Quality of Life: What Does It Mean to You?

One recurring expat theme revolves around “quality of life.” This is mostly subjective, and something you might perceive as positive which adds to your quality of life, might be a negative to me.

One example might be the proximity of bars and clubs. If you regularly enjoy the city’s nightlife, like to meet your friends or make new friends at clubs and dance until dawn, being close to such a great source of entertainment can contribute a lot to your quality of life. But it’s not a scene I enjoy, and I’d just as soon be far away from it.

It All Started With Dancing in the Fountain

Karen McCann didn’t set out to become a successful expat author, but a trip to Marbella, Spain led to moving to Spain, and then writing about it.

How to Find the Right International School for Your Children

Guest Post from International Schools Database Parents know all about the stress and confusion that comes with finding a good school for their children. But expat families often have an even more difficult time. Not only do they want to get the best education for their child, they have to do it in an unfamiliar […]

Mid-2017 Cost of Living Update

Numbeo has just released its mid-year cost of living report for 511 cities worldwide. If you’re interested in how an area you’re considering compares to the cost of living in New York City, read on. New York City is the baseline comparison, so if a city ranks at 110%, its cost of living is 10% […]

Copywriting as a Portable Career for Expats

Writing is one of the most portable of careers, and copywriting is the art and science of writing persuasively. It’s also where most of the money is.

How to Travel the World (and not Pay Rent!)

In 2008, Eden and Denny owned two businesses in the US. One was an ice cream shop they opened in September. Talk about bad timing! Today, they live all over the world — with no housing expenses. I talked with Eden recently, via Skype, about their nomadic lifestyle. The Downsize Their adventures started in 2012, […]

The More Portable Your Career, the More Important Your Online Presence

There are as many types of portable careers as there are expats looking to earn a living overseas. One thing most of them have in common, though, is the need for some sort of online presence. A permanent online address shows a level of stability that reassures clients and brings you more business. This leads […]

Getting Out of the USA – Easy First Steps for Moving Abroad

My e-book, Getting Out of the USA: What You Need to Know Before Moving Abroad is now available at Amazon.com.   Who’s It For? I wrote this book for you if. . . . . . The last US election pushed you over the edge. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming for a long time about living […]

How to Stay Healthy in Your Travels – A Nurse’s Advice

Guest Post by Marianne Marfleet Travel has always been my passion. I went into nursing with the idea I would become a travel nurse. But life happens — marriage, mortgage, children, divorce, taxes. . . well, you get the picture. In my forties, I became purposeful about travel. My first serious travel involved surgical mission […]

Interested in a Portable Career? Follow on Instagram

Did you know you can follow me on Instagram? I post about life overseas, portable careers, and tools for portable careers. Here are some recent examples. Where are your favorite places to work outside the office? Here’s one of mine – nice terrace outside, with plenty of people-watching opportunities if I want to look up […]