Tag Archives: travel abroad

5 Tips to Help You Make the Most of Living Abroad, Even When You Don’t Like It

Living abroad can be a glamorous and exciting venture, but it can also be incredibly tough—especially if you don’t particularly like where you’re living. We don’t always get to choose where we live; you could be stationed abroad, or perhaps you moved for a better job, or maybe your company has transferred you to a(…)


How to Make the Most out of Short Trips

In an ideal world, we would be able to travel to any destination for as long as we want. Unfortunately, that’s simply not the reality for so many. So, how do we take advantage of the short amount of time that we have in a new country or city? Because we’re often in a race(…)


8 Things to Know Before You Move to South Korea

Have you been playing around with the idea of moving to South Korea? This nation is a great place to dive into a brand new culture and way of life, and also offers many opportunities for travelers looking for a place to settle a little more long term. Moving someplace completely new is never a(…)


Taxicab Mandarin: How to Navigate Your Way through China

The goal of this article would be to provide some very basic Mandarin to be used in taxis by people who don’t speak Mandarin, however, “Taxicab Mandarin” is also an informal level of Chinese language acquisition, e.g. I speak enough Mandarin to tell the taxi driver where to go; hence, the taxicab element. Meanwhile, this(…)


Expats Abroad: You May or May Not Have Mail

The contingencies of expat life are myriad, fluid, unique, and occasionally blessed with exception. While contending with a mind-boggling number of challenges in your new home, the life you’ve “left behind” doesn’t end as much as it lingers in the distant background. Today’s digital nomad may be free to roam the planet, but somewhere, someplace,(…)


Moving Abroad for the First Time? Here Are Some Tips to Help You Out

If you’re planning some big changes for 2018 and moving abroad is one of them, you’re probably feeling a combination of excitement and anxiety as the new year gets closer and closer. Living overseas can be an extremely fulfilling experience, and definitely the best way to open your eyes to new cultures and ways of(…)


Health Care Abroad: Something to Consider

Several months ago, I found myself, once again, in a Taipei City Hospital emergency room. It was a fairly busy evening patient-wise and I was lying on a gurney in the far corner of the lobby with an IV drip tagged to my wrist, waiting to be admitted for further care. This vantage point offered(…)


7 Common and (Sometimes) Disastrous Mistakes of Newbies in Taiwan

The rookie ex-pat. Those that have lived abroad have been there: floundering, anxious, and overwhelmed. Like most jokes, it’s funny unless it’s happening to you. For the record, nearly every mistake described herein was committed by yours truly at some point in my journey; thus, I have a confident familiarity with both classes of mistakes.(…)


The 10 Sacred Words and Phrases Every Visitor to a Mandarin-Speaking Country Should Know

Whether you’re planning a short trip or a permanent move to a Mandarin-speaking country, you would be doing yourself (and ostensibly, others) a tremendous disservice by not familiarizing yourself with the basics of the language. In other words, it’s in your best interest to have – at the bare minimum – a handful of utilitarian(…)


5 Myths About Teaching English in Asia, Busted

Thinking about leaving your comfort zone for a crack at teaching English in Asia? Not so fast. Before you even think about purchasing an airfare, for heaven’s sake, do your homework. Here are five of the more predominant myths about teaching English in Asia, busted: 1. Anybody can do it Residency requirements vary from country(…)