Thriving Abroad: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

It’s all too easy to fall into the Complaining Foreigner trap. Living in another culture pits you straight against stuff that is going to rub you the wrong way. After a while, the irritations can become all you think and talk about. (Actually, you’re probably also thinking and talking about everything that suddenly seems so … Read more…

9 Things to Consider When Choosing a Decompression Layover City

In this mini-series, I’ve introduced you to decompression layovers, and talked about how to plan one. As you look at airfares and travel routes, you may end up narrowing your choices down to two or three cities. How do you go about choosing which location will be best for your decompression layover? Here are nine … Read more…

How to Plan a Decompression Layover

Last week, I introduced the concept of decompression layovers and why I think they are a great idea for expat families. But how do you go about planning one? If you’ve planned your own international travel for a while, some of these steps may be very familiar to you, though there are some important extra considerations … Read more…

Decompression Layovers: What They Are and Why You’ll Love Them

It’s no secret that life abroad as an expat can be stressful, and when furlough rolls around, most of us are quite ready for a break. However, we often hit the ground running as soon as we get to our passport country, without taking time to even recover from jet lag. Sometimes, what you need … Read more…

Tip # 22: Pronounce Your Words Very Carefully

My husband and I have learned how to laugh at ourselves a whole lot more than we used to. We had been in our first home for maybe a month when we really realized how important pronunciation was to our communication. We had a great lady who was taking care of our girls while we were in … Read more…