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10 of the Strangest Traditions from Around the World

From scrambled egg festivals to monkey buffets, it’s safe to say that there are some rather weird and wonderful traditions that take place around the world. Here’s a list of just 10 of the most bizarre cultural practices from around the globe that are still carried out today:   La Tomatina, Spain First up is La Tomatina, the largest tomato fight in the world. It’s not quite known how it came about but there are many theories surrounding it. One of the most popular is ... Read more

What Do Different Colours Mean in Different Countries?

It is no secret that colours are emotive. They can affect the way we feel, they can heal, and they can bring joy. They can remind us of a time of year, a certain place or a distant memory. Around the world different countries, cultures and groups of people associate colours differently. What could be a positive colour for some could be a sign of something sinister for others. Colour associations vary from country to country. Take a peep below to understand ... Read more

Expat Safety Tips: What to Do During a Tsunami

Before the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, many were not aware that gigantic tidal waves were a natural phenomenon, let alone a force of nature that could kill. On the 26th December, a tsunami occurred in the Indian Ocean. It was the result of a magnitude nine earthquake by two plates on the seafloor, displacing the ocean above. At its start, the tsunami measured no more than one metre high. However, the force of the earthquake resulted in the tsunami travelling to ... Read more

The Best Countries in the World for Freelancers

Many moons ago we reported on the best countries in Europe to be self employed. Whilst this still stands, we wanted to open the door to the rest of world and see what other global destinations have to offer freelancers with the urge to head abroad. In the past few years there has been an explosion in the number of jobs available for those who don’t want to head into an office every day. Working remotely has become popular, as has freelancing. ... Read more

The 7 Best Cities Around the World for Freelancers

Having the freedom to be your own boss and work on a variety of different projects is extremely attractive to some. Furthermore, the ability to access everything digitally and work remotely means you do not need to be stuck in your home office, let alone your country of birth, if you choose otherwise. Being self-employed abroad can be a financial gamble for newbies, but there are some countries where things are looking rosy for digital nomads. Lisbon, Portugal The Portuguese capital, Lisbon is creative ... Read more

The 7 Greatest Train Journey’s in the World

Many associate train travel with discomfort, heat and the weekly commute. However, when it comes to seeing the world by train, there is an old-fashioned appeal that cannot be matched by flying or driving. More often than not, you get to clap your eyes on some of the most hidden locations in the world from the comfort of your carriage. Kenya: Jambo Kenya Deluxe The Nairobi to Mombasa line is one of earth’s greatest train journeys and the train many opt for is ... Read more

Where is the Happiest Place in the World for Expats?

Some of us find happiness in the simplest things. The smell of freshly cut grass. Indulging in your favourite meal. For others, it is our family, or money, that brings us glee. Living a happy life is different for everybody, but are there some countries where are you most likely to experience it? InterNation’s Expat Inside Survey asked 14,300 expats living in 191 countries and representing 191 countries to give their opinions on expat life in their country of residence. Of the ... Read more

5 Attractive Locations for Solo World Travellers

Many of us would never consider the daunting prospect of travelling to distant lands on our own. However, for some, globetrotting solo is the only way to travel. Not only do you get to go at your own pace and experience exactly what is important to you, you’re less likely to feel stressed out, you’ll undoubtedly save money, and it can be an excellent confidence booster. Whether you are a seasoned or fledgling traveller the five locations below are some of the ... Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Thailand?

Thailand is often referred to as being ‘dirt cheap’ for expats. Whilst this charming term may not seem particularly becoming, with rent, groceries and eating out over 60% cheaper than the UK, you can’t help but agree when considering the prices the Western world is used to. The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, release their global Prosperity Index annually. The survey ranks the most prosperous countries in the world. Many assume prosperity is used in reference to the financial standing of ... Read more

7 Surprising Food Etiquette Rules from Around the World

You have nailed the basics of elbows off the table, don’t slurp your soup, and don’t talk with your mouth full. You are safe in the knowledge that you can attend a dinner party without committing too many faux pas. However, heading abroad can open up a whole new can of worms. While we appreciate that every country has their own way of doing things when it comes to meal times, a life of continental eating is a tough one to ... Read more
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