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Hints and Tips

A compliation of little anecdotes and ideas to make life abroad that little bit smoother.

Solar panels in Mexico
Zena Lazarus is an Abroad reader. She hopes her experience with solar panels in San Miguel de Allende might be of interest to readers in a similar predicament
Dreaming of Spain
Lee Young explains that the prospect of a sunny holiday home continues to lure many Britons to Spain. But for those with modest incomes, the move can become a nightmare
Sleepless in Santiago
Rachel Worzencraft aims to give love a gentle nudge in the right direction. She has compiled a list of ideas for Chile's lonely hearts to get in touch and meet each other, whatever their intentions
Wallabies retire to France
Determined to dodge the Grim Reaper for a few more years, Guardian Abroad reader Ray Johnstone left Australia to spend his retirement in France. He shares his tips on how to make everything come up sunflowers
Tips for living in Barcelona
Natasha Young admits that living in the Catalonian capital can often be an incredible challenge, but the sunshine and the nightlife make it all worthwhile. She offers some concise advice
A strong constitution
David Smith is a Guardian Abroad reader. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, having emigrated from Britain in 2003. He looks back on some initial teething problems, and offers a spot of advice
Smiling faces in the tropical north
Peter Engelsman is a reader of Guardian Abroad. His overview of life in Malaysia is essential reading for anyone thinking of heading out there for longer than a holiday
The shock of the new
Roger Crisp looks at the effects of culture shock and considers the various ways of dealing with it. It might be bad when you're abroad, but it can be even worse coming ‘home’
Key British health insurance companies
When choosing health insurance and providers, it's worth shopping around to see if your cover is still competitive
The value of a little sanook
While you're in the Land of Smiles why not lose yourself in the joys of translation, asks Tony Burke