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Responsible travel: A BASIC guide for dummies

Responsible travel: A BASIC guide for dummies

What is responsible travel? Responsible travel was formally defined in 2002 at a World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Cape Town. It can be simply described as: Travelling with an awareness that we, as travellers, have an effect on the people and places that […]

“Your partner lets you wear THAT?” (And other inane questions I am asked)

“Your partner lets you wear THAT?” (And other inane questions I am asked)

When Expat Polar and I started dating, it was about only a year later that I decided to take our relationship public on my social media. Apart from the devastating divorce I had endured in the recent years of my late twenties (which you can […]

Planning a trip: Panda’s Process  

Planning a trip: Panda’s Process  

  There is no right or wrong way to plan for a trip and each person has their own preferences on how they like to do things. But a lot of people have messaged me saying things like:   “Where do you start looking for […]

Comments, criticism and courage: What it’s like being a desi parent

Comments, criticism and courage: What it’s like being a desi parent

If you’re an Indian person living outside of India, you should be familiar with the term desi. You should know that the word desi—derived from the Ancient Sanskrit word for “country”—is a term used for anything derived from the Indian subcontinent. And my family- with our Indian […]

Dating a desi woman: a non brown guy spills the chai

Dating a desi woman: a non brown guy spills the chai

Hi! My name is Expat Polar Bear, the proud partner of Expat Panda (no she didn’t make me write that). Before we get on with this post, I thought it would be useful to give you info about my background, so you have an understanding […]

Growing up in a western society being brown- but not brown ENOUGH

Growing up in a western society being brown- but not brown ENOUGH

For as long as I can remember I always knew I was of Indian descent. It’s important to note that I knew this before I learnt that I was South African. My family’s bloodline can be clearly traced all the way back to 4 generations […]

Dating after divorce: Panda’s do’s & don’ts

Dating after divorce: Panda’s do’s & don’ts

People always complain that dating is hard. Dating when you’re in your twenties, dating when you’re in college, dating when you’re a single mum… and I don’t disagree- dating is difficult when you consider all the fear factors involved. These may include getting hurt, trust […]

What should YOU do if someone you know is moving abroad?!

What should YOU do if someone you know is moving abroad?!

It’s the season where lots of people have accepted jobs abroad and are preparing to shift their lives to a new country, a new culture and a completely foreign lifestyle. Often the people who are moving are bombarded with advice when they’re about to leave- […]

Losing your job while living abroad

Losing your job while living abroad

Losing your job is always traumatic no matter where you are; but losing your job abroad is somewhat more perplexing because it means that soon you may have nowhere to live! Expats know that their jobs are not forever; foreign laws change frequently, companies close […]

8 things you’ve heard if you’re ethnically ambiguous

8 things you’ve heard if you’re ethnically ambiguous

I never stood out where I grew up. I looked just like every other girl that went to my high school and never got stared at in shopping malls. I was never questioned about my ethnicity or nationality… until I moved abroad. And then suddenly… […]