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What factor influences expat happiness the most? And it's not money!

Countries which provide expats with the greatest benefits in terms of salary and economic rewards don't always provide the best quality of life for children and families.Those countries that provide the greatest benefits in terms of overall wealth, disposable income and luxuries are often those in...
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What determines whether an expat chooses an international school for children?

According to the 2011 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey the level of an expats' salary seems to be a big deciding factor in the type of schools their children attend, with expats in countries ranking higher in the Expat Economics league table for income such as Singapore (2nd), Hong Kong (6th) and the UAE...
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Expats in developing countries often lead a more luxurious life than back home

According to the 2011 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, expats in developing countries such as South Africa, Thailand and the Philippines are much more likely to have increased luxuries since relocating from their home country (47%, 43% and 47% respectively vs 32% average) and as a result are ranked...
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The Best Countries for Raising Expat Children

The social integration of children is more important than financial gain to many expat parents.Relocating with children always complicates the decision making process, as you have to consider, not only the usual aspects (career, income, logistic matters…) but also your children needs, which usually...
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How to be a happy expat

Why is it that some expats are always happy and upbeat while others find themselves depressed and frustrated? Here are a few factors that can influence the happiness of an expatriate wherever they are.   1.  Be intensely curious. Relocating to a new country is always interesting. ...
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Environmental Hazards in Africa

Heat exhaustion This condition occurs following heavy sweating and excessive fluid loss with inadequate replacement of fluids and salt, and is particularly common in hot climates when taking unaccustomed exercise before full acclimatisation. Symptoms include headache, dizziness and tiredness....
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Infectious Diseases in Africa

It’s a formidable list but, a few precautions go a long way…MalariaMalaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes. You cannot be vaccinated against malaria. Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country. There is usually less risk in Nairobi and in the...
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Transport in Gabon

The excellent transport network in Gabon keeps the country well connected within, as well as to, the outside world. There are various modes of transport available:RoadDrivingThere is an excellent network of roads in Gabon. Traffic drives on the right. There are nearly 7,518km (4,672 miles) of road...
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Dealing with Change when Relocating

Relocation can place a huge emotional burden on the whole family. Not only may you experience a sense of loss, but you also have to cope with the fear of the unknown. Will you find a suitable school for the children, will your spouse be able to find a job again, will you be able to afford a...
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Things to do in Livingstone, Zambia

Things to do in Livingstone include:•    Whitewater rafting through Batoka Gorge.•    Canoeing on the upper Zambezi.•    Horseback Trails in the Mosi-o-Tunya National Park.•    River boarding mega thrills on the Zambezi rapids• ...
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