Bank Accounts Abroad

The Expat’s Guide to Opening a Bank Account Abroad

The last time I opened a bank account in Canada, it took me 15 or 20 minutes. I just walked in off the street on an impulse and filled in an application. I only had to show them my driver’s license as proof of ...
Family Travel

Forget Your Excuses and Go Travel

Do you say you want to travel or live abroad, but when asked why you don’t get started, you find yourself reciting a long list of reasons to prove it’s impossible? You’re not alone. It’s easy to dream big...
tips for beating jet lag

Top 5 Tips for Surviving Jet Lag

Jet lag is the price we pay for travelling at high speeds. The technical term for it is a “circadian rhythm sleep disorder,” which just means your internal clock is messed up because you hopped time zones fa...
expat lifestyle

How to Fund Your Expat Life

So you want to be an expat: travel the world, find new friends, immerse yourself in a foreign language. But how can you actually make a living? One of the biggest challenges when it comes to expat living is ...

Why Do You Want to Live Abroad?

Making a new life on foreign shores is the dream of many. But what happens when you try to make the dream a reality? It seems glamorous, but it can be very hard work. A lot of folks talk about running away t...

The Insider’s Guide to Malta’s Secret Places

In a previous column I told you about some places you really must see if you’re coming to Malta Well, I’ve gotta be honest with you… That was just the tip of the iceberg. Any expat will have a list of secret ...

How to Deal With Reverse Culture Shock

I’ve never experienced much culture shock when moving abroad. I moved to Tokyo on a couple weeks notice, with just a backpack and a bag full of books. And I went from living in a house to a tiny apartment wher...

What Was Your Most Memorable Expat New Year’s Eve?

You know the drill… The token bottle—or glass—of champagne. Flipping channels and watching other people have fun. Hearing fireworks go off in the distance, and distant voices raised in mirth. And then shuff...
expat christmas lonely

How to Get Through Christmas Far From Home

Christmas can be a lonely time for the expat abroad—especially if they're living where people don't celebrate the holiday at all.  The trade-off to relocating more than a short domestic flight away is that you...