Written by: "Amanda Walkins"

Housesitting in Southern France

TrustedHousesitters in France

Southern France…it just sings of romance and beauty. Rolling hills covered with small vineyards, private yachts and fabulous beaches hugging the Mediterranean coast, tiny villages with traditional stone architecture and colorful wooden shutters on every window. Southern France is dreamy even in reality. And that’s why I leapt at the opportunity for housesitting in Southern France last month.

Southern France...it just sings of romance and beauty. Rolling hills covered with small vineyards, private yachts and fa...

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The Expat Life…Moving On Again

Serial expat moving again

Another year, another adventure! We’re heading to a new destination this month because of a fantastic opportunity. As is common in the expat life, we’re moving somewhere new because we have itchy feet and we also see a new location as a fun new challenge.

Another year, another adventure! We're heading to a new destination this month because of a fantastic opportunity. As is...

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Ever Onward, My Friends

ever onward my friends

I’ve not written much on the blog this year. It’s safe to say that 2016 was not my favorite and left me less than enthusiastic in many respects. While we had wonderful moments this year, we also had absolutely terrible ones. But, instead of going through each memory like I normally love to do, this year I prefer to look forward to what I hope will be better.

I've not written much on the blog this year. It's safe to say that 2016 was not my favorite and left me less than enthus...

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Be a Global Neighbor

what is a global neighbor

In the wake of an election season that has rocked the entire world, unity has never been more important. We need to find ways to support each other – not rip each other apart. We need to offer solidarity – not division. We need to celebrate our wonderful differences and recognize the similarities we share with each other.

In the wake of an election season that has rocked the entire world, unity has never been more important. We need to find...

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An American Expat Perspective on the Election

American expat 2016 election

If you are American, becoming an expat doesn’t cut you off from your home country. In fact, the U.S. is one of only two countries that taxes all its citizens, regardless of residency. So, despite the fact that I’ve been chastised on social media for speaking about the election results because I ‘left my country’, I’m going to give my perspective. Because my voice matters. And because there are millions of American expats around the world whose voices also matter. I just happen to have a blog.

If you are American, becoming an expat doesn't cut you off from your home country. In fact, the U.S. is one of only two...

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The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry

Visit The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry

A quick visit to Pitlochry over the summer left us wanting to see more – and we also noticed promotional materials for The Enchanted Forest. If you know me at all, you know sparkly lights get me every time. Fill a forest with them and play magical music, I simply can’t resist. The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry was calling my name.

A quick visit to Pitlochry over the summer left us wanting to see more - and we also noticed promotional materials for T...

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Expat Stories: Owning a Rental Home in Roatan

owning a rental home in Roatan

My very first article for International Living magazine covered a Canadian snowbird couple who rented out the other half of their duplex year-round. Spoiler alert: we rented from them! Owning a rental home in Roatan can be a fantastic way to being living your island dream before you fully retire.

My very first article for International Living magazine covered a Canadian snowbird couple who rented out the other half...

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Hogmanay in Edinburgh Info and Advice

Hogmanay in Edinburgh as an expat

Edinburgh is known as the Festival City, with 12 main celebrations programmed throughout the year plus several others in between. While we’ve just finished the August madness of five festivals happening simultaneously (still wrapping my newbie head around what just happened), the next biggest moment for the city is coming up soon. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to start planning for Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is known as the Festival City, with 12 main celebrations programmed throughout the year plus several others in...

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[Infographic] How to Survive Working from Home

how to survive working from home - My Kind of Monday

This guest post comes to you from Connor at My Kind of Monday. I saw his infographic and just had to share it with you guys. Here he is to explain the pitfalls of working from home, and how you can avoid them. Enjoy!


It can be incredibly exciting making the decision to work from home. The flexibility in being able to work your own schedule and set your own deadlines is often what attracts people to freelancing from home.

This guest post comes to you from Connor at My Kind of Monday. I saw his infographic and just had to share it with you g...

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Expat Stories: Earn an Income Having Fun

Earn an income having fun as an expat

I posted an article with International Living back when I was managing Ocean Connections Water Sports. While my life has changed quite a bit since then, the idea holds true years later: it’s possible to earn an income having fun! In this edition of Expat Stories, I’m telling a bit more of my own.

I posted an article with International Living back when I was managing Ocean Connections Water Sports. While my life has...

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