Online Shopping

Expat giving – The worlds best online shopping

It is time to step away from Amazon! Today we are bringing you the worlds best online shopping. We have curated a great selection of online stores that ship worldwide. YAY FOR TODAY has scoured the internet for smaller more independent brands that will deliver something a little different to the large online retailers’ offer.…

Expat giving – Keeping it sustainable

There is a lot of truth to the old saying ‘it’s the thought that counts’. With a little thought and planning, it is easy to make your Christmas gift giving meaningful, memorable and more sustainable. Sustainable giving is a goal we can all work towards and is something we should to be especially mindful of…

Expat Emotions

If you’re here, it’s likely that you know moving to a new country can bring a huge mix of emotions. There’s excitement, nervousness, fear, and even grief of the life we left wherever we’re moving from.  When I moved to Dubai in 2018, I knew it’d be an adjustment. But for some reason, I figured…

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Expat giving – Sending gifts home the easy way!

New Zealand actor living in Hollywood Kimberley Crossman knows first hand the hassle and disappointment of sending gifts home for Christmas only for them to not arrive. “I was devastated. I’d raced around the shops, bought and wrapped a tonne of gifts for my family at home and they never got there. They cost loads…

The expat entrepreneur – Expat Nest

Vivian Chiona, a bicultural, multilingual expat with family all over the world. She is originally from Greece but has been living in the Netherlands since 2007. Vivian is a registered psychologist and the founder and director of Expat Nest, which provides professional online counselling for expats and internationals. Vivian has a team of qualified counsellors that…

A third culture kid leaves the nest

  One of the most exciting times of my life was also the most nerve-wracking. I am a third culture kid. I’m half English half Slovak and grew up in Dubai. I was used to friends leaving and moving away, and then eventually, my turn came and the moment arrived.  I moved from Dubai to…

Over tourism

Over tourism

Our family just got back from a week in Prague. It is a lovely city with a fascinating history and truly beautiful sites at every turn. It had been eight years since we had been there last. The change in the city was enormous. We deliberately chose to go at a time when we thought…

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What can you do if you hate where you are living?

Years ago when we were a whole lot younger we moved to Jakarta. We chose Jakarta over a few other places because we had lived in Kuala Lumpur and loved it. For reasons unknown we thought they would be similar. Three months in we hated it. Admitting you hate where you are living can be…

Repatriation

Repatriation – One year in

This has been the hardest, yet the most heartwarming year of my life. Hands down. It is coming up a year since we repatriated home after spending five years in Qatar. Repatriation is not easy. So, where do I start?! To begin, after about six weeks of being home in New Zealand,  I had a…

A weekend in NYC at Christmas

New York City is a great place to visit any time of year but it is especially fun at Christmastime. It is a fabulous place to spend a few festive days with or without children. For this post, we have kept our recommendations to all things related to NYC at Christmas. We left off all…