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

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.20.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.06.2015 | 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.

A Rendezvous With History

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

Despite drastically different duties and daily lives following the war's outbreak, American diplomats, reporters, and civilians in France recorded their rendez-vous with history and their reactions.

6 Things You Need To Know About U.S. Taxes Before Retiring Overseas

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 02.04.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Can you eliminate your U.S. tax burden by retiring overseas? No, you can't. It's not that simple, and you shouldn't believe anyone who tells you otherwise.

How I Learned to Trust Myself

Jessica Katz | Posted 02.03.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

Discovering more of who I am and trusting that gut feeling in my body is the best blessing I've been given. Getting back on that horse, exploring new and unknown territory in spite of the slips and fear, while always holding onto what I truly want for myself is the key to it all.

6 Reasons Why You'll Know It's Time to Move Overseas

Russell V. J. Ward | Posted 02.03.2015 | Travel
Russell V. J. Ward

How many times have you said you're going to do something but change your mind at the last minute? It might be a spontaneous pledge, a throw-away comment or spur-of-the-moment remark but the result is usually the same.

How Saving a Child's Heart Is Crossing Boundaries In the Middle East

Jessica Katz | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Jessica Katz

"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.

What Top Financial Consultants Think Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Overseas Living

Andre Bourque | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

There's a "secret" just for entrepreneurs that top financial consultants are eager to share: Moving overseas can, in somecases, save you a bundle on your small business.

Meet Lean In's Big Sister -- She's All About 'Powership'

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 01.30.2015 | Books
Heidi Mulligan Walker

For me, its true power lies in reading between the lines about how the partnership framework can be applied both formally and informally across the corporate infrastructure. Women, and companies who want to hire and retain them, should take note, this book is a welcome game changer.

The Differences Between The U.S. And Italy From A Lover Of Both

Lisa Condie | Posted 01.28.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

Cruising at 40,000+ feet above the Atlantic Ocean, I feel strangely at peace. Halfway between the two places I call home, I want to hover here for a while. It's the place where I don't feel torn, neither heading towards, nor leaving behind, the places and people I love.

9 Definitive Reasons Why You Should NOT Move To The Caribbean

Amanda Walkins | Posted 01.23.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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.

Expat, Her Third Culture Children and Holiday Traditions

Maria Lombard | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Maria Lombard

Last year during the holidays, my triplets, Isaac, Daniel and Sophia were just coming home from the neonatal unit in America. Now in Qatar, where I teach at an American university, I want the holiday season to be as American as it can be.

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?

7 Life-Changing Lessons I've Learned Living on a Caribbean Island

Amanda Walkins | Posted 01.29.2015 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

Living on an island in the Caribbean for two years has taught me many valuable lessons I may not have learned living Stateside. In case you aren't currently basking in tropical sunshine like me, allow me to impart some of my newfound wisdom.

Why I Stopped Defining Someone Else's Version of Success

Russell V. J. Ward | Posted 01.02.2015 | Business
Russell V. J. Ward

I choose success defined on my own terms, where I determine what's valuable to me, certain that I'm headed on the right journey, in control and doing what I love most.

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.

5 Things This Gay Man Learned From Dating Abroad

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Eight years, eight cities: Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Bangkok, Berlin, Rome, Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Sydney. And what do I have to show for all that time spent living outside the U.S.? Here are some highlights: at least twice as much romantic drama (and comedy) in half the time I spent in New York City, at least two books, and at least five valuable lessons in love and lust.

Saying Goodbye to Your Country

Stephen Grant | Posted 12.27.2014 | Travel
Stephen Grant

When we bought the flight tickets that's when the reality set in. While I am thrilled to begin a new life, in a new country, and explore my partner's culture even deeper, I am starting to realize all of the things I will miss. I have been here my whole life.