Living ‘My’ Dream

Friday I gave my 2-week notice. For the first time in my adult life, my career is no longer my highest priority. I have been mentally preparing myself for the challenges ahead for years. We have reached our FI number, but that, it seems, was the easy part! We are letting go of our careers, …

Moving to Spain

The Seed. Four years ago, I had a realization that would change my life. It started with a passion for travel and European culture that was ingrained since living in and traveling Europe as a child. But the pivotal moment was a podcast. During my daily walks, I like to listen to podcasts. I happened …

The Expat Chat | Episode 117: Eradicating Leprosy, Raising Kids and Selling Coffee – Joshua Jagelman | The Expat Chat

Looking for inspiration? Look no further. In this, the premier episode of the return of one of my favorite podcasts, The Expat Chat, Joshua Jagelman shares his truly inspiring story about... the important things in life! Thanks for bringing the podcast back, Tony! Looking forward to many more inspiring stories! -- Lane Beck, 18 April …

What is a certified Spanish translation and how to get it – Bucking the Trend

Don't mess with the [Spanish Consulate] bull or you'll get the horns! Get those visa docs translated officially, kids! What is a certified Spanish translation and how to get it - Bucking the Trend — Read on bucking-the-trend.com/certified-spanish-translation/

Cost of Living Comparison – Numbeo.com

Have you ever wondered how much it actually costs to live in that beautiful and exotic city you saw on Instagram? Use Numbeo's simple Cost of Living Comparison tool to compare the cost of living between two cities... for example, your current city and the place you've been dreaming about. Enter the names of both …

An island life in Mallorca

File this under “If I ever find myself in Mallorca with a toddler” 😉

Atlas Vagabonds

We’ve been living in Mallorca since the end of August. It’s a beautiful Balearic island in Spain where millions of tourists flock each year, seeking out incredible beaches, exploring its coves, winding through mountain towns and dining in idyllic settings.

The island is steeped in history and its people are proud of where they live. Grand old farm houses, antiquated windmills and stone walls divide farms of olive groves and provide a path on the tiny roads that run between the bigger villages and into Palma de Mallorca.

I used to live here 10 years ago, when I had a job in the yachting industry. Because I loved it so much then, we made this a more lengthy stop on our world tour so that Witty could also get to know the island, learn its culture and taste the daily delight that draws us all here from afar.

Unfortunately, because…

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Expat Speak

Wine and Cheese (Doodles)

Pristine gym shoes and undented lunch boxes aren’t the only sign of a new school year. At an international school like the one my kids attend, there is also a sea of new faces, a phalanx of new germs, and, if you put in the effort, the opportunity to make new friends.

Meet and greets are a commonplace enough at the beginning of the year. I always think those suckers are like expat speed dating, but with caffeine in lieu of wine. But don’t be fooled. You can learn a lot more than a just a name to put to the person mainlining coffee across from you.

With any group of a feather that flocks together the conversation usually follows a loose script. When Brits get together they ask about the weather. With new moms the questions are usually about how much sleep you’re getting. Expats are no different. We…

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