Leaving the USA? Here’s What You Need to Know First

During the primary season and the runup to the US Presidential election, lots of people, on both sides, were saying, “if X wins, I’m moving to (pick a country).” Some countries actually got in on the act. Cape Breton, in Nova Scotia (that’s Canada), advertised itself as the place to go after a Trump victory. […]

5 Reasons You Should Vacation in Your New Country First

Guest Post by Nick Ball Whether it’s the prospect of a new career or a life in sunnier climes, a move abroad can be an exciting and promising time for anyone upping sticks. With the unknown road ahead, it’s easy to forget the most basic components of your move – but moving to another country […]

Our Top 6 Picks For Sunny Post-Election Living

by Kathleen Peddicord Searches for “How can I move to Canada?” spiked during the just-finished U.S. presidential election cycle. Since the Vietnam War, Canada has been seen as a beacon of refuge among Americans. However, life in Canada comes with a significant drawback: Canadian winters look like blizzard scenes on Star Wars’ ice planet Hoth. […]

Malice on the Mekong [Review]

Take a group of career diplomats and expat businesspeople, then move them in and out of each others’ lives a few times. Add families, change locations, and stir. Malice on the Mekong is a mystery novel. It’s also a fascinating look into the world of the serial expat. Not the “oh, let’s retire someplace cheaper/sunnier/more […]

Moving to Panama: Do As I Say, Not As I Did…

When my husband and I were moving to Panama, we did nearly everything wrong. Well, not wrong exactly, as we ended up in the right place at the right time. But the way we went about it was driven by desperation rather than proper planning. It all worked out in the end, but if you’re […]

Why US Expats are Obsessed with Health Care

Or, A Tale of Two Cysts US expats — in fact all who live in the US — are obsessed with health care. At least, that’s the impression the rest of the world has of us. And they’re right. Totally right, but we have good reason to be so OCD about it. Let me explain… […]

5 Essential Apps for Travelers and Expats

Guest Post by Tori Atkinson Technology can be a lifesaver when you’re on the go – and this is especially true when traveling or moving abroad, where you’re in an unfamiliar environment. Having information access at your fingertips thanks to your smartphone can ensure you get the most out of your trip or make your […]

How to be a Happiness Hero Overseas!

Before 2009, I had never heard of a portable career, laptop lifestyle, digital nomad or location-independent lifestyle. If I ever considered work and not being tied to a place in the same thought, it was to dream about someday writing a book. After all, that’s something you can do no matter where you live. Then […]

How do your Online Business Costs Compare?

For many of us, portable careers are the key to living comfortably overseas. While many expats rely on teaching English, or blogging about their travel or expat lifestyle and related subjects to generate their overseas income, more and more expats are running an actual business, or working virtually for an actual business. Back in 2009, […]

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [Movie Review]

Maybe it seems silly to review this movie now, with the sequel due for release in a few days. It’s a new movie to me, though, since it came out while I lived in Panama. Featuring an amazingly all-star cast, the movie is based on the idea of outsourcing retirement overseas, specifically from the UK […]