The Single Expat: Creating home – for the creature of habit who keeps uprooting her life

This week my sister Kate - The Single Expat - shares her advice for settling in and making a house/apartment/room a home as quickly as possible. Her advice is valid for anyone moving to a new place, not just for single expats. What she doesn't mention is that in addition to unpacking her suitcases and hanging her photos she also invests heavily in stocking up her kitchen. I've…

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Repatriation Collection

Repatriation may be one of the hardest and most underestimated transitions we go through on our global mobility journey. Over the last few weeks I have written about our transition from expats in China to repats in Germany and what we did to make this repatriation more painless than the last one. Below I have collected all the articles in one place: 7 Things You Can Do to…

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Repatriation Part 2: Taxiing In, the First Few Months

Update - this is part 2 of a three part series. Click on links to read Part 1: Bumpy Landing and Part 3: Building Connections.Statistically it can take up to 18 months to feel settled after repatriating. Once things start to repeat (festivals, seasons) a feeling of familiarity sets in, at which point we begin to feel more at home. When returning to a place you know, this…

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