On My Way to Panama

By the time you read this, I’ll be tossing the last few items into my suitcase and heading for the airport. Today I fly to Panama to attend the Live & Invest in Panama conference, followed by a week exploring the country. This is the culmination of a decision made in January, just a couple […]

Cheap Cities for Expats — But Would You Really Want to Live There?

Last week we published the top cities in the world for high cost of expat living. Now it’s time to flip it around and show you the lowest-cost cities. I explained the methodology here. While most of the high cost-of-living cities are in the Pacific Rim and Europe, most of the lowest cost cities are […]

One Simple Key to Locking Your Blog Against Hackers

One way to support your expat, overseas lifestyle is by creating a blog-based business. To help with that, I’ve created a tutorial series on the basics of starting and running a WordPress blog. The series is called Blogging For Expats, and this is the 4th installment in the series. Click the links below to review […]

Highest Cost of Living Cities for Expats

It’s that time of year again — time to list the “best of” 2010. From XPatulator, here are the 10 most expensive cities in the world to live in. “Expensive” was determined by looking at the cost of a basket of items in each location. How They Rank Xpatulator ranks the cost of living based […]

Uh-Oh. Thanks, Facebook for Outing Me to my Mother-in-Law

Last week I decided to post some items we’re selling on Facebook Marketplace. Little did I know that the “sharing” choices are different for Marketplace ads than for regular status updates, and that difference caused an uproar in the family. My in-laws have steadfastly refused to discuss our plans to become expats. It’s the unspoken […]

Don’t Sacrifice Your Family on the Expat Altar

Among expats who return home earlier than planned, most cite family problems as the reason. It doesn’t have to be that way. By the end of 2010 there were over 213 million expats worldwide — up from 177 million in 2005. And, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, there will be a 50% increase in the number […]

10 Steps to The Global You

Dedicated to “future Global Managers,” The Global You by Susan Bloch and Philip Whiteley sets out ten strategies for achieving success as a working expat. The book is aimed at the expat who works for a company that sends him on an overseas assignment, but there are lessons which expats by choice can learn to […]