Feel Good Edition

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on December 08, 2017. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Every week I like to bring you the latest expat news from all around the world, and this week I found some pretty heartwarming stories. At Escape Artist, we fully believe that expats have the power to become a strong member of a new community. In this week’s round-up, read how one pair of expats went to great lengths to show pride in their new home.

If you want to escape the impending snow, I’ve also gathered some of the sunniest countries out there this holiday season. Also, find out what one researcher found out about which expat families have the easiest time with their overseas transition. You may be surprised by the results!

If You Don’t Walk Over 150km for Your New Home, are You Even an Expat?

It’s always heartwarming to hear that expats are making an effort to show pride in their new home. Not only does that show that expats can assimilate to a new country, but they can really embrace it. Two Dubai-based Indian expats have done just that.

Umesh Goel and Devendra Singh showed pride and gratitude by walking over 170km through all seven emirates. The duo walked all that way to “pay our tribute to the martyrs and heroes of the UAE and express our gratitude to the Rulers of Dubai and the UAE for developing this country as a diversified and inclusive melting pot of all nationalities where we enjoy our lives with family and friends”.

They walked a total 172km in 42 hours.

If you are an expat, make an extra effort today to show your pride in your new home. Embrace your differences, learn something new, make a new friend, and make the world a good place.

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Hey Ladies! – Women in Expat News

Women are better expats?

I’m sure you are wondering how anyone could be a better expat than another. One study found that there is a group of people who are just simply better…women!

Many couples are lucky enough to move overseas because one of the spouses had a job opportunity that led the family to the exciting life of living abroad. Senior lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, Yvonne McNulty, found that the most successful moves occurred when the family relocated because of the woman’s career.

With a move like that, the relationship at home is what determines the success. What McNulty found is that women are more likely to make sure that the new job works out for everyone in the household, both before and after the move, ensuring that family life is maintained.

She also notes that women tend to put less pressure on their families to say yes to the move. If the partner is not 100% on board with the move, women are more likely to turn down the opportunity.

Like in their home countries, women continue to take on child caretaker and homemaker duties, even if they are the breadwinner of the family. They are looking out for their family needs as well as their own at all times.

More women are entering the expat workforce.

A separate study found that more women than ever are being offered international assignments. In fact, 25% of the people currently working on overseas assignments are women, which is a large jump from the 13% calculated in 1995.

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas! Please Help!

As fall ends here in the U.S., all the beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves are now brown and all over the ground. Days are getting shorter. The sun is nowhere to be found. Wind breakers are being hung up and the parkas, hat, and scarves are back in vogue. It’s only a matter of time when that dreaded snow begins to fall and plague us until March!

If you want to avoid having to deal with all that comes along with snow: warming up the car, shoveling the driveway, hats, and gloves – then check out some of the sunniest places to be an expat.

  • The Mediterranean country of Spain can get up to 300 sunny days every year.
  • In the South of France, you can expect almost 230 sunny days annually.
  • Relax with some gelato during the 330 days of sun in some regions of Italy – but beware, summer months can be scorching!
  • The beaches of Rio in Brazil are sunny and seeing an increased number of expats every year.
  • Thailand is full of visitors enjoying a gap year and the abundance of sun, as well as older expats who enjoy the south Asian paradise.

Just because it’s going to snow at home, doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Explore the world and get some sun!

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December is a Month for Expats in Istanbul

One of the best parts of living abroad is connecting with fellow expats from around the world. Being able to showcase our similarities and differences is a great perk of exploring this wonderful earth.

This month is jam-packed with events for expats by expats in Istanbul. These events showcase the cultural diversity found in the expat community. December is the perfect month for this kind of celebration, especially when those far away from home begin to miss their family and loved ones. Events range from live performances to charity events.

  • December 5: Spoken Word Istanbul – This weekly event is one of the most popular activities in the expat community. Anyone who would like to can take the stage for six minutes and perform anything from poetry to storytelling.
  • December 7: Syrian Food Fundraiser by Istanbul and I
  • December 5 and 8: Storytelling by French expat expert and storyteller, Judith Liberman.
  • December 9: Winter Charity Market
  • December 14: Kolektif Istanbul – This musical collective was founded by French expat and saxophonist, Richard L’Niepce, and his wife Ash Dogan. They are well known for their exciting live performances. They will also be playing on December 27.

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Seeking Adventure? Have You Considered South Africa?

If you are sick of your sedentary lifestyle, expatriating is always a good option to mix things up. The 2017 Cigna 360° Well-Being Survey found that South Africa is especially appealing for those looking for a better quality of life at a lower cost that comes with an extra side of adventure. In fact, 74% of expats in the country came for the adventure.

The survey also found that expats in South Africa stayed up to seven years in their new home, which is significantly longer than expats who chose a different country.

With corruption, crime, and political unrest, South Africa seems like an unlikely destination for those looking for a new home, but 68% of expats say they are happy with their decision and many are happy with their career options.

This goes to show that taking a risk can pay off, especially when it comes to adventure.

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Whether you are planning on  living, working, retiring, or  investing overseas, Escape Artist can help you every step of the way.

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To see what’s going on in the international scene, check out some of this week’s newest articles:

SPAIN’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Spain is a country full of art, history, mountains, beaches, and tasty tapas. It has quite a few big cities with their own special cultural perks. You can find Gaudi’s modernist architecture in Barcelona, or medieval castles in Segovia. If beaches and nightlife are more your thing, Spain can even offer that – in Ibiza! Here are some of Spain’s top tourist attractions.

Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

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GERMANY’S TOURIST HOT SPOTS

Germany maintains Europe’s most powerful economy and sits in the very heart of the continent. With its strong GDP and abundance of sights and attractions, it’s no wonder Germany is one of the most popular countries to visit in the entire world! So, where do you go once you get there? Here are some of the most popular things to do and see when traveling abroad in this exciting country!

Miniature Wonderland, Hamburg

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A GUIDE TO VISITING VIETNAM

Vietnam isn’t always at the top of every traveler’s list for vacation spots, but it should be. While it can be overshadowed by places like Thailand and China, Vietnam offers a travel experience off the beaten path. It’s a place for those who’d like to experience sightseeing in a location full of hidden gems. If you decide to make Vietnam your next travel destination abroad, here are some places you should make sure to see.

Halong Bay

Located off the coast of northeast Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is known for its limestone pillars and tiny islets topped with forestry. It’s northern Vietnam’s number-one tourist site, and for good reason. The water is a picturesque emerald green and some have been known to call the area one of the most beautiful sites in the world. It was named…

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WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN MOROCCO

Morocco is a North African country that’s only a seven-hour flight from the United States and lies in close proximity to Spain (separated only by the Strait of Gibraltar). Those who choose to relocate abroad to this country usually do so to experience a completely new culture and lifestyle, and to do so in a highly convenient location. You are a short trip away from both Europe and North America if you are in Morocco. When you visit, make sure to hit these hot spots so as not to miss out on any of the great features this country has to offer!

Marrakech Medina

Marrakech (or Marrakesh) is the fourth largest city in Morocco, located just north of the Atlas Mountains. The Marrakech Medina is one of the best…

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TRUMP, BANNON, AND THE INNER CIRCLE ARE ALL OFFSHORE

Trump, Bannon, and most of their inner circle have offshore investments. Trump’s tax plan will be excellent for offshore businesses and U.S. citizens with legal residency in a foreign country (true expats). Here’s how you can follow the lead of Trump and Bannon by setting up offshore.

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on December 08, 2017. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

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