Whether you're living abroad, seeking to, or just want to have a stint working or studying outside your home country, there are loads of opportunities out there - as well as information and organizations to help make your dream come true. It's all open for discussion here!

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The plan: our six years abroad

  We returned to our home exactly six years ago to the day, on June 1 2016, when Linda and I packed up or donated our possessions; sold our cars; and caught a plane to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Our plan was to hang out there for a while; then spend a few months in Vietnam; and finally move on to Bali for a long stay. We thought we’d return to the United States in 2019 after three years away. read post  

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How life in Spain makes you richer - without luxuries

Livia Dabs   As a fellow immigrant (or expat, if you prefer) in Spain, for the past two years, I sympathize quite a bit with this essay by a U.S. woman who's been living with her family in a small Andalusian town for the past four, and has been loving it. She comments, " Everything I could only dream of in the US happened here in Spain without being filthy rich. Without owning luxuries, my life feels very luxurious" - and proceeds to give great examples. My life in Madrid is more expensive than…

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9 tips for coping with expat life abroad as a U.S. citizen

Moving abroad can be both an exciting and daunting experience. The fact that you are exploring new places and cultures makes it exhilarating, but the fact that you are leaving your friends and extended family behind to start a new life elsewhere can be terrifying. However, starting off on the right foot is the only way to ensure you enjoy a good experience as a U.S. expatriate. Some expats forget about their home obligations, and you don't want to be one of them. Ensure you stay in touch with…

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Essay: I'm not running away, I'm traveling

I have been traveling for the good portion of a decade and a half. Often I traveled alone, sometimes with friends, sometimes the partners, but always with a passion for the road. You can say back 15 years ago, the gypsy wandering lifestyle was much less trendy. This is before the start of travel blogs and at the time when people still bought actual books about countries to learn where to go. We went to internet cafés to send emails to our parents, took photos with film, and bought plane tickets…

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  • We´ve all been reading about (and in some cases seeing first hand) the negative impacts of "digital nomads" and other longterm-living foreigners in various countries. But there are positive impacts, too, as well as ways that foreigners can contribute to and minimise damage to local communities. Writing in the Washington Post, a U.S. woman in Rio gives us an interesting look at how: https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/tips/remote-work-digital-noma...
  • Yep, there´s a lot to think about, for sure (and keeping this in mind, depending on how the November ´24 elections turn out!): https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-prepare-to-move...
  • Looks like the best country in Europe for foreigners to retire is Portugal. Of course, we´ve also been hearing about the havoc the country´s hotness for expats has been wreaking on local housing and other conditions, but still... https://www.travelandleisure.com/portugal-named-best-european-count...
  • Wow some crazy stories here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ajanibazile/host-families-wild-experiences
    People Who Studied Abroad Are Sharing Their Wildest Experience
    "My family hosted an exchange student from Italy and he literally didn’t know how to prepare a single thing to eat because he said it was a woman's j…
  • We've all been getting an eyeful and earful of how Portugal is becoming a paradise for "digital nomads." But the reality is more mixed - and here's a good read from Wired about its promise and perils, especially on the balmy island of Madeira: https://www.wired.com/story/digital-nomad-village-madeira-portugal/
    Welcome to Digital Nomadland
    A Portuguese island created a village for remote workers, promising community to the newcomers and prosperity to the locals—then delivered on neither.
  • A U.S. immigrant to Brazil describes Afro-Brazilian culture and what it's like to live as a foreigner in Rio de Janeiro: https://news.yahoo.com/black-expat-why-black-expats-153000883.html
    The Black Expat: Why Black Expats Should Come And Experience Brazil's Culture
    Marketing executive Ike Okonkwo is a Black expat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • This past spring, Condé Nast Traveler wrote about the latest of HBSC Bank's regular surveys of 20,000 relatively high-income immigrants to 46 foreign countries, asking which of these countries can be considered the best for starting life over. Some expected, some surprises - and by the way my own new country, Spain, came in third: https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/the-10-best-countries-for-expats...
    Ready to Move Abroad? These Countries Offer the Best Quality of Life for Expats
    They've got that whole work-life balance thing all figured out.
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