Looking back at 2017, looking forward to 2018

Every year seems to come with big changes and 2017 was no exception. Casey and I started the year by renovating the kitchen in our condo. As soon as we finished, we found pet sitters for our two cats and left for Europe. We didn't exactly retrace the route of my trip...

Pathways to Canadian Citizenship

Will moving to Canada enable you to become a Canadian citizen one day? This flowchart provides a clear and simple overview of how different programs that allow you to move to Canada can eventually lead to citizenship....

Canada’s Polite and Diffident Independence Celebration

By Molly Worthen The last Presidential election drove many liberals to muse about packing up and fleeing to Canada. Not many actually did so, but Cori Carl had already made good on the fantasy. She and her wife were committed New Yorkers but felt increasingly...

Understanding the Express Entry process

Many people find themselves confused by the Express Entry process. This flowchart provides a quick overview so you can make sense of how it works. If you're living in Canada currently and applying through the Canadian Experience Class, you can apply for a bridging...

The best places to stay in NYC

Choosing a neighborhood to stay in for your time in New York is intimidating. New York City is huge...and expensive. If you find a great deal on a room in Midtown, by all means, book it! But be warned that if it's cheap it's probably microscopic, time-worn, and facing...

Price Check: How Much Would It Cost To Move To Canada?

By Jackie Lam Cori Carl, a 32-year-old managing director of a nonprofit, and her wife Casey Daly, a business analyst, moved from Brooklyn to Toronto last spring via the Express Entry program. “The immigration process itself is a lot like a tedious online job...

The toxic history of Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls has millions of visitors every year, yet the cities it connects are full of poverty, crime, and desperation. Most people want to hear about the falls themselves, death defying adventures and amazing engineering. Or they want to know the best spot to eat...

Verifying your work history for Canada’s Express Entry

In order to submit your Express Entry application, you need to provide proof of your work experience. Canada is giving you permanent resident status based on your skills, so it makes sense that they want to verify your work history and education credentials. How do...

Moving to Canada: Jorge

We’ve written about our personal experience moving to Canada, but Canada has hundreds of thousands of immigrants who all have their own story to tell. We’re working on sharing the experiences of other people who’ve moved to Canada. Please leave a comment if you're...

Moving to Canada: Erick

We’ve written about our personal experience moving to Canada, but Canada has hundreds of thousands of immigrants who all have their own story to tell. We’re working on sharing the experiences of other people who’ve moved to Canada. Here's our first immigration...

Where can I get help moving to Canada?

The best forums, blogs, and settlement resources. While Canada has one of the most user-friendly visa and immigration programs, it's common for us to come across instructions or requirements that just don't make sense given our particular circumstances. Thankfully,...

Undocumented and looking for a new start in Canada

We’ve gotten quite a few messages from people who are currently living in the US with undocumented status. With the change in the political climate in the US and the fact that the status of DREAMers remains unresolved, many people are hoping to find a way to legally...

Why you should stay in Jersey City when you’re in NYC

If you're looking at that picture above and thinking it doesn't quite look like New York, you're right. That's Jersey City. So many maps of New York City leave New Jersey off the map. It's given many New Yorkers the idea that there's nothing west of the Hudson worth...

9 Essentials for Digital Nomads

About to hit the road and not sure what you'll need? Here's how to make sure you're ready to do your best work, no matter where you are. Backup power I’ve used an assortment of external battery packs, from fancy ones to conference freebies. Casey swears by the Bolt....

8 reasons to love Zagreb

So many people see Zagreb as an airport to fly into when they can’t get a direct flight to Dubrovnik. They’re missing out. Here’s what I love about Zagreb Secret cafes So many of the best cafes and bars in Zagreb can be found down alleyways and in courtyards. This...

Red Bank, NJ: A perfect day trip

So many of the things I thought were cool as a high schooler haven't aged so well. Just about everything. Somehow, Red Bank is still one of my favorite spots to spend a Saturday. https://www.instagram.com/p/BSM_mWIB09Z/ The tourism websites will compare Red Bank to...

How to be a digital nomad and still be an adult

The internet is full of people promising to show you how to throw off the shackles of adult life and become a digital nomad. Soon you’ll become a nubile 22-year-old who owns nothing but a backpack and works 4 hours a week while lying on the beach and getting endless...

When you could take a year off – with pay

A friend of mine in Brussels casually mentioned how she’d wanted to take a sabbatical, but the new government had changed the program. She’d hoped to take some time off to work on personal projects, but she worried about what would happen to people who relied on a...

A digital nomad’s guide to Cologne

Cologne is hardly the most popular city for visitors to Germany, but I can’t seem to stay away from it. It may only be Germany’s 4th largest city, but it’s my personal favorite. What to do and see I’ve obsessively researched Cologne’s history, from it’s Roman...

Baltimore in a day

Baltimore is a pretty unique city. It’s the last real affordable city in America. It’s got a fantastic walkable downtown core, a bustling streetscape, solid transit connections, and great architecture. They call it charm city for a reason. Except for when they don’t....

The layover: 8 hours in Toronto

The shiny new Union-Pearson Express will get you from Pearson Airport (YYZ) to Union Station in 30 minutes. Take this time to charge your phones and get in a quick catnap. You’ve already seen your first Toronto landmark: Union Station. Look across the street and...

Rotterdam for design nerds

As soon as you step out of Rotterdam’s Blaak Station, you’re looking at Piet Blom’s famous Cube Houses. Turn around and you’ll see the Markthal. The Cube Houses form a pedestrian bridge over the highway, from Blaak Station to the Oude Haven. Across the harbor is...

Florence

it I had the unfortunate experience of visiting Florence at the height of tourist season, at the hottest time of year. The days were oppressive. At night the stones oozed with the heat of the sun. Tour groups clogged every passageway. While my intent was to see all...

Before you go

When people think about planning an extended trip, they imagine they’ll need to book flights and accommodation. There’s a little more to it than that. There is always something that will go wrong, every time. Here are some simple things you can do before you go to...

The Tesla World Tour

It’s difficult to imagine what the world would be like without Nikola Tesla. He’s one of the most famous scientists who ever lived and has over 300 patents. His inventions power our lives, yet he died penniless and alone. Living in hotels all of his adult life, he...

Drinking our way through Brussels

This tiny city of less than 200,000 people likes to think of itself as the capital of Europe. A good chunk of that, about 50,000 people, are temporary workers. https://www.instagram.com/p/BP-gr2lBk7e/?taken-by=lifeontheroad15m It’s famous for its architecture and...

Everything you need to know about CouchSurfing

When I decided to go on a solo backpacking trip of Western Europe, I figured I’d CouchSurf for a few nights to take a break from hostels and save a little cash. It didn’t quite work out as planned. Instead, it ended up taking over my life. I ended up CouchSurfing (CS...

A digital nomad’s guide to South London

South London rarely makes the itinerary of visitors. It’s very much worth your time to make a detour to these South London neighborhoods   Peckham When I told friends I was staying in Peckham, there were three responses: I’ve literally never heard of this supposed...

A remote workers guide to downtown Vancouver

My first trip to Vancouver was a bit of a whirlwind. I was there for -- believe it or not -- in-person all day meetings. I still managed to walk my feet off and explore downtown. But only downtown. For that reason, we’re going to pretend Mount Pleasant and all the...

How to stay connected on the road – without going broke

Your life may be location independent, but your cell phone plan isn’t. If you’re getting directions on Google Maps, posting to Instagram, or using your phone as a mobile hotspot, you don’t want to wind up with an astronomical bill. Sure, you can turn off your data and...

Parks Canada sites near Toronto

When people think of Canadian parks, Banff immediately comes to mind. Luckily for those of us in Toronto, that’s hardly the only Parks Canada site worth visiting. There are lots of national sites that are accessible from Toronto without a flight or an epic road trip....

Why you want the Mobile Passport app

US Customs and Border protection is getting hip with #mobilepasport, their Mobile Passport app. If you don't travel enough for a trusted traveler program to be worth it (it's always worth it, but to each his own) and you live in one of these cities, Mobile Passport...

The real trick to packing light

I used to have a stuffed closet. I actually had two closets. Packed to the gills. I had so so many pairs of jeans. A zillion tshirts. Formal dresses. Thrift store finds for any occasion, no matter how unlikely. Costumes from every costume party I’d ever attended (and...

Meet the people leaving Trump’s America

By Elizabeth Garone For Cori Carl and her wife, Casey Daly, it wasn’t a matter of waiting to see who won the election. We decided we wanted to relocate to Canada “[Even] before Trump was a serious candidate, my wife and I could feel the political backlash brewing...

How to win the US Green Card lottery

You’ve probably heard of the green card lottery, officially called the Diversity Visa Program(DV). Each year, the US invites 50k people from countries with low rates of immigration to the US to apply for permanent resident (PR) status. Each year’s green card lottery...