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Tropical white sand beach on Contadora island

Contadora Island: A Tranquil Beach Getaway In Panama’s Pearl Islands

Find Your Paradise In Panama’s Las Perlas Islands… Las Perlas offers an island lifestyle reminiscent of the Virgin Islands back in the 70s, before those islands became overpriced and crowded with people, commerce, and high-rises… This string of islands has the best beaches and fishing, plus consistently perfect weather, within easy reach of Panama City.…

Lisbon, Portugal skyline with Sao Jorge Castle

Our Most Popular FAQs On Moving Abroad: Portugal Edition

Portugal FAQ’s Answered When making any move overseas, you’ll have lots and lots of questions. Maybe you won’t be sure who to ask… And maybe, in some cases, you’ll be reluctant to ask questions you fear might seem foolish or naïve. Making a move to a new country is a big deal. There are no…

Beach scenes from Punta Chame in Panama

How To Approach Living Overseas Criticism From Loved Ones

How To Deal With “You’re Crazy!” And Other Words Of Discouragement A friend here in Paris was entertaining her in-laws recently, visiting from New Mexico, and I joined them for a walking tour of the city one day. We stopped for coffee and the conversation naturally got around to the topic of living overseas… turns…

View of the Concorde Square in Paris

The Top 10 Greatest Advantages Of Living In Europe

The Top 10 Reasons I Moved To Europe Heart versus head. When it comes to choosing where to live overseas, both have to play an important part. The head side of things, the practicalities and logistics—thinking about environment, budget, climate, infrastructure, etc.—is important, no doubt… But the more abstract side of things is equally important……

Landsacpe view of Eiffel tower during the sunrise with beautiful yellow trees in autumn in Paris

Make Your Way Back To School (And Life)

 La Rentrée A Paris As of a few weeks ago, Paris all but shut down, as did much of Europe. The annual exodus that has Parisians fleeing from the city begins in late July and typically lasts until late August. Mom-and-pop shops and restaurants close, putting up signs saying they’ll see you in September… doctors…

Island Hvar, Croatia.

Expats Lessons After Moving Overseas: The Challenges You Will Face

4 Things You Must Do To Make A Successful Move Overseas—Part II Last week I began telling you about the biggest aspects of moving overseas—the things that, in my experience (with five international moves under my belt), are the most significant hurdles and issues you need to prepare yourself for when you think about making…

Shimmering Eiffel Tower at sunset in Paris, France.

The Truth About Moving Abroad And What It Really Means

4 Things You Must Do To Make A Successful Move Overseas—Part I I give a presentation for our annual Live and Invest in Europe Conferences… sharing my “expat story,” as we refer to these kinds of talks. My expat tale began very close to the start of my life. I was only 8 years old…

Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Why You Need A Good Lawyer For Your France Visa Renewal

What A Difference A Good Lawyer Makes My family and I have just finished the renewal process for our French visa—whew, legal again for another year…! This is our third year in France, so it’s our second visa renewal, and this one went much smoother than any of our past meetings… but things didn’t start…

Palmtree silhouettes on the tropical beach, Dominican Republic.

Why Living In The Dominican Republic Is Living In Paradise

5 Top Reasons To Choose The Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic (DR) is quintessential Caribbean. This island nation is all about the sand, the sun, and the fun. And, best of all, it’s all available for bargain prices compared with other popular Caribbean destinations. Christopher Columbus established La Hispaniola as the predominant land in the…

Locals and tourists sitting and the brasserie cafe restaurant in Paris reading morning newspapers and enjoying coffee.

How To Overcome The Challenges Of Moving To A New Country

What Baking Croissants Taught Me About Moving Overseas Cordon Bleu pastry chef, Frédéric Hoël, held up two handfuls of dough, one that you could have mistaken for a neatly folded (albeit miniature) sheet in a linen store… the other more closely resembled a half-deflated air mattress that someone tried to fold before it was fully…