Extreme Cost of Living Around the World (Infographic)

Admin  @GoodMigrations

It’s no surprise that different cities around the world have different costs of living. After all, global metros like New York, London, and Singapore are constantly making “Most Expensive Places” lists while digital nomads and retirees jump ship for more affordable places in South America and Asia. 

But what can be surprising is just how different those costs of living can be and why the spread is so wide. For example, the most expensive housing can be found in Luanda, Angola thanks to a shortage of accommodations for the expats working in the oil industry. You can expect to pay an average of $3,500 per month for a roof over your head there. Meanwhile, about 4% of that will get you a place in Karachi, Pakistan. 

Interested in a pint after work? Alcohol isn’t permitted in the United Arab Emirates cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi unless you’re a non-Muslim and have a license. A cold one will cost you $11.45 and $9.77, respectively. But if that’s too rich then head north to Ukraine, where you’ll pay less than $1. 

To see other examples of extreme cost of living around the world, check out our infographic below. We cover the five most expensive and least expensive places on the planet and show you where basic items like housing, coffee, beer, a fast food meal, and a pair of jeans are outrageously pricey or super cheap.

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Expat Life

Where expats can celebrate Thanksgiving abroad

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

One of the toughest parts of being an expat is when holidays in your home country aren’t celebrated in your new country. For Americans abroad, the biggest missed holiday is usually Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Expats
During our own time abroad in Australia, the first Thanksgiving was a real challenge. Finding a big turkey to feed your American family and friends? Good luck. Pumpkin pie? Well, that’s not a thing Down Under. This led to some hilarious attempts to pull a dinner together – we may have called every baker and butcher in Sydney.

And even if you can find the supplies, many ovens just aren’t big enough to fit a large bird. Sometimes it’s just easier to have someone else do the cooking.

We’ve compiled a list of places in major expat destinations – Amsterdam, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, and London – where you can get yourself a proper Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s. Just make sure you book soon since Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away — some restaurants are already filling up!

Bon appetit!

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Activities Expat Life

15 GIFs to Perfectly Describe All the Emotions of Moving Abroad

Adam Vagley @goodmigrations

Moving to a new country is a quick way to experience the full range of human emotion: Excitement, anxiety, sadness…. For those who are on the path to becoming an expat, here’s a fun post on what you can expect to go through. And for all the veteran expats, just think back to when you went through this experience and how good it feels to look back and laugh.

1. You’re moving to a new country?! Super exciting!!

2. You start to panic: Do I have the money for this? You check your bank account repeatedly.

3. The panic continues. OMG there are so many details to take care of! #Overwhelming.
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A Comedy of Errors: What NOT To Do When Moving Abroad

Admin  @GoodMigrations

I have become a bit too confident about my international moves recently. Having relocated overseas 5 times in the past 3 years, I thought I knew the tricks and could make it happen whilst I’m on the road. How wrong was I! I was setting off on a Europe-wide tour, which would allow boyfriend and I, only 3 days to pack, clean and leave. When I put this ambitious plan together, I didn’t know we would be sending our belongings on their international journey without a destination address. Here is my personal expat story along with tips and tricks to help you.

Packing for the 6-week journey across Europe

I left home for 6 weeks just before moving internationally to attend a funeral in Finland, a wedding in Romania, an art exhibition opening in the UK, followed by house hunting in Spain. The weather in Malta, Turkey, and Spain were blazing hot, whereas Finland and the UK were the polar opposite. You can’t wear a floral dress for a funeral or a black dress for a wedding. What on earth do you pack for a trip like this? Anything and everything, it turned out.
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Expat in San Francisco- Bright Lights of America

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Katherine Fenech, of Bright Lights of America, is an Australian living the expat life in San Francisco. Her new life in San Francisco is a far cry from the life she had in Sydney. However, two cities could not have more similarities. Both are cities surrounded by water, both have an incredibly high cost of living where rent is a huge expense and both offer great food options. San Francisco gets a bad weather rap but let’s hear more from Katherine.

What initiated your move abroad?
I’ve always been a traveler – whether it be visiting my family in Malta, spending a sneaky weekend in Melbourne, or traipsing around Europe. My first expat experience was in London, which I adored, so when a job came up in San Francisco I knew that the idea of moving across the world shouldn’t hold me back. I jumped at the chance because I hadn’t had the chance to properly explore the US yet and I knew this was the perfect opportunity to get started!
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