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Genius Family Roadtrip Ideas |Lifehacks for Parents

Genius Family Roadtrip Ideas |Lifehacks for Parents

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Roadtrips Can Be Incredibly Stressful

Especially if you have multiple children, and many, many miles to go. We have all seen the same blog repeated a thousand times with a myriad of activities to keep children occupied during family road trips, ; and yes, in a perfect world, all children are content to color and play with pipe cleaners and quietly keep to themselves for hours on end.... but back here, in the real world, children have to use the bathroom,(always at the WORST time), they get bored (understandably so), and this boredom and frustration over the inability to get up and use up some of the endless energy they can't help but have, often ends with tearful tantrums on their part, and equally frustrated parents. In this article we will provide a list of activities to keep your little one(s) occupied,...
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What is an expat?


Expat- This term is Rising in Popularity as More People Identify Themselves in this Rapidly Growing Group

And it appears that many Americans have no idea what an expat is, or have a misconception about what the terms means and the people who identify in this group. This article aims to give the facts about what an Expat is, and to clear up any misunderstandings surrounding the members of this niche group of people. What is an Expat? Expat is short for, "expatriate". Now, before any judgements are made, it is important to note that an expat doesnt necessarily have any ill feelings towards America or Americans. In fact, an expat doesn't even have to be American.  The most basic definition for expat is the following: "An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing, as an immigrant, in a country other than that of their citizenship. The word comes...
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Preventing Zika & How to Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling

How to Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling

  How to Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling

Whether you’re moving temporarily, or planning to become an expat, protecting yourself against a myriad of invisible viruses and bacteria can be daunting This article aims to discuss a few of the more predominant illnesses which tend to befall travelers, and what you can do to protect yourself.

1.)  Pre-Travel Physical

pre-travel physical to avoid getting sick 4-6 weeks before you intend to travel, meet with your doctor and have a physical, and let your physician know of your travel plans.

2.) Get vaccinated.

vaccination helps avoid getting sick abraod You may need several vaccinations, and some of these take some time before they are effective. In addition to this, you may also need to update your vaccines, or get “booster”...
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What Items are Prohibited in Shipping Containers?

What Items are Prohibited in Shipping Containers?

Knowing what items are prohibited in international shipping containers is one of the best ways you can insure that you and your belongings all arrive to your destination as quickly and stress-free as possible. Often times things that we would never guess would be prohibited are just that- and with the current state of high alert across the globe, the best defense is to know all of the rules and prepare accordingly

What Items are Prohibited in Shipping Containers?

1.) Batteries

prohibited in shipping container batteries Batteries are one of those items that most people don't stop to think about, especially in the middle of handling such a stressful situation as moving. Batteries, of all kinds, are strictly prohibited on shipping containers. Why? There is a risk of fire, and also the risk that the toxic chemicals inside of these batteries could leak out. And its a risk that international moving...
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10 Best Countries to Live in 2016

10 Best Countries to Live in 2016

Standard of living is defined as
"The degree of wealth and material comfort available to a person or community"
While wealth is a good indicator of standard of living, when you're choosing a place to live, there are so many other factors to consider. This article examines quality of life; namely, which countries on this planet of ours offer those things like security, stability, ample activity, and education that enrich our lives as human beings. We will look at the following criteria for each country,
  • Employment Rate
  • General Health of Residents
  • Education
  • Civic Engagement
  • Pollution
  • Work/ Life Balance
  • Crime Rate
  • Disaster Risk
Using these criteria we have come up with this list of the 10 best countries to live in 2016.

10.) The Netherlands

Vacation_Club_Netherlands Coming in at number 10 on our list of the 10 best countries to live in 2016 is The Netherlands
  • The Netherlands score the highest in education, freedom, health, and infrastructure
  • 1.42 Million Total Crimes reported over the...
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Moving Abroad with Children: Easing the Transition

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Moving Abroad with Children

Moving to a new country is daunting- even the most prepared adult can find themselves dealing with difficulty in transitioning from one country to another. New places are intimidating, new people, new cultures, new way of life- there’s no denying that moving abroad is already a massive change that takes courage, wisdom, and determination. Imagine an international move from the perspective of a child and it is easy to see why parents face especially difficult considerations when moving internationally. This article aims to take a look at expert’s opinions on how moving abroad with children affects their mental and emotional health, and to offer helpful ideas which can help to ease the transition when moving to a new country.

 The Good News…and the Bad News:

We will start with the not-so-good-news, and then take a look at the benefits that can come from...
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Preparing for Professional Movers: A Step-By-Step Guide


Moving is a big deal...Thankfully You Hired Professional Movers

but in your choice to pay for professional movers, you have already taken a huge step to making the process as painless as humanly possible. Perhaps this is your first time using professional movers, or maybe youre an experienced veteran when it comes to moving- either way these ten tips should cut a huge amount of time, money and hassle out of your already stressful situation! Here's our list of 10 tips that anyone can use! We are going to go ahead and skip over the obvious ones like "purge and declutter your house". We should all be aware that lack of clutter and lack of excess material things will make the process of moving happen for more smoothly.

 1.) Remove All Batteries from Remotes and Other Appliances

If you don't...
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10 Packing Tips to make Your Next Move A Breeze

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No One Likes Packing to Move, but These 10 Tips Will Make Moving MUCH Easier

Personally, it isn't the packing that gets to me whenever I am moving, it is the unpacking that leaves my new living room often filled with a mountain of unopened boxes. I scoured the internet for the best packing tips that I could find, and here are the top ten packing tips to make your next move easy like Sunday morning.  

1.) How to Pack Plates

This is one of those packing tips that I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of myself. It is simple, and can function to benefit in more than one way. Nothing is worse than arriving at your new home and opening the boxes where your good china is supposed to be, and finding only shards of porcelain. This tip will greatly reduce the...
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5 Creative Ways to Pack Christmas Ornaments


Its never too early to plan for packing-

And with the holiday seasons upon us, we wanted to offer up some insider advice on how to pack christmas ornaments -those delicate treasures from your tree to avoid any kind of damage when moving, or even simply storing them for the off season.

5 Ways to SAFELY Pack Christmas Ornaments

1. Ditch the Cardboard, Say Hello to Plastic

Not only is a plastic tote more durable and less susceptible to damage, plastic totes are reusable and, if handled well, can last you and your family for years to come. Plastic totes can be clearly labeled, are generally stackable, and can keep out most water other damage from humidity.  When it comes to storage- plastic totes are your best friend. 2. Egg Cartons  Styrofoam, paper, both are great options for storing delicate holiday items. The best part about these storage gems is that they are easy to replace, and they are stackable! The best way to reduce the...
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5 Ways to Help You Mentally Cope with Culture Shock and Moving Overseas

culture shock aris moving blog   Culture Shock, its a term we hear around us on a regular basis, but many of us don't really give it much thought. It's just a part of moving, right?  Well- yes and no. It is certainly a feeling shared by the majority of people who move to a new city, and especially to those who move to an entirely different country. However, people often underestimate how much of an effect culture shock can have on a person, and it is important when putting all your ducks in a row, and meticulously planning your move overseas, that you take a moment to truly understand what emotions you will face when moving to a new environment, and prepare yourself to have as much support as possible so that you can thrive in your new environment and bounce back from culture shock as quickly as possible. We have compiled...
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