Guest Post by Barbara Diggs Lucky is the expat that has no lingering guilt associated with his or her decision to live abroad. But, I think, rare is that expat also. Maybe you feel a bit guilty about how living abroad will affect your children, or … [Read more...] about The Flip Side of Expat Guilt
On June 10, EFAM published an article titled America -- the Grim Truth. And grim it was indeed! "Americans, I have some bad news for you," the article starts. "You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin. "If you … [Read more...] about Americans, I Have Some Bad News for You
A few days ago I had a long phone call with my mother, and told her about our plans to move overseas. She handled it better than I expected, and I give her a lot of credit. (She expressed far more unhappiness years ago when we told her we were moving … [Read more...] about OK, I Told My Mom
April 15 happens to be my sister's birthday, and she was always fond of reciting the list of disasters that occurred on that date. It's tax day for Americans residing in the US. (But if you live in another country you get an automatic extension … [Read more...] about April 15: Day of Dread for Most Americans
My youngest daughter is halfway through a 2-1/2 month sojourn in France. This Easter, she was fortunate to spend the weekend with a French family in the village of Soissons. The village is northeast of Paris, about halfway to the Belgian border. The … [Read more...] about It’s Not the Easter Bunny, It’s the Easter Bell!
Two days ago, my almost-85-year-old father died. It happened peacefully at home before breakfast on Monday morning. It was not unexpected -- on the contrary, he'd been battling MRSA for several years, and undergoing thrice-weekly kidney dialysis for … [Read more...] about Special: One Heaping Portion of Regret
Here are a few thoughts about expat Christmas time that I thought were interesting. Expat kids believe in Santa longer. According to Mary Mimouma of Expat Abroad: "My daughter believed in Santa (and the tooth fairy) until she was ten. I found that … [Read more...] about Being a US Expat at Christmas Time
A few days ago, I asked the question, “Is US health care driving Americans to move abroad?” The response was swift. “Of course it is,” wrote Lya Sorano, Atlanta businesswoman. “Hardly a month passes in which I do not hear about a friend-of-a-friend … [Read more...] about Health Care and Expatriation
In our recent poll, we discovered that most -- at least 80% -- of our readers will have to generate some income when they move overseas. None of them plan to hold an overseas job with their current employer, but half intend to develop some kind of … [Read more...] about How Will You Finance Your Life Overseas?