Moving World Artwork, Heathrow Terminal in London. Photo © Jim Linwood, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Five Women Share Their Experiences Living Abroad

Making the move abroad is filled with practical hurdles, like finding a place to live and to work, but what about making friends, becoming part of the community, thriving in your new home? From Japan to Mexico, here are the thoughts and experiences of five women on making the cultural transition to living abroad.

A woman at a park bench texts on her phone with the Eiffel Tower visible in the distance.

Cell Phones in France

Whether you’re on vacation or making the move to France, getting set up with a cell phone, or “mobile” (as it’s called there), poses challenges for Luddites and techno-wizards alike. Aurelia d’Andrea breaks down the different types of services and options for those who want to stay connected abroad.

Surfers off the shore in Sayulita. Photo © Allison Pasciuto, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Spend Ten Days on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Thinking of moving to Mexico, or want to spend some time really getting to know the Pacific region? This leisurely itinerary starts in popular Puerto Vallarta and gives you ten days to explore the coast.

Benson, a small white poodle-chin cross scampers in the grass next to a chainlink fence.

Moving to South Korea: Bringing or Buying a Pet

It may sound callous, but it’s worth thinking carefully before deciding to bring a pet to South Korea. Author Jonathan Hopfner talks about pet ownership abroad, including considerations like available services and housing restrictions.

A multi-story concrete building at the seaside.

Building and Restoring Homes in Belize

Living abroad doesn’t always mean renting a home. If you’re planning to build your dream house in Belize, author Victoria Day-Wilson gives you a head start with an overview on budgeting and building materials.

The smoking cone of Mount Arenal is visible on a perfectly clear day rising above lush jungle vegetation.

Why Move to Costa Rica

Looking to retire or just getting tired of the same old routine? Costa Rica is swiftly becoming the go-to place to live for retirees and expats as they discover the country’s physical beauty and low cost of living. Erin Van Rheenen shares some of the benefits of living in Costa Rica.