What Expats SHOULDN’T Let the Packers Put in the Container

We all know that moving day can be crazy. The packers are spread out throughout your house, you're running around like crazy taking care of last-minute business, and everything takes on a life of its own. Including the potatoes in your pantry. Or, well, not a life of their own quite yet. That will come some weeks later, when you'll see (or first smell) said life while unpacking.

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How Much is Enough: Expat Tips on Tipping

One of the first things you always have to learn in a new country is how much to tip. This is especially true in South Africa. You'll be setting out on your very first errand to buy milk and butter at the Woolworth's around the corner, you'll return to your car with your bags, and as you pull out of your parking space, a guy will be at your window with outstretched hand. What to do?

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Do Talk to Strangers

When you move abroad, your world is turned upside down. You know no one, you have to rebuild your life from scratch in terms of figuring out where to run your daily errands, you are in desperate need of some clothes hangers, and all of a sudden you find yourself with a lot of time, because you're not signed up for any activities yet. You need to meet some strangers!

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#ExpatTip of the Day on Twitter

I was going through my old blog posts and realized I have 62 of them tagged as Expat Tips (not counting all the answers in my FAQ section). That's more than in any of the other categories on Joburg Expat, like Schools, Travel, Crime and Security, or Health. It's even more than I wrote under Bureaucracy, which is saying a lot because that one includes Eskom.

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11 Things all Expats Should Know about Moving

Moving is hard. Moving abroad sounds even harder. But with the right point of view it doesn't have to be quite as hard as you think. If we can't change reality, we can change our thoughts about it. Here I have summarized some of these thoughts when it comes to moving your family to distant shores, from being patient to starting a blog to process and remember your experiences.

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South Africa: What You Need to Know about Banking, Shopping, Healthcare, and More

One of the motivations for starting Joburg Expat was to help those who came behind me with the long and often complicated process of settling in. I wanted to answer all questions about being an expat in South Africa, and give my readers tips on how to avoid pitfalls about the South African bureaucracy. For this purpose I have put together this list of useful tips.

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