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4 Ways to See the 'Real' Cape Town: An Expat's Guide

Christopher Clark | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel
Christopher Clark

I left my native Britain for South Africa's Mother City back in 2009 thinking I might hang around for a few months and play a bit of cricket. Suddenly it's 2015, I'm still here and I haven't picked up my cricket bat once.

Aren't You Afraid to Live in Afghanistan? And Other Questions I'm Asked

Mina Sharif | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

I have been living in Afghanistan for ten years. We've just had a week of multiple major attacks in our capital city Kabul. For me, I went through a bit of a routine, as I do when these awful things happen.

The 21 Best Places To Retire Overseas In 2015

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.11.2015 | Fifty

The world is your oyster as a retiree looking to live the expat life. But with popular retirement destinations dotting six continents, finding the rig...

Celebrating July 4th in France

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

It's the July 4th weekend. My wife, Kathy, and I have a bag full of red, white and blue pinwheels, some Stars and Stripes-brand snack cakes and a packet of mini-flags. We're nearly set for a holiday blowout in the country. Strangely, none of the stores is stocked with hot dogs or chips. No one around us seems to be doing the same.

5 Things You Learn After Quitting Your Job and Backpacking Around the World

Quora | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
Quora

I quit my job at Dell, crammed some stuff into a backpack, and went to Southeast Asia (and a few other places) for about six weeks. Not exactly "traveling the world" as we only went to a few countries, but it was more of a backpacker/adventure travel experience than I had ever had previously.

"Live Large - Live Abroad"

Nicholas Kontis | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Nicholas Kontis

Ever since I married a Mexican girl, with true ties to Mexico, not the typical Southern California Mexican, with no ties to Mexico. Who just as my friends in San Francisco, New York and Los Angles, continue to ask me, "Is it safe?"

Israel is Perceived by Expats as the Most Dynamic Country Worldwide

Malte Zeeck | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Malte Zeeck

Yes, you read it right; Israel was rated by expats as the most dynamic country in the world. It even left the USA and Brazil, countries widely known for their fast and energetic culture, far behind. I bet you were not expecting this, right?

The Worst Advice You'll Ever Hear When Making Life-Changing Decisions

Russell V. J. Ward | Posted 06.01.2015 | Travel
Russell V. J. Ward

With every life-changing decision, I've received great advice from trusted sources. But I've also heard some of the worst advice about changing my life for the better. And you'll probably hear it too.

Crossing Continents: How to Move a Marriage

Donna Gorman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Weddings
Donna Gorman

"Never take a damaged marriage overseas," they told me at the spouse orientation the year my husband joined the Diplomatic Security Service. Diplomatic Security, or DSS, is a little-known branch of the State Department that is responsible, as the name suggests, for keeping diplomats and other Americans safe overseas.

Leaving on a Jet Plane: 10 Countries That You Should Move to This Year

Malte Zeeck | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Malte Zeeck

Do you feel that your summer vacation is always too short? Are you sick of the rainy weather at home or are you just bored with your everyday routine? If so, why not consider moving abroad?

Why This 50-Year-Old Mother Of Two Moved Across The World To China

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty

This is one story from Huff/Post50's new series "This Will Be Our Year: 15 Women Over 50 Shaking Things Up In 2015." We'll be following 15 remarkable ...

How I Use Stories in My Business

Kate Wan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Kate Wan

Telling your story in business is a current trend in growing your leadership and your brand. Instead of using outdated selling techniques, storytelling addresses the "why" and "what" to draw people in.

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.

Walking on The Ninth Cloud With American Film Director Jane Spencer

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Helen I. Hwang

The Ninth Cloud, the latest film from Zurich-based American director Jane Spencer, leaves an indelible imprint of lovely, surreal snippets on the audience, full of beautiful quirkiness.

Why We Need Breaks: What I Learned in 100 Days Away From My Business

Brit Stueven | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Brit Stueven

It's only been five months since my husband and I planted our American feet into Germany for a two-year adventure, and already, my work-life perspectives have radically changed. Physically uprooting from Denver has undoubtedly inspired me to live differently.

An Unbelievably Simple Way to Clear Your Clutter

Amanda Walkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
Amanda Walkins

By keeping things around us, we weigh ourselves down. We stack things on shelves and we pile things in closets and we store things in bins in the attic and in the basement. We cling to them, surrounding ourselves with tangible reminders of moments past.

6 Reasons Italy Isn't A TOTAL Paradise

Lisa Condie | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

A half dozen reasons why Italy may not be paradise, and a reminder that being an expat here, or anywhere else, probably isn't for everyone. For me, however, Italy remains glorious, and (almost always) worth the effort!

Dreams From My Helper: Part Four

Michelle Toh | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

The older I become, the more I have thought about Che Che and her life outside of me - her now-adult daughter Hazel back in Clark and their large, affectionate family I'd sporadically meet over pixelated Skype sessions. Not unlike my mother, as I came to learn more of her story, I realized there was some contentment to be found.

Why Bangkok Is One Of The World's Best Retirement Spots

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

More expats live in Bangkok than in any other city in Southeast Asia. Who would retire to Bangkok? To answer that question, you need to spend some time here. Your first impressions of Bangkok likely will be that this is a huge city with some tourist attractions. If you stick around, though, your perception will change.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Three

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

While I consider my former helper to be one of the most important figures in my life, I won't pretend that our relationship hasn't affected the broader family dynamic. A few years ago, for example, Che Che told me that our current helper, whom my sister and I call Che Che Miriam, didn't like her. "What makes you think that?" I said uncomfortably.

What To Do When Your Partner Relocates for Work

Deborah Chalk | Posted 04.26.2015 | Women
Deborah Chalk

I came to see that the martyr way doesn't work. It's a half-life, an apology. I didn't like the way there was a possibility of resentment building over time, like limescale on a kettle.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Two

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

Che Che wasn't always so lucky in connecting with her bosses. One day, she was at home when her employer Mimi (whose name has been changed on Che Che's request) returned with her 10-month-old son from a day in the park.

Dreams From My Helper: Part One

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

The idea of calling someone a maid has always made me uncomfortable. Coming to America, people often wouldn't understand when I'd talk about my helper, the general term used for au pairs in Hong Kong. "You mean your maid?" they'd ask. I'd always flinch.

This Is Not Yia Yia's Greece Anymore: 5 Points of Reflection

Julie Crain | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Julie Crain

What was the turning point for Greece? Entry into the EU? The Olympics in 2004? Natural evolution of time? Probably all of the above, but for whatever reason, Greece continues to evolve into a wonderful European country where the behaviors of the citizens are as beautiful and uplifting as the gorgeous scenery and it is a delight living here again.

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.