Expat Life

Love in the time of Korea: Leaving “the One” Behind

By Guest Poster | September 20, 2012

Yeah I’m a sucker for love stories. Last week we got a guy’s perspective on dating abroad- today we hear a completely different story: how to survive when everyone is obsessed with love, and yours is on the other side of the world. When you’re a twenty-something solo traveler, being single can be difficult. Particularly […]

Six Ways to Meet New People In the City

By Guest Poster | July 19, 2012

You’ve finally worked up the nerve and moved to a new city. Whether you’re in another country or not meeting people and making friends can be really hard. Here are Victoria’s pretty great suggestions: You’ve just arrived in a new city, you’re staying for longer than a few days, and what you really want is […]

How to Travel through Your Twenties Without Worrying About Money

By Guest Poster | January 19, 2012

Money makes the world go round and it’s also a big factor in helping you go around the world.  Twenty-something Americans probably aren’t in the best place to save up for vacations or round-the-world trips. They usually have entry level jobs, student loans and very little acquaintance with the practicalities of the real world.  But […]

Bartending in Australia

By Caroline Eubanks | January 8, 2012

Australia is a great place for students, backpackers and working holiday-makers to find jobs, especially in bars. I lucked out with a job at the bar of a five-star hotel, so it came with lots of perks, but you could have just as much fun at a simple country pub. If you’re interested in bartending […]

Three Personality Traits that Make a Successful Expat

By Guest Poster | October 6, 2011

You’ve been thinking about it for a while. You’ve been googling jobs abroad, exploring ESL teaching opportunities, researching backpacks, pricing flights and dreaming of booking them. You think you might be ready, finally ready, to take the leap and embark on a new life abroad. But traveling the world isn’t all glitz and glamour. If […]

The Four Stages of Living Abroad

By Guest Poster | October 31, 2010

Anyone who has spent a lot of time abroad knows that living abroad is so very different from backpacking, with it’s own joys, opportunities and challenges. Christine Fisher explains: When I prepared for my first extended stay abroad, I daydreamed about all the travel and exploration opportunities ahead of me. I planned the logistics, arranged housing and […]

Turning Chinese

By Guest Poster | September 26, 2010

“GOSH, this would not happen at home!  That is so wrong! Disgusting, how can they live like that! Why can’t they speak English properly!?”  These are exclamations I often hear from travellers who have just touched down in China.  In fact many times during my 6 months living in China these same things have also […]

How to Have a (Non-Miserable) Holiday Away From Home

By Steph | December 13, 2009

Spending the holidays away from home can be one of the most difficult aspects of long-term travel. Whether or not you are religious, the holidays are a time for tradition and family togetherness. When you are far away from the familiar it can be very easy to start feeling lonely and sorry for yourself. I’ve […]

Working Abroad with BUNAC (Part 2 of 2)

By Steph | November 3, 2009

Read Part One Here The Difference between Traveling and Working Abroad When I imagined myself living in London, I had this vision of jet-setting every weekend to different locations around Europe. I was wrong. For starters, I was poor. Very poor. London is terrific but as we all know it is very, very expensive. I […]

Working Abroad with BUNAC (Part 1 of 2)

By Steph | November 1, 2009

I’ve wanted to talk about my experiences working abroad with the BUNAC work visa program for awhile now. The six months I spent working and living in London are some of the happiest months of my life up to this point. But even though I went to London and not India or the Dominican Republic, […]