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...

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...
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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...

Must-See Malta: An Expat’s Inside Guide

As a long term expat living in Malta, I’m often asked about the top must see things in my country of residence. In my 5 years in Malta I’ve visited all the major sites, and most of the minor ones too. If you’re...

How to Buy Groceries in the Mediterranean

I experienced a sudden reunion with consciousness when I felt my wife elbow me in the ribs. She was shaking me hard by the shoulder, and I removed one earplug just in time to hear her mumble, “Doorbell.” A...

When Workplace Cultures Clash: Doing Business Abroad

“The gardener will come at 8 a.m.,” I was told. “Please make sure you’re there to let him in.” My landlord had hired a local expert to stop by the old house we were renting and trim the orange tree in the ...

How To Make Friends in a New City

How do you make friends in a new city and a new country? That’s what one of our Expat Life readers wanted to know. I’m not the best person to advise you on this. I’ve lived in Malta for 4 years and I know ...