Singapore was ranked the number one expat destination in HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey.

In its 8th year, HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey is an annual survey that questions expats about their experience of life abroad compared to their previous life at home. The survey includes questions about the expat’s perception of the changes to their health, their careers and lifestyle. The results are based on the responses of 21,950 expats living around the world.

In this year’s survey, Singapore was ranked the top expat destination, replacing Switzerland that topped the survey last year. Read More →

Are you living through your screen?

Think about how hard you try to keep memories in your brain instead of your digital device. In today’s highly technological world, the common train of thought involves  ‘I wish I had more battery to take a picture’ instead of actually enjoying the moment and forcing our brain to create a solid, lasting memory trace.

Not long ago, a photo of an old woman surfaced experiencing life through her eyes rather than her screen, reminding people that reality is not what our digital device suggests.

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There is a way to put an end to your sugar addiction.

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Microorganisms outnumber human cells by around ten to one

We hear a lot in the media about ‘friendly bacteria’. I always assumed that this was just a clever marketing term coined to convince people to buy yoghurt. In fact, there may be more about these claims than a canny ad man trying to leverage his product.

The human body is jam-packed with microorganisms. There are around one trillion microorganisms found in the body, outnumbering human cells by around ten to one. In a 200 pound adult, around 2 – 6 pounds is made up purely of bacteria. Gross.

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Do you know which countries are the most dangerous retirement destinations?

Retiring abroad is more popular than ever, with millions of people leaving their home countries behind to settle into a new place; after all, it’s never too late to start a new adventure. There are many countries considered to be retirement hotspot destinations, but that are also dangerous in nature. Whether it’s natural disasters, drug-related violence, or a constant fear of pickpockets, these destinations are only fit for people with common sense.

Not taking into consideration war-ridden countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria or Iraq, the following countries are considered amongst the most dangerous for retirees. Don’t let this dissuade you from retiring to these countries however since many of them are home to thriving expat communities. As long as you keep your head up and your rolex at home, you should be fine.

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Drinking 8 glasses of water a day, may not be necessary to stay hydrated

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You might have to be crazy to try out some of these sports...

You might have to be crazy to try out some of these sports…

Rugby has long been seen as a rough game, with crunching tackles and, er… nipple tweaking. That could all be about to change though, as World Rugby chief medical officer Martin Raftery says that the sport must take steps to become safer.

The suggestion comes as concussions have become more and more rampant in the modern game, having risen dramatically in England by 59% in one season.

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Should you require emergency medical assistance, would you stay where you are or fly back home?

When living abroad, health risks should never be overlooked. Underdeveloped countries might pose threats of food- or water-borne illnesses. Tropical areas might mean there is a risk of being infected with malaria, dengue or yellow fever. Living in a country with a high concentration of air pollutants is also hazardous to your lungs.

As an expat, it’s important to have an answer to the following question: should I require emergency medical assistance, would I stay where I am or fly back home? The decision varies on where I am living or travelling at the moment of illness or injury and how bad it is. I currently live in Spain, but would be on a plane back home to Mexico in a heartbeat.

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Rugby head injuries have doubled in the past two years.

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What food from home are you missing on your expat adventure?

“You know what you guys don’t have here..?” – a question that still rankles me to this day and it is a common one asked by many an expat or traveller when abroad. I get it, when you’re abroad you miss your home comforts; I for one miss a bacon and black pudding butty, but I’m not about to pack my bags for home any time soon. You just need to accept the cultural and culinary differences of your new home.

Sometimes though, certain foods are unavailable due to a nationwide ban in certain countries, often for rather perplexing reasons. So expats beware – below are some homely treats you may not be able to indulge in if you move to certain expat destinations!

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