Tourist Tax in America

30 August, 2010 08:28  Erin Erin

Travelers to the USA may be looking forward to saving some money as the value of the dollar has diminished, but they will have to pay a new tourist tax first.

When?

On September 8th, 2010 the new tax will be initiated. The Travel Promotion Act was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010.

How much?

It is a $10 fee with a $4 administration fee equalling $14. It will only be collected once every two years. (More)

   


The Hotel Alternative

24 August, 2010 16:56  Erin Erin

HotelsThe excitement of heading to a new city and seeing the sights can occasionally be eclipsed by the cost of the adventure. One of the largest expenditures is the cost of housing whether it be a hotel, bed & breakfast, or condo. A hotel room may have a mint on the pillow, but leave visitors missing the sense of home. Several hotel alternatives are challenging this notion.

The convenience of a hotel and the comforts of a home can now be found through a variety of social networks devoted to resident's offering their own homes as short-term rentals. Sometimes called social B&B networks or peer-to-peer hotels, there is a growing market to rent a room in someone's home. The accommodations range from 5 star luxury suites to a spare couch in college dorm coziness. (More)

   


Guide for expatriates in Oslo, Norway

17 August, 2010 17:11  EasyExpat EasyExpat

NorwayWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Oslo, Norway.

The city of Oslo lies on the southeastern region of Norway (Known as Norge, this section of Scandinavia lies to the northwest of Finland and its immediate neighbour, Sweden on Europe's most Northern peninsula.).

Oslo - Opera houseOslo is Norway's capitol and the largest city (total area of 454 km2). There is a population of around 590,041. The city is also incredibly safe with one of the lowest homicide rate in the world.

The metropolitan area of Oslo accounts for 25 percent of Norway's gross domestic product. The region has one of the highest per capita GDPs in Europe.

Oslo is a global city, ranked "Beta World City" (major world cities) in studies performed by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network in 2008. It has also been consistently named as one of the most expensive cities for expats (ECA) and one of the best cities to live in.

You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation to Oslo and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation, Work, Benefits and Tax, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...

You can also discuss and share experience in Norway in our forum.

   


How To WWOOF around the World

05 August, 2010 13:15  Erin Erin

What is WWOOF?

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or WWOOF, was created in England in 1971 by Sue Coppard. The idea of volunteer workers and organic farmers coming together in a symbiotic relationship seems like the perfect expression of modern organic farming. And indeed the idea has spread to over 6,000 farms worldwide. (More)

   


Rome guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Rome en français

01 August, 2010 15:08  EasyExpat EasyExpat

ItalyWe have now fully manually translated our original guide in English into French.

Rome, the Eternal City (la Città Eterna), or Capital of the world (Caput Mundi in Latin,) is surrounded by seven hills. The Capitoline, Palatine, Viminal, Quirinal, Esquiline, Caelian and Aventine hills determine both the city layout and geography of the historical centre. The Tiber (il Tevere) winds south through the heart of Rome and derives from the Aniene River (l’Anio.) The Tyrrhenian Sea is located 24 kilometers east of the city centre. (More)

   


Singapore guide for expats in French / Guide pour expatriés sur Singapour en français

26 July, 2010 16:50  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Singapore / SingapourSingapore was first mentioned as early as the 3rd century where it was referred to as Puluozhong, a Chinese translation of Pulau Ujong, literally ‘island at the end' (of the Malay Peninsula).

The Malay archipelago was under European colonial rule for much of the period between the 16th and 19th centuries, starting with the Portuguese in Malacca which than gave way to the Dutch, who developed a stronghold in the region. All this changed with the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 when he signed a formal treaty with the Sultan of Johor to establish a trading post on the island. However, Singapore did not become a full British colony until 1824.

It was Raffles who decided then that Singapore should become a free port. (More)

   


World Cup Fever

15 July, 2010 09:19  Erin Erin

Vuvuzelas made their last trumpets, tvs flickered off around the world, and the Dutch returned the 120 caravans they rented to attend the world cup in South Africa. The furious month-long competition (June 11th to July 11th, 2010) is suddenly put to rest as one team has claimed the title of champions of the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

South Africa's World Cup

South AfricaIn South Africa, there was wild anticipation as well as an edge of apprehension. It had been a long road to getting an African nation selected as host. This was the first World Cup bidding process under continental rotation and African nations could bid. In 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals. South Africa had been only narrowly defeated in its 2006 bid and this selection marked a change in Africa's status, worthy of international sports play.  (More)

   


Best cities to live in the world in 2010

01 July, 2010 15:26  Erin Erin

What makes a city truly exceptional? The perfect place to live, work, and play? Monocle magazine knows what makes a city great to live and have compiled a list of the 25 best places to live. These cities aren't just OK, but are "benchmarks for urban renaissance and rigorous reinvention in everything from environmental policy to transport". The results of their annual survey were published on June 17, 2010.

25 Best Places to Live

Photo of Munich - July 2010, evening1. Munich, Germany
The city is the epitome of everything valued in the survey. Excellent location and transportation system allow for easy access to the rest of Europe, as well as the world. Monocle boasts that the city has the best airport in Europe. There is also a boon of cultural heritage and events and plenty of green space to make living in the city enjoyable. On top of these benefits, there is an extremely low crime rate. Apparently Munich parents agree with the magazines assessment as the city is one of the few reporting an upswing in birth rate. Prost! (More)

   


Most Expensive Cities Worldwide in 2010 (EAI)

21 June, 2010 22:15  Erin Erin

 Cost
of LivingPeople's standard of living can vary greatly according to their wealth, personal choices, and willingness to do without. However, there are some cities, that are expensive no matter what choices a person makes.

EA International is a world leader in managing employees around the world. EA offers data and advice about everything concerning expatriates and the companies that hire them. The most recent list of the most expensive cities worldwide was published on June 10, 2010. (More)

   


Eyjafjallajokull: summary of a volcanic ash cloud story

16 June, 2010 20:21  Erin Erin

What is it?

Volcanic ash consists of small tephra (particles of rock and glass smaller than 2 mm). This ash can be spewed into the air during eruptions. Volcanic ash can be hazardous as it can affect breathing and cause malfunctions in machinery.

Iceland - Google mapEyjafjallajokull's Eruption in Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Iceland of Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced ay-yah-FYAH-lah-yer-kuhl) is believed to have started on March 20th, and led to a worldwide transportation disaster. The ash cloud hovered over the Atlantic Ocean and caused a week-long suspension of air traffic in Europe. Ash turned the sky hazy and tinted it a dirty yellow. Volcanic ash particles cans stay in the troposphere for weeks, and the finest tephra particles remain in the stratosphere for months. This suspended material can create spectacular sunsets. At its greatest height, the plume reached 33,000 ft (about 11 km) into the air. The controlled airspace of many countries was closed to instrument flight rules traffic resulting in the largest air traffic shut-down since World War II. (More)

   


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