'Do I feel more or less American living overseas?' I get this question a lot. I've been living outside the States for 18 years, and, to answer the question I'm so often asked, I've never felt more American than I do today.
Did Santa put an engagement ring in your stocking this Christmas? Or maybe you celebrated 2016 with a kiss and a wedding date. If these marriage proposals will include a move overseas, between talk of champagne, flowers, and packing, don't forget the most important discussion: Money.
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?"
I recently had the pleasure of taking an overseas trip, and enjoyed the flight so much that when I got home, I wanted another. I talked to some friends, and after we all lamented that another vacation wasn't in the budget for any of us, I decided to host a plane trip right in my house.
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.
To be expected, it takes some time for the international students to adapt to their new surroundings, but hosts Brian and Raina say they largely face the same challenges that all parents of teenagers face: go to bed, get up, clean your room, get organized.
Only about 20% of Americans own a passport. This number may be on the rise, but the number of Americans who have traveled overseas has been on the decline since 2006. Why is it that America turns a blind eye to the planet?