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Moving to Berlin: Everything you need to know Living abroad makes you more creative Beirut: First impressions from a Seattle native Aaron Rose and his suitcases of trouble Dear Miss Move Abroad: Are all expats losers? Can you live in Costa Rica on $20K/year ? Expat Life in Benin, West Africa
 
Moving to Berlin: Everything you need to know

Moving to Berlin: Everything you need to know

With its artsy vibe, affordable lifestyle, and all-night party scene, there’s no better place than Berlin for creatives and insomniacs the world over.

Moving to Berlin: Everything you need to know
Living abroad makes you more creative

Living abroad makes you more creative

Here’s another example of science confirming what everyone already knows: In this case, that living abroad stimulates creative thinking. Not only is living abroad often seen as a necessary experience for aspiring artists, it's also been shown to enhance problem-solving skills.

Living abroad makes you more creative
Beirut: First impressions from a Seattle native

Beirut: First impressions from a Seattle native

Amy Robertson moved to Beirut, Lebanon, last year with her Italian husband and their two children. She keeps an excellent blog, Gardenias in Beirut. I especially loved one of her early posts, when she’d just arrived. Thanks, Amy, for allowing me to post it here as well. Amy writes: Not knowing what to expect when [...]

Beirut: First impressions from a Seattle native
Aaron Rose and his suitcases of trouble

Aaron Rose and his suitcases of trouble

Rose’s “suitcases of trouble” would be the perfect travel accessory for the stylishly rootless, but as far as I can tell they’re not for sale except as objects of art, putting them out of range of those without permanent employment.

Aaron Rose and his suitcases of trouble
Dear Miss Move Abroad: Are all expats losers?

Dear Miss Move Abroad: Are all expats losers?

Dear Miss Move Abroad. I’ve had the dubious pleasure of meeting many so called “expats” and have come to this conclusion: Most expats are losers who can’t cut it at home.

Dear Miss Move Abroad: Are all expats losers?
Can you live in Costa Rica on $20K/year ?

Can you live in Costa Rica on $20K/year ?

Dear Miss Move Abroad, I want to thank you. I read your book [Living Abroad in Costa Rica]  in December of 09. At the time I was going through some rough times (death and divorce), and I decided to travel to Costa Rica to just get some relief. I was dazzled by it. I was [...]

Can you live in Costa Rica on $20K/year ?
Expat Life in Benin, West Africa

Expat Life in Benin, West Africa

"In the three years I've lived here," writes expat Randall Wood, "I've drunk whiskey with kings, been the victim of a mob throwing coconuts, surfed a couple of decent waves, and rubbed elbows with a culture that three years later, I still barely know and perhaps never will.

Expat Life in Benin, West Africa
Leaving your job and country: Don’t burn bridges

Leaving your job and country: Don’t burn bridges

26 February 2014

A taste for bridge-burning seems to go hand-in-hand with being a serial relocator. Most of us tend towards one of two poles: the smoother-over, who never wants to make any kind of break or change, or the bridge burner, who’s always itching to strike that match.

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Seven steps to moving abroad

Seven steps to moving abroad

10 January 2014

A global survey conducted by Gallup between 2008 and 2010 (which interviewed adults from 146 countries housing more than 93% of the world’s population) has revealed that 630 million people from around the world would love to move abroad if they had the chance. That’s quite some statistic!

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Costa Rica: cut-rate facelifts and bargain bypasses

Costa Rica: cut-rate facelifts and bargain bypasses

13 November 2013

Why would you want to get on a plane to get your health care? To save money, of course. People come to Costa Rica for dental work, cosmetic surgery, hysterectomies, and joint replacement, to name just a few of the more common procedures. One of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures (in Costa Rica and elsewhere) [...]

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Eat, Pray, Love author on traveling vs. living abroad

Eat, Pray, Love author on traveling vs. living abroad

04 September 2012

Does your talent lie in travel or in living abroad? Though some people are good at both and others not cut out for either, the skill sets involved are surprisingly different. Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert writes about the distinction.

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Panama bound? Pare down

Panama bound? Pare down

12 May 2012

Why lug your old life with you to a new country, especially when you have to pay so dearly for the privilege?

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Travel Bookshelf: The Geography of Bliss

Travel Bookshelf: The Geography of Bliss

27 January 2012

In The Geography of Bliss, NPR foreign correspondent Eric Weiner travels the world to find happiness. Is that so different from what the rest of us are doing? Well, yes and no. Wiener makes a science of it. He goes about it with more deliberation than most of us wanderers. Before he takes on the [...]

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To move or not to move abroad: That is the question

To move or not to move abroad: That is the question

20 January 2012

Israel actually pays Jews to move there, roughly $4500 over the first 7 months, free health insurance until you get a job, and 5 months of Hebrew classes, just to name a few of the benefits. It seems, by the facts, that this should be a relatively easy decision. But it's not.

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In Costa Rica, airplane-bar tells tales of covert ops past

In Costa Rica, airplane-bar tells tales of covert ops past

25 October 2011

One of the pleasures of living abroad is starting to see world history and events from another–often radically different–angle. You can start to make that shift pretty much anywhere–reading the local newspaper at your favorite expat cafe, exploring a crumbling castle, or talking politics with the guy who repairs your car with tin foil and [...]

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Panama expert on pets, Walmart, & traveling as a single woman

Panama expert on pets, Walmart, & traveling as a single woman

01 November 2010

"The first thing you have to understand about moving to Panama," says Miriam Butterman, author of Living Abroad in Panama, "is that you are not so much moving to the 'sticks' as you think you are."

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Eat, Pray, Love: travel porn for the thinking woman

Eat, Pray, Love: travel porn for the thinking woman

26 August 2010

Critic Grace Lichtenstein said the only thing wrong with the travel memoir Eat, Pray, Love was that it was too much like a Jennifer Aniston movie. Turns out it's actually a Julia Roberts movie, which opened August 13. At least viewers get to hear how Spaniard Javier Bardem pulls off a Brazilian accent.

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