What We Miss From Home

  Ahh, yes… The care package from home. It’s the nicest thing an expat can receive, next to a shipment of English books from Amazon. And it’s the first thing I thought of when a friend asked, “Murd...

How to Deal with Travel Jealousy

It’s common to get jealous of friends who are living it up on the road when you’re trapped at home—especially in the era of curated social media lives, where we see all the good and we're shielded from the bad....

Does The Travel High Last?

There’s something special about your first real trip. It changes you in ways no other journey seems to touch. All travellers agree that no trip has the same soul-shaking impact as that first time you set out...

Cultural Identity: Should I Change to Fit In?

If you live abroad for long enough, you’ll eventually find yourself caught between two cultural identities. You’re not really a part of the foreign culture you’ve moved into, but you’re also completely out o...

The Bureaucratic Odyssey of Expat Residency

In my last article we talked about the physical process of moving abroad. And we looked at the “how to” of finding apartments and shipping your belongings. I promised to talk about bureaucracy in this articl...

How Exactly Do You Move Abroad?

One of the most popular questions I get from readers is about the physical process of moving abroad. What does moving internationally involve? Is there a lot of paperwork and bureaucratic misery? Do you need...

The 10 Worst Things About Expat Life

I’m not going to lie to you. Expat life can be challenging. And it isn’t for you if you’re easily frustrated, inflexible, or rigidly set in your ways. Today we’re looking at the darker side of the expat expe...

The 10 Best Things About Expat Living

“Why live abroad? What’s so great about that?” I get this question a lot from my homebound friends. And so I thought I’d give you a Top 10 list of the very best aspects of expat living, in no particular orde...

What If You Get Homesick?

“Don’t you get homesick living so far away?” “No, never,” I said. I was at an event back in Canada, signing copies of Vagabond Dreams in a local bookshop, and talk had turned to life abroad. “So you do...
Living in Another Country

How to Find Your Place in the Sun

I’ve heard so many horror stories about folks who sold their homes and cashed in all their chips to move to their dream “place in the sun,” only to realize they absolutely hated it and wanted to move back home ...