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. Let me explain… My husband and I […]

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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 […]

Fascinating Study Abroad Information

This is pretty interesting. If children are our future, what can we learn from this information about international students? (The primary color shows the ranking of a country based on the number of outbound international students. The inner color of the circle shows the ranking of a country based on the number of inbound international […]

How to Improve your Travels – Learn to Pack Right

(And Win a Free Book) Recently I had a chance to review Karen McCann’s latest book, Pack Light: Quick & Easy Tips for Traveling Everywhere with Just the Right Stuff. I’m an overpacker. I admit it. I’ve gotten better (a little bit), but I still do it. And every time I overpack I regret it. […]

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

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

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 […]