Taxis, Busses and Automobiles — Getting Around in Panama

There’s been a fair amount of car talk around our house recently, for two reasons. First, I’m planning a trip back to the US in another month. My primary mission will be to retrieve my car (our daughter’s been using it over the summer) and sell it, so we’ll have some funds. Second, we’ve decided […]

Want the Best WordPress Site? 52 Resources for Now and Later

Is a portable career part of your plan for an untethered expat life? If it includes a WordPress blog or website, here are 52 links to help you get started. I’ve tried to arrange them in roughly the order you’ll need them. (And yes, some of them are affiliate links.) Domain Name Registration and Hosting […]

Get Your Mail Overseas, Avoid Panic Attacks

“OMG!” my husband exclaimed. “Does this mean I’m going to be arrested when I step off the plane in October?” Last week we made one of our occasional forays into Chitre to retrieve our mail. Every couple of weeks I call the US to verbally go through the stack of mail that’s arrived for us. […]

Develop a Portable Career as a Stock Photographer

Have camera — will travel. Or not. The beautiful thing about creating a portable photography career for yourself is, it’s easily portable to anywhere in the world. But what if you’re not traveling? Does that mean there’s no business for you? Not exactly. Whether you’re living in one place or circumnavigating the globe, there’s a […]

WordPress Basics

If you’re here, I’m assuming it’s because you want to learn how to build great-looking, effective websites using WordPress. I can help you with that. There’s a good reason that WordPress is the most popular Content Management System. It’s attractive, it’s easy to use, it’s versatile, it’s free and best of all, you don’t have […]

VPN4All: A Virtual Private Network that’s Truly Private

Oh, no, not another review of a VPN (virtual private network) I hear you groan. Well, um, yes. It seems there’s a lot of interest in this topic, and every time I write about it I hear more recommendations. Sometimes a company will contact me and say, “hey, why don’t you take a look at […]

Why Your Expat Website Needs an Editorial Calendar

If you’re creating a portable career to help support your overseas living, you probably have a website as well. Maybe you’re a life coach, a freelance writer or a photographer, and your website is a big part of your marketing strategy. Perhaps you’re a blogger, and your website is the foundation on which your business […]

Dancing In the Fountain: An Expat Book Review

Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Life Abroad recounts the adventures of an American couple who moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Seville, Spain. Of all the expat books I’ve read, I have to say this is one of the best, rivaling only Peter Mayle’s tour de force, A Year in Provence. This was my […]