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The Geography of Home

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"Whenever I am living abroad, people always say the same thing, insisting that I am très Américain. Sometimes it's the words I use, or the way I talk.  But back in America, a strange thing happens. People say I have a British accent; they insist I have a European quality."


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I think the discussion of what makes a place a home especially if you are living out of your birth country is worthwhile.

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Katherine Burk's comment, September 6, 2013 4:01 PM
I find this interesting as the number story for Cincinnati, Ohio is how Cincinnati isn't as inclusive as it should be despite their hospitality and "niceness". http://cin.ci/1ek8LvX As someone that has traveled and also grew up near Cincinnati. I understand the difficulty in approaching new groups.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 9, 2013 2:32 AM

Intersting article.. a good read.

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Apple Watch: What it could mean for airports and airlines

Apple Watch: What it could mean for airports and airlines | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
“FTE explores how airports and airlines could make use of the new Apple Watch and Apple Pay to improve the passenger experience.”
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I think we'll see much more of this. Disney spent billions creating a wrist ban that contains all your info plus... It will open your room door, allows you to purchase anything inside the park, handles reservations you can be located with it...
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Panama named best place in the world to retire

Panama named best place in the world to retire | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
“ In the 2014 edition of its annual Global Retirement Index, American magazine InternationalLiving.com places Panama at the top of the list of the best places to spend retirement.”
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It is a place to consider but I am not certain the real estate prices are in line with other areas in Central America!
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What to expect when you're a returning expat - Irish Times

What to expect when you're a returning expat - Irish Times | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
What to expect when you're a returning expat Irish Times Returning home as an expat is like searching out an old flame. Who knows, he might still be as you remember him: ultra-fanciable, cosmopolitan, electrifying.
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Expat personality characteristics - Your Expat Child

Expat personality characteristics - Your Expat Child | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
The personality characteristics considered necessary for a successful expat life. Sense of humour is high on the list!

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You don't need to have it all to be a succesful expat but agree with the top three personality traits:

 

Flexilbility

Sense of Humour

Resilience

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Does living abroad increase your creativity? YES | Practical Adventure-ology

Does living abroad increase your creativity? YES | Practical Adventure-ology | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
Finally , scientific data proving that living abroad is good for you and can increase your creativity. Entrepreneurs, big companies and artists and writers can all benefit equally from living abroad. Here's why.

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Interesting - be more creative!

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Top 5 Ways For Expats To Stay Connected

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The Top 5 Ways For an Expat To Stay Connected. 1. VPN (A virtual private network). The general consensus, no matter where you live is that you need a VPN. Lifehacker wrote a great post here explaining what a VPN is with ...

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This isn't about phones and such but more about TV news. I've used most of these!

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Assignment in Helsinki | Expatriate International Cost of Living

We discuss how International Cost of Living can impact your quality and standard of life as an expat (by Xpatulator)

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Top 10 tips to moving or retiring abroad

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Top 10 tips to moving or retiring abroad

If you’re moving or retiring abroad make sure you tell the relevant government offices that deal with your benefits, pension & tax.Visas can sometimes take a long time to procureContact your Local CouncilFind out how to if you retire abroadInform HM Revenues & Customs (HMRC)Get your foreign currency transferred by expertsIt can be extremely costly & difficult to import/export your car to most countries Avoid taking food or beverages when you move, as whilst allowed by some countries, most don’t allow them or will want to inspect them which can cause unnecessary delays.If you don’t need your items delivered on exact date & time, sharing a shipping container (known as “groupage” or a “part load”) could be your cheapest option.If you need storage on arrival in the country you are moving to then think about choosing a longer shipping route.Make sure the removals company moving you is affiliated to FIDI! Make sure that you have separate transportation or shipping insurance.Get involved with the community you have moved to. There are lots of expat groups on Facebook & Twitter to help you feel at home. 


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Schumer wants a wall to keep people in just like all the other ...

But they must also continue to file taxes in the U.S. What's more, U.S. reporting is based on their worldwide income, even though they are paying taxes in the country where they live. Many can claim a foreign tax credit on their ...
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Some interesting news on taxes for those depaerting the US.  New laws are being proposed.

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Government of Thailand puts greater thrust on Medical tourism in 2014

Government of Thailand puts greater thrust on Medical tourism in 2014 | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
Thailand is becoming a major player in medical tourism with 2.5 medical tourists visiting Thailand in the year 2013. People from the UK, US, Gulf Arab State.

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Just to look at other countries from the ones I normally provide you!

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How to Choose the Right Travel Insurance Plan | orthovox.org

How to Choose the Right Travel Insurance Plan | orthovox.org | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
QBE travel insurance is important when you’re planning to travel internationally or within Australia. As a traveller, you must decide whether you need travel

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4 Reasons Expat Life in Guatemala is Better Than Expat Life in Belize

4 Reasons Expat Life in Guatemala is Better Than Expat Life in Belize | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
“ After having the chance to visit Belize for a few days, I have now gained a new appreciation for my expat life in Guatemala. Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of fun in Belize. In fact, TOO m...”
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International Medical Insurance | Global Health Options and Insurance Providers | Top 10 Countries

International Medical Insurance  |  Global Health Options and Insurance Providers  |  Top 10 Countries | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
BEST ADVERTISEMENT - http://www.cignaglobal.com/international-medical-insurance?gclid=CMe-kda1v7oCFdOe4AodiAcAlw  - "International medical insurance from Cigna Global Health Options. Get a quote and buy online."
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Many insurance companies are getting into the global health insurance business because the cost of the services are so much cheaper in other areas of the world. You can get an idea from one provider here!
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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Became An Expat - Medibroker Health Insurance Blog

5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Became An Expat - Medibroker Health Insurance Blog | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
Becoming an expat can be a difficult process and for me there are some things I wish I had known about before I set out on my adventures in Thailand... (RT @ExpatChild: I totally agree with all these!
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The Expat Experience - Now Health International

The Expat Experience - Now Health International | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
Download our free eBook - The Expat Experience A Decision-Making Guide to Relocating Overseas Whether you’re contemplating taking a job overseas or perhaps embarking on an expat adventure – and maybe bringing your family too – many concerns will...
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Best places to live as an expat | d travels 'round

Best places to live as an expat | d travels 'round | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
Thinking of becoming an expat but not sure where? Here are some of the best places to live as an expat -- as suggested by travel bloggers.
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Review Feedback James Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala with Abroaderview.org

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Volunteer Name: James O´Loughlin Project Location: Xela, Guatemala Program Dates: From Jan. 6th 2014 to Jan. 31st 2014 Volunteered at: Health Clinic

https://www.abroaderview.org/feedbacks/guatemala/429-james-volunteer-xela-guatemala


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volunteer!!!!

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Venezuela expats are tweeting the way for embattled protesters - GlobalPost

Venezuela expats are tweeting the way for embattled protesters - GlobalPost | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
Venezuela expats are tweeting the way for embattled protesters GlobalPost BOGOTA, Colombia — As anti-government protesters descended on Caracas' main plaza this week, marcher Eiker Ramirez called a Venezuelan living in neighboring Colombia and...
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Seems like this is finally making the news here in the US

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7 Things To Consider Before Retiring Overseas

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You can find lots of information and articles on the countries and cities you're interested in retiring to at websites like International Living, Escape Artist and AngloINFO. International Living even offers a short quiz you can take to help you discover your ideal overseas retirement location. There are also some great books on this topic like "How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad" by Kathleen Peddicord, and "Retirement Without Borders" by Barry Golson. These books and others like it are available in book stores nationwide or online atamazon.com. Or, check with your local public library.

Another good tip is to talk or network with some expatriates who have already made the move you're thinking about making. They can give you tips and suggestions, as well as the advantages and disadvantages and day-to-day reality of living in a particular country. Some popular sites to finding expat resources are expatexchange.com and expatforum.com. Here are some other areas you need to investigate.

Cost of living: Retiring abroad used to be seen as a surefire way to live beyond your means, and for some countries it still is. But the U.S. dollar isn't what it used to be, so your money may not stretch as far as you think. See numbeo.com and xpatulator.com for a country-by-country cost of living comparison.

Safety and stability: The U.S. State Department offers background notes or fact sheets on 200 countries providing information about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy and foreign relations.

Weather: Use worldclimate.com to get weather information on just about every significant city in the world.

Taxes: No matter what foreign country you decide to retire in, as long as you're a U.S. citizen you still have to pay U.S. taxes. For details see the IRS publication 54, "Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad."

Health care: Medicare does not cover retirees outside the U.S., so you'll need to contact theembassy or consulate of your destination country to see how you can be covered as a foreign resident. Many countries provide government-sponsored health care that's inexpensive, accessible and just as good as what you get in the states, or you may want to buy a policy. Outfits like the Association of Americans Resident Overseas, April Medibroker and Bupa Internationaloffer or broker affordable health plans.

Social Security: This is the one area you don't need to worry about. You can receive your monthly Social Security benefits almost anywhere you live around the world. Your benefits can be deposited into your bank account either in the U.S. or in your new home country - there are some exceptions. To learn more, see ssa.gov/pubs/10137.pdf.

Test run: Once you settle on a destination, be sure you visit multiple times during different seasons to see whether you can envision yourself living there and not just exploring the place as a tourist. If you like what you see but aren't sure where to live, rent before you buy to be certain you're happy with your choice.


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8 Money Rules for Creating a Relocation Budget

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Relocating plays havoc with your money; the cost of moving, the unpredictable expenses, the loss of local financial history and the soaring banking costs all make creating a relocation budget the greatest work of fiction since Harry Potter.


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Understanding what things cost and how to budget is important.

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Bordercrossing Honduras - Nicaragua with dog and foreign vehicle

Bordercrossing Honduras - Nicaragua with dog and foreign vehicle | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
We planned to find another (free) campsite for a few days before crossing the border, but we were driving and searching and before we knew it, we were about 10 km from the border. It was 12h00 on a Monday when we said ...
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Costs to cross the borders from these Dutch folks!

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Desperate patients smuggle prescription drugs from Mexico

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“ Physicians and law enforcement are tracking a relatively new trend -- U.S. patients smuggling of prescription medicine in bulk from Mexico.”
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Most people can find prescription medicine cheaper in other countries than the USA. For many years retirees have crossed into Canada and Mexico to buy their much needed medicines from pharmacies there getting the exact same drug. I have yet to see research on why drugs are more expensive in the USA but i suppose it is the amount of regulation imposed...
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7 Myths About Living Abroad In Ecuador: Busted

7 Myths About Living Abroad In Ecuador: Busted | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
I used to watch this show and perhaps you have seen it, it’s called Mythbusters. Basically how the show works is they take a common myth and test it out to see if it proves true.
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Expat Survey research programme - The Riviera Times Online

Expat Survey research programme - The Riviera Times Online | ExpatsLivingAbroad | Scoop.it
“Expat Survey research programme. There are a few days left to get involved in the largest international research study of expatriates. Up for grabs is a 1,200 euro cash prize. There are three surveys in the programme ...”
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