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9 Tried and True Ways to Cure Homesickness as an Expat

A familiar song or funny photo can be all it takes. Before you know it, a deep longing to see someone you miss or eat at a hometown haunt pulls you into a funk. Whether you expatriated out of necessity or wanted to escape home, it’s normal for homesickness to kick in at some point. Next time that wistful pang of home creeps in, use these tried and true coping mechanisms to beat your homesick blues.   1. Commit to ...

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8 Tips for Starting an Expat Squad Abroad

After spending years with the same crew, it can be unnerving to put yourself out there as an adult living abroad. New friendships don’t come as naturally as they did in the days of inviting classmates to your birthday party on the playground. Socialites and extroverts aside, it’s going to take some work. But where a little effort goes a long way to enriching your abroad experience and overcoming homesickness, we’d say it’s worth it. Coworkers ...

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Where to Teach English Abroad: 5 Government Programs

English is not only the third most commonly spoken language in the world behind Mandarin and Spanish, it’s the lingua franca, common language, for international relations, news, scholarship, commerce, and culture. So it’s no surprise that there’s a huge demand for English teachers overseas. Besides being a great resume builder, teaching English abroad is one of the few ways you can get paid to live overseas without much work experience. Check out which countries have government-sponsored teaching ...

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8 Creative Ways to Stay in Touch While Abroad

Even in the days of social media, smart phones, and Skype, it’s easy to drift apart from friends and family when you move abroad. It takes work to stay in touch, and without joint effort, longlasting relationships can fade. But with a bit of determination, creativity, and planning, you’ll be able to keep up no matter where you are. Check out these tips for staying close to home while being far away. 1. Establish a recurring communication schedule  Designating ...

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6 European Cities of Love Without the Parisian Price Tag

Being young and in love on Valentine’s day is a predicament. Netflix and chill doesn’t fly, but the thought of a romantic getaway to Paris likely makes your bank account quiver. Strike up an incredibly happy medium with a trip to one of these affordable European destinations your loved one’s sure to swoon over. 1. Bruges, Belgium Combine a fairytale setting with the capital of chocolate and what do you get?  This city — known by many from the ...

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8 Patriotic Places to Celebrate President’s Day

Can you name all 45 presidents in order? How about backwards? OK, neither can we, but that won’t stop us from celebrating their legacy this President’s Day weekend. In honor of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and all our commanders in chief, check out these eight presidential destinations. 1. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota Amidst the forests and streams of the Black Hills mountain range are the towering, granite faces of four great American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham ...

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18 Adventures No Bucket List is Complete Without

Laying on the beach and getting a tan may cut it for some travelers, but how about swimming with sharks and jumping from airplanes? If you prefer active vacations, you’re not alone: according to a survey by TripAdvisor, 69% of travelers plan on trying something new in 2016 and 15% want to try adventure travel for the first time. Adventure travel might push you close to your limits, but the unforgettable memories are worth the challenge. Get started with some of the ...

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Best of Australia: 5 Can’t-Miss Sights Down Under

Australia’s teeming with unique wildlife, Aboriginal adventure, and breathtaking natural beauty. Combine that with a laid-back vibe and it’s no wonder the country’s made its way onto so many travelers’ bucket lists. Check out the top five spots you won’t want to miss when you make the journey down under. 1. Great Barrier Reef The world’s largest coral reef sits off the coast of Queensland, Australia. More than 1,500 species of colorful fish inhabit its 3,000-plus reef ...

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12 Tips for a Vacation the Kids Will Always Remember

With attention spans losing ground to smart phones, engaging children on vacation can be hard. Ancient temples and art museums just don’t have the same appeal as games and messaging apps for most kids. But with a bit of out of the box creativity, you can awaken their childlike wonder and create lasting memories that they’ll share with their own kids one day. 1. Inspire their curiosity about the destination Encourage your kids to learn about where they’ll ...

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9 Common Travel Mistakes You Might Be Making

Save money, time, and aggravation on your next trip with our solutions for common travel mistakes. 1. Booking airfare at the wrong time The earlier you book airfare, the cheaper it is, right? It turns out that’s not always the case. According to a study of booking data by CheapAir, the best time to buy plane tickets tends to be between three weeks and four months before takeoff. So before you scramble to book your flights months in advance, just ...

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