The Importance of Cultural Competence For a number of reasons, many companies have found themselves in positions where having many more remote employees working abroad is advantageous. As a result, they are developing policies that take into account new and unique factors, including compliance and tax regulations. If your company allows global nomads, are you […]
Are you feeling a bit pinched these days, with prices rising on just about everything? Basics like grocery staples, automotive parts, new and used cars themselves, home building materials, appliances, and furniture all cost more these days. Supply chain issues are contributing to price increases, as is the cost of labor, as well as shortages […]
What do building a phone app, developing global mobility policies, and even stocking your pantry have in common? All these projects can benefit dramatically from using a structured approach to complete them. At Living Abroad, we’ve begun to talk about what’s next for the International Relocation Center, and we’ve found the structured approach of design […]
How are you supporting the partner? Partner support has come a long way over the last 10 years. Not only are more dual-career couples relocating, but it’s also more common that both partners want or need to work. With COVID-19, work permit complexities have increased based on location/country. Tax issues need to be addressed from […]
When is your favorite time to listen to audio? Is it while commuting, to hear traffic and weather reports? Passing the time on a long trip? While exercising? Playing music in your home? To keep up with news or listen to an interesting podcast? When you’re traveling, do your listening habits change? Traditional radio broadcasts, […]
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In my household there are three people with three jobs, one car, too many pets, and countless remote and in-person activities and obligations. We rely heavily on knowing who needs to do what, when. After our holiday decorations are put away every January, I turn to a task that takes less than an hour but […]
There’s something so satisfying about starting with a clean slate, a fresh perspective, and setting new goals. That’s what the start of each new year gives us. Meanwhile, we often start with the best intentions and then lose track somewhere along the way. Here are some things to think about for 2022 goal planning. Deal with challenges […]
‘Twas the fright before Christmas that COVID would spawn with a virulent variant, that darn omicron. The tunnel had brightened. We all saw the light at the end that surely meant an end to our plight. We were traveling again, in the skies, on the seas, in our cars and on trains or however we […]
Even during seemingly ordinary times, year-end can be busy and stressful. Small acts of self-care can make a difference. If you haven’t had a good therapeutic scream since we last suggested one, it might be time to pay another visit to Looks Like You Need Iceland. You might want to select a new setting for […]
While international relocations were slow and steady in 2021, a recent survey suggests that by February of 2022, we should begin to see an uptick in global relocations. Based on employee feedback, this is due to pent up demand. Motivation for moving to a new country remains largely driven by work and job opportunities. Top […]
Today’s date is a palindrome here in the U.S., where we write December 1, 2021 numerically as 12.1.21. With the weight of the past 20 months, and the busy season ahead, I thought it would be nice this week to take a lighter look at some dates in December. Everyone is familiar with Hanukkah, which […]
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A true story I heard recently — names changed! Ashley Artiste stood at the airline check-in counter, doing her best to contain her excitement. She had been tentatively invited to a studio residency in Malta months ago. After meticulous planning and coordination — not to mention several reschedules — it was finally time to go! […]
Country borders are opening around the globe, and the U.S. borders opened just a couple of days ago (hooray!). As you may have seen in the news, travelers from all over the world are heading to the U.S. This is great news for the relocation industry and for international business travel. There has also been a […]
A news feed item caught my eye the other day. It was about finding a particular book when you can’t recall the author or title. It made me smile, bringing me back to my college days working in a bookstore, and the occasional, inevitable vague question about a book… “that’s got a pink cover. Do […]
It’s no secret that the global pandemic has caused great disruption to manufacturing and logistics — supply chains — throughout the world. Many merchants are urging online shoppers to plan ahead, especially with demand as high as ever. For example, Singles Day — the November 11th holiday which had already become the biggest shopping day […]
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The skills that make us successful in our jobs have changed due to continued remote work. And remote working – in some form — is not going anyway any time soon. A KPMG survey found that 80% of U.S. workers would turn down a job opportunity if it did not include flexible working option. So […]