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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dancing In the Fountain: An Expat Book Review

Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Life Abroad recounts the adventures of an American couple who moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Seville, Spain. Of all the expat books I’ve read, I have to say this is one of the best, rivaling only Peter Mayle’s tour de force, A Year in Provence. This was my […]

Expat Skill Sets, Movies and Ho, Ho, Ho

Christmas gift buying for expats — it’s a minefield. That’s why we’re offering our 12 Days of Christmas guide to presents that will help the expats you know with their untethered lives and portable careers, and won’t take up room in a suitcase or container. Almost halfway through. . . here we are on Day […]

7 Planning Steps Bridget Jones Can Teach Future Expats

“Earth to Bridget Sodding Jones!” yells Bridget’s boss. As the sequel to Bridget Jones’s Diary opens, lucky Bridget has been chosen to try skydiving — on camera — to see if it’s great fun or a terrifying risk. After being forced out of the plane, forgetting to pull the ripcord (prompting the above exclamation from […]

Find Solutions for Expat Issues, Win Prizes

A new book for expat women has just been released, and if you buy it now — during May, 2011 — you can win some fabulous prizes! Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you’re not a “traditional” expat, meaning someone who moves abroad because their employer (or spouse’s employer) sends them on assignment overseas. […]

Don’t Sacrifice Your Family on the Expat Altar

Among expats who return home earlier than planned, most cite family problems as the reason. It doesn’t have to be that way. By the end of 2010 there were over 213 million expats worldwide — up from 177 million in 2005. And, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, there will be a 50% increase in the number […]

10 Steps to The Global You

Dedicated to “future Global Managers,” The Global You by Susan Bloch and Philip Whiteley sets out ten strategies for achieving success as a working expat. The book is aimed at the expat who works for a company that sends him on an overseas assignment, but there are lessons which expats by choice can learn to […]

Free E-book: Untether Yourself

My new e-book Untether Yourself: 5 Portable Careers to Support You Overseas is now available as a free download. 80% of you have told me you’ll need to earn a living overseas, and none of you expect to do it in a traditional job. So what’s an expat to do? Lots of you turn to […]