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Top 10 Cities for Expat Adventurers

 

It’s not easy being an expat thrill seeker. You may be living abroad, but finding things to do for adventure may not be as easy as you thought. So for the expat adventure junkies out there, you may want to get your international insurance ready, cause we’ve compiled a list of cities where you can find lots of activities for your days off, or maybe even make a career out of while living abroad. From extreme sports, to adrenaline pumping trips, these 10 cities have the best things to offer expat adventurers.

 

 1. Queenstown, New Zealand

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Famous Activities: Whitewater Rafting, River Surfing, Bungee Jumping, Canyon Swinging

Example of Career Opportunities:

Hotel and Restaurant Management: Hilton, Sofitel, Millenium Resorts

Engineering: Fuji Xerox

Miscellaneous: Helicopter Pilot, Bungee Jumping Instructor, Winter Sports Instructor

Queenstown is the best place for expat thrill seekers and adventurers. Aside from having many opportunities for expats especially in hospitality industry, Queenstown has a lot to offer in terms of extreme sports and adventure activities. Aside from the famous activities mentioned above, Queenstown also has hills which you can explore in ATV quad bikes, jetboat tours around the pier and even helicopter tours and adventures.

 

 

2. Voss, Norway


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Famous Activities: Base Jumping, River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Skiing

Example of Career Opportunities:

Marketing or Food Technology: VOSS of Norway ASA

Norway is a very peaceful country, but that doesn’t mean that the country is boring. In fact, Norway is one of the top destinations for thrill seekers everywhere. They have almost all kinds of extreme sports and activities that you can think of, but the crown jewel for any adventurer in Norway is base jumping. If you want to live in a town where you can expect a weekly, if not daily adrenaline rush, Voss Norway is the place for you.

 

 

3. Jackson, Wyoming, U.S.A

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Famous Activities: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Paragliding, Kayaking

Example of Career Opportunities:

Banking: Wells Fargo

Engineering: Peabody Energy

Jackson Wyoming is known for its many National Parks, fun recreational activities and extreme sports sites. In the U.S., the valley in Jackson is called “Jackson Hole” and has garnered quite a reputation when it comes to steep slopes and incredible wildlife, which has recently been turned into fun activities for adventurers. There are also a lot of career opportunities from the largest employers in Jackson. You can really start a life in this exciting town.

 

 

4. Interlaken, Switzerland

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Famous Activities: Sailing, Paragliding, Helicopter Ski Jump, Ice Climbing

Example of Career Opportunities:

eCommerce and Internet Services: eBay International AG

Construction: Mach International AG

IT: Mimacom AG

The season and weather are not even factors when it comes to adventures and activities in Interlaken Switzerland. Rain or shine, winter or summer, they have an activity waiting for you. In the summer, you can enjoy sailing, paragliding, kayaking and sky diving, whereas in the winter, you can try jumping off a helicopter onto a ski slope or even ice climbing. It’s definitely hard to get bored in this city.

 

 

5. Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.

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Famous Activities: Dog Sledding, Canoeing, Glacier Cruise, Hiking and Ice Climbing

Example of Career Opportunities:

IT: Dat/em Systems International

Telecom: International Telecom Inc.

This city has a different kind of outdoor adventure as the other featured city in the U.S. in this list. Unlike Jackson, Anchorage has a lot of winter activities and extreme sports adventures. There are also a lot of career opportunities especially for expats in the IT industry in Anchorage. For those who like extreme winter sports, or even the traditional winter sports like dog sledding and cross-country skiing, then this city is the best place for you.

 

 

6. Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Famous Activities: Scuba Diving, Hiking, Kayaking, Surfing, Sport Fishing

Example of Career Opportunities:

Energy Industry and Engineering: Vestas Wind Systems, Enel Green Power (EGP)

Puerto Escondido, may not be a very famous city in Mexico, but it does have a lot of things in store for expat thrill-seekers. From scuba diving, to surfing and jungle tours, Puerto Escondido, is one of the hidden gems of Mexico that you should definitely explore. All these, plus a very low cost of living and you got a match in expat adventurer heaven.

 

 

7. Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Famous Activities: Whitewater Rafting, Nature Triping, Cave Trekking, Cycling

Example of Career Opportunities:

Energy Industry: Petrol d.d., HSE, Gen-I

Slovenia is yet another surprise destination in the list of the best places for expat adventurers. Not a lot of people know this, but Slovenia is probably one of the best situated countries for adventure. Not only does it have the Alps, and river rapids that you can enjoy mountain and water sports in, it also happens to be sitting on top of over 10,000 caves. Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, has all of these to offer and more.

 

 

8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Famous Activities: Hand Gliding, Hiking, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Body Boarding

Example of Career Opportunities:

Oil Industries: Gehr International

Maritime Services: Smit International

Rio is definitely one of the best places in South America for adventurers, it also happens to have good job opportunities and a low cost of living. Water sports are the strong suit of Rio’s adventure tourism, even hosting the annual Billabong Rio Pro surfing tournament. But the most famous extreme activity in the city is hand gliding. We have seen hand gliding on Sao Conrado so many times in pop-culture through many films and t.v. series, but many still say that this is the best way to get a bird’s eye view of the city (quite literally in fact).

 

 

9. Cape Town, South Africa

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Famous Activities: Kite Surfing, Sand Boarding, Mountain Biking, Sea Kayaking

Example of Career Opportunities:

IT: Acer, Cisco, EDS

Banking: Barclays

Engineering: BMW, General Electric, Volkswagen

Telecom: Alcatel, Vodafone

Petrol Industry: Agrid

Cape Town, like Rio, is an expat adventurer favourite. This city has a good quality of life ranking, international companies, low cost of living, and endless adventure opportunities, what more can an expat adventurer ask for?! There’s a myriad of water sports that you can try aside from the famous activities mentioned above, like cable waterski, sailing and wind surfing. If you’re not a fan of water sports, then maybe you can try caving, quad biking, forest adventures or helicopter exploring. There are so many options open for thrill-seekers out there, so for those who are not looking for winter sports, this is the best place to be.

   

 

10. Larreynaga, Nicaragua

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Famous Activities: Volcano Boarding, Sport Fishing, Cavalcade, Hiking

Example of Career Opportunities:

Energy Industry: Larreynaga Hyrdro Power Plant

This is probably the least developed city or municipality in this list, but it is the next big thing in the energy industry of South America, and it has a very interesting activity that any expat adventurer should try. They have volcano boarding in Cerro Negro, the youngest volcano in Central America that is also a part of the Cordillera de los Maribios mountain range. Volcano boarding is exactly as it sounds, you slide down an active volcano with a little piece of wood. As simple as that may sound, it should be enough to send adventure junkies packing and on the next flight to Nicaragua.

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Expat Odd Jobs in the World

 

Living abroad doesn’t necessarily mean that you are living an adventure overseas; then again, there are also a lot of opportunities for more interesting careers for expats. Odd jobs are the best choices for most expat adventurers. These are the kind of jobs that gives way to new and exciting experiences, whether it’s another new destination or a new path in life altogether, no matter what it is, odd jobs tend to bring out people’s passion in life, especially odd jobs that take you overseas. These are the world’s top 10 expat odd jobs.

 

1. Surf Researcher


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Qualifications: Swimming and Surfing Skills

Salary Range: $ 40,000–45,000 a year

Yes, as great as it sounds, this is an actual thing and it is a real job. A surf researcher is someone who studies sustainable surf tourism activities globally. You get to travel around the world to study the possibilities of surf tourism in a given place and actually try it firsthand before they are commercially developed. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for adventurers who long to travel and live abroad.

 

 

2. Fossil Digger

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Qualifications: Basic Knowledge of Fossils and Fossil Sites around the World

Salary Range: $ 41,000-80,000 a year

This is another job that taps on everyone’s childhood dream. There is a common misconception that all fossil diggers are Archaeologists, this is not always the case. There are some people who actually just have a fascination for fossils and focus their time on finding and retrieving fossils around the world, whereas Archaeologists study the overall human activity of the past including cultural and environmental data. Fossil diggers can be people who do it for their personal pleasure, there are some who really work for an organization, and there are also some who do it for pure profit. Fossil digging is an adventure that is a bit different from “surf research” and it also attracts a different type of adventurer (more like an Indiana Jones type of adventurer). You would need a lot of help and research to be a fossil digger, but if you already have a particular interest in fossils and the “land before time,” this may well be the perfect job for you.

 

 

3. Waterslide Tester

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Qualifications: Excellent Swimming Skills

Salary Range: $ 15,000–56,000 a year

This job is exactly as it sounds, you travel around the world in different resorts and amusement parks to test water slides. There are companies who actually hire professional waterslide testers to test how safe, fun and innovative water slides can be. All you need to do is have an excellent international insurance coverage, have good swimming skills and a special interest for waterslides.

 

 

4. Snake Milker

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Qualifications: Expertise in Snake Venom, Experience in Handling Snakes

Salary: $ 30,000–45,000 a year

Snake Milkers are people who extract venom from snakes. It may not be the most fun job for a lot of people, but for the very few thrill seekers and keen venom researchers, this is as much fun as surf researching and testing water slides. Snake milkers tend to travel a lot because they are mostly employed by zoos, wildlife reserves and drug research facilities because snake venom is an integral part of developing anti-venoms, so when you think about it, snake milkers are actually heroes. 

 

 

5. Storm Chaser

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Qualifications: Meteorology Background

Salary Range: $ 45,000-132,000 a year

Like the snake milking job, this job actually requires a passion or interest in… things that can potentially kill you. But to be more accurate, you just need to be interested in doing crazy things so that other people don’t have to. Storm chasers put themselves in danger so that they can study the behaviour of storms, hurricanes and tornadoes. Their job can potentially save the lives of millions. Say what you want about these “thrill seeking jobs” but in reality, they’re classified as odd jobs because it takes an incredible amount of courage to perform these tasks.

 

 

6. Theme Park Character

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Qualifications: Performance Art Background

Salary Range: $ 18,000–46,000 a year

There are several major theme parks now open all around the world. Disney World for example, can now be found in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Universal Studios also has multiple theme parks open all over the U.S., in Japan and in Singapore. In all of these major theme parks and all the other theme parks in the world, you can expect to find an expat working as a character. So if you think you look particularly like an iconic Hollywood star or you just have a passion for performing and you long to travel the globe, why don’t you go ahead and audition for a part as an entertainer in the major theme parks around the world.

 

 

7. Stunt Tester

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Qualifications: Strong Stomach

Salary Range: $ 39,000–115,000

There are many reality T.V. shows in demand nowadays. Survivor and The Amazing Race are just a few examples of shows that sometimes have very demanding tasks for their participants. They of course have a great professional team of researchers and stunt men and women who have already made sure that all the things that they ask their contestants to do on the show are safe. The perks of this job is that you always get to go on location (mostly ahead of time) research and sample all these stunts as you also immerse yourself with the cultural heritage that the stunt embodies.

 

 

8. Golf Ball Diver

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Qualifications: Really Good Diving Skills

Salary Range: $ 30,000–90,000 a year

Golf courses and resorts all over the world pay a lot for companies or skilled individuals to dive in the golf pond or nearby water areas to recover and replenish golf balls so they can be used again.  Golf ball divers are sent by their companies as expats to different resorts and golf courses in the world and they get to dive for golf balls in different types of open water spaces — it also pays ridiculously well! Golf ball divers may not have as much fun as the water slide tester guys, but they do get the same kind of excitement, plus I bet they have a genuine explorer moment when they do manage to find and retrieve golf balls.

 

 

9. Cryptozoologist

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Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or Zoology

Salary Range: $ 36,000-93,000 a year

This is yet another childhood dream job on this list. Cryptozoologists are pseudo-scientists who are researching and studying creatures whose existence is not yetproven. Like the Lochness Monster, Bigfoot, Yeti, Phantom Cats, Chupacabra etc. It does pay a lot and you get to run around the world, plus you get to do field research and interviews to chase the myths of unproven animals and creatures. If you’re really into adventure and mythology, then maybe this is what you should be doing.

 

 

10. Cow Inseminator

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Qualifcations: Experience with Dairy Production, Bachelors Degree in Science

Salary Range: $ 30,000–50,000

A cow inseminator is basically someone who deposits bull semen into cows to get them pregnant with the best possible DNA match. Yes, you stick your hands inside a cow’s privates with bull semen to make sure they produce the best possible meat for offspring. It may sound unpleasant, but there are a lot of opportunities that await acow inseminator. There are many multinational food companies that employ cow inseminators and deploy them all over the world to ensure the best DNA match for cattle, and it certainly is an interesting job for people who love the farm.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Countries for Expat Foodies

 

In choosing your country for expatriation, two of the things you should mainly consider are the food and your interests. For expat foodies, these two important things just happen to go hand in hand. While food is always a major part of any culture, there are some countries in the world that have a special connection— some can even say ‘love affair’ with food and cuisine. Here are 10 of the world’s countries that expat foodies would love to gastronomically explore and experience.

 

1. Italy

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No country has quite the same enthusiasm for food as the Italians. As one of the most well-known cuisine in the world, Italy has many things to offer expat foodies. Whether it’s high end gourmet restaurants, like the three-star Michelin Restaurant “Enoteca Pinchiorri”, local charming bistros or even a few of the finest wine bars in the world, foodies will be in culinary heaven in Italy.

 

 

2. Mexico

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If Italy is paradise for the gourmet foodies, Mexico is the eden of exotic cultural cuisine. Food in Mexico is really deeply rooted to their culture and way of life. Even the way you eat Mexican food says a lot about their culture. But just because most of their food is very localized and casual, does not mean that they don’t have their own version of gourmet dishes and restaurants. There are also gourmet Mexican restaurants like the very famous “Izote” by Mexican chef and cookbook author, Patricia Quintana. But for the best local food and experience, it’s still best to hit the local taco stands and cantinas you can easily spot in any Mexican city.

 

 

3. Japan

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Japanese cuisine is more than a fascination or a lifestyle, it is a ritual and it’s an art. Whether it be drinking and serving tea, making noodles or building sushi, Japan’s relationship with their food can sometimes border on a spiritual level. The Japanese are very serious when it comes to their food. You don’t just cook and serve food in this country, there’s always a certain way to prepare their signature dishes like sushi or ramen that can even take a lifetime to master. Expats in Japan know that food does not come cheap in this country, but if you want to experience a higher level of taste, commitment and passion when it comes to food, then there’s no other place for you. One of the most famous restaurants in Japan is Jiro Ono’s three-star Michelin sushi restaurant “Sukibayashi Jiro”. This restaurant has also been the subject of a famous award winning documentary film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. 

 

 

4. France

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France is a country well-known for its passion for food— and love. French cuisine is world-renowned as one of the finest and most traditional cuisines in the world. Have some coffee and fancy desserts at Ladurée, or experience the finest French food at the famous L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges by Chef Paul Bocuse. Expat foodies would just love the food culture in France; where the food is exquisite, the ambiance is excellent and the people stay and talk in restaurants longer than most people should. Food and company go hand in hand in this country, and it is the best way to meet new people once you move in as an Expat in France.

 

 

5. India

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India has a lot to offer to expats, and most especially expats who have a fascination for cultural and exotic cuisine. Any foodie would know that India has one of the most interesting cuisines in the world, and living in India immerses you to the cultural and gastronomic sensation that Indian food offers. Get the best clay tandoor in the famous Bukhara Restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in India where prominent figures like Bill and Hillary Clinton and even Arnold Schwarzenegger go for the best gourmet Indian food. Foodies would definitely enjoy the best of sensational cuisine in India.

 

 

6. Spain

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Spanish cuisine is one of the most influential cuisines in the world because of the many Spanish colonies in the middle-ages. Food in Spain today, is known for its sensual flavours and cultural tastes. There are a variety of specialty Spanish dishes depending on the Spanish region Tapas and Paellas are usually the first few dishes that come to mind when you say “Spanish meal” and you can enjoy these dishes in the best Flamenco restaurants in Spain, like La Corral de la Morería for the perfect culinary culture experience in the country.

 

 

7. Greece

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Greece offers the finest of Mediterranean cuisine served with the freshest ingredients in one of the most beautiful locations on earth. Greece is simply one of the best expat foodie paradise especially for foodies who are particularly fond of healthy food. Enjoy the best seaside view and the best traditional gourmet Greek food on yet another Michelin award winner, Varoulko in Athens. The country offers fantastic food choices coupled with the best ambiance.

 

 

8. Thailand

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Thai food has been slowly gaining popularity all over the world in recent years and it’s become one of the favourites in the foodie community. Thailand offers many opportunities for expats and also has one of the lowest costs of living in the world, but it also offers a variety of fantastic food and restaurant for a full gastronomic adventure. Dine at one of the best Thai restaurants in the country, Issaya Siamese Club which was voted as one of the 50 best restaurants in Asia or simply try the local street food delicacies for an in-depth cultural food experience.

 

 

9. Morocco

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Morocco is probably one of the countries in this list that is not very well-known for its food and cuisine, but Moroccan cuisine is one of the best cuisines in the world with many cultural influences and interesting combination of flavours and spices. A variety of herbs and spices for local food are always available in Moroccan markets, filling the area with fragrant musk. Morocco’s most famed and exclusive restaurant is “Gastro MK” headed by world renowned chef Omar El Ouahssoussi.

 

 

10. Korea

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Korean cuisine may have originated from Manchurian china with a few influences of Japanese cuisine, but the current Korean flavours and dishes completely excel from its roots of origin. Korean food may not be the most glamorous and refined as the rest of the cuisine mentioned in this list, but Korean food has a lot of heart, and like most of its Asian neighbours, it is built with tradition. Seoul, South Korea is now becoming one of the best countries to go in Asia for gourmet food, where you can find a wide range of choices for a food adventure when you live in the city. Have the best Korean Barbeque, or the most beautiful traditional Korean dished in Si Hwa Dam for the best gastronomic delights in the country.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Most Interesting Prisons in the World

 

Prisons, like many important architectural establishments say a lot about the culture, behavior and practices of a country. Prisons are also considered important landmarks and like city halls and museums, prisons can also show the heritage of a nation— just on a slightly grimmer note. You can only imagine the diversity of every prison in the world as they are set to adapt to the traditions, way of living and culture of every country and its people— yet out of all the prisons in the world, there are some that are simply extraordinary; here are 10 of the world’s most interesting prisons.

 

1. STYRIA, AUSTRIA: Justizzentrum Leoben

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Justice Center Leoben is one of the most controversial prisons in the world. There are many who protest that this state of the art facility is too much of a luxury for prisoners, yet there are also some who say that it was specifically designed that way as a form of psychological torture for its inmates. This prison complex was designed by Architect Joseph Hohensinn and was completed in 2004. This complex is home to 205 inmates (who are probably confused if they’re in prison or a 5 star hotel) and has high frame glass windows, spacious corridors, gardens, elegant minimalist bedrooms– and also razor wires on every ceiling and bars on every windows.

 

 

2. La Paz, Bolivia: El Penal de San Pedro

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El Penal de San Pedro or St. Peter’s Prison, located in La Paz, Bolivia is famous for having a simulation of a small community behind bars. Each prisoner have to buy their own cells, and the condition of these cells range from high class luxury facilities with private bathrooms, cable TV, personal kitchen and a Jacuzzi, shared with4x4 common cells where they can stay for the duration of their sentence. There are many jobs and even businesses available inside the prison, a community including families and absolutely no guards.  

 

 

3. OSLO, NORWAY: Bastøy Prison

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Bastoy Prison is known as the world’s first ecological prison. This prison located in Bastoy Island, looks more like a farming community with cozy cabins and farm lands for prisoners to raise farm animals and tend to the land. They even get keys to their own rooms and cabins. There are no death sentences or life imprisonment for prisoners in Norway. Most of the time, the most notorious prisoners serve the last years of their sentences in Bastoy island as the last leg of their rehabilitation. It is said to be like the “nice holiday farm version” of Alcatraz.

 

 

4. LIMA, PERU: Canto Grande Prison

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This prison is also known as the “Shining Path” prison for the same reason it is on this list; because it is run by its own prisoners, majority of which are members of the “Shining Path” crime group. Yes, this prison is run by its own inmates like the prisons shown in movies and series like The Dark Knight Rises and Prison Break. This prison is home to 100 women and 340 men, all members of the Shining Path communist group. They have managed to maintain order and safety within the prison walls and educated all their members with the teachings of Marx, Lenin, and Mao.

 

 

5. VOLTERRA, ITALY: Fortezza Medicea Prison

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This beautiful fortress established in 1474 used to be just a regular prison until 2006, when the prison’s administration opened a restaurant inside the prison using the inmates as its staff for their rehabilitation program. It immediately became one of the most famous restaurants in Italy and a major tourist destination for Volterra, but booking a table is not as easy as calling it in. The prison admin will have to do a thorough background check for all clients who wish to dine in the prison and there are necessary precautions like plastic cutleries in the restaurant.

 

 

6. SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Alcatraz

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This is one of only 2 prisons in this list that are no longer used as prisons, they are now tourist attractions.  Alcatraz is the world’s most famous prison and is situated in Alcatraz Island a mile offshore from San Francisco bay, California. This prison has been the subject of many fictional stories as well as urban legends mostly stemming from its reputation as “The Evil Island.”It has not been used as a prison or a detention center since 1972. Up to this day, Alcatraz serves as an important national historic landmark and recreation area for San Francisco, California.

 

 

7. MARSEILLE, FRANCE: Château d'If

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Like Alcatraz, Château d'If is now also a national historical landmark and one of the major tourist spots in the south of France. Château d'If has been made popular as the setting of Alexander Dumas’ novel “The Count of Monte Cristo” and has also been the place of incarceration for France’s most notable prisoners such as Chevalier de Lorraine and Gaston Crémieux.

 

 

8. CEBU, PHILIPPINES: Cebu Provincial Prison

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Cebu prison in the Philippines is one of the most famous prisons in pop-culture due to their extra ordinary rehabilitation program for their inmates. They are known as the “dancing inmates” and became a global youtube sensation for their performance of Michael Jackson’s thriller in the prison courtyard. Their global popularity has led to several generous donations from their youtube fans and has been used to progressively improve their living conditions in jail.

 

 

9. HALDEN, NORWAY: Halden Prison

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Halden prison is known as the most humane prisons in the world, and also one of the most architecturally beautiful modern buildings in Norway. This prison, designed by Erik Møller, can hold up to 252 prisoners and has programs such as cooking, wall climbing, and music classes for rehabilitations.

 

 

 10. MADRID, SPAIN: Aranjuez Prison

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This prison is known as one of the most luxurious prisons in the world. Aranjuez prison has 36 cell units specifically adapted for prisoners with families. The cells are designed to welcome little children and encourage them to get to know their imprisoned parents. The walls are designed with child friendly characters and there are even playgrounds for toddlers so they can freely bond with their parents while in jail. 

 

 

 

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7 Staycation Ideas for Expats

 

The expat lifestyle may be fabulous and exciting, but let’s face it, the expat schedule can be a very busy and most expats don’t really have the time to take a nice long vacation somewhere far away; some don’t even have the time to visit home. We are expats already living abroad, so exploring the nearby territories or finding something new to do within the city for a few days off shouldn’t be so hard. There are many things you can do for a staycation than just check-in to a nice hotel and have a pretend vacation. Here are 7 exciting staycation ideas you can do as an expat abroad.

 

Geocaching

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Geocaching is a real outdoor treasure hunt game played by using GPS-enabled devices. All you have to do is register, enter your postal code and search for the nearest Geocaching area. If Geocaching is not available anywhere near your host country, you can make up your own scavenger or treasure hunt with your family. Take some time to create your own adventure around the city and discover new things through fun activities like this.

 

Go Camping

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Another fun bonding idea for you and your family or you and your friends is a nice camping trip. It doesn’t have to be far, it doesn’t have to be in the wild… actually, you don’t even need to leave your own yard. If you have a garden, just pitch a tent outside and set up your TV or prepare some games, make a small bonfire and prepare camp snacks like s‘mores and hotdogs. Camping is a nice activity you can do with just a small open space, yet gives such a cool “out in the wild” feeling.

 

Be a Tourist

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As an expat, you’re mostly seen as a tourist in your host country, so why not be one again! If there are any places in the city or around your host city’s vicinity, go ahead and visit them. Or find a new way to see the sights like biking around the city or taking a boat trip. If you’ve gone to all the tourist destinations before, just try doing it again with a tourist mindset and not just a tour guide for your visiting relatives and friends. You might be surprised with the how much of a good time you can still have over things you think you have already experienced.

 

Food Trip

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Go on a gastronomy tour on the most famous restaurants or the most famous food in your host country. Find the best places for cuisine and culture, whether it’s a big fancy 5 star restaurant, or a fantastic local hole in the wall. Find the best local foods and try cuisines and dishes that you’ve never been able to try before. This is a very good way to get to know your host country more and having a sense of treat and adventure without venturing out too far.

 

Gym and Spa Weekends

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A health and wellness trip is a trip to your local gym and spa. If in your host country you have a special type of gym and spa available like the “onsen” in Japan, for example—go ahead and try that. If your host country has special cultural touches to the regular gym and spa trips, it’s always good to try something new. This type of trip can be the most relaxing and rewarding type of staycation. Even if you don’t go out of the city at all, after a good massage after a workout, you may find this more relaxing than actually going on a trip somewhere far.

 

Take a Class

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Fill your time with learning. Take a class about something that interests you, maybe something that you never had the time for; like a cooking class, a painting class, a music class or a dance class. You don’t have to be good at it, experiencing something new might put things into perspective. Who knows, you might end up finding a new passion in life.

 

Local Road Trip

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Have a local road trip into towns that you’ve never explored before, or go an hour outside your city to see what else is out there in your version of “unexplored territories” in your host country. Sometimes the best memories are made from the journey, not the destination, so even if you don’t have a new place to go, it’s always a good thing to take a drive and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

 

 

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