Remote Swap

Delving deep into life in the age of virtual work and the gig economy.

  • How is daily life changing as we develop new ownership models? What came before?
  • What are the consequences of the monetization of community?
  • How does this compare to the everyday communism of the gift economy?
  • How are some people decommodifying their lives as others monetize every interaction?
Using a chave digital without a Portuguese phone number

Using a chave digital without a Portuguese phone number

TL;DR: Yes, you can use your foreign phone number to set up a Portuguese chave digital. It just can't be a VOIP number, like Google Voice. I put off getting a chave digital for nearly two years, since I didn't quite understand what I needed it for. Yes, you can use it...

Portugal without the crowds

Portugal without the crowds

Portugal has been trending. Perhaps you've been looking at flights to Lisbon or considering a free TAP stopover. Even in this age where we have endless information about "off the beaten track" destinations, I can still escape the tourists by going a block away from...

How to Retire in Canada

How to Retire in Canada

When you enter Canada, you could receive a visitor visa that is valid for six months from the day you enter. If you’d like to stay longer, you can fill out some paperwork to obtain permission to extend your stay. As a tourist, you can purchase a vacation home and set...

How to move to Portugal as a remote worker

How to move to Portugal as a remote worker

It seems like everyone is talking about moving to Portugal. Is it inflation? Rising mortgage rates? The continued chaos of US politics? The media coverage planting seeds in our minds? For me, it was two years of various stages of lockdown in Canada. The winter weather...

NYC’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Queen is Now a $%&# Canadian

NYC’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Queen is Now a $%&# Canadian

I was delighted to get a comment recently on my story about Jessi Highet and Mike Varley, who walked 26 miles a day for a year through the streets of NYC, sampling scallion cream cheese bagels. It was from a reader who had her own themed walking adventure to relate:...

It’s a real hassle to move to Canada

It’s a real hassle to move to Canada

Far more people talk about moving to Canada than actually make the move. This is true, despite the high likelihood that there's a way for many Americans to legally move to Canada. If you have a US passport, you could probably be living in Canada a few weeks from now...

Cori Carl

In early 2008, I embarked on what became an entire year of traveling through CouchSurfing. That was my first step into the world of the sharing economy.

I work as a communications consultant for mission driven organizations and serve as director of The Caregiver Space.

I have an MA in Corporate Communication from Baruch College at the City University in New York and a BA in Media and Cultural Studies from Eugene Lang College at the New School University.

My masters thesis investigated the correlation between computational thinking skills and career success in non-STEM fields. My undergraduate thesis drew connections between early social networking sites and the way the postal network shaped society.

I’m a lifelong history nerd who spent much of my childhood in archives and museums with my dad, founder of the InfoAge Science & History Center.

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Learn everything you need to know to move to Canada, from someone who’s actually done it. You don’t need an attorney or an immigration consultant — or a job offer.

My guide outlines all of the legal pathways for moving to Canada, from temporary permits to citizenship. I provide step-by-step instructions in plain English for the most common method of becoming a permanent resident: the Express Entry skilled worker program.

This guide also provides information on the settlement process, from getting your things across the border to finding a job in Canada.

I found this guide to be VERY helpful in clarifying some questions I had regarding the process. I tried to consult with an immigration firm but it was way too expensive and the person I was talking to prior to consult was confusing.

Can’t wait to join my Canadian husband shortly and now I feel confident that what we are doing is the right direction. The book is easy to read, easy to understand and points are listed out clearly and concisely. Anyone looking to move to Canada, worth the investment.


This book is very well written, chock full of useful information and tips. The writing style is crisp and engaging. I enjoyed reading about the author’s personal experiences with immigrating to Canada, as well as the loads of information she provided on how the process worked. Somehow she took a potentially boring and tedious subject and made it interesting. Did I still have a few questions after reading this book? Of course! But thats because each person has a unique set of needs and personal history and reasons for moving. I believe this book will provide most of the basic information you will need to start the progress of moving to Canada. It is very thorough and well organized. I feel pretty confident that I understand all that will be involved in applying for a permanent residency after having read this book. Plus I enjoyed reading the background material about Canada.

J. Garrison

Are you one of the many dual citizens, US green card holders, or Americans living in Canada? You know you need to file taxes in both countries, but this obligation can seem overwhelming.

Other tax guides are sales pitches for accounting firms disguised as a book. Don’t get scared into hiring help you don’t need.

This book provides you with the information you need to file your taxes on your own.

Whether you’re living in Canada temporarily, settled in as an expat, or never planning on returning to the US — this guide to taxes for Americans in the True North covers it all.

Very concise, easy to read. Flipping through this book is easier than searching for HOURS on the internet, sifting for relevant information. The author also directs you to authoritative material on the various subjects so that you don’t have to take her on her word.

Laura J. Cranton

Don’t be afraid! Read this first! Excellent overview of U.S./ Canadian taxes and treaty to help with planning – and compliance.

Cassaundra James