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Retiring to Germany

Retiring to Germany – is it the best option for you?


Retiring to Germany offers expats a high life quality – but would you enjoy it and are you eligible? We explain the implications of retiring to Germany.

Best places to live

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?


Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you'd feel right at home.

Living in Germany

A year living in Germany: the good, the bad and the 'praktisch'


It's hard to hate living it Germany when its full of beer, hearty food and being active but a few more sunny days and better banking wouldn't hurt.

23 signs you’re a serial expat

23 signs you’ve turned into a 'serial expat'


Several years later and you're still on the move abroad... are you addicted to expat life? If these telltale signs are true, it's time to admit you're a serial expat.

Live abroad

The effects – good and bad – of living abroad


The expat lifestyle can be challenging on international families – but is that good or bad? Read why everyone should consider moving their family abroad.

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?


Home-exchange sites have been increasing in popularity, drawing people keen to taste life in another part of the world but not so keen to pay high hotel prices.

Geneva family diaries: Understanding coping mechanisms of expat kids


The way children cope with moving abroad can range from anger and tantrums to silence or tears – but it's important not to not mislabel these emotions, says coach Tammy Furey.

Tips for the male accompanying spouse

What to do when you're the male trailing spouse


Do you have your 'elevator speech' ready for the dreaded question: 'What do you do?'

Learn a language

The easiest and cheapest languages to learn


Learning a foreign language? Dutch, French, Spanish, German and Italian are the quickest languages to learn – but also among the most expensive per hour.

International schools

How do I choose a good international school?


International education expert Kathleen Ralf shares 10 questions parents should ask to help them choose the best international school for their child.

Study abroad

Study abroad for free


Study abroad for free? It sounds too good to be true but this is now the reality in Germany and other European countries – even for foreigners. What's the catch?

Expat travel

Itchy Feet: The life of an expert expat


You can spot an expert expat a mile away when they're in their national habitat of being 'anywhere new'.

Moving to Germany

9 habits you have to lose in Germany

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Idle chit chat was just one of the habits American expat Vanessa Van Doren realised she had to change to fit into German culture.

Learning languages

Itchy Feet: When you lose the fluency battle


It's a hard climb to the top of mount fluency – especially when those linguistic nerves are determined to trip you along the way.

Living abroad

The modern expat: Less homesick, more lonely?


Today's expat can connect with family back home at any time – but does this increase isolation by being neither here nor there?

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