Expats Moving to an Expensive City: Budgeting 101

These days, many folks find themselves expatriates, living out of their native country and off to a large metropolis like New York City or London. If you're interested in locating to a bustling city, it's important to look into the cost of living before packing up the moving boxes. As you do your research, you may find your desired location is one of the most costly ones - but don't let that discourage you. We've gathered tips and best practices that can help you live comfortably in (or near) an … [Read more...]

5 Transition Tips for Expat Newbies

You finally did what many people dream of doing. You packed up what you could, bid a fond farewell to your friends and loved ones and bought a one-way ticket to a city across the world. You are officially an expat and are already busy exploring your new home. While this is an exciting and adventurous time, it can also be stressful. To help you settle in to your new normal, check out the following five transition tips: Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Adjust Feeling at home in your new … [Read more...]

How to Adapt & Avoid Culture Shock

  No matter how breathtaking the locale, how excited you are to be in a foreign country, or how many similarities your new country has to your former home, culture shock is prevalent when living in a foreign country, and it will probably affect you in some way. A 2000 study by Andrew C. Pelling at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, found the three main factors contributing to culture shock are: Cultural differences and misunderstanding Language and fear of … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Stay Close to Long-Distance Friends

When you make the decision to move away, one of the hardest parts of making the transition is saying goodbye to family and friends. This can be even more difficult when you are moving to a different country. The number of people moving overseas has been growing. According to the "Global Expatriates: Size, Segmentation and Forecast for the Worldwide Market" report, there are approximately 50.5 million expatriates worldwide and that number is growing by 2.4 percent every year. If you are … [Read more...]

7 Long-Distance Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

  Mother's day is right around the corner, so it's time to start shopping for the special moms in your life, both near and far. But if you don't have any particular items in mind, selecting the perfect gifts is easier said than done. For those on your list who are far away, here are some ideas to get you started: 1. Sweet Treats If your mom is a foodie, she'll love nothing more than a decadent delivery of sweet treats, like FTD's Spring Gourmet Tower, delivered right to her … [Read more...]

American Expats: Feel At Home Even When You’re Far Away

Home is the place you hang your hat, but when you're living abroad, you might miss the place where your hat first sat. Globe trekking is exciting and fun, but when you settle down to live in a new country, the distance between you and the States becomes more than just miles (err...kilometers). That vast distance fills up with all the little things about home that brought you joy and comfort. Luckily, no matter the current location, American expats can bring the American style, products and foods … [Read more...]

Can an Australian Enrolled Nurse Work in USA as a Licenced Practical Nurse with a Working Visa?

  The following is a question that was submitted to us by Angie from Sydney, Australia   I'm an Australian resident with an interest in working in the USA.   I am a qualified Endorsed Enrolled Nurse in Australia which is the equivalent to a Licensed Practical Nurse in America.   I was hoping if you could tell me if there is any options for working in the US with a green card??   Where would I find out the correct information?   Please help, Thank … [Read more...]

Moving From Israel to the US

  The following is a question that was submitted to us by Miriam fromIsrael   I am a 15 years old Texan girl that lives in Israel 8 years and now I am moving back to the U.S   Will I have trouble with school language, and what are the stuff I need to do before going into high school?   Thanks Miriam     Hereunder are a few suggestions I had for Miriam   Moving back to your home country can be daunting especially after 8 years of being away. … [Read more...]

Can I Change a USA Tourist Visa to a Student Visa?

  The following is a question that was submitted to us by Serpil, Orlando, USA   I have a 10-year tourist visa and I am in USA at the moment.   Is it possible to exchange my visitor visa to a student visa directly in the USA without going outside of the US?   Thank you, Serpil     Hereunder are a few suggestions I had for Serpil (please note that I am not an immigration officer) however I did some research and found out the following … [Read more...]

Migration to Australia as a Nurse

  The following is a question that was submitted to us by Al Pennsauken, New Jersey U.S.A   I am an American with an interest in working in Australia and stay there permanently. Am a licensed practical nurse in America which is equivalent to endorsed enrolled nurse in Australia.   I would like to know type of visa I should apply for, assessing authority in Australia to assess my qualification or am I qualify as a skilled independent migrant?   Please advice, … [Read more...]