Guide for expatriates in Seoul, South-Korea

25 May, 2010 22:24  EasyExpat EasyExpat

KoreaWe are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Seoul, South-Korea.

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and is one of the most highly populated cities in the world, located in the north-western part of the country on the Han River. With the establishment of South Korea (the Republic of Korea) in 1948 it became the capital, except for a short time during the Korean War.

The tower of Seoul, South-KoreaThe traditional heart of Seoul is the old Joseon Dynasty city, which is now the downtown area, where most palaces, government offices, corporate headquarters, hotels and traditional markets are located. To the north of downtown is Bukhan Mountain, and to the south is the smaller Namsan. Across the Han River are the newer and wealthier areas of Gangnam-gu and surrounding neighbourhoods. Yeouido is a large island in the middle of the Han River and is home to the National Assembly, the major broadcasting studios, and a number of large office buildings, as well as the world's largest Presbyterian church. (More)


New classifieds for expatriates

19 May, 2010 22:37  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We have fully redesigned our classifieds section and add a few new features.

The classifieds are now first ordered by continent/countries (and possibly cities according to the list available in EasyExpat guides) and in each of them a series of categories is listed:

  1. Houses For RentScreen shot of Classifieds page on
  2. Houses For Sale
  3. House Search
  4. Flats For Rent
  5. Flats For Sale
  6. Flat Search
  7. House/Flatshare Offer
  8. House/Flatshare Search
  9. Home Swap
  10. Holiday Rentals
  11. Furnitures
  12. Au Pair & Babysitter Search
  13. Au Pair & Babysitter Offer
  14. Clothing/Accessories
  15. Baby/Kids stuff
  16. Books/Games/DVDs
  17. Electronics (*for this category, only ads submitted by individuals, not companies, are permitted)
  18. Conversation exchange
  19. Cars/Motorbikes
  20. Other (*for this category, only ads submitted by individuals, not companies, are permitted)

It is possible to add a photo to illustrate the ad (very handy for example for accommodation). Also you will notice that you can now contact the author of the classifieds straight at its bottom, and that will send immediatly an email to the poster and guarantee they can deal with your message. (More)


France, I love you, I'm leaving

04 May, 2010 17:05  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Livre: France, je t’aime, je te quitte - Christian RoudeauJournalist (France Inter) based in London, Christian Roudeau has just published "France, je t’aime, je te quitte" (France, I love you, I'm leaving - Fayard edition), which deals with opinion of expatriates on France: a "virtual country" made of 2.5 million people and still growing.

There are 2 parts in the book: who are the French expatriates and what do they say about France. Profiles have evolved a lot and we are no longer talking (only) about the rich business man voting conservative. All categories are represented and while, before 2007, the vast majority of French expats voted for the candidate of the French conservative party, the last election showed the same trend as the global result. (More)


The Kunstenfestivaldesarts takes over Brussels from May 7th to 29th

28 April, 2010 15:07  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The Kunstenfestivaldesarts’ 15th edition is about to start in Brussels, offering an international program and taking place in dozens of welcoming theatres and art houses for 3 weeks in May. It will, this year again, feature performing arts and visual arts, by Dutch- and French-speaking, Western and non-Western artists.

The KunstenfestivaldesartsThe Kunstenfestivaldesarts is a festival dedicated to new creations, intended for artists with a personal outlook on the world and spectators willing to question their own views, a cosmopolitan city festival. We are increasingly becoming part of a complex network of communities that cross and redefine national, linguistic and cultural borders. The city is the environment “par excellence” in which this cosmopolitan society can be seen. (More)


Getting a Bargain on Hotel Rooms

26 April, 2010 11:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

In planning a trip for business or pleasure, one of the most important considerations is the hotel accommodation. Whether your desire is to find a home away from home featuring an array of amenities or simply a clean, quiet place to sleep during your holiday, it is possible to find a hotel room to fill your needs. With a bit of planning, finding the right hotel won't empty your bank account.

Package Deals

Frequently, booking a hotel room together with a flight means significant savings, especially when using online travel resources such as Expedia or Orbitz. You can often refine your search by many factors, including hotel star rating or price level, location in the city center or on the outskirts, and specific amenities. However, to obtain these discounts, you must prepay for your travel package. (More)


All Aboard! Train Travel Gains Popularity in the United States

12 April, 2010 11:07  EasyExpat EasyExpat

During much of the history of the United States, train travel was the primary means of long-distance overland routes. With the invention of the airplane, train travel suffered a rapid decline. However, in the 21st century, Americans have begun to rediscover train travel. Between May 2007 and May 2008, Amtrak, the nationally subsidized railway system in the United States, had a 15 percent increase in ridership for long-distance routes and a 14 percent increase in ridership for short-distance routes. Americans are learning what other travellers around the world have always known; train riders enjoy a number of advantages over their counterparts who make overland journeys by bus, plane or automobile.

Getting There is Half the Fun

On a train ride, passengers enjoy scenery that is frequently little more than a "fly over" on a plane ride. Trails and Rails is a cooperative effort between the National Park Service and Amtrak designed to make the most of this advantage. National Train Day is one of several programs sponsored by Trails and Rails as a day of celebration for American railroad systems. For 2010, National Train Day is scheduled for May 8, with programs planned for cities across the country, including Washington, D.C. , Chicago and Los Angeles. (More)


Guide for expatriates in Hong Kong

09 April, 2010 23:22  EasyExpat EasyExpat

ChinaWe are delighted to launch our new guide for expatriates in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is situated between the South China Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the Taiwan Straits, and has several deep natural harbours protected by mountains.

With a population of over 7 million people squeezed into an area of 1104.3 km2,Hong 
Kong Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, although many of the outlying islands remain uninhabited. It is still in the midst of land reclamation and is already bigger than it has ever been. The two official languages are Cantonese and English and the population is made of 94,9% chinese, 2,1% filipino and 3% others (mainly europeans). 

Runned by the United Kingdom, the handover to China happened on the first of July 1997. The handover did not change fundamentally the way Hong Kong is administrated apart from some symbolic changes like the word ‘Royal’ has been dropped for most institutions and the post boxes are now green rather than red. (More)


Community: new forums for EasyExpat

24 March, 2010 08:53  EasyExpat EasyExpat

We are proud to present the new community on EasyExpat.

Users will be able to see a complete new presentation and enjoy loads of new features.

1- New structure

For each destination in the world we have now a forum. (More)


Exploit in Ad Servers on EasyExpat Allows For Malware [FIXED]

23 March, 2010 07:40  EasyExpat EasyExpat

If you have got a warning in the past 24 hours about malware being on we apologize as our ad server was attacked through an exploit in our OpenX software. (More)


Top festivals around the world this January

04 January, 2010 13:18  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The New Year has begun. It’s freezing cold in many parts of the northern hemisphere but that doesn’t stop people from having fun. Here’s a round up of some of the festivals making a splash from around the world this January.

Ati-Atihan Festival, Philippines
14th -16th January
Held every third Sunday in the month of January, this festival is a cross between Thanksgiving and Mardi Gras, Philippino style. It is one of the biggest events in the cultural calendar and a must visit for travellers in the region. Expect much singing, dancing, music and food.

World Buskers Festival, New Zealand
21st – 31st January
This is the meeting of the world’s best buskers. For 10 days, the streets and pavements of Christchurch are transformed into stages for the public. This open air street fest is crammed with entertainment and music for the entire family. With over 450 live shows planned for the upcoming event, you can say goodbye to a boring day at home. (More)


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