Finding home no matter where life takes you

Life has taken American Jodi Harris to many countries abroad.  She now lives in Tokyo with her family and runs a portable coaching business, World Tree Coaching helping expats all over the ...


Making the most of Expat Life Abroad

Australian Emily Rogers has lived all over the world.  Her husbands work has taken her to places that people wouldn't describe as the easiest places to live and settle.  Emily ther...


From Mississippi to a new life in Italy

In 85 short days, Stacey and Marco uprooted their family life in Mississippi to start a new life in Italy.  Stacey tells us the story of their journey and their first three months in their ...


Taking advantage of a window of opportunity and moving to Europe

Sable McCleery had an insatiable desire to travel and nothing major holding her back in the USA.  She packed her bags and left for Prague and Barcelona where she is located today. ...


Moving abroad with a skills based work visa

What does an Australian barber, a South African winemaker and Scottish geologist have in common?  They are all in professions that are in demand in their countries. Many people think it is im...


Third Culture Kids for two generations

So what is a Third Culture Kid?  It is someone who is raised in a culture that is not the same as their parents culture or different to that of their passport.  We hear from Spaniard&n...


My digital nomad life on the road as a therapist

In today's connected world you no longer need to sit in your psychotherapists office to get the help that you need.  Dr Sonia Jaeger realized that there was a large market for...


Memories of an expat childhood

Mia Otzen from Expat Gypsies was fortunate enough to spend much of her childhood in different countries all over the world.  She was a true Third Culture Kid.  She talks us through mem...


Picking my family up and moving to Spain

Michal Volfin's husband got a job with a Spanish company.  He found himself spending half his time with his family in Israel and the other half of the time in Spain.  So they made the b...


My life on the move and how I founded a portable business

We hear from Julia Diéguez, founder of Life In The Move, a company that helps expats to settle into Madrid, Spain.  Julia talks about her life as an expat and how she started a busin...


Where is the easiest country to get citizenship?

We get asked this question a lot.  But the answer is not simple, because your individual circumstances are different, the ease accessing citizenship of countries will be different.  Questio...


Expat Life in Noumea, New Caledonia

Today we interview Italian Viola, who has moved to the stunning Noumea, New Caledonia.  New Caledonia is a French territory located in the south west Pacific ocean and its many islands prov...


Visa Options in South East Asia for Digital Nomads, Freelancers and the Self Employed

South East Asia is fast becoming a preferred destination for those who want to get away from a daily commute and a 9-5 job.  Working online as a digital nomad or freelancer is a rapidly growing ...


My Expat Life in Germany

Are you brave enough to say no to some great job offers, pack up your life and move to a country where they speak a completely different language?  Well that is exactly what Nicole Palazzo from ...


How to become a digital nomad

It’s the number one question digital nomads get asked alongside ‘How do you afford to travel so much?’. And both go hand in hand, because they are connected. A digital nomad is by d...


Celebrating Life as a Canadian in Belgium

Many expats we’ve interviewed have expressed that living abroad is more than just a tick off the old bucket list;  it’s an actual dream come true! In today’s post we’d li...


Understanding our roots with Ancestry DNA

Where you can live is heavily dependent on where your family comes from.  While I had an idea of my family history, it only went back to four or five generations, I was fascinated to unders...


Moving to Australia - an amazing experience

In today’s post, we had the pleasure of interviewing Coach & Psychologist, Ana Salido (www.anasalido.com). Her work is devoted to helping women succeed in their expatriation and using their...


My new life in Portugal

Some people move abroad for a new adventure, to explore the unknown or to immerse themselves in a new culture and language. Others may have the luxury to move abroad due to a new job opportunity or t...


On embracing global citizenship

Today we hear from Flor García, a Venezuelan-American language trainer teaching Spanish and English around the world, raising three global children, and encouraging other immigrant famili...


Expat Life as a Parisian in Toronto

Where do Europeans go when they want to, well… get out of Europe? Canada of course! Today we share a wonderful expat interview with French Instagrammer and life-lover, Celine Kone of @cel_in_w...


Our year in Taipei, Taiwan - an experience of a lifetime

My fiancé and I had only been living in British Columbia, Canada for a few months after moving from Manitoba when he found out he had been accepted to a prestigious microsurgery fellowship in ...


London Life on a shoestring

Here is an Expat Story from Liv, a 20-something Canadian, living, working and travelling in London. Liv shares her story and tips on moving to London, settling in and enjoying life there!  ...


My Expat Story from Bermuda to Spain

Today we hear an honest and inspiring story from Ann Wilkings who has lived in many different parts of the world over the years.  We hear about her setbacks and bravery in meeting those cha...


Digital Nomads, the self-employed and visas in Europe.

Digital nomads are a large and growing group of geographically flexible, self-employed or freelance workers.  If you are one of this fortunate group for whom fast internet (and, maybe cheap coff...


My year in New Zealand on a working holiday visa

Are you itching to get out of your country for a while but still need to support yourself financially? If your answer is, “YES!” then you will enjoy today’s interview with Dian...


Life as a professional travel blogger

As a devoted reader of blogs and all things digitally printed, we often come across the ever-mysterious travel blogger. As we lose ourselves in a travel blogger’s post about their latest countr...


From Australia to Canada on a Working Holiday Visa

Today we have the pleasure to  interview the lovely Liz Russell of Living Life Confidently on her experience as an Australian on a Working Holiday Visa in Canada. We’ve tailored our interv...


Living, working and thriving in Panama

In March, 2012, I moved from Florida to Panama. It was an act of not-so-quiet desperation. You see, the financial meltdown of 2008-2009 whacked us hard. My husband received his master's degree...


My Expat Story: Life Lessons learnt in Greece

Ancient civilizations, intricate myths starring magical beings, sun-drenched islands, shimmering blue seas and delectable cuisine are, no doubt, the first things that come to mind when thinking of Gr...


Moving Your Career Abroad

When my husband’s job relocated our family to Spain I was both extremely excited for the new adventure but equally concerned. I was a few months into a new job as an interior designer for a lux...


The Portugal Golden Visa - an insider's perspective

The Portugal Golden Visa is a hugely popular Residency by Investment (RBI) programme in the Europe Union.  In fact, as at the beginning of 2018, over 5700 families had received the Golden v...


The fastest ways to an EU passport

Firstly, why would anyone want an EU passport? 1.  Visa Free Travel For my mother to visit us in Spain on her South African passport she needs a visa. To get the visa she must fly to Cape ...


My Colourful Expat Life in Panama

If you’re looking to work in fast-paced Panama City, relax on one of the many white sand tropical beaches, or spend time hiking around the county’s many mountain trails, then Panama has i...


Taking the leap to a new life abroad

My entire life was Massachusetts. I was born there, I went to school there, and after high school, I went to the University of Massachusetts.  My first taste of living abroad came in 2008, when ...


How we made our digital nomad dream a reality

These days, it seems like “digital nomad” is the biggest lifestyle buzz phrase. We used to sit on our couch in Canada reading articles and watching YouTube videos thinking, “why can...


Startups Visas: How to Get Support For Your New Venture Overseas

Startups are a massive boost for economies. Savvy countries around the world recognise this and are fast tracking great people with great ideas to residency and citizenship. They also recognise that ...


Work. Live. Experience. Working Holiday Visas

Sometimes a week just doesn't cut it. But without a stash of cash how do you really experience a culture? Well, a working holiday visa might be the answer you are looking for.  These visas, ...


Retirement Abroad - an opportunity for a better life?

Recent research has shown that, on average most people are their least happiest in their early fifties and then they get rapidly happier after that. One of the reasons seems to be that impending...


14 ways to get EU Residency that you might not know about

From sun soaked beaches, to frosty mountain tops and bustling cities, Europe offers a truly versatile living experience. Whatever you’re looking for, in whatever language you want to speak, you...


5 Countries with the Highest Life Expectancies

As humans, we are always searching for ways to stay healthy and live longer. In these 5 countries, the life expectancy is the highest in the world. Life expectancy can often be attributed to: levels ...


Why I made my son's second passport a priority

In 2002, my husband Alastair stood in the queue of the Mexican Embassy in Belize. He was clutching his South African passport and silently cursing his father, just as he had done in many embassi...


Dual nationality is great, unless you are a politician

It seems amazing that at least three, and possibly more in the near future, Australian politicians have been forced to resign positions due to holding dual citizenship. This is happening for two r...


What can British expats do about Brexit?

If you’re British and living outside the UK in Europe, there’s a fair chance you’ve wondered what the future holds. Or if you’re in the UK and thinking of moving or retiring t...


Does your country allow dual-citizenship?

This may surprise you, but more than half the world’s population may not be able to have dual-citizenship. That’s right - over 4 billion people live in countries that generally don’...


What makes Switzerland the best country to live in

Most people know Switzerland is a great place to visit. Amazing scenery; the world’s best chocolate; a short hop to some of the world’s most important cultural centres….and more cu...


Destination Profile - Germany

Being Europe’s first and the world’s 4th largest economy, with the second to lowest unemployment rate in Europe, Germany sounds like the land of plenty. But a thriving economy is not t...


Destination Profile - Canada

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking, which scores 140 cities on five lifestyle categories, three of the top 10 livable cities in the world are in Canad...


Destination Profile - France

Whether you love picturesque villages, feel home on a hilly countryside or a bustling metropolis is your scene: France has got your back. With a magnificent cuisine, the EU&r...


US Immigrants making it big

America is a nation built on immigration. As a country that prides itself on education, entrepreneurship and innovation it has long welcomed the energy brought by new citizens. With all that the USA ...


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