Live abroad

Don’t let the details of visas, taxes, and making a living hold you back from experiencing living around the world.

Not ready to settle down? Here’s how to live as a digital nomad. You’re not going to be working from a hammock while making millions, but you’ll be experiencing real life in places around the world.

In love with a place? Learn how you can get residency and set up a home in another country.

Working under the table is not a long-term solution. Learn how to do things the legal way.

Ready to build your life in a new country? Learn how you can become a permanent resident and, eventually, a citizen. Make sure your retirement savings and investments will still serve you well.

How to find a sublet in New York City

In an era before AirBnB I was a habitual subletter. I managed to live in New York for seven years without ever signing a lease, hopping from one sublet to another and crashing with friends (or my parents) in-between. Finding a sublet in New York is more difficult than...

9 reasons to love home swapping

I spent five months traveling in 2017 and am set for at least another five months on the road in 2018. How do I manage without a trust fund? A mix of pet sitting, home exchanges, and couchsurfing. It's more than just making travel affordable, though. Traveling with...

Managing birth control while traveling

When people talk about getting ready for a trip, they rarely talk about birth control. If you plan on having the kinds of sex that can result in pregnancy and want to use some sort of contraceptive besides condoms, it can take some planning ahead of time. IUD The...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Essential reading

Serious about moving abroad? Start here.

A tax guide for Americans in Canada

By now you know that the US retains the right to tax your worldwide income so long as you retain your US citizenship, regardless of residency. You also know Canada taxes your worldwide income if you live in Canada. That may leave you wondering how any American can...

A digital nomad’s guide to Istanbul

I expected to fall in love with Istanbul. I did not. I did have a really fun time, though. Where to explore Taking a boat on the Bosphorus is basically mandatory. There’s no need to pay for a touristy cruise when there are so many ferries. We spent a day in Büyükada...

My first year in Canada

Today’s my Torontoversary! A year ago today I became a permanent resident of Canada. When we left Brooklyn for Toronto, there were certain things I knew I’d miss. Since we’d spent a good amount of time in Toronto before making it official (in fact, we had apartments...

7 AirBnB alternatives

We've all heard some AirBnB horror stories. Perhaps you've had one of your own. Staying in a home is so much more comfortable than a hotel, but no one wants to deal with a company that offers support only after you get on the nightly news (if then!). I've had AirBnB...

How to increase your Express Entry score

Want to get an Express Entry ITA? Here's what you need to know. There’s one Express Entry question we get all the time: How can I increase my CRS points? The comprehensive ranking system (CRS) is designed to quantify your skills, work experience, language ability,...