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Living overseas can sometimes be difficult, especially if your host culture is dramatically different from the way things are “back home.” Many new expatriate spouses feel overwhelmed and disoriented by the shock of a novel cultural environment. Some respond by clinging to the familiar: they make a point of socializing only with other expats, and maintain minimal contact with local people. Others rise to the challenge of living fully in the unknown culture, embracing the uniqueness of the land and its citizens.

When your world feels topsy-turvy, it’s easy to slip into the welcoming arms of the expat community. There’s nothing wrong with building a support network of like-minded people; after all, no-one will ever understand an expat’s life like another expatriate. However, Read more

29 September – 28 October 2016

The Oktoberfest is a two-week festival held in late September and early October every year in Munich, Germany and is attended by six million people each year!  The festival has made its way to many countries around the world (often founded by German immigrants, descendants or expats).  The largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany is in Canada, in the of Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario where they welcome 750,000 to  1,000,000 visitors every year.

Never one to miss out, Dubai is now host to many Oktoberfest celebrations with many flying in live entertainment from Germany.  Check out our listing below on venues hosting Oktoberfest events. Read more

Moving overseas is all about change: new country, new customs, new job, new language. It’s a lot to handle all at once. When the lifestyle changes include trading in a career for full-time parenting, an even bigger adjustment is required. And if the expat in question is a man, the upending of traditional gender roles adds yet another layer of complexity to the process.

Men who have successfully made the transition know that approaching these changes as opportunities is the first step to thriving in expatriate life. “My advice would be: if you’re going to do it, give it everything you’ve got,” says former expat spouse John Burke. Here are some more suggestions for getting the most out of life as an expat spouse. Read more

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