lonely expat

What can you do if you hate where you are living?

Years ago when we were a whole lot younger we moved to Jakarta. We chose Jakarta over a few other places because we had lived in Kuala Lumpur and loved it. For reasons unknown we thought they would be similar. Three months in we hated it. Admitting you hate where you are living can be…

Repatriation

Repatriation – One year in

This has been the hardest, yet the most heartwarming year of my life. Hands down. It is coming up a year since we repatriated home after spending five years in Qatar. Repatriation is not easy. So, where do I start?! To begin, after about six weeks of being home in New Zealand,  I had a…

A weekend in NYC at Christmas

New York City is a great place to visit any time of year but it is especially fun at Christmastime. It is a fabulous place to spend a few festive days with or without children. For this post, we have kept our recommendations to all things related to NYC at Christmas. We left off all…

Bratislava

Christmas market itineraries

I admit it. I have a problem. I am a Christmas market junkie. I have been to many over the years and I definitely have my favourites (find them here) but to be honest, there are so many great Christmas markets out there, so why limit yourself! I have laid out a few itineraries that…

My top 6 Christmas market picks

Advent is ushered in with the opening of Christmas markets in towns and cities across Germany and Austria. Most cities and bigger towns have markets running every day right up to Christmas (and sometimes beyond) whereas lots of the smaller towns might only have them on weekends. Big cities in other areas of Europe and…

wine tasting

The expat entrepreneur – The Tasting Class

Lindsay Trivers is a sommelier who has worked in the wine industries of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, The United Kingdom, Spain and the UAE. She holds wine accreditations with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), The Court of Master Sommeliers and Auckland University of Technology. Lindsay founded The Tasting Class in 2014. It…

Tips for working from home

It doesn’t matter if you have a remote job, are studying or are a digital nomad working from home can be great on so many levels but you can quickly develop bad habits if you don’t stay focused. Trying to manage work around your bad habits can turn it into a real slog. To make…

6 ways to be a greener expat no matter where you live

Every day we are bombarded with another way the Earth is in crisis. Forests burning, glaciers melting, destructive storms, rivers dying, animal extinction, the list seems to go on and on. Some of us may be living where we can see this on a daily basis. All this is happening at alarming rates and can…

Expat finances and where to start

Expats are often more open to talking about their finances and financial situation than most. However, they are still not great at it either. A lot of people are really lost when it comes to their finances and what they should be doing with their money. They are not sure where or even how to…

Freelancing it – Digital Consultant

Tiffany’s desire to become a freelance digital consultant actually stemmed from becoming an expat. It all began with a short stint in the Turks and Caicos Islands where she was volunteering at a museum as an archivist. While she was there, she met lots of expats and she thought “I want to do that!” The…