Top 10 Winter Travel Gadgets

16 January, 2009 14:15  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Planning a winter break? Here are some gadgets that’ll make your trip a lot more comfortable and fun.

This is the easiest way to make up to 60 perfect snowballs per minute! With long handles, you’ll never have to worry about wet gloves and frozen fingers. And since Sno-Baller snowballs disintegrate on contact, they don’t hurt like ordinary hand packed snowballs.

Snow Ball Blaster
Or you could go for the Snowball Blaster. This snowballing weapon sculpts up to 3 snowballs at a time and then, using the internal slingshot, fires them at your neighbours, friends and enemies.

DOTS gloves
Don’t you hate it when you have to take off your gloves every time your i-phone rings? Fret no more. DOTS gloves are the perfect solution. They have a couple of little balls on the fingertips that let you use your gadgets without freezing your fingers or forcing you to take off your gloves. Only $15 - $20.

Heated socks
Stay warm and comfy with battery powered heated socks. HEAT SOX are knitted with a combination of Thermastat, high quality wool, nylon and acrylic yarns that form a very soft, yet extremely warm and truly comfortable fitting sock. It also comes with a battery pack and an embedded coil element that generates safe heat to keep your feet warm and comfortable, even on the coldest days.

Boot, glove and skate dryers
Feeling damp and soggy after a day out in the snow? The Dry Fast is a portable footwear & garment dryer that allows you to dry footwear and garments anywhere.

Bench warmer
Never sit on a cold seat again with Bench Warmer. This heated seat is operated by a rechargeable battery and makes sure you keep your tush warm. It’s comfortable, portable, lightweight and water resistant.

Make your own snow
And for those who’d like to make their snow, the SnoWonder is for you. SnoWonder looks and feels like natural snow. In fact, if you pour a bowl of it on real snow, you won't even be able to tell the difference!

Shoe, boot warmers
Keep those cold feet warm all winter with boot warmers. These battery operated warmers come in a one size fits all deal. All you need to do is slip it into your sole and say goodbye to cold feet.

g.cell gloves
Bluetooth technology has been finding its way into ski gear for a while now.  The latest is the g.cell gloves. When it detects an incoming call, it gives your wrist a shake and enables you to quite literally talk to the hand. It’s a bit pricey but your hands will feel snug all through your call.


Winter Sports adventures

04 January, 2009 16:02  EasyExpat EasyExpat

There’s more to winter sports than skiing and snowboarding. If you’d like to try something different this time, read on for alternative ways to keep the adrenaline pumping this winter. (More)


New Year traditions around the world

27 December, 2008 17:36  EasyExpat EasyExpat

New Year Eve party - credit WikimediaAs another year comes to an end, let’s take a look at how people from around the world celebrate the New Year.  


In England, crowds gather in Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus waiting to hear the chimes of London's Big Ben, which announces the arrival of the New Year. People link arms and there is usually a rendering of "Auld Lang Syne." The custom of "first-footing" is important. To ensure good luck for the inhabitants of a house, the first person to enter on New Year's Day should be male, young, healthy and good-looking.  (More)


How Expats Celebrate Christmas Around the World

22 December, 2008 18:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat


Enter Offshore Expat Christmas Prize Draw 

Article sponsored by HSBC

Christmas is a time for getting together – spending time with loved ones, cooking and sharing food, and of course, the exchanging of gifts.  But how does the expat community spend Christmas away from home?  What’s the best present to send if you’re living offshore and how can you keep in touch during the busy holiday season?

HSBC Bank International has looked into how Christmas is celebrated in popular expat locations across the world and found some surprising similarities. To help celebrate Christmas the Bank is giving expats a chance to win £1000 in gift vouchers to keep the giving going in 2009. Readers can enter the prize draw by visiting Christmas Prize Draw and detailing their experiences of a Christmas abroad. No purchase is necessary and the lucky winner will be randomly chosen on 30 January 2009.

Christmas in Dubai

Christmas time for expats living in Dubai is similar to the experience shared in the UK– spending the day with family and a big lunch.  Expats who do not have any family in the city meet their friends for a festive feast in one of the many five-star hotels.  Hoteliers make an extra effort to put on special meals, decorations and even a Christmas tree, which is often shipped in from Europe. (More)


Christmas traditions around the world

19 December, 2008 17:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

There’s more to Christmas than Christmas trees, gifts, Santa Claus, reindeers and mistletoes. Read on to find out more about some of the traditions associated with Christmas around the world. (More)


Top Tips for Expat Christmas Giving

17 December, 2008 22:24  EasyExpat EasyExpat



Article sponsored by HSBC 

Sending gifts home from far off locations can be a real nightmare for expats. So, what’s the best way to get presents to friends and family at Christmas?  HSBC Bank International has looked at some ways to make sending christmas gifts home a little simpler at this busy time.

To help celebrate the Christmas season the Bank is also giving expats a chance to win £1000 of gift vouchers for to keep the giving going in 2009. Readers can enter the prize draw by visiting the Christmas Prize Draw and detailing their experiences of a Christmas abroad. No purchase is necessary and the lucky winner will be randomly chosen on 30 January 2009. (More)


Top 10 European Ski Resorts

04 December, 2008 17:58  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Ski resortPlanning a ski vacation but not sure where to go? This article features some ski resorts that are popular amongst both, professionals and hobby skiers alike. From the most spectacular views to the places with the best runs, least waits and deepest powder, read on to find out more about some of the top ski resorts across Europe. (More)


Festivals in Europe this December

26 November, 2008 16:13  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Christmas is in the air. Let’s get into the spirit of the season and see what else is happening all across Europe in December.

Clothesshow, Birmingham, England
5th December – 10th December

Calling all fashion addicts! This is the world’s largest fashion and beauty event. Expect world class fashion shows, designs, labels, hair stylists, models, celebrities and endless opportunities to shop. The highlight is the Fashion Theatre, a catwalk show featuring over 40 models and dancers from around the world. (More)


Confucius Institute

24 November, 2008 17:43  EasyExpat EasyExpat

In this week’s article, the spotlight is on the Confucius Institute. With the world’s attention on China and its increasing importance in trade, more and more foreigners are trying to learn and understand the Chinese language and culture. According to estimates of the Education Ministry of China, approximately 100 million non-Chinese worldwide will learn Chinese as a foreign language by 2010. This is where the Confucius Institute steps in. As the name suggests, this non-profit public institute aims at promoting the Chinese language and culture across the world. (More)


Società Dante Alighieri

11 November, 2008 16:18  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As part of our series on international institutions, today’s article focuses on the Società Dante Alighieri. You can probably guess by the name that this is the institution responsible for spreading and promoting Italian language and culture around the world.

History and growth

The Società Dante Alighieri was formed in Italy in 1889 and named after Dante Alighieri, a pre-Renaissance poet who is considered the father of the Italian language. In 1948, it was restructured so that all chapters of the society had more autonomy and followed their own methods to reach their common goal i.e. the spread of the Italian language and culture around the world. In 2005, along with the British Council, the Goethe Institute the Instituto Cervantes, the Instituto Camões and the Alliance Française, the Societe Dante Alighieri was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for outstanding achievements in communications and the humanities. (More)


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