As we prepare for our son’s wedding next month, I was comparing notes recently with a Chicago friend whose son is also getting married. In Mexico. Janet has been getting to know her future daughter-in-law’s family, though they speak different languages and live thousands of miles apart, while she learns about wedding preparations in a […]
Ask anyone who has traveled abroad for any length of time, and you will quickly learn that relocating to a foreign country requires a colossal amount of preparation. What will your new living quarters be like? Where will your children attend school? How’s the local food? Are there any security concerns? What are the passport […]
In Brunei, the Chinese New Year is the most important festival for the Brunei Chinese community. Pesta Tanglung, or ___________ is the name of the last night of the New Year. A. The Dragon Festival B. The Lantern Festival C. The Flowers Festival D. None of the above Click here for the answer!
Online help isn’t just for text files or chatbots anymore! Do you ever start everyday questions with: “Hey, Siri…” “Cortana…” “Alexa…” “OK, Google…” If so, you’re far from alone. Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant are the world’s most popular virtual assistants. With current versions born in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016 […]
For many, a new year means a new calendar — and a few minutes of writing (or tapping!) important dates into it. But simply copying from last year’s calendar may not give you everything you should note in this year’s, especially if you are globally mobile. Do you need to also add these to your 2019 calendar? Club […]
When was the last time you had to think about where to buy a newspaper? Or whether your kids can find something to read over school vacation? Or how to view a movie you’ve been wanting to see? Expats and business travelers may face these questions when they land in a new country, but technology […]
Frequent business travelers say their job satisfaction is directly tied to their business travel experiences. According to a recent Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) survey, 59% of those looking for new employment state that a company’s travel policy is an important factor when considering a job opportunity. Not surprising is that almost 84% say that […]
Whether you’re relocating your family a world away or taking a two-week business trip, wouldn’t you like to make your travel as simple as possible? Here are some ways a subscription to the International Relocation Center (IRC) can help you do just that: For those facing a full relocation, use the Move Planner. This tool shows […]
What practice has the European Commission proposed an end to in 2019? A. Tipping in restaurants B. Seasonal clock changes C. Highway speed limits D. Cellphone use in airports Click here for the answer!
Living Abroad recently hosted the Forum for Expatriate Management holiday party with KPMG in New York City where attendees competed in teams to see who could answer the most holiday trivia questions. There were a total of 40 multiple choice questions. The winning team (above) got 25 correct. We thought it would be fun to share just ten of […]
As we approach the end of 2018 and look forward to holidays, many workers are arranging to take their last vacation days of the year to travel, to welcome family into their homes, or to just relax. How much time off you have to do that depends on a lot of things, including the country […]
Have you ever thought about how food impacts culture and helps define who we are? Not just what we eat, but how it is prepared and how we eat it. Is the food cooked over an open fire indoors, in a wok, a tajine, or stove? Do we eat with our hands, with chopsticks, or […]
In a world where so much of our communication relies on reading and writing, learning how to pronounce words that are new to you can easily slip through the cracks…and then, often suddenly, you need them. You might see the word Skadarlija many times in emails and Serbia guides, but what will you do — […]
Imagine you’re on the subway during morning rush hour. Now you’re off the train, streaming with the crowd toward work… simultaneously perusing and ordering groceries while barely breaking your stride. If you’re at one of South Korea’s virtual supermarkets, you can do just that. Originated by Tesco in 2011, Homeplus markets are light-box displays of […]
Here in the United States we just moved our clocks back to end Daylight Saving Time. Did you know that a lot of people call it daylight saving(s) time? It is correctly written without the “s.” When DST is not observed, it is called standard time, normal time or winter time. Approximately 70 countriesparticipate in Daylight Saving Time. […]
Unbiased…. When we talk about unbiased information today, it opens up a whole can of worms especially as we try to identify truthful sources among the many news channels. What exactly does unbiased mean? If someone or something is unbiased, it means they are free of prejudice or inclination and are able to make decisions objectively […]
Approximately 12 percent of the world’s overall population (and 17 percent of Living Abroad’s staff, myself included) is left-handed. While history has sometimes treated us with suspicion, more recent research has unearthed that the left-handedness is associated with many positive traits, such as athleticism, creativity and leadership. However, we left-handed sometimes think those traits are developed […]
With countless new residential areas being built worldwide and numerous professionals flocking to major metropolitan areas across the globe, many highly populated areas have become quite congested. Can you guess which location has the highest population density per square kilometer? A. India B. Hong Kong C. Brazil D. Macau Click here for the answer!
When I was a child, I remember my parents watching a movie called The Out-of-Towners and howling with laughter. Neil Simon’s comedy centers on an Ohio couple who come to New York City for the husband’s job interview. They plan to relocate there once the position is secured. But everything goes wrong, from flight diversion, […]
It is most important to consider female safety when implementing global mobility and travel programs. As the number of women expats and global business travelers continues to grow, so does the awareness that these women face greater risks on the road and moving abroad. Top concerns are traveling to certain countries with different attitudes towards women, […]