31 Oct

AngloINFO needs your votes!

As part of The Expat Survey 2014, the Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA) have just been launched and voting for the Best Expat Website has opened!

Not only do we work tirelessly to bring you relevant, accurate and up-to-date information on all aspects of expat life, but a big part of what AngloINFO does is down to you, our loyal members. Without you there would be no friendly discussion forums or thriving classifieds. So if you like what we do, and like being part of our community, we’d really appreciate your vote!

“The Expat Survey Consumer Awards have been launched to give expatriates the opportunity to nominate and commend the work of media owners and service providers that do an amazing job of adding value to the lives of expatriates, no matter who they are or where they are, so please make your nominations and recommendations known”, comments Emma Wood Project Director of The Expat Survey.

To vote for us, all you need to do is fill in The Expat Survey’s Migration & Lifestyle questionnaire. At the end of the survey, you can nominate AngloINFO as the Best Expat Website and give your reasons why you think we deserve to win the award.

Click here to vote now!

(And there’s a great incentive…everyone who completes the surveys stands a chance of winning £1,000 cash, Amazon gift cards or Lebara sim phone cards.)

Like our blogs? Vote for AngloINFO World: Expat Life as the Best Expat Blog

Love our Newsletter? Vote for the weekly AngloINFO Update for Best Expat Newsletter

29 Oct

Share your expat know-how for a chance to win £1,000

The annual, newly launched Expat Survey gives expats the opportunity to share experiences and know-how in return for a chance to win some great prizes.

  • Why did you make the big decision to relocate?
  • Is life in your adopted home all that you expected?
  • How do you now communicate with friends and family around the world?

These are the three big questions being asked of expats by the Expat Survey programme, an annual, global survey that digs deep into what exactly makes expats who they are…and gives those who complete the survey a chance to win great prizes.

Share your expat knowledge for chance to win £1,000The survey is divided into three parts, each going live at different times. The first part, ‘Migration & Lifestyle’ is live now, ready for expats around the world to take part and have the chance to win one of the following prizes (on completion of all three surveys):

  • £1,000 CASH (for you or a charity of your choice)
  • £50 Amazon Vouchers
  • £25 Lebara Telephone Sim Cards

The other two questionnaires will go live soon (we’ll notify you here), and are Retail & Finance and Travel & Health.

And this year there’s the chance to nominate your favourite media and service providers in the Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA). Let the world know about your favourite expat focused blog, radio, newsletter, magazine, website and newspaper.

“Servicing those outside their country of origin is often complex and requires a lot of dedication. The Expat Survey Consumer Awards have been launched to give expatriates the opportunity to nominate and commend the work of media owners and service providers that do an amazing job of adding value to the lives of expatriates around the world,” say this year’s research team.

And new this year too, the survey asks about even more subjects that affect expats’ lives including:

  • Politics and voting
  • Education and the next generation
  • Lifestyle and interests
  • Technology and online engagement
  • Money Matters and attitudes to investments
  • Fashion, luxury and leisure
  • Travel and adventure
  • Mental, physical and spiritual health
29 Oct

The Expat Survey 2014 Is Now Live!

Do you give your life abroad the big thumbs up? Last year 80% of expatriates confirmed they have an improved quality of life where they now live. 72% said they enjoy better climate and scenery, 67% an enhanced work/life balance and 63% a much greater sense of security. With all that is going on in the world, the team at The Expat Survey would like to know if these and other opinions have changed at all; and do you ever intend to return to your country of origin.

Zooming in on highlights from last year’s programme and focussing on current affairs and trends, there’s something for everyone. New topics for this year include education and studying abroad, politics and voting rights, changes in attitude towards investments, life’s little luxuries, fashion and lifestyle; as well as mental, physical and spiritual health.

The research team really wants to hear from you if you are living outside your homeland for more than 6 months in any one year; on either a temporary or permanent basis. Whether you are a business owner, employee, full time parent, student, retiree or any other status your contribution is important. Those that complete all three questionnaires are automatically entered into a series of prize draws with £1,000 cash, Amazon vouchers and Lebara SIM Cards to be won. Expats can also opt to join their growing international focus group.

The Expat Survey is the largest independent online research programme of its kind (it is also available by post if you would like to request copies to be sent to you text your name and address to +44 (0) 7792 045121).  In 2013 expatriates of 89 nationalities responded from 125 countries to a total of 152 questions, producing the most comprehensive multi-topic profiles on their lives abroad. Comprising three questionnaires – Migration & Lifestyle, Retail & Finance and Travel & Health, the first part of their 2014 research programme is now live at www.theexpatsurvey.com

With no links to Governments and none of your personal details shared, the team hopes you will feel welcome to engage, express your views and share your adventures and experiences.

Your votes count too! The Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA)

Servicing those that live overseas is often complex and requires a lot of dedication. Producing daily, weekly and monthly publications or delivering good quality customer care to somebody on the other side of the world, is challenging and requires significant skill and commitment. Importantly the information they supply or the care they provide, can be essential in the day to day lives of those living outside their country of origin.

The Expat Survey Consumer Awards have been launched to give expatriates the opportunity to nominate and commend the work of media owners and service providers that do an amazing job of adding value to the lives of expatriates, no matter who or where they are.

Voting is now open for the following awards:

  • Best Expat Blog
  • Best Expat Radio
  • Best Expat Newsletter
  • Best Expat Magazine
  • Best Expat Website
  • Best Expat Newspaper

To make your nomination and explain why you value them, simply complete the voting section when you have finished the Migration & Lifestyle questionnaire at The Expat Survey.

Additional information:

Voting for other awards will be launched as follows:

  • Best online retailer
  • Best Professional Advisor
  • Best Banking Service
  • Best Money Mover
  • Best Niche Service Provider

Within the Retail & Finance questionnaire going live on 30th October 2014

  • Best COMS Product
  • Best Relocation Specialist
  • Best Education Solution
  • Best travel Company
  • Best Insurance Provider

Within the Travel & Health questionnaire going live on 30th November 2014

23 Oct

How Expats can Avoid Culture Shock

Living abroad alone is becoming a growing trend, especially among young professionals. In today’s climate, where building your career is important and young

Life as an expat is full of hurdles, but it also presents a number of unique opportunities to grow as both a person and a professional. Business customs abroad can vary differently from those practiced in your home country. Those who aren’t familiar with the local business customs and etiquette may experience the phenomenon known as “culture shock. Whether you’re a frequent international business traveler, or a seasoned expatriate, here are some ways you can be mindful of your destination country’s culture:

Turn to work, friends for help

Recently, more than 8,000 expats across the world took the time to answer questions for The Expat Survey 2013. Participants came from over 125 countries and spanned many nationalities, including American, British, Indian and Australian. Participants were asked what types of things they did to help integrate with their new culture and how to avoid culture shock.

The most common answer was work and friends, according to The Expat Survey 2013. Asking for advice from an employer can shed some light on the inner workings of the new country. In addition, many expats also turn to religious organizations and their local embassies for help. Overall, expats understood that patience was needed to learn the many different cultural, social and professional dynamics present abroad.

Learn the stages of culture shock

Culture shock can come in many shapes and sizes, so you should identify which ones may impact you as you move abroad. Certain emotions can either help you during the transition or make things more complicated.

According to Kwintessential, the first emotion you may experience is one of joy. Early on, youcould be impressed and amazed by the new culture, preventing you from feeling concerned or worried. However, you may soon miss your friends and family back home, or become stressed with your new job. You could exhibit signs such as boredom, apathy, irritability and hostility. In most cases, a positive attitude and patience can help overcome these issues.

Don’t try to cope alone

Dealing with the effects of culture shock can be challenging, but problems are often made worse if you try to tackle everything on your own. Instead, do as many other expats have – turn to those around you, including those who have done it all before.

InterNations magazine recommended that you talk to your company’s human resources department. These professionals are well-versed in the expat experience and they can provide crucial resources to make your transition easier. Moreover, you may benefit from performing some research ahead of time. Before you make the move, check out your new country. Learn about its culture and its people so you won’t be caught off guard once you move there.

Above all else, take a look at customs and cultures and determine where there are risks that may impact your life. Be ready for culture shock. Nearly everyone goes through it at some point, so preparing for the inevitable will help you cope with any problems. Understanding what lies ahead of you will make it much more manageable.

When going abroad, do research ahead of time and embrace the culture. Find out other tips for living and working abroad.

 

21 Oct

The Expat Survey 2014 is now live!

£1,000 CASH, Amazon vouchers, Lebara SIM cards to be won

Do you give your life abroad the big thumbs up? Last year 80% of expatriates confirmed they have an improved quality of life where they now live. 72% said they enjoy better climate and scenery, 67% an enhanced work/life balance and 63% a much greater sense of security. With all that is going on in the world, the team at The Expat Survey would like to know if these and other opinions have changed at all; and do you ever intend to return to your country of origin.

Zooming in on highlights from last year’s programme and focussing on current affairs and trends, there’s something for everyone. New topics for this year include education and studying abroad, politics and voting rights, changes in attitude towards investments, life’s little luxuries, fashion and lifestyle; as well as mental, physical and spiritual health.

The research team really wants to hear from you if you are living outside your homeland for more than 6 months in any one year; on either a temporary or permanent basis. Whether you are a business owner, employee, full time parent, student, retiree or any other status your contribution is important. Those that complete all three questionnaires are automatically entered into a series of prize draws with £1,000 cash, Amazon vouchers and Lebara SIM Cards to be won. Expats can also opt to join their growing international focus group.

The Expat Survey is the largest independent online research programme of its kind (it is also available by post if you would like to request copies to be sent to you text your name and address to +44 (0) 7792 045121).  In 2013 expatriates of 89 nationalities responded from 125 countries to a total of 152 questions, producing the most comprehensive multi-topic profiles on their lives abroad. Comprising three questionnaires – Migration & Lifestyle, Retail & Finance and Travel & Health, the first part of their 2014 research programme is now live at www.theexpatsurvey.com

With no links to Governments and none of your personal details shared, the team hopes you will feel welcome to engage, express your views and share your adventures and experiences.

Your votes count too! The Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA)

Servicing those that live overseas is often complex and requires a lot of dedication. Producing daily, weekly and monthly publications or delivering good quality customer care to somebody on the other side of the world, is challenging and requires significant skill and commitment. Importantly the information they supply or the care they provide, can be essential in the day to day lives of those living outside their country of origin.

The Expat Survey Consumer Awards have been launched to give expatriates the opportunity to nominate and commend the work of media owners and service providers that do an amazing job of adding value to the lives of expatriates, no matter who or where they are.

Voting is now open for the following awards:

Best Expat Blog
Best Expat Radio
Best Expat Newsletter
Best Expat Magazine
Best Expat Website
Best Expat Newspaper

To make your nomination and explain why you value them, simply complete the voting section when you have finished the Migration & Lifestyle questionnaire at The Expat Survey.

Additional information:

Voting for other awards will be launched as follows:

Best online retailer
Best Professional Advisor
Best Banking Service
Best Money Mover
Best Niche Service Provider

Within the Retail & Finance questionnaire going live on 30th October 2014

Best COMS Product
Best Relocation Specialist
Best Education Solution
Best travel Company
Best Insurance Provider

Within the Travel & Health questionnaire going live on 30th November 2014

 

20 Oct

The Expat Survey 2014 is now live!

£1,000 CASH, Amazon vouchers, Lebara SIM cards to be won

Do you give your life abroad the big thumbs up? Last year 80% of expatriates confirmed they have an improved quality of life where they now live. 72% said they enjoy better climate and scenery, 67% an enhanced work/life balance and 63% a much greater sense of security. With all that is going on in the world, the team at The Expat Survey would like to know if these and other opinions have changed at all; and do you ever intend to return to your country of origin.

Zooming in on highlights from last year’s programme and focussing on current affairs and trends, there’s something for everyone. New topics for this year include education and studying abroad, politics and voting rights, changes in attitude towards investments, life’s little luxuries, fashion and lifestyle; as well as mental, physical and spiritual health.

The research team really wants to hear from you if you are living outside your homeland for more than 6 months in any one year; on either a temporary or permanent basis. Whether you are a business owner, employee, full time parent, student, retiree or any other status your contribution is important. Those that complete all three questionnaires are automatically entered into a series of prize draws with £1,000 cash, Amazon vouchers and Lebara SIM Cards to be won. Expats can also opt to join their growing international focus group.

The Expat Survey is the largest independent online research programme of its kind (it is also available by post if you would like to request copies to be sent to you text your name and address to +44 (0) 7792 045121).  In 2013 expatriates of 89 nationalities responded from 125 countries to a total of 152 questions, producing the most comprehensive multi-topic profiles on their lives abroad. Comprising three questionnaires – Migration & Lifestyle, Retail & Finance and Travel & Health, the first part of their 2014 research programme is now live at www.theexpatsurvey.com

With no links to Governments and none of your personal details shared, the team hopes you will feel welcome to engage, express your views and share your adventures and experiences.

Your votes count too! The Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA)

Servicing those that live overseas is often complex and requires a lot of dedication. Producing daily, weekly and monthly publications or delivering good quality customer care to somebody on the other side of the world, is challenging and requires significant skill and commitment. Importantly the information they supply or the care they provide, can be essential in the day to day lives of those living outside their country of origin.

The Expat Survey Consumer Awards have been launched to give expatriates the opportunity to nominate and commend the work of media owners and service providers that do an amazing job of adding value to the lives of expatriates, no matter who or where they are.

Voting is now open for the following awards:

Best Expat Blog
Best Expat Radio
Best Expat Newsletter
Best Expat Magazine
Best Expat Website
Best Expat Newspaper

To make your nomination and explain why you value them, simply complete the voting section when you have finished the Migration & Lifestyle questionnaire at The Expat Survey.

Additional information:

Voting for other awards will be launched as follows:

Best online retailer
Best Professional Advisor
Best Banking Service
Best Money Mover
Best Niche Service Provider

Within the Retail & Finance questionnaire going live on 30th October 2014

Best COMS Product
Best Relocation Specialist
Best Education Solution
Best travel Company
Best Insurance Provider

Within the Travel & Health questionnaire going live on 30th November 2014

18 Oct

Vote for Global Living as BEST EXPAT MAGAZINE

Vote for Global Living as BEST EXPAT MAGAZINE

The team at The Expat Survey have announced the launch of  The Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA) in synergy with The Expat Survey 2014 and voting for Best Expat Magazine is now open!

We would appreciate your vote in this category!

To vote for Global Living Magazine as Best Expat Magazine, if you’re an expat simply fill out The Expat Survey’s Migration & Lifestyle questionnaire (currently open) and at the end of the survey there is a special feature The Expat Survey Consumer Awards where you will have the opportunity to nominate and explain why you believe that Global Living Magazine serves you as an expat best in the expat magazine category.

In the consumer awards section, you’ll also be able to vote for best expat blog, best expat radio, best expat newsletter, best expat website and best expat newspaper, but we hope that you think of Global Living when you fill out the space for BEST EXPAT MAGAZINE!

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About The Expat Survey 2014

The Expat Survey programme has been launched to gain much better insight into the needs of those living outside their country of origin and to specifically understand what is relevant and helpful to expatriates within each country and what isn’t. Whilst there are questions that simply require tick boxes to be completed, the programme breaks away from convention and asks optional questions about your relocation experience, whether or not expectations have been fulfilled, what expats miss about home; and requests tips and advice for others contemplating a move to a new continent.

With more than 230 million expatriates worldwide, the dynamics of migration and integration into new habitats and cultures have never been more complex.

Reaching an audience of more than 10 million, this research programme is the largest of its kind ever undertaken. Almost 200 off and online media owners from around the world have united behind ‘The Expat Survey’ to publicise it; and several companies specialising in servicing expatriates have committed as collaborative partners to promote it.

The programme is led by the ex-head of research for BBC World and the ex-research director for Saatchi & Saatchi, a management consultant that has lived and run businesses overseas and a team of specialists with more than 20 years’ experience in the expatriate market.

Please note: In completing The Expat Survey, you will not provide your name, address, telephone number or date of birth; your personal details will not be shared with third parties. The Expat Survey has no links to Governments whatsoever. Please see the terms and conditions on their website for more information.

 

17 Oct

The Olive Press is seeking success at Expat Awards

OLIVE PRESS readers now have the chance to show us how much we mean to you! 

The Expat Survey 2014 has launched its annual survey and voting is now open for its Consumer Awards (TESCA).

The Olive Press is a community driven paper that relies on the support of our readers to continue to campaign on your behalf.

Of the available categories the Olive Press qualifies for Best Expat Newspaper and Best Expat Website.

The Expat Survey is the world’s largest migration and expatriate research programme.

And last year it received responses from 89 nationalities across 125 territories.

To show your support visit www.theexpatsurvey.com/entry

17 Oct

Largest Independent Global Expat Study Launches

The folks who did the largest independent global expat study in the world last year just launched their 2014 survey, and it promises to be bigger and better with even more information you can use to help plan your adventure abroad.

The i-World Research Expat Survey 2014 is the largest independent global expat study of those living outside their country of origin.

In the inaugural 2013 study, i-World surveyed just under 8,000 expats from 125 countries and 89 nationalities for their opinions and attitudes on a variety of topics included in the 152-question study. The overall survey included separate studies on Migration & Lifestyle, Retail & Finance and Travel & Health.

We reported the findings in our article, “Global Survey Discovers New American Expat Generation” and published the edited video interview on our YouTube channel, MYIAchannel.

Emma Wood, i-World’s project director, is back at it again. “Our 2013 study gave us more than 60,000 pages of data to pour through based on the open-ended questions we asked,” she says. “About 60 percent of the respondents were women and a broad range of the expat population from all over the world was represented.”

Findings from the 2013 study show that 80 percent of expats confirm they have an improved quality of life where they now live, 72 percent say they enjoy a better climate and scenery, 67 percent feel they have an enhanced work/life balance and 63 percent believe they have a greater sense of security.

Wood wants even more expats to join in the fun this year. “We have no links to governments and no personal details are shared,” she assures. “Feel welcome to engage, express your views and share your adventures and experiences.”

If you’re an expat or soon will be, you can visit the Expat Survey 2014 website to share your views. To qualify, you must have lived outside of your homeland on a temporary or permanent basis for at least six months before taking the survey.

If you participate in all three surveys, you’re automatically entered into a series of prize drawings for US$1,600 in cash, Amazon vouchers and Lebara SIM cards.