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Resilient, Persistent, Intelligent, Savvy: Do you have what it takes to become an AIRINC Cost of Living Surveyor?

Dec 04, 2019 @ 03:12 PM / by Gerald Abbey

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Having worked as a surveyor for AIRINC, I can tell you it is one of the most unique and fascinating jobs in the world. On the surface, this is the dream job for anyone that thrives on challenging global travel – the kind that takes grit and determination to grind through as you move on a seemingly daily basis. Instead of touring from site to site though, you move from store to store and source to source, collecting data to populate a market basket of goods, services, housing, and hardship data.

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The 3 Top Challenges with Driving in Nairobi, Kenya

Dec 03, 2019 @ 02:00 AM / by Samuel Pearl Schwartz

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On my last survey, a five-week trip across Africa, I visited Lagos, Nigeria and Cairo, Egypt, two of the most notorious traffic destinations in the world. These locations lived up to their hype, and I spent a lot of time sitting in traffic. However, I was surprised to find that Nairobi, Kenya’s traffic was almost as bad despite lacking the same level of notoriety. Nairobi’s three main issues are a shortage of stop signs and traffic lights at intersections, poor road quality, and incredible amounts of construction that disrupt traffic routes.

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Kazakhstan’s Caspian Oil Towns

Nov 26, 2019 @ 01:45 AM / by Rose Allen

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During my recent survey, I visited two small cities in Kazakhstan near the Caspian Sea. Oil is the main industry in this region, and these cities are no exception. The first of these cities I visited was Aktau, which directly overlooks the Caspian Sea. The city was originally built as an oil camp decades ago, and even now the city feels rural. The air in the city is dry and roads are not particularly walkable.

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Bangkok, Thailand: How do I avoid the traffic?

Nov 19, 2019 @ 02:00 AM / by Samuel Pearl Schwartz

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During my survey of Bangkok, I found the multiple transportation systems available for use extremely helpful, especially in comparison to other Southeast Asian cities. In Yangon, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, I was entirely dependent on taxis and rideshare apps, as there are no functioning rail systems, the buses are difficult for foreigners to use, and the cities are not particularly pedestrian friendly. Conversely, in Bangkok, I used a much more balanced mix of rideshare, metro (MRT), Skytrain (BTS), and walking.

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The Past and Present Capitals of Kazakhstan

Nov 12, 2019 @ 06:28 AM / by Rose Allen

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During my recent survey, I visited a number of cities in Kazakhstan, including Almaty, the country’s largest city and former capital, and Nur-Sultan, the capital since 1997 and known as Astana until March 2019. Nur-Sultan was a city planned under the direction of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev and was once called “the space station in the steppes” by the Guardian newspaper.

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The Challenges of Transportation in Casablanca

Nov 05, 2019 @ 07:00 AM / by Philli Wong

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Despite the availability of options, public transportation in Casablanca feels prohibitive. The bus system is not really an option for expats or visitors as the vehicles are old and falling apart. The tram is modern, but stops are limited, and it doesn’t connect with major malls, hotels, or restaurants.

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The Daily Frustrations of using Taxis and Rideshares in Cairo

Oct 22, 2019 @ 06:15 AM / by Samuel Pearl Schwartz

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In Cairo, expatriates typically use a driver rather than relying on public transportation options. During my August survey I found that, even though taxis have meters, drivers are frustratingly unwilling to use them when driving expats.

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Traveling with Public Transit Apps in Central Europe

Oct 16, 2019 @ 06:10 AM / by Amber Chan

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Language barriers are common on survey, but each year technology makes it easier to get around and collect cost of living survey information. While in Bratislava during my recent survey, I arrived at a transport ticket counter to find that none of the staff were able to speak English, but this wasn’t as much of an inconvenience as it would have been a few years ago.

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Obvious Change: My Third Survey of Far East Russia

Oct 08, 2019 @ 02:00 AM / by Philli Wong

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I recently surveyed Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a city in the far east Russia, for the third time. Given the city’s size, it is easy to notice any changes. Sakhalin Island is developing in accordance with the government’s plan to promote tourism, which would also increase recreation options for expatriates. 

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2019 World Cup: Traveling to cheer on your team for the Final 4?

Jun 29, 2019 @ 03:15 PM / by Gerald Abbey

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Now that we've reached the Final 4 teams, we started thinking about practical prices for those that are traveling to the city. What's the cost of getting to the stadium? How much are hotels? What are you going to pay for dinner? Below are the prices from our Short-term Allowance Calculator for Lyon, France:

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