Expat Life

Americans : How To Vote While Out Of The Country

By Megan Stetzel | September 30, 2018

Steph and I have talked about writing this post since Trump got into office and this Kavanaugh circus is making me extra terrified for November and it has finally motivated me to put this together. Why? Let me explain. I am currently in the United States, and have been for the past 5 months. The […]

We Really Live Here! Italy Update #2

By Steph | December 26, 2017

Hey guys! When I last left you in November we were still sleeping off jet lag and desperately apartment hunting (have I mentioned how much I hate apartment hunting? It’s definitely my least favorite part of any big move). A lot has changed since then, mostly for the better! We Finally Found a Home Finding […]

A Piccolo Italy Update

By Steph | November 13, 2017

Ciao! When I last left you we were in the terminal stages  of preparing for our family move to Italy. Well… we made it! All four of us are now in Bologna, where it is currently raining heavily. To be honest, not that much has happened yet, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging […]

Preparing to Move Abroad- Part Two

By Steph | October 25, 2017

Back in August I wrote about the many preparations we were taking to move abroad at the end of October. Well the end of October is here! It’s hard to believe but we leave for Bologna in just three days. This means we’ve been super busy lately getting ready for the move. Getting the Dog’s […]

Expat Life: 5 Common Expat Mistakes to Avoid

By Steph | October 11, 2017

I’ve lived abroad several times, and each time I’ve enjoyed the experience but in the end I left feeling somewhat unsatisfied. I always feel like I could have done, seen and experienced more with my expat life. I’ve spent long stints living in London, Xi’an, Buenos Aires and Sayulita, Mexico but I’ve never really felt […]

Preparing to Move Abroad- Part One

By Steph | August 2, 2017

We are roughly 90 days out from our big move to Italy, so I figured it was time for an update. As with most big trips, there is a lot of small progress over time, then a huge rush of activity before departure. We’ve been trying to get as much as possible done as early […]

Why An IUD is the Best Birth Control for Travelers

By Steph | April 26, 2017

Do you ever discover something and then seriously kick yourself for not knowing about it earlier? I’ve felt like that about many things: Breaking Bad, stand up paddle boarding and Sri Lankan food for starters. And now I feel this way about my IUD. IUDs are having a bit of a moment now, thanks to […]

Best Coffee Shops & Cafes To Work From In London

By Megan Stetzel | April 4, 2017

I’ve been happily living in cold, chilly, and downright frost-bite inducing London for the past couple months. I also happen to work entirely remotely. And as cute as my apartment is, I am not one who can get work done whilst laying on the couch.   I prefer one of the other three ‘C’s instead: Coffee […]

Why I’m Thankful for Second Chances

By Guest Poster | November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I think most Americans feel the same way.  Even though you don’t really do anything but eat and drink and watch American football on TV. There’s something about it that is unlike any other holiday – no present giving, no commercialism, no religious obligations, nothing but sitting around a table […]

How a Working Holiday Taught Me Financial Responsibility

By Caroline Eubanks | November 3, 2016

Over five years ago, a few months after graduating from college, I embarked on my biggest adventure to date: a year-long working holiday in Australia. I heard about the visa online, which would allow me, as someone 18-30, to work in Australia for a year in two six-month stints and travel along the way. Other […]

Moving to France as an American: Tips on Visa, Bank Accounts and Apartment Hunting

By Guest Poster | November 1, 2016

“You’re living the dream!” “You’re so lucky!” “I’ve always wanted to sip café, sit on terraces and indulge in decadent desserts all day!” These are the things people wistfully say with a far off look in their eyes when you tell them you’re moving to France. I, too, pictured exactly that on my first trip […]

Getting Mugged Abroad and Not Letting Fear Win

By Megan Stetzel | September 13, 2016

I think I am every traveler’s parents’ worst nightmare. I was mugged abroad. Up until that moment I had been flitting around Southeast Asia all willy nilly and without a thought about safety. I mean I crashed motorcycles, got bit by dogs, had some interesting situations happen, but I still ultimately felt safe. Until that […]