Expat life

Anything to do with expatriates and living overseas

Women expatriates in the United Arab Emirates

Women expatriates in the United Arab Emirates – what is life like for a single female in Dubai?


Freefalling at ScienceWorks in Canberra

Are we there yet? 2

A parents’ guide to enjoying rather than enduring family holidays   Think of a family holiday and what springs to mind?   Are you picturing theme park hotels, kiddie meals, sandcastles and sunburn, and endless screaming kids? Are you imagining one of those family friendly resorts with the kid’s club […]

5 important things expats should know about working in Dubai

Dubai is the business center of the Middle-East, with a number of companies and expatriates moving into the city. The expats who are moving in should be well-versed with the etiquettes, the work environment and type of behavior that is expected in general out of any person who decides to […]


The charming ski town of Bansko - image by Elena Chochkova via Wikimedia Commons

Love thy neighbour

Getting to know the locals in Sofia   British and European expats have been flocking to Sofia for years now. Drawn by the sun, the snow, the history, and of course, the low cost of living (Bulgaria is the cheapest country in Europe), they can have a quality of life […]

5 tips for surviving a move from a tropical to an Arctic climate

My own personal climate change – moving from Australia to Canada   By Jessica Meddows   Tropical and arctic in my case are a little hyperbolic. But only a little. Canada has days where it is colder than Mars. Sydney, where I moved from, makes front page news of the […]


Could these girls soon be selling lingerie?

8 year limit for Saudi expats

I read a news article this morning that talked about Saudi Arabia’s controversial Saudisation program. The Labour Ministry has announced plans to limit expatriate stays in the Kingdom to 8 years. Taking it one step further, the plan also aims to make it more difficult for expatriates to take their […]

Fresh: A vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Toronto, Canada 3

Fresh: a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Toronto, Canada by Jessica Meddows One of the surprising challenges in moving to Canada was being able to find good food. Coming from Sydney’s eastern suburb beaches and working in Sydney’s CBD, I was completely spoilt for delicious and easily accessible vegetarian and […]

Mighty Greens

Image by Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos

Sponsors needed for upcoming Launch Party

Sponsors needed   We’ve spent the last month migrating our website and blogs from Weebly to WordPress. Now we’re going to be spending the next few months searching for the very best sponsors to come on board for our launch party. While we initially planned the launch party to commence […]

Dry Dubai – a good idea or bad?

Dry Dubai – a good idea or bad? by Rebecca Byfield   I recently read an article in Arabian Business that says Dubai hotels are choosing to become alcohol-free to cash in on the Islamic tourism markets.   In the report, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Hamad […]



Through the looking glass in PNGs Highlands 2

Through the looking glass in PNG’s Highlands with Rebecca Byfield   Before I left to visit the Southern Highlands of PNG, I really had no idea  what to expect.  I’d heard that the Huli people were made up of many warlike tribes, constantly fighting each other for supremacy in the […]