Moving Abroad

Voting Rights After Moving Abroad

17 November, 2011 11:36  Erin Erin

Voting hand © Dominique VERNIER - Fotolia.comEven when you have taken on a new home, a new country, a new system - many expats still feel the responsibility to participate in the politics of the country they left. But this can be more complicated than it seems. Voting rights as an expat are not certain, and complicated and ever-changing laws concerning expat status make the situation more difficult.

For example, any British expatriate who has lived overseas exceeding fifteen years is no longer permitted to vote in any major elections. This may change as cabinet ministers are contemplating a change of either an extension or a complete removal of the time limit. (More)


Going Abroad as a Physically Disabled Person

21 June, 2011 12:24  Erin Erin

Handicap © Studio DER - Fotolia It is estimated that more than 1 billion people in the world are living with some sort of disability,  about 15 percent of the world's population. Being disabled offers all sorts of challenges that can be exacerbated in unfamiliar situations. This is especially true for people traveling or living abroad. Despite these difficulties, many people with physical handicaps are able to travel and live anywhere they want.

Common Issues

Transportation is one of the most difficult problems to overcome. From uneven sidewalks, to the lack of elevators to inadequate seating, moving around a foreign country can be especially difficult.

Elevators are an invention of the developed world. Many places throughout the world can only be accessed by stairs.

Hotels and theaters may have limited or non-existent handicapped facilities.

Further alienation from the place and people you are traveling among. (More)


Bug on America's Green Card Lottery

10 June, 2011 09:25  Erin Erin

Recently, one of the most coveted lottery winners were announced. The prize? Visas to the United States.

This announcement happens once a year, but this year was a bit different. A computer glitch allowed 22,000 people to be misinformed that they had won one of the valuable visas. The State Department is now in the awkward position of notifying these "winners" that they will not be welcome in the States.

To understand this situation, you first must understand the complicated Green Card System. (More)


New Border Controls in Europe?

19 May, 2011 15:26  Erin Erin

Denmark moves to reinstate border control

STOP © Olga Beregelia - FotoliaOn May 11th, Denmark announced that it was resuming checks along its borders with Germany and Sweden. This is a huge blow to the entire system as checks were suspended in 2001 when Denmark joined the Schengen agreement. The Schengen Area is supposed to operate like a single state for international travel with border controls for those traveling in and out of the area, but with no internal border controls. Implementing the Schengen rules meant eliminating border controls with other Schengen members while simultaneously strengthening border controls with non-member states. It is legal under current law to allow spot checks at the border, but systematic controls are not allowed. Whether a passport or an EU approved national identity card is required for identity checks depends on national rules and varies between countries.  (More)


Expat Pets: Bringing along Fido

06 April, 2011 13:52  Erin Erin

Animal Travel © Kevin Woodrow - FotoliaMoving abroad is scary. Moving abroad without your pet is terrifying.

Pets can offer a stronger sense of comfort than anything else; when your cat chooses to take a seat on your lap, the happy wag of the tail of your dog, the singing welcome of your canary. For many people a pet is not just a pet, they're family. Luckily, taking your pal abroad may be difficult, but with a little bit of planning (and some cash) it is entirely possible.

Be Prepared

The Worst Case Scenario

First, let's assuage fears of the worst case scenario. Some countries, especially island nations, may not allow import of animals. This is to prevent the introduction of disease, such as the much feared rabies. Rabies continues to kill over 55,000 people annually and the best prevention is to not allow the disease in.



HEART Act- What it Costs to Stop being an American

09 February, 2011 09:57  Erin Erin

American passport cover close up isolated on white © Olivier - FotoliaBecoming an expat is one thing. Renouncing your citizenship is altogether different and much more difficult. The federal Register reports that 502 expatriates gave up their U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status in 2009. That is extremely small percentage of the estimated 5.2 million Americans living abroad. So what causes some people to renounce their citizenship and why is this movement growing?

It appears that frustrations over tax and banking questions are the primary concern for most of those who renounce. American expats complain about the United States taxing citizens income abroad, U.S. based banks closing expat accounts because they are not maintaining a US residence, and finally the HEART act's high cost has proved unpopular. (More)


INTERVIEW: We Like the World: a family around the world

27 January, 2011 14:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Icon We Like the World

On Christmas day, when a lot of you were opening presents and sharing joy and thanks, Estelle, Héloïse and Frédéric Colas decided that they would offer a gift: 'We Like The World' is the name of the trip around the world that the Colas' family will do from July 2011 to June 2012, with one mission: to fund the building of a girls' school in Cambodia, thanks to the help of their 80.000 facebook friends and friends of friends living around the world.  (More)


Holidays on the Fly

20 December, 2010 15:27  Erin Erin

The one thing that can bring down "holiday good cheer" and "goodwill toward men" can be the flight home to see your family. Nothing quite dampens the mood like overbooked flights, sleeping in airports, and invasive security scanners. Don't let the flight home ruin our holiday! Be aware of the potential issues, prepare, and be jolly. (More)


Terror Campaign in Europe

28 October, 2010 12:07  Erin Erin

What happened?

The U.S. issued a mild travel warning for its citizens headed to Europe on October 3rd, 2010. As if a bomb had already gone off, media outlets loudly proclaimed exclamations of "Terror in Europe". It seemed as if an actual large scale attack was just a matter of time.

What prompted this worldwide freak out was the October 2nd discovery and arrest of a 28-year-old French man of Algerian origin, Ryad Hannouni, in the Naples train station. The French man apparently had possession of a bomb-making "kit" upon his arrest. He was believed to be part of a larger group organization that is believed to be making preliminary plans for an attack on a major European city. Nine other men were also detained in the southern cities of Marseilles and Avignon on suspicion of trafficking firearms and explosives. There has been a connection made between the threats and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) based in North Africa. Lending credence to the terror warnings that accompanied this investigation were events like the recent bomb alerts in France. Recently, the Eiffel Tower has had to be evacuated on two occasions. (More)


Eco travel ideas for summer

15 July, 2009 12:08  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Planning your summer holiday? From teaching orphans in Zambia to learning how to surf, here are some unique and memorable ways to enjoy your vacation responsibly.

Cultural holidays
These are opportunities that will make you go beyond the touristic taking pictures of natives. By embarking on a cultural holiday, you’ll have the chance to make real connections with people in local communities and learn about cultures and beliefs from around the world. Leave the hotels behind… try home stays or village stops. Not only will you have an experience that’s way off the beaten path, you’ll also have one that’s richer and more meaningful. (More)


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