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Insider Results To Help You Decide Where to Live (and Not Live) Abroad

It seems like a super scary decision to leave what you know behind and move to a place you know nothing about. But Internations, an expat connecting website, has taken some of the fear off. They ran a survey to find results for the worst and best countries for expats* and asked this main question: HOW SATISFIED ARE YOU WItH LIFE ABROAD IN GENERAL? From here, they gathered information from more than 14,000 respondents representing 174 nationalities and 191 countries or territories about moving, living,...

Lessons from a Holocaust Survivor on International Women’s Day

I know so many brave people. Both of my parents are Cuban immigrants and made terrible sacrifices and took serious risks to escape dictatorship and build a better life. Most of my relatives have similar stories. Today, on International Women’s Day, as we celebrate the brave, bold, and beautiful women in our lives and around the world, I can say that I know one more. Yesterday, I had the privilege to hear and meet Mrs. Bronia Kraus, Mrs. B, as she is affectionately called,...

Being a Good Host to Long-Term Guests: A Not Always Obvious Guide

With our holiday break a few short days away, we are preparing for the mad dash that is out holiday break. While super exciting to be home for the holidays and to share good tidings with family and friends, it’s good to keep in mind if you are dealing with expat friends – or being a good host to one – that going home isn’t all it’s (nut)cracked up to be. We sleep in different beds and lug around two toddlers...

Shop Small Business: A Gift Guide for Supporting Small Entrepreneurs

As the holiday season approaches, I often cringe when I walk into these huge mega stores. Don’t get me wrong, I like walking into the huge abysses of retail more than anyone but I also know that my money isn’t well spent here. At least not as well as it would be if I were to shop small business. As someone who has been a mover and a shaker for the last half a decade with Drinking the Whole Bottle, I...

Beach Vacation Checklist: A Wishlist for a Weekend Trip

Here’s a riddle: What do island people do after a hurricane? We go to the beach…  which is what I’ll be doing this weekend and at my favorite beach town on the island, nonetheless. You don’t need much to happy in Las Terrenas, just a few things: swimsuit, flip flops, and a drink in hand – but here’s my beach vacation checklist – some things on my wishlist for this weekend’s beach vac-heeeey. BEACH VACATION CHECKLIST ✅ WEAR ✅ BEACH COVER-UP Getting something that is...

How to Throw a Great Gatsby Themed Party Like Gatsby Himself

A while back, a friend and I talked about what our 1920’s names would be if we had been born in that decade. I’m sure it was a wine or beer infused conversation but I went to sleep that night as “Rubygail” and woke up knowing I couldn’t just leave it at that. I began mind-planning. I was going to  throw a Great Gatsby themed party – a roaring 20’s bash of time – and live out my inner flapper girl, Rubygail. As my 36th...

Moving Abroad with Your Family and What to Consider

Last week, a college friend emailed me with some questions about moving abroad. Being a parent can certain;y make this decision harder and I started thinking about other people who might be thinking about moving abroad with kids but not sure where to even start thinking about it so I revamped & upgraded this post that I had previously published at Expat Village.                      I couldn’t have known that that conversation driving home from the doctor...

3 Small Time Saving Airport Travel Tips with Huge Impact

As someone who has flown internationally in all stages of parenthood (pregnant > with a newborn > pregnant and with a toddler > with two toddlers and two dogs and 6 suitcases) I can confidently say that Husband and I are Master Flyers and even though United hasn’t given us access to their club lounge, our airport experience is minimal stress and star rated (and I’m optimistic about United Club). We have getting through the airport quickly and easily down to a science;...