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8 Tips for Adopting a Minimalist Lifestyle

“Less is more”, so the saying goes; and it is proving to be more and more accepted – and understood – as people from all walks of life decide to downsize, declutter, and live only with the essentials. Their motivations may be emotional, financial, social, or just aesthetic. Perhaps they want to move away from the city into a country cottage…or from a large country house into a small suburban apartment or co-housing community. People are finding that it’s actually quite easy, fulfilling, and “cleansing” to live with less, appreciating everything they have so much more. This is definitely the trend as people, young and old, feel that the modern lifestyle is too hectic, too overbearing, too cluttered and they ...

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6 Tips for Moving Abroad with Your Better Half

The idea of living abroad with your better half is exciting, intriguing and full of promise. Americans considering moving abroad must also realize that it could also be full of potential pitfalls, which you can avoid if you follow a few simple guidelines: 1.      Discuss your goals This is probably the most important point of all. Once you’ve decided that moving abroad together is something that you want to do, you’d better know exactly what to expect – from each other and from your destination. What kind of expat lifestyle do you each want? Is it practical or even desirable according to the location to which you are heading? Of course, having fun and experiencing a whole new lifestyle together is ...

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10 Tips for Moving to Italy

When you think of Italy, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Pizza? Espresso? The Coliseum? Maybe it’s fashion, sports cars, wine, or Renaissance art… Perhaps you’ve heard that you can retire for under $2,000 a month there.     Yes, there are dozens of reasons why anybody would want to live in Italy. But a little planning is necessary. So, if you want to make moving to Italy a reality, here are 10 things to consider and prepare for: 1. Visas and Paperwork As an American, you’ll need to get a Work Visa, either by applying for one from the USA or by finding a company in Italy to hire you and initiate the paperwork on ...

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9 Tips for Moving to Costa Rica

  Costa Rica is known as one of the happiest places on earth. And for good reason – Costa Rica is an extremely peaceful country (it has had no standing army since 1949) and the catchword is “Pura Vida” – “Pure Life”. Beyond that, there is an abundance of beaches, wildlife, jungles, adventurous trails, good food and smiles in the small country on the Central America isthmus, wedged between Nicaragua and Panama. If you’re planning on moving to Costa Rica and becoming one of Costa Rica’s happy people, we’ve listed the nine most important things to consider before embarking on the journey:     1.      Visas: Fortunately for US and Canadian citizens, no visa is required to enter Costa Rica ...

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6 Tips for Starting the New Year in a New Home

Your first resolution for 2017 has been made and acted on – you’ve actually moved into your new home at New Year’s. Now come all the other resolutions you can make to live differently (and better!) in your new home and make a positive impact on your life.     French architect and designer Le Corbusier famously declared “A house is a machine for living in”. Here are six approaches you can adopt to make that “machine”, and the people who are living in it, as efficient as possible, turning those New Year’s good intentions into reality: 1.      Reduce water consumption As machines, our houses guzzle water. The average household uses about 400 gallons of water every day! This runs ...

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10 Tips for Moving to Switzerland

While the popular perception of Switzerland may be chocolate, Swiss watches, and confidential bank accounts, the reality is somewhat different…but not necessarily less attractive or charming. This landlocked country, wedged between Germany, France, Italy and Austria, is home to numerous lakes, quaint villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its high quality of life makes it an appealing destination to those wishing to relocate.     However, when moving to Switzerland there are steps you need to take and forms to fill out, applications to be made and often huge adjustments to become accustomed to. Here is a list of 10 of the more important aspects to take care of before you pack your bags – and your “après ...

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The Best Cities in the World for Art Lovers

Art is most definitely in the eye of the beholder, and when the beholder is an American considering moving abroad and wanting to combine this relocation with a love of art, there are dozens of cities, (apart from Paris or Rome), which have made it a priority to give their citizens an enriched art experience.     It doesn’t much matter what art you are talking about: classical, modern, Impressionist…even street art. Here is a list of top 7 cities for art lovers. 1.        Berlin, Germany Source: https://flic.kr/p/nTVcTd As a city for raising a family and engendering in them a love of art, Berlin offers hundreds of galleries exhibiting some of the best art in the world. Visit a few ...

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9 Tips for Moving to Denmark

Source: https://flic.kr/p/bxR4gf Hans Christian Andersen, the Little Mermaid, Tivoli Gardens, and Danny Kaye – they all conjure up the visions of Denmark inviting you to make it your new home. Copenhagen, the capital, is home to royal palaces and colorful Nyhavn harbor, plus the Tivoli amusement park and the iconic “Little Mermaid” statue. Odense, 104 miles (165 km) away, is the hometown of writer Hans Christian Andersen. With its medieval core of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, it is one of Denmark’s oldest cities. Depending on your preference there are many choices for both country and city living. Here are some tips to help make moving to Denmark that much easier: 1.      Use technology to get started Start off by downloading ...

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The World’s Top 10 Countries for Raising a Family

Moving anywhere, and particularly abroad, can be exciting and terrifying for children. They are leaving familiar surroundings, friends, schools, neighborhoods…but the amazing exposure to new cultures and experiences means children benefit from moving internationally. Moreover, children living abroad and learning new languages often develop skills that make them far more adaptable and uniquely qualified for leadership roles. Here are the top 10 countries to raise a family based on quality of education, social benefits, safety, nature, social tolerance, health services, childcare services, and quality of life. Other factors such a cost of living have also been taken into consideration. 1.      Sweden Sweden has a strong social policy and is ranked first in childcare and overall cost of children. It is ...

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8 Tips for Moving to Hong Kong

If you are considering moving to Hong Kong, there are a number of important things to handle before you leave: Generally speaking, all foreign residents require a visa or entry permit to work, study, establish a business or to take up residence. If you are not being sponsored by an employer, relocating for work, or moving inter-company, it is wise to have a job offer before moving. The processing time for a visa application is between 6-8 weeks. Here are the different types of visas available: Work visas: These are normally granted for the duration of your employment contract, although generally not for more than 2 years. Investment Visa: These visas are issued to entrepreneurs starting a business in Hong ...

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