Category: Expat Stories

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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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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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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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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International Charity Day for Expats

International Charity Day for Expats

Today is International Charity Day, as established by the United Nations in 2013 in honor of Mother Teresa. I’ve already discussed how expats tend to get involved in their local communities around the world, but perhaps it’s time to revisit the topic. Charity is important everywhere, but getting involved has several specific benefits for expats in particular.

Today is International Charity Day, as established by the United Nations in 2013 in honor of Mother Teresa. I've already...

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Expats Are the Best Tourists

I love being an expat for a litany of reasons, not least of which is my ability to be a perpetual tourist. Expats are the best tourists and the most vocal proponents (or opponents, as the case may vary) of their new homes. With more time to devote to discovery than a typical tourist, and more inspired interest than a typical local, expats explore and share their new home with abandon.

I love being an expat for a litany of reasons, not least of which is my ability to be a perpetual tourist. Expats are th...

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Remember to Breathe at Edinburgh Fringe

Hogmanay in Edinburgh as an expat

It’s that time of year in Edinburgh when every corner of the city turns into a potential venue for arts and entertainment. Pop-up stages cover typically open spaces and street performers claim territory on sidewalks and cobbled streets. It’s festival season in Edinburgh! And I couldn’t be more pleased with the introduction I’ve had to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in watching the appropriately named play, Remember to Breathe.

It's that time of year in Edinburgh when every corner of the city turns into a potential venue for arts and entertainmen...

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In Defense of Expat Life

in defense of expat life

Before you take your excited leap into expat life, there’s something you need to realize about becoming an expat. Unfortunately, it actually has very little to do with you and a whole lot to do with the people you leave back home. Here’s the problem you will face: You will have to constantly speak up in defense of expat life. You will have to offer explanations and information, personal details and perhaps intimate insights. You will have to regularly deal with people questioning your lifestyle and your choices.

Before you take your excited leap into expat life, there's something you need to realize about becoming an expat. Unfort...

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