Transitionitis: Also known as Happy and Sad Syndrome (HASS)

Written in jest (but only partly)… ABOUT Transitionitis/HASS is a very common ailment affecting hundreds of travellers each year. It is caused by the change in routine brought on by transition, and anxieties (often underlying) relating to the unknowns of the new location and losses associated with leaving the current location. SYMPTOMS Symptoms include –wildly … Read more…

Moving Abroad: Getting to Know Your New City

If you’re just joining us for this series, be sure to start with “Getting Mentally Prepared”. And don’t forget to share this series with anyone you know that is preparing to move abroad! Our family has lived at seven different addresses in the seven years my husband and I have been married–and each move has … Read more…

Moving Abroad: Choosing Schools Overseas

If you’re just joining us for this series, be sure to start with “Getting Mentally Prepared”. And don’t forget to share this series with anyone you know that is preparing to move abroad! When we planned our move overseas, the school question wasn’t even a question. I was going to homeschool our two preschoolers. I’d home-preschooled … Read more…

Grieving the Loss of Loved Ones from Far Away

It was Monday night. My family had moved overseas three weeks earlier. Hubby and I were sitting in bed laughing and talking about our crazy new experiences. It was late. As we were talking, my phone bleeped. Seriously…who is texting me this late?!?! As I picked up my phone, I read the four words that … Read more…

6 Tips for Shopping at the Local Market

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win our favorite expat cookbook, “The Homemade Pantry”.  Click here to enter!  You’re new to town. Your neighbor says to shop at the market for all your produce and meat. While this may sound easy to most seasoned expats, markets can cause fear for many in a … Read more…