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.

Savory baked goods on display at a French boulangerie.

Planning Your Fact-Finding Trip to Paris

It’s easy to fall in love with the surface image of France, but there’s only one way to find out whether the Parisian personality meshes with yours and whether there’s hope for a long-term relationship, and that’s to come visit and stay awhile. Find out what you need to know to prepare for your trip.

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.

Adults supervising children at a soccer training session on a grassy field in front of school buildings.

Planning a Fact-Finding Trip to London

Moving across the Atlantic to settle in London is a big step and not one that should be taken lightly. Most people find it useful to make at least one short trip to the capital before they make the big move so they can become acquainted with the city.

The Eiffel Tower and the streets of Paris lit up at dusk.

Paris’s Rive Gauche Neighborhoods

Paris’s Left Bank, known as Rive Gauche, staked its claim in the hearts and minds of expats more than a century ago. If you’re thinking of moving to Paris and care less about cachet and hipster cred than you do about safety and ease of transport, the Left Bank offers the chance to discover the hidden attractions of Paris’s calm and cool south side and decide for yourself if this is a place to call home.

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.

Apartment blueprints in French.

Tips on Renting in Paris

Renting has its advantages over buying, the most obvious being a much lighter initial investment. Paris rental laws are particularly strict, and French bureaucracy doesn’t end at the front door of your new house or apartment, which can make finding a place to live a challenge, particularly if you are short on time or funds. Use these tips to ease the way.

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.