That’s It, Folks


The XPat Journal adventure lasted more than 22 years, but all good things must come to an end.
In March 2020 the final issue of our magazine appeared.

Our website stays active though so you’ll be able to access our huge archive of summaries of articles we’ve published since 1998.


View the final print issue on ISSUU


Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

Your International Choice – for Expats, by Expats

The origins of ACCESS are firmly rooted in a concern for the mental well-being of the international community. It was acknowledged then, in 1986, as it still is now, 28 years on, that – when ‘dips’ are low or deep – not only is attention required, but that attention by and from those who implicitly … Continued

Helping a Loved One Buy a Home

When you move to another country, you are subject to the taxes of that other country. Not only income tax, but also, for instance, gift tax and inheritance tax. Gift Tax The main rule in the Netherlands is that if the person making the gift is/was living in the Netherlands at the time of the … Continued


I remember raising my eyebrows when I first heard that question. I was viewing rental properties at the time with one of my expat clients. The house was not furnished and without any linen. I simply could not imagine what one could do in a bathroom while visiting an empty house. Did my client want … Continued

From the Point of View of… Brad Taylor

As Brad Taylor, Physical Education teacher, strides down the school hallways, the students respectfully make way, but with a smile. He addresses them in English – for he teaches at a bilingual school – and, depending on how confident his students feel about their command of the English language, they respond either politely monosyllabically or … Continued

What Does Wellness Mean To You?

Is it: the endorphin rush you feel after a good workout or yoga session? the relaxing of the body achieved by languishing in a sauna? or a content feeling from being massaged by an experienced masseuse? Holistic Approach It could be all three – wellness can be defined as the body, mind and spirit meeting … Continued

International Schooling: A Parent’s Guide

How do we plan the education of our children given the unpredictable nature of an internationally mobile life? Diane Lemieux, co-author of The Mobile Life: a New Approach to Moving Anywhere, looks at tips for maximising the benefits of an international education. Our goal in selecting schools for our children is two-fold. Firstly, we want … Continued

Votes for Internationals

It was extremely irritating in September 2012 to watch my husband and two sons head off to the polling station to cast their votes in the general election. There I was; a taxpayer, a homeowner and an entrepreneur with no vote, simply because after 30 years, I still don’t see why I should stop being … Continued


On the odd occasion when frigid temperatures and snow hit the Netherlands, you are sure to hear Dutch people grumbling about how cold it is, how the snow is slowing down trains, how flights are not taking off from Schiphol airport and how long it took them to get to work – but secretly they … Continued

Searching for the Perfect Doctor

Finding the right doctor will make a world of difference in how you look and feel. Everyone wants to grow old, but everyone wants to look young. Luckily, nowadays, there are a host of small and ‘large’ procedures to ensure that your skin is flawless and your body in perfect shape. It seems so easy: … Continued

Simply the Best!

Every expat living in Holland knows that there are a lot of bikes and cyclists here. But did you realize that Holland is regarded as the best cycling nation on the planet? Well, it’s true. Cycling is a very hot topic these days, as more and more countries around the world attempt to emulate the … Continued

Dining Out… At Home

The XPat Journal likes to point you in the right direction when it comes to fine dining and interesting restaurants – but where should you go for catering, or great food prepared in your own kitchen? In this edition we introduce you to a spectacular, Asian concept and a chef who takes over your home … Continued

From iPads to English, Are Dutch Schools Becoming American?

Have you ever been to one of those Dutch historical museums, where you can see Dutch classrooms as they existed years ago? I visit one every day. It’s called ‘My Kid’s School.’ While Dutch society may be progressive in many ways, Education is not always one of them. I was watching a speech at the … Continued