How to make friends in a new city

How to make friends in a new city

Moving to a new city can be pretty intimidating. Most people made friends in school, when you practically had to go out of your way to not make some BFFs. Unfortunately, it’s rare for people to actually know how to make friends. It just happens, right? Even if you...
Retirement planning for digital nomads

Retirement planning for digital nomads

There are lots of articles out there telling you how to cut costs and save money. That’s great, but where do you invest that money for retirement when you’re a digital nomad? The remote worker with a pension plan — or even a 401k — is few and far between....
Buying a condo in Canada

Buying a condo in Canada

You hear it all the time: Toronto is way too expensive to buy anything! In fact, houses downtown are over a million dollars! What’s wrong with this statement? The idea that you need to live in a house right downtown. No one talks about buying houses in Manhattan or...
Renting an apartment in Toronto

Renting an apartment in Toronto

You’re finally moving up! Here’s how to find your new home in Toronto, from where to look for listings to what to expect in your lease. If you’re coming from a small town, renting in Toronto is probably going to seem really unpleasant. If you’re coming...
Setting up your apartment in Canada

Setting up your apartment in Canada

Once you’ve signed a lease or bought a condo, it’s time to turn your empty place into a home. Before you move in, you’ll need light, heat, water, internet, and furniture.   How to move to Canada Utilities Insurance Furnishings Utilities Unless you’re okay with...
Before you go

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...
My first year in Canada

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...
2016 year in review

2016 year in review

Most of this year was taken up with immigrating to Canada and then writing a book about the process. With both of us working full time, it’s been a busy year! It doesn’t feel like we’ve traveled much this year, but we still made it to 28 cities in 6 countries. Unless...
Banking in Canada, for Americans

Banking in Canada, for Americans

Handing your credit card over to pay is the biggest giveaway that you’re not Canadian. Even if you have a chip card, you’ll still leave them scrambling for a pen to sign. Canadians live in a sad world without cash back rewards, or a less dangerous world without easy...