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Wat Phra Nang Sang Temple in Phuket Province, Thailand.

Why You Should Go To Phuket, Thailand

Phuket Charmed Me—But Is It For You? I have to admit that I feel like a pretty well-traveled person… until I meet someone who has spent time in Asia. And then I

White beach on beautiful Belize.

Living A Whole New Life In Belize

Potluck Dinners, Darts, And Dancing—One Expat Couple’s Trial Run In Belize It’s gray, dark, and rainy here in Paris… and it’s unlikely to change much over the next couple of months. It’s around this time of year that I’d usually try to organize a trip to someplace sunny. In fact, every January we hold our…

Senior couple at the lake having a picnic.

How You Can Plan A Move Overseas In Today’s “New Normal”

What Does 2021 Have In Store For You? I love the feeling that comes once Christmas has run its course… After all the gluttony and indulgence, the natural inclination come January is to swing toward austerity. Most of the world tries to give up some bad habit in the New Year… or to begin some…

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The Truth About Moving Abroad And What It Really Means

4 Steps To Surviving A Move Overseas—Part I I gave a presentation for our recent Live and Invest in Europe Virtual Conference; it was my first ever “expat talk,” as we call them. I’d heard plenty of them over the years, but this was the first time I did one myself. My expat story started…

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The 7 Best Countries To Get A Residency In 2020

7 Easiest Backup Residencies In The World Today Last week I shared with you the hellscape that is the French residency process (if you missed it, you can catch up here)… but I neglected to set your mind at ease. Because, while some countries make residency difficult and painful to acquire (ahem, France), others make it…

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The Importance Of Obtaining A Backup Residency

Lessons Learned Standing In Line With 600 Other Desperate Folks… It’s 8 a.m. It’s cold and windy, with flecks of rain pelting down in angry bursts. I’m glad I grabbed that extra layer before heading out. I look at the line that snakes around the huge plaza I’m standing on. Nope, not mine. One small…

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5 More Things To Check Before You Move Overseas

Last week I began a list of things you’ll need to think about when you’re planning for a move overseas. This week, we continue… 6. Get Your Affairs In Order Go paperless on all accounts and make sure you know how to use online banking. Don’t close any bank accounts, but change your address on file…

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The Top 5 Things To Check Before You Move Overseas

New Year, New Home—Part I We’re but a couple of days to the New Year… The last holiday in the seasonal marathon and one that causes excitement and anxiety in equal measures around the world. The potential and the promise… yet also the expectation and the daunting. The optimist sees the shiny, golden path paved…

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How To Make Friends Overseas, Even For Introverts

How To Make New Friends Overseas (Even If You’re An Introvert Like Me) One of the hardest things about upping stakes and pitching your tent somewhere new is the social aspect. You’ve likely spent a lifetime putting together a social fabric wherever you currently call home, and it’s a great loss to have to leave…

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Retire To The Algarve For A Stable Climate Year-Round

Going Where The Weather Suits Your Clothes… As much of the world settles into a winter chill this month, fireplaces crackle and mugs of warm drinks steam… Personally, I’m enjoying my first autumn in eight years. Life in Panama, ever-hot and humid, didn’t allow for many of my favorite things in life—the smell of leaves…