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    Prepare Your Kids for Moving Abroad with These 4 Tips

    No amount of research can truly prepare you or your kids to move abroad. To leave everything behind that is familiar and comfortable to start anew. No matter what, the experience will bring about tons of different emotions for each member of your family. So how do parents prepare their children as best as possible for the road ahead? Focus on Kids’ Interests Give some thought to what your kids are truly interested in and use that info to your advantage. My son enjoys futbol (soccer!) and building Legos. My daughter enjoys cheerleading (not the easiest to find in Europe) and gymnastics. So…

  • 4 Qualities Being An Expat Won’t Change

    It’s inevitable that choosing to uproot your life and move abroad to another country will forever change you. In some ways, such as language development and cultural appreciation, for the better. In other ways, such as gaining some extra pounds indulging in the local cuisine, for the less. But after almost two years living abroad, I can confidently say there are a few qualities about myself personally that are planted in my American New Jersey identity and won’t change. Whether I relocate myself in Barcelona or Brisbane, it’s who I am. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that! Related Article: Why…

  • 5 Pieces of Advice to Future Expats

    I like to think that two and a half years of living abroad in Barcelona has equipped me to offer some insight and advice to those looking to move abroad and become future expats. If living abroad has taught me one thing, it’s that living abroad isn’t so…uncommon! I used to think it was – picking up your whole life and venturing to a world unknown. But actually, it seems like every day I meet a new face here from a different part of the globe. People from all different cultures and backgrounds with rich stories to match and offering great pieces of…

  • Discovering Yourself as an Expat…

    If you’ve made a big life change, such as moving abroad to become an expat, you realize how much of a personal journey this is. It doesn’t happen all at once, rather it is a gradual thing. After a year or so of living abroad, you look back and realize how much the experience has grown and changed you! I call this discovering yourself as an expat. You’ll soon discover things about yourself you never knew! “What are you passionate about?” When was the last time someone asked you that question? More importantly, when was the last time you asked YOURSELF that question?…

  • 5 Ways to Thrive as a Trailing Expat Spouse

    Learning how to take control of your own life while living abroad and thriving as an expat spouse. When I first heard the term “trailing spouse” I kind of laughed. It reminded me of the “ball and chain” reference old married couples use. Kind of like watching a three-legged race where one person is being pulled slightly behind. But as it relates to expats, the trailing spouse actually takes on a much more significant meaning. Yay for us! So What’s a Trailing Spouse? Basically, it’s the husband or wife of their expat spouse that relocates abroad for their significant other’s job. In this…

  • How to Live Abroad: 12 Tips from Expats

    So you’ve made the decision that you want a change in your life. You’re ready for a new adventure and are planning to go live abroad. Congrats to you, brave soul! Welcome to the club. You are in for the journey of a lifetime. Buuuut, there’s one problem. You don’t actually have ANY IDEA how to live abroad or where to start. And as the days to your departure get closer, anxiety starts setting in. Are you really ready for this? Where will you live? How will you learn a new language? What about public transportation? Where will your kids attend school (if…

  • Expat Advice for Choosing an International School

      When you are preparing to move abroad, the list of decisions and things to consider seems endless!  And when children are involved, understanding what the best option is for their education is top on the list.   In this featured podcast with The Expat Cast, I loved sharing my advice for choosing an international school for our two older children and a local trilingual school for our youngest. Check out more of the podcast on Choosing an International School here and my high-level tips below for making this big decision as an expat family. *Listen on the website, on an iPhone with the…

  • Host an Amazing Thanksgiving While Living Abroad

    After two years of tackling our favorite holiday here in Spain, Halloween, we’ve really got it figured out. (See previous article Why Halloween in Barcelona is Amazing) . But how in the world do you host an amazing Thanksgiving while living abroad? The food, the football, the family. All a bit foreign here! While our family back home are basting birds, cozying up to Thanksgiving Day parades on TV and putting finishing touches on apple pie, it’s just another normal day here in Spain! We can’t NOT celebrate it. No way! So in continuing our beloved family traditions while embracing new Spanish ones,…

  • 5 Reasons Why Moving Abroad with Kids is Awesome!

    Before we became expats and made the decision to move abroad, my husband and I would sit in front of the TV and watch HGTV’s House Hunters International. Each week a new family was featured relocating across the world to a life unknown. We marveled at how they did it. Left their familiar hometowns, packed up and shipped out – either because they had to or because they chose to. And of course every episode ended with happy smiling faces of parents and kids all settled in and thriving in their new foreign country. “Yea, right!” we would laugh. It can’t be that…