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Moving abroad is a big deal and there is a lot to think about when you finally make the decision. So, to get you prepared for the move of a lifetime, here are a few things for you to consider while you’re planning your new life:
Don’t forget the boring stuff
It’s easy to get swept up in all of the excitement of moving, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about all the paperwork you have to organise. Taxes, health insurance, Visa and pension are all absolutely vital to your relocation. These should always be the first things on your mind when you’re planning your move as well as any other important paperwork that needs mailing or filing. It’s also a good idea to keep copies of all the important forms and keep them together in a safe place.
Get your money in order
Are you transferring your money to a bank abroad? Are there any payment plans that you need to update? How much money will you need to get you settled and where do you plan to go to get that changed to your new local currency. When you start planning these aspects f your move you also need to think about the exchange rate and the cost of living in your new home. The more you plan the easier it will be to make the transition. If you’re planning on only staying temporarily, a lot of banks can also schedule regular transactions from your account, so you won’t need to keep transferring money to fund your life abroad.
Storage or removal?
Depending on how long you’re planning on staying abroad, you might have different plans for your belongings. If you’re only living abroad for a short time – or at least intend to return in the future – you probably won’t want to take everything you own with you when you go away. In which case, storage would be something you need to organise before you go. If you decide to do that, you also give yourself the option of renting out your home while you’re gone instead of leaving it empty or selling it. On the other hand, moving abroad permanently or for a long time would require you to pack up most of your life and take it with you. Instead of trying to pack it into a million boxes and haul it across the ocean yourself, look into removal services. Reliable removal companies like ‘Imove International’ provide removals to Spain and elsewhere around Europe, so you can focus on transporting yourself while they take care of the rest.
Where is what and how do you get there?
Do you know where the nearest hospital is from your new home? Which bus will take you to work? Where will you be buying your groceries? Before you rush into life in a new country you would definitely benefit from getting a lay of the land. Acquaint yourself with all of the local facilities and know all the places to go and numbers to call if there’s an emergency.
Get to grips with the cultural basics
If you’re working in a foreign country, culture can have a big effect on the way employees and employers interact. Learning the basics of culture and language can save you from a lot of embarrassing incidents and misunderstandings. Being knowledgeable in foreign etiquette and social convention can be a great help when the time comes to make new friends and settle into your new life.
Perhaps the best way to deal with the approaching cold weather this half term is for you and your family to chase the sun and take a European break in the last of the warm weather. There are a number of last minute trips that could be just what the doctor ordered for all of you. As part of your travel plans remember to apply for a European Health Insurance card for every member of your family, just in case the worst should happen. To apply for an EHIC just visit this site. Once your application has been approved, you’ll be free to relax in the European sunshine.
No matter how young or old your big kids are, there may not be a better place to take them than the Magic kingdom. The younger children will probably be more than happy meeting their favourite characters and witnessing a number of the shows, while there are also a number of tamer rides that they’ll be able to go on, plus there are high adrenaline rides for the big kids. You can also enjoy the many restaurants, hotels, shopping and a golf course.
Enjoy the peace and quiet with a tranquil break in Mallorca where you can stay in a 28 hectare farm, laze away the day in a hammock while your children can run around amongst the orange and fig trees. While you may struggle to tear yourself away from the villa, you can enjoy the best beaches on the island which are just a 40 minute drive away, and there’s also the old village of Sineu, where you can enjoy a donkey ride and browse the stalls of Mallorca’s most famous market.
Lemon Tree Villas provides families with the ultimate home from home when on holiday in the Atrotiri peninsula. There are a number of modern villas, each with a garden, patio and private pool. The blue flag Agios Anophris beach complex is within walking distance from the villas, which is more than ideal. Plus there is also a larger, communal pool complete with bar and sun terrace for when you feel like the time is right to socialise with the other tourists and locals.
Arrieta, on the north coast, lies the 30 acre Lanzarote Retreats, which is the largest eco energy system on the island, and provides the ideal spot for a pleasant family break. The resort consists of five yurts, vials, casitas and converted barns. 13 of the 15 available units are family friendly and deliberately come without Wi-Fi, in order to encourage your family to spend quality time together.
Britain is a small country, packed with so many things to see and do that it makes sense to pop in a car and go on a little tour. Whether you already live here or are thinking about travelling from abroad, I can’t rate a car holiday any higher. You take your car, rent one, or get a motor home and just go on a round trip, taking in everything from Land’s End to John o’Groats and all the magnificent wonders in between. It is quite a lot to think about it and can be quite tiring, though, so here are some tips that I have learnt that might help you make the most of it.
We might as well start with the most important factor of a driving holiday: the actual driving. Now, if you’re coming from abroad, you might want to make sure you’re prepared for driving on a different side of the road. Using a gear stick with the wrong hand can feel awful, so it’s best to either get an automatic, or practice in a carpark before you get on the road properly. If you’re a local you should be a very competent driver as driving the length of Britain will throw challenges at you that you might not have faced yet. My advice would be to brush up on your theory knowledge, by doing a couple of mock exams on toptests.co.uk, just to brush the cobwebs off, as you will find road signs and all sorts of situations that you might not see in your local area.
This is obvious to me, however you won’t believe the amount of people I’ve spoken to who just got in their car and went where the mood took them. It’s best to draw out a very specific map and time line and stick to it. This will mean that you will get to all the areas you need to get to and experience as much as possible. And on this topic, you should plan to see a variety of different areas, so don’t just stick to major cities, but go hunting for quaint Cotswolds villages and rugged highland lochs. There’s more to Britain than Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow.
A lot of people think that a car holiday would be cheaper than a regular holiday, but this isn’t always the case and so you will need to plan costs and try to find ways of doing this cheaply. Planning hotel stays in advance can be helpful as you will get good deals, or go with the motor home idea, which will drastically cut down on costs. It is also a good idea to drive a diesel car because even though it is more expensive for fuel, the fuel lasts a little longer for long journeys and so I would personally recommend it. Food is also another issue and you should be looking to buy as much food from supermarkets as possible and bringing it with you wherever you go, although don’t miss out on the local restaurants. If you want to try as much food from the various places as possible, I would check places like Trip Advisor first, just to see if people have already found bargains.
That’s the three main bits of advice I can offer you, but the biggest advice I can share is that you should see everything and anything as you never know when this little isle will throw another hidden gem at you.
Asia remains the most culturally diverse continent and comprises of many developed and developing countries. These countries are worth exploring because of their diversity in terms of culture, tradition, food and locality. Having a family trip to Asian countries will be the most memorable one for your life and economically cheaper too. Be it the Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand or any other Asian countries, every country speak its own volume. One can fly down to any of the Asian country under cheap tickets and luxury flying experience. If you’re planning to have trip down to Asian countries then below are list to which one must explore:
Malaysia Truly Asia rightly describes this country. The country is blessed with mix culture and attracts millions of tourists every year to explore different foods, culture and the tradition that is followed. For kids, there are theme parks, for adults who love adventure have options to trek in the jungles and many more options. From beaches to high rise buildings, Malaysia is a truly developed country. Kota Bharu is a must visit location for family. Located in Peninsular Malaysia, the place is at the Thailand border and is the busiest marketplace in Malaysia. There are many more places in Malaysia which are perfect for family trip.
This is among the top family destination and is the land where majority of population is of Indians. The country has some of busiest shipping port and many big shipping companies are located here. There are some locations for family visits like- Universal Studios Singapore, water parks and world’s largest aquarium. The most spectacular place is the Marina Bay, which is known for its man-made structure. Enjoy some great food and shopping destinations where one can get to shop some best brand. Though the country is quite expensive, but is worth exploring.
This is yet another family destination in Asia. Travelling here is much easier with the availability of MTR train system. Ocean Park and Disney Land are two important tourist places to be enjoyed by both adults and kids. Along with these, places like Victoria Peak, Lantau Island, Man Mo Temple, Clock Tower are worth exploring.
Comprising of different Gulf countries like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar and many more, each of these places are worth visiting with family. Known for its strict and traditional culture, the countries are well-developed. Visit Dubai to enjoy the alluring nightlife and visit man-made marvellous structures. If you want to take your family for shopping, then visit Dubai during the shopping festival the time when one can enjoy buying apparels from great brands under best rates.
Asian countries are great to be explored with family and offer many things to learn and acquainted with. So the next time you plan a trip for your family, zero down any of the Asian country.
China is a fascinating place, and one where both contemporary and ancient values have blurred to create a rich cultural landscape. From soaring skyscrapers and evolved technology to bizarre, ancient cultures, China is a country unlike any other in the world.
Did you know that the number four is still considered as a portent of bad luck in China, for example, due to its phonetic similarity to the national word for ‘death’. To this day some buildings avoid having fourth floors to distance themselves from the association, which is why you rarely see a fourth floor in either hotels or commercial structures.
5 of the best Hotels in China
While ancient traditions may be prevalent in Chinese hotels, however, contemporary structures of this type are among the best in the world. Here are five of the best and most spectacular:
1. The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, visitors are often wowed by the towering, 118-storey International Commerce Centre (ICC). Sitting atop this majestic structure is the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, which includes soaring architectural elements and spectacular glass artwork. Views from the Ozone Bar on the 118th floor are particularly beguiling, as travellers can look out towards a shimmering skyline.
2. Rosewood, Beijing
The first China property for the world famous Rosewood Hotel and Resorts brand, this hotel is the very embodiment of contemporary sophistication and elegance. A five-star location with 283 luxurious rooms, each of which offers incredible space and a beautiful open-plan layout. With a wonderful meld of textures and Oriental aesthetics, it remains one of the most popular hotels in the East.
3. The Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanhai
Surrounded by the shimmering landscape and skyscrapers of Lujiazui, this hotel offers a stunning meld of style, space and comfort. The resort is also renowned for its huge array of world class eateries and bars, while the spa is famous for offering one of the most legendary services known to man. The 44 superior suites must also be seen to be believed, so long as you have the income to book a room!
4. Aman and Summer Palace, Beijing
Location plays an important role in the appeal of the Aman and Summer Palace, as it sits just steps from the East Gate of one of Beijing’s most iconic landmarks. This is considered to be the best location from which to explore Beijing, while the hotel itself is also blessed with a unique design that screams traditional Chinese architecture. It is known as a serene and idyllic retreat, so ideal for those in need of a peaceful getaway.
5. Amanfayun, Hangzhou
The second Aman-based resort on our list, this hotel is the very embodiment of a traditional Chinese village and one that is distinguished by winding pathways, shaded courtyards and peaceful living quarters. Surrounded by more than 14 hectares to the west of the beguiling, UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Hangzhou (West Lake), it is retreat that offers spiritual harmony despite being located just 20 minutes from the bustling city centre.