Expats: Work life & self-care

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When I left home to come to the UK, in my bags I packed everything from my Ventolin inhaler, to tiger balm and my vaccination book … yes, you heard me my vaccination book. Silly, I know but I wanted to be prepared for every eventuality or any questions I might be asked. Then, within a week of my arrival, I was registered with a GP. I wasn’t sick, I didn’t need a doctor but I was being cautious. Expats set off toward the horizon, for a better life and every story is different. However, we don’t always think of the tiny little details, like self-care. This month let’s look at work, life and self-care.


Work and Life

Did you know there are expat hotspots? I didn’t.  Not, really. Well, Angela over at The Inspired Edit tells all about the new expat hotspot, Bahrain.  Apparently, Bahrain is good for those seeking a good work life balance.

She also talks about how to choose a Global Health Insurance Plan. This is definitely a post for those thinking of travelling/live in that part of Asia.



Do you have a first aid kit? What’s in it? I confess the last time I had one was when hubby and I were going on a mini break to France pre-parenthood. I’m a bit more relaxed than when I was fresh off the boat.  Emma shared what’s in her self-drive safari first aid kit.

She said, “you can buy some pre-packaged first aid kits from pharmacies, chemists and drugstores. In my experience, they don’t have all the things you need.” Her extensive list includes; alcohol-free cleansing wipes, antiseptic cream or spray, antihistamine cream and so on.


For those of with less exotic plans, you can’t beat a trip to the beach on a Bank Holiday weekend. Then… you think of the traffic and make a U-Turn to the pool, or is that just me? Well, Natasha tells us that on such holidays, in France, the roads are clear! In her post 5 thing I miss from the UK, at the top of her list is takeaway! I can totally relate. Mums need break sometimes. Read her post to find out else can make you pine for ‘Ole Blighty. 


I hope you enjoyed this month’s round-up. If you have a post you would to be considered for next month’s round-up, please email me on [email protected] or DM me on Twitter.

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About Maria Tumolo

Maria Tumolo is a Trinidad-born Surrey based stay at home mum, blogger and aspiring published children’s book writer. She moved to England in 2001. She lived in Cambridgeshire for a few months before moving London, where she’s lived ever since. Prior to marriage and children, she earned a BA in English from The University of The West Indies, Trinidad 1998. Her career history has spanned from Libraries to Further Education.
Her blog The Tiger Tales explore topics such: expat parenting, education, mixed heritage family life, food and beauty. The way to her heart is a Trini Dalpuri Chicken Roti.