 2012
Tagsaccompanying partner career CCK celebrations children communication contract cultural orientation culture diversity education essentials expat expat parenting expats Family FIGT finance friends funnies international assignment issues kids leisure life life communication moving abroad organization parenting redefining relocation relocating relocation research resources security success TCK TCKs technology teenagers timeline trailing spouse travel wisdom women