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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Before You Move….Declutter!

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

“Parting is such sweet sorrow,” as the Bard wrote in Romeo & Juliet. Unless, of course, it’s decluttering all the unwanted items from your home before you move.

This pre-move purge is an important step in the moving process to help cut down on your costs. Unfortunately, we often see clients neglecting to do this before they start to get moving quotes.  Lots of people come to us requesting moving quotes, but they haven’t even thought about what they actually want to take and what they want to get rid of.

This is a mistake — you should declutter before you begin requesting moving quotes. Why? Well, international movers need to have a realistic estimate of how much stuff you are shipping in order to create an accurate moving quote.

Many expats get frustrated when a quote comes back higher than expected (moving abroad ain’t cheap), so they have to cut out all the unnecessary items and begin the quote process again. So why not make it easier on the moving company and yourself by taking the time to decide what you really want to take overseas before contacting a moving company?

Today, our homes are packed full of things shoved away in boxes we haven’t seen or touched in years. We keep clothes for years without wearing them and even hold on to unused and outdated radios, televisions, iPod, and old smartphones.

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13 of the Scariest Places in the World

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Not all places are fun and beautiful to visit. There are many places and cities around the world with a dark and disturbing history.

And being that it is nearly Halloween, let’s take a trip and visit our 13 scariest places around the world.
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Getting Your Stuff Overseas (Pods, Containers & more)

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

There is lots to consider and plan when moving overseas. Whether moving for work, lifestyle change or education, we usually all have items we want to take with us. If you plan on taking more than “excess baggage,” you will need to consider how your stuff will get shipped to your destination.

Which shipping method your moving company chooses to use greatly impacts shipping rates and thus, your bottom line. For this reason, it’s important to understand what it is they are proposing and what your other options are, if there are any.

The first thing to note is how much you decide to ship greatly effects your shipping options. To keep costs down, it’s important to declutter and purge prior to requesting quotes and getting an in-home survey. This step is usually overlooked until after a quote is received and costs are over budget. So be proactive!
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