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Living Abroad

November 25, 2020
Private or Public School? How to Choose When Moving Abroad?

You’ve finally decided to solidify the move and make the jump abroad. Congrats! Now to clear the lump in your throat and cross off the next hurdle (if you have kids) ...where to enroll them in school. Should you go the private route or localize them into a public school? There are private institutions in […]

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October 19, 2020
Feeling Depleted? Overwhelmed? Book the Ultimate Solo Trip for R&R

A solo trip? You mean, by yourself? Isn't that scary? What do you do? Don't you get bored? Hahahaha is all that comes to mind. My very first solo trip was booked when my youngest was 18 months old, and my eldest was just over three years. However, being fully responsible for two under two […]

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July 28, 2020
Q&As for Flying to the States During a Pandemic

Gasp! We flew back to the States. Say what?? In the middle of a global pandemic? Yes, you read right. I have received countless questions about our trip, so I thought I would do a quick Q&A run down for flying to the States during a pandemic. 1.) Aren’t you worried about being asymptomatic and […]

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June 2, 2020
Racism: It Starts at Home

Holy cow, you guys. Holy cow. As my friend said, "my feet may be in Germany, but my heart is in America." And holy cow is all I can manage at the moment. Maybe because that's common language around a household with small children, and maybe because I am simply at a loss for words. […]

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April 17, 2020
How a Global Pandemic Changed My Views on Living in Germany!

As any expat will express, our emotions yo-yo between happy to be here and can't wait to get out of here. But the recent global pandemic has drastically changed my views on living in Germany. Under normal circumstances, we would be moisturizing our freshly sun-kissed skin from Greece and prepping for our annual trip home […]

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April 12, 2020
Normalizing Technology in the Now

As expats, we are no stranger to the digital age. Normalizing technology into our everyday way of life is typical. FaceTime dates. Skype calls. Utilizing video chats through WhatsApp. It's the common way of communication for those of us who live abroad. I might call someone on the fly to ask a simple question, but […]

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March 15, 2020
8 Creative Ways to Survive Quarantine as an Expat

Are you living abroad and stuck in quarantine? Whether self-prescribed or government mandated, it can make you looney after awhile...especially with kids in the house. The current situation around the globe has kept us at home, here in Germany. It goes deeper for us, though, because we've had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel […]

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March 10, 2020
Long-Term Effects of Living Abroad and What To Do

Everyone has their reasons for crossing a border for a few years, but there are permanent long-term effects a short-lived stay will have on you. We've made two international moves in the past four years, and I'm here to tell you...make sure you have deep discussions covering these topics before you jet off. How These […]

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March 2, 2020
No-Brainer Ways to Save for Travel RIGHT NOW

As I've said before, traveling is the lifeblood of living abroad. No matter what continent you have been plopped on, it's absolutely worth it to save the funds to get out there and explore! No brainer, you guys...no brainer. Some folks who live abroad are blessed with an exceptional "expat package" making travel easier on […]

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February 26, 2020
Traveling? Never Leave Home Without This One Life-Saver

Ever heard of "Bali Belly?" I have. And would like to personally never experience it. We've had wonderful experiences in Indonesia without any stomach issues. All hail the miracle product! In fact, I have a good friend who had a 12-hour return flight home from Bali. Within 30 minutes of being in the air, she […]

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