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 ...

Funding Your Expat Life With ESL

The tortured sounds of the alphabet song drifted across the lobby for the fifth time that day. From the next room, rising above the muffled voices, I heard, “Teacher, what does it mean, ‘feces’?” I sigh...

Top 5 Expenses When Moving Abroad

You’re all set to make the big move. To escape the winter, to take that cool new foreign job, or just to loaf around in the countryside and gorge yourself on wine and cheese. You’ve found your ideal destin...

Never Take Another Vacation

“You lucky jerk—you must go swimming all the time!” “Well, that would be nice, but…” “What do you mean? How many times did you go this year? Be honest, I won’t get jealous.” “I think two…” “But the beach ...