Guiding the Newbies

Guiding the Newbies

Newbies We've all been newbies at one point or another—whether it was in high school, college, or that first year living abroad. One thing is constant—newbies generally have no idea what they are doing. The days can be long and frustrating when mistakes start to build on one another. All of a sudden, one more thing becomes one too many and that filmmjölk which you thought was creamer but turned out to be sour milk (why would anyone sell me sour milk?!) really ruins your morning coffee and you have a mini-nervous breakdown in your three square meter kitchen. But making all of those mistakes must count for something and now you oldies (experienced expats/foreigners/migrants) can pass on your wisdom to new people moving into your country. The Newbie Guide To Sweden provides that previously word-of-mouth service to newbies via their website with lots of tips and tricks to navigating life in Sweden as a foreigner. Their blog is full of been-there-and-done-that stories to help guide the newbies and I...
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The Secrets To Crowdfunding Success

The Secrets To Crowdfunding Success

Before I launched Knocked Up Abroad Again's Kickstarter campaign, I conducted research on crowdfunding secrets, strategies, tools, and resources for about three months. For one month, I built the virtual rewards, drafted blogs, and did preliminary outreach to bloggers and supporters who had a similar audience with Knocked Up Abroad. However, as with anything, experiencing it for yourself is the most valuable teacher of all. No blog, podcast, or webinar (and I listened to countless) could have fully prepared me for what I experienced. The difficulty with crowdfunding is that you take your precious project that you have been devoting thousands of hours, blood, sweat, and tears and you place it all into the hands of your friends, family members, and strangers on the Internet. You hope that you have created a project they want to support and that they understand that by supporting your project, they are supporting you as a person and friend. However, most people are not familiar with...
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Top 10 Ways To Be An A+ Expat Host

Top 10 Ways To Be An A+ Expat Host

  Last month I published the Top 10 Ways To Be An A+ International House Guest and fellow expats around the world cheered with delight. Well, the knife cuts both ways and I'm here to share some tips on how to be an excellent expat host. As nice as it is to have respectful, thoughtful guests, it is equally important to be a considerate host when your family and friends are traveling hours to visit you. If you want to guarantee that friends and family will ever repeat their long and expensive trek to see your scrubby faces, here are the top 10 ways to be an A+ expat host. 1. Meet them at the airport A+: "Welcome to our new country! We have nice cold waters waiting for you in the car and you can relax the rest of the way to our place." Pass: "I ordered a taxi for you at the airport. The driver will bring you straight to our house." Fail: "Sorry, I forgot you were...
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Top 3 Reminders When Relocating With A Family

Top 3 Reminders When Relocating With A Family

  There is a bold freedom when you move as a single person. The highway is open, and you are free to take any exit. Your destiny is unchartered, and the future is relatively carefree. In contrast, when you move your family, you need to be slightly more responsible. Those things that aren't priorities as a young single person are all of a sudden really important like researching daycares, schools, insurance, work visas, health care options, retirement plans—all of those issues become imminently important when coordinating a massive move as a parent. When we moved to Sweden, we fumbled around a bit and relied heavily on my husband's company to handle the logistics—that was a mistake. The woman organizing our relocation stopped answering our emails as soon as we set foot into the country. We were on our own and had not conducted any research prior to our rushed relocation—rookie mistake. Learning via trial by fire is never my preferred method, but it does burn certain...
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