The State Department of the United States has numerous resources and programs that can help make traveling and living overseas safer and keep you informed about what is happening in the country where you are traveling or living.

I admit, I have far too often packed way too much stuff when I have traveled. And I have so often regretted it! But over the last few years I’ve learned the advantages of traveling with a carry-on only.

I just had one of those uncomfortable moments with one of my adult children.  I asked about doing something that concerned his family, got a negative nonverbal reaction, and because of time, we didn’t get it figured out.  All day long my mind has been exploring reasons why my request elicited that response.  

Whether you are taking a short trip or moving to live in a new culture, there are some key attitudes that will make the experience more enjoyable and enriching. I have learned that successful travel begins with your attitude.

To fully participate and enjoy living in a new country it is vital to be able to speak the language of the people.  While there is no substitute for a fully immersive, full time language program to learn a new language; there are several computer programs and apps to help you get a head start on learning before arriving in your new country. 

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The expat life has many benefits, but one of the hardest challenges is being far from family. This can be felt the most when you hear of someone who is sick, receives a bad medical prognosis, or is in an accident. Living in a foreign country is hard when a loved one is dying.