How counseling helped me make expat life decisions

For many of us, the decision of whether to stay or to leave our host countries can lead to many sleepless nights, stressful conversations with your beloved family members and a general build up of anxiety. Many expats obviously move due to the needs of the company they work for but for those of us…

A weekend in Oslo

Oslo is really a treat and a great place to visit with children. A long weekend in the middle of summer is the ideal time to get a good look at the whole city and get to some of its great museums and attractions. Oslo might not be top of the list for shopping and…

Awesome foursome to just me!

At the end of the last school year, my main friend group disbanded. One went to France, one back to The Netherlands, one back to Turkey, and I’m left here in Germany. Even though it’s been only a year, it feels much longer. Even though we’ll keep in touch, it won’t be the same. We…

Living with expat guilt

Expat guilt. That feeling when, because of the choices that we have made for ourselves and our families, something important happens “at home” and we are not there. Graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays. We try to schedule in the big ones, as much as work and money will allow. Our parents sometimes complain they don’t get…

Top tips for traveling greener!

When you are travelling there are a lot of things that are out of your control but there are definitely ways you can travel more responsibility and decrease your impact on the environment. It’s about making smarter choices that help to mitigate the negative impacts we create when we travel.   It is not possible…

10 do’s for being self-employed in Spain

The employment situation in Spain ranks among the worst in the EU. As well as high unemployment, wages are notoriously low while hours can be extremely long. And your contract may only be temporary. An obvious solution is to go the self-employed route. Not only will you be your own boss doing what you want…

How do you become a digital nomad?

It is not uncommon nowadays to hear people talk about working as a digital nomad or striving to become one. Depending on your background it can be quite easy to transition from a regular nine to fiver into a digital wonderer. You need two things – a business or job you can do independent of…

The 10 best ideas to support your return home

It’s that time of year again when many Expat families are moving on, and a lot of those will be returning home. Tied in largely to the school year which ends in many places in the world in June/July and starts again in September. A time when my inbox fills with requests from people wanting…

Real life Roma

Roma, the 2018 Academy Award winning Netflix film from writer and director Alfonso Cuarón, is both beautiful and moving. If you have had the privilege of having had live-in help, then be prepared to be emotionally wrung out by the end of this film. A number of the reviews I read said something along the…

Flying fear and how to get past it

Ever wonder about what is happening in people’s lives when they get escorted off a plane? It doesn’t happen very often but over all my years of travelling I have seen the odd person and wondered what their story was. As someone who has now had her entire family escorted off a plane I can…