An expatriate’s look at how the Manchester terror attack affects us all and overcoming our fear to let goodness win. Continue reading An expat’s reflection on the Manchester attack: fear, home, and humanity’s goodness
Yes living abroad means new & amazing foods, but in these 9 cases, the U.S. of A. just has its stuff figured out… and I miss them. Continue reading 9 American foods you take for granted until you live abroad
The final two tasty tributes to the country that also gave us Worcestershire sauce and Cadbury’s chocolate Easter eggs. Continue reading 5 British foods to eat in the UK that aren’t fish ‘n’ chips: Part II
With pizza, tapas, and pastries as contenders, it took a year of UK living to find the food gems… and they aren’t fish ‘n’ chips. Continue reading 5 British foods to eat in the UK that aren’t fish ‘n’ chips: Part I
At first, I was constantly thinking, “Why is everyone apologizing all the time?” Then I realized that ‘sorry’ is the polite way to indicate several other common phrases. Continue reading 3 phrases Brits use more than the rest of the English-speaking world: Part I
Everyone raves about how romantic Paris is, but to be honest, I just don’t buy it. Instead, I propose a new, vibrant romance capital for Europe in 2017: Prague. Continue reading Why Prague beats Paris in the romance department
Recent graduates have a hard time finding jobs straight out of university. What’s even harder is joining a massive pool of graduates from another culture and continent who automatically have a leg up on you—the right to work there. Everyone graduates with pretty basic skill sets, similar work experience, and the need to earn money to pay off debt. Even though you may be similarly … Continue reading Why foreign recruiters won’t hire you (and how to change that)
Before my first European backpacking tour in 2013, I spent hours pouring over various guidebooks in the Barnes & Noble travel section. Having read The Lonely Planet and Frommers guides before, I wanted an easier-to-read format packed with tips and important information. I stumbled upon Rick Steves and since then, have used his trusty guidebooks to collect and organise information for my trips.
While the best travel guide (in my opinion) in most ways, Rick Steves does have his flaws. This quick synopsis covers exactly why. Continue reading Pros and cons of my Rick Steves’ guidebook experiences
Since my first European backpacking tour in 2013, I’ve used my trusty Rick Steves’ guidebooks to collect and organise information for my trips. Preparing with a guidebook is like reading the hard copy of a book before going to the movie-version in the cinema; it gives you your first, imaginative taste of what the true experience will be like.
That being said, guidebooks include the word “guide” for a reason. I have been led astray by guidebook information multiple times, and have since created a golden rule: do not regard guidebooks as travel Bibles, but more as rough outlines for your journey. Below are several reasons why… Continue reading The Golden Rule of travel guidebooks
Mention you’re heading to Copenhagen, and people’s first words will be, “Oh, it’s so expensive.” We encountered this before our 3-day break and decided that a budget would be the best way to keep our spending to a minimum. Continue reading How we saved £80 on our trip to Copenhagen