Moving to Panama? Don’t be Clueless [Book Review]

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Panama’s a wonderful, low-cost place to live. As with any overseas relocation, though, moving to Panama is not for the faint of heart. But this couple — well, if there’s a way to move from the US to Panama in the most difficult, expensive, and upsetting way possible, that’s how they did it. Just for […]

My First Christmas as a New Repatriate – One Big, Gloomy Mess

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Christmas. . . a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of loved ones. . . beautiful lights and decorations. . . music. . . Or, maybe, not so much. Medical professionals know that, around Christmas time, depression increases. The days are shorter and there’s less sunshine (at least in the part of the world […]

Save on a Trusted Housesitters Membership

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It’s a New Year’s Sale at Trusted Housesitters Last spring, we found a wonderful person to stay with our dogs while we traveled for five weeks. Right now, you can grab a Trusted Housesitters membership for 25% off. Just use the coupon code NewYear25 It’s been extended, but I’m not sure when the discount will […]

Best Roadmap for Moving Overseas

Save 50% off the Regular Price! I’ve found it! A real roadmap to guide your overseas move. Kathleen Peddicord has used her almost 30 years of writing about the expat life, and 16 years of living as an expat in four different countries to create just such a guide. She promises that, within 52 days […]

Thanksgiving Traditions — Are they the Same Overseas?

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There’s nothing like the holidays to bring out the best — or the worst — in you when you’re living overseas. If you’re lonely, disoriented, or homesick, holidays can make you feel much worse. If you’re enjoying your life, holidays can be a lot of fun. But guess what? That can happen when you’re in […]

Surprise Discovery! Use a VPN and Save Hundreds or Thousands of Dollars. . .

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I’ve written quite a bit about using VPNs when you’re living or traveling abroad. (You can find previous articles here, here and here.) Now here’s another reason — with thanks to VyprVPN for the infographic. You can save a bundle on flights and car rentals when booking travel if you use your VPN. Not just […]

Rainmaker Platform: Manage your Portable Career Easier and Faster

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Living or traveling abroad, you want to spend less time on your portable career and have more time free for the living and travel part. At least, I do. That portable career probably includes a website (and if it doesn’t, it should). I’m a big believer in building websites with WordPress. It’s an easy-to-use CMS […]

The Retiree’s Guide to Moving Abroad

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Guest Post by Graham Byers Making the move abroad is an enormous step – not least if you’ve spent the majority of your life in one place. The daunting prospect of relocating to somewhere completely alien to you may be pretty unsettling in the early stages, but the good news is that by making all […]

10 Things I (Already) Miss About Las Tablas and Panama

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Last week my husband and I flew out of Panama’s Tocumen International Airport for the last time. Well, maybe not the last time forever, but for at least a couple of years. If you’re not on my mailing list, Facebook page or Google Plus page, you might have missed the announcement. Long story short, my […]

Why it’s Worth Expatriating to China

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Guest Post from Expat Explorer For many, a move to China has always been a dream. The country is rich in mysterious history and culture and the sheer size of it makes for an explorer’s utopia. Living in China, whether you are in Shanghai, Chengdu or a village on a mountain top, can be an […]