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Dealing with Expat Divorce, Part 3: Surviving the Breakup

Katia Vlachos | Posted 05.03.2016 | Divorce
Katia Vlachos

Imagine that you are living in a foreign country and your primary relationship has collapsed. You are heading for separation or divorce and desperately need support - both practical and emotional - but your family and friends are mostly far away.

Dealing with Expat Divorce, Part 2: Why Home Matters

Katia Vlachos | Posted 04.07.2017 | Divorce
Katia Vlachos

Divorce essentially implies a loss of home. When that happens, the consequences for expats are much more dramatic.

Stop Asking Me Why I'm Traveling Instead Of Finding A Job

Kimberly Conner | Posted 03.31.2017 | Travel
Kimberly Conner

Maybe I was born hard wired a different way or without some kind of true American career drive, but the idea of immediately embarking on a lifelong journey of working 9-5, dressing business casual, making my way up in a company, slowly becoming successful, and basically getting old while doing so makes me die a little bit inside.

Dealing With Expat Divorce, Part 1: Why It's Different for Expats

Katia Vlachos | Posted 03.23.2017 | Divorce
Katia Vlachos

Expat divorce (the term I will use to describe the breakdown of a primary relationship while on an expat assignment) bears many similarities to non-expat divorce. However, there are unique features that make it even more challenging.

8 Things You Learn From Moving Abroad

Alicia Haque | Posted 02.09.2017 | Travel
Alicia Haque

The best because it's made me confident, strong and open-minded, and it's been so much fun. The hardest because I'm living my dream life, only my team back home can't be a part of the adventure for more than a few weeks a year. One thing for sure about moving away is that it will change you. Forever.

Teaching English Online: The Pros and Cons

Courtney Lambert | Posted 12.15.2016 | Travel
Courtney Lambert

I talk with housewives, engineers, doctors and students. I hear about their lives, traditions, customs and perspectives on issues such as sexism, marriage/divorce, family, travel and school.

What I Learned When I Became a Thailand Expat in My 20s

Courtney Lambert | Posted 12.14.2016 | Travel
Courtney Lambert

You notice the sweet smell of dragon fruit blossoms as you take a stroll down the street to fill up your water bottles (you'll get sick if you drink the tap water). You aren't sure what the latest fall fashions are, and you don't really care.

Why Friendship Is So Important When Living Abroad

Colleen Berge | Posted 12.03.2016 | Travel
Colleen Berge

Supportive, genuine friendships in a different country can enrich our lives immeasurably and provide us with so much that we often take for-granted in our home countries but feel the intense lack of when settling into another culture.

Believing in Afghanistan

Mina Sharif | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Mina Sharif

Last week I went to a new restaurant. On my way home, I stopped and got some fresh French baked goods. Later the same day, I got an email about a brand new international standard salon that I should check out.

10 Hungarian Habits I Lost When I Moved to the US

Kat Gal | Posted 06.28.2015 | Travel
Kat Gal

At age 17 I left my home country, Hungary and moved to the US. After nearly 9 years of living, studying and working here, yet again, I took another courageous step and I left. Since then I've only been back as a visitor as part of my on-going travels.

Expats Share Their Top 20 Tips for Moving Abroad

Thrillist | Posted 06.28.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

In an effort to help aspiring -- and possibly anxious -- globetrotters, we chatted with a bunch of expats around the world to find out exactly what they wish they'd known before making the big move.

How we See Ourselves in Afghanistan

Mina Sharif | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

What children in places like Afghanistan show us is so different from what we as adults show them. When they are exposed to media they hear about the political shortcomings and violence. When they see themselves, the reflection is refugee camps with sad faces and poverty.

9 Definitive Reasons Why You Should NOT Move To The Caribbean

Amanda Walkins | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

Living on an island in the Caribbean, surrounded by jungle-covered hills and picture-perfect beaches sounds like a dream. Wake up, enjoy a cup of coffee and fresh fruit picked from the trees around your house -- But this might not really be the dream life for everyone.

What It's Like to Feel at Home Everywhere And Nowhere

Reem Kassis | Posted 03.08.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

Around the holiday season, a common exchange between people living abroad ends in, "I'm going back 'home' for the holidays this year." Ironically, many of us who say this have been living in our new adopted countries for more years than our original ones. The notion of "home" remains fluid.

4 Ways Living Abroad Changes You... Forever

Russell V. J. Ward | Posted 01.05.2015 | Travel
Russell V. J. Ward

You might not realize it immediately but one day you'll see it for what it is. You grew, evolved and moved on. You faced setbacks and dealt with them on your own. You overcame obstacles, beat back the naysayers and you have the scars to prove it.

Top 5 Safety Tips for the Solo Female Expat

Amanda Walkins | Posted 02.08.2015 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

Solo female travelers have a plethora of information and advice available to them through a simple online search. But what about those single ladies looking to move somewhere new rather than simply passing through?

5 Amazing Cities for Raising a Family (and They Aren't Where You Think)

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Ombretta Di Dio

You've always imagined, even as a teenager, that most of your days would be spent commuting from the aforementioned suburban paradise to your workplace, so that you could just to come back home and do it all over again the next day.

Six Surprises About German Life (Including the Baths)

Lisa Xia | Posted 12.20.2014 | Travel
Lisa Xia

With that in mind, and in celebration of the funny and awkward, the following are my top observations and surprises about living in Germany.

International Relocation Success in 6 Steps

Sharon Swift | Posted 12.01.2014 | Travel
Sharon Swift

Firstly, and crucially, assess whether the move is right for you. An international move can be exciting but daunting. Moving from family and friends, upsetting your immediate family life -- you might feel guilty and worry about missing out. This is natural.

Expat Life: The Difference Between Traveling and Moving Abroad

Stephanie Be | Posted 09.16.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

Traveling is like a whimsical romance; exciting unpredictable, and passionate. But moving abroad, you strip the city an it's local culture revealing its demons and angels. You become vulnerable, dependent, and invested. The lust of wander is compromised by its imperfections and challenges.

UTILA, Isla de Bahia: The Authentic Island Experience Still Exists

Chandra Hoffman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
Chandra Hoffman

This tiny island is not the Caribbean of the $16 piña colada or the orchestrated see-only-what-the-cruise-operators-want-you-to-see routes. There are...

7 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Teaching ESL

Robert Schrader | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Robert Schrader

My legal immigration status notwithstanding, I was unprepared for what life in my strange new home would bring, woefully yet by design -- you can't make love to a metronome.

Americans In London: The Expat Experience On Travel With Kate (WATCH)

Posted 10.03.2013 | Home

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live abroad? My niece, travel journalist Kate Thomas, traveled to London and spoke with members of the...

How To Find Work Abroad

Next Avenue | Dinah Wisenberg Brin | Posted 09.30.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Dinah Wisenberg Brin Greg Miller spent decades in the San Francisco area, starting up businesses ranging from an aud...

Christmas In New Zealand? A State of Mind

Danielle Robb | Posted 02.07.2012 | Travel
Danielle Robb

No matter how far away they are from the US, these people enjoy sharing in the spirit of celebrations, combing customs and building communities in their new homes.