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23 signs you’re a serial expat

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

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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.

Dutch habits

13 habits you have to lose in the Netherlands

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Political correctness and closing the curtains were just two habits American expat Melissa Adams had to lose in the Netherlands.

What is the difference between the Netherlands and Holland?

What is the difference between the Netherlands and Holland?

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Thought they were the same thing? Dutchessa sets the record straight by explaining the age-old confusion of incorrectly referring to the Netherlands as 'Holland'.

Live abroad

The effects – good and bad – of living abroad

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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: Holiday heaven... or hell?

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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.

Dear foreigners: Please don't visit Amsterdam until you've read these 5 fac...

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Amsterdam is estimated to attract 30 million tourists by 2025, but what impact do all those visitors have on the lives of locals who have to live there?

Geneva family diaries: Understanding coping mechanisms of expat kids

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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

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

Dutch culture

16 traits that make you proudly Dutch

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Congratulations – you're not afraid to give your opinion, nor offended when small children tell you off, and you'd never reject anything free. That's just the Dutch way and you embrace it.

Learning Dutch

25 ways to help you talk like the Dutch

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Do you replace 'thanks' with 'hoor'? If you're learning Dutch, these 25 fun tips can help you sound more like a Dutch local.

Learn a language

The easiest and cheapest languages to learn

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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?

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

Funniest Dutch expressions

Top 20 funniest Dutch expressions – and how to use them

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Only in the Netherlands can you feel 'chickenskin' or 'chickendelicious', and is it a good thing to be someone who 'screws ants'?

Dutch culture

A word on Dutch agendas, tolerance and closed circles

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Want to meet for coffee? Whip out your agenda and plan a date three weeks from now. Benny Lewis sheds some insight on how to live with the Dutch.

Cycling in the Netherlands

Awesome Amsterdam: A complete guide to cycling in the Netherlands

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Everything you need to know before riding away on your Dutch bicycle: Dutch cycling rules, safety locks and how to rent or buy a bike in the Netherlands.



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