A woman sells meatballs and sausages on sticks in a bag with sauce in Phuket market, Thailand.

Enjoying Meals in Thailand

Thailand is having a love affair with food, which ensures that you can generally eat whenever you want to without worrying about offending anyone (the one place you can’t eat, however, is on the Bangkok subway or Skytrain). Learn about common meal times in the region and what to expect from Thai cuisine.

Horses on pasture. Photo © Michelle Waitzman.

Why Move to New Zealand?

Why New Zealand? That’s the question author Michelle Waitzman was asked most often as she prepared to move there from her home in Toronto. Here she talks about the reasons why she chose New Zealand, reasons why others might make the same choice, and what she loves about her new home.

Pathway through dense temperate rainforest tree ferns in New Zealand,

Unique Plants and Animals of New Zealand

Back before humans showed up in New Zealand, the islands were isolated from contact with any other landmass for millions of years. This gave the native wildlife time to develop in some unique ways. Learn about the unique New Zealand plants and animals that have managed to survive the arrival of humans and non-native species, and ongoing preservation efforts.

Rugby and beer are a winning combination in New Zealand. Photo © by David Blaiki, licensed Creative Commons usage.

The New Zealand Lifestyle

What will life be like for you in New Zealand? That answer is as individual as you are. Whether you’re off to become a banker in Auckland, a student in Southland, or a farmer in Marlborough, there is a good chance you can find a lifestyle that suits you.

Aerial view of Auckland suburbs. Photo © pstedrak/123rf.

New Zealand’s Prime Living Locations: Auckland

Once you’ve committed to making your move to New Zealand, choosing a place to live is probably the biggest decision you’ll face. Living in Auckland is popular because it offers the widest range of cultures, employers, and products in New Zealand.

Floating market in Amphawa, Thailand.

Adjusting to Living Abroad in Thailand

The combination of a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital, a fast-growing economy, friendly people, a higher standard of living, and a beautiful landscape make Thailand a paradise. If you’re considering a move abroad to this Asian country, keep an open mind and learn what you need to know to make it home.

Moving your dog to New Zealand will cost you. Photo © Eli Duke, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Moving Your Pet to New Zealand

It’s hard to say goodbye to a pet, but it can be very complicated to immigrate to New Zealand with one. Before you make a decision about bringing your pet with you, ensure you’re well-informed and take all of these issues into consideration.

Wellington sign. Photo © Rafael Ben-Ari/123rf.

Kiwi Stereotypes

Kiwis love to poke fun at themselves—or more often each other—so people from different parts of the country get ribbed about their stereotypical behaviors. This will give you a bit of a head start on your Kiwi stereotypes, so you can be in on the joke too.

New Zealand resident visa stamp. Photo © Shujenchang (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

New Zealand Work Visas

Moving across an ocean can be complicated, to say the least. But the great thing about immigrating to New Zealand is that if you meet their requirements, Immigration New Zealand would rather bring you in than keep you out. But what type of visa do you need? Author Michelle Waitzman explains what each type of visa is for along with their pros and cons.

Bronze statue depicting the Maori in Wellington Harbourfront. Photo © Patricia Hofmeester/123rf.

New Zealand Etiquette and Cultural Customs

Kiwis are quite proud of their national identity, and they will appreciate you embracing their ways as a newcomer. Respect the way things are done in New Zealand, including recognizing the bicultural elements of their culture involving the Maori. Generally, you’ll find Kiwi culture is very informal. If you want to fit in, the best thing you can do is relax and try to have some fun.