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The Best Ways to Keep Your Phone Safe While You’re Traveling

Posted by on 2:38 am in Blog, Equipment Reviews, Expat Life, Technology, Travel Tips | 27 comments

The Best Ways to Keep Your Phone Safe While You’re Traveling

Almost every traveler packs their phone these days; when you have a GPS, a translator, an entertainment system and a camera all rolled up into one device, your phone becomes an essential part of the travel experience that you can’t afford to lose (with the prices of new phones lately, it’s often literally something you can’t afford to lose).

But every year thousands of smart phones are lost, stolen, or damaged while on vacation. In Australia alone, the AMTA reports more than 100,000 mobile phones are lost or stolen every year. That’s 2,000 each week or one mobile phone handset every six minutes.

And that’s not even considering the phones which are damaged, or hacked as part of cyber-theft.

Considering the expense of phones these days, the inconvenience of losing your boarding passes, photos, and contacts, and the security risks of having your personal data and information available for hack, it’s imperative to protect your phone when you travel overseas.

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The Best Way To Learn A New Language While Travelling

Posted by on 4:12 pm in Blog, Expat Life, Travel Tips | 26 comments

The Best Way To Learn A New Language While Travelling

If your first language is English, it can be easy to take advantage of the world dominance of the language. In many countries we can get by okay, and with some accompanying hand gestures generally make ourselves understood.

But if you are travelling for new experiences, sticking with your mother tongue will mean you are missing out on opportunities to learn about and truly appreciate other cultures.

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How to File Taxes as a US Expat: TFX Review

Posted by on 11:48 am in Blog, Budget Travel, Expat Life, Travel Tips | 28 comments

How to File Taxes as a US Expat: TFX Review

Humans have always been a nomadic species. Our adventurous spirit has long seen us travel the world in search of new lands and experiences. Even today we yearn to escape the confines of our regular lives in search of new cities and countries.

While travelling to a destination allows you a glimpse into a different culture and way of life, choosing to live abroad takes the experience to a whole other level. You’re able to fully immerse yourself into a destination, and gain a behind the scenes look at what a country is really like; the experience opens your mind to new ideas, helps you grow as a person, and gives you a greater sense of self confidence.

Whether you choose to backpack across Europe for 12 months or migrate to another country permanently, you become what is known as an expatriate (expat for short); a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their own.

To live abroad is something everyone should experience at some point in their lives, but you do have certain responsibilities as an expat. And one of those is staying on top of tax.

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Travelling With a Portable Language Translator: Mesay 2.0 Review

Posted by on 12:40 pm in Blog, Equipment Reviews, Expat Life | 44 comments

Travelling With a Portable Language Translator: Mesay 2.0 Review

As I travel around the world, it never ceases to amaze me just how many people are fluent in more than one language. Granted, I am blessed that the only language I can speak is spoken nearly everywhere to at least some degree. Though this isn’t always true once you start travelling off the beaten path, and it is a sign of respect when visiting someone else’s country that you at least attempt to speak in their native tongue.

I am well aware that I should be the one to learn other languages. I don’t expect other cultures to conform to my native language, and I do actually enjoy discovering destinations that haven’t adopted English as an alternate or additional language. Like many frequent travellers though, I don’t have the aptitude to learn16 different languages, but I still want to communicate effectively wherever I go.

Last year I wrote an article about using MESAY, which is a portable language translator that you speak into, and it spits out translations in real time. Though the company has recently developed an upgrade, and will soon be launching MESAY 2.0.

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Careers That Allow You to Travel the World, While Also Giving Back

Posted by on 5:04 pm in Expat Life | 18 comments

Careers That Allow You to Travel the World, While Also Giving Back

If you didn’t have to worry about working for a living, what would you want to do with your life? Many people say that they would spend their time helping others. Many more say that they would travel and see more of the world.

But what if you could combine these two things, and make them part of your working life? It sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?

The following careers allow you to combine international travel with helping local communities. You just have to be willing to put the work in to acquire the necessary skills.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Australian Government’s New Work Visa

Posted by on 8:11 pm in Australia, Blog, Expat Life | 22 comments

Everything You Need to Know About the Australian Government’s New Work Visa

As of March 2018, the Australian Government introduced a new work visa in replacement of the 457 visa – the Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

The Government’s March visa changes have been highly anticipated since its announcement in April last year that they would be replacing the 457 visa in order to address Australia’s skills shortages and to prioritise Australian workers.

Brisbane based migration agents, Results Migration have agreed to take us through the changes.

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Essential Accessories Every Travel Blogger Needs

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Essential Accessories Every Travel Blogger Needs

Being a travel blogger, much like any profession, can have its ups and downs.

On the one hand, you get to explore new places and have experiences that most other people in the world will never get to have. On the other hand, it’s work and oftentimes isn’t glamorous.

Living out of your suitcase, going from hostel to hostel, doing your laundry in errant sinks along the way – these are just some of the tribulations you’ll face when constantly on the road.

Then there’s the process of being a travel writer, the one which requires set-up and maintenance with regards to building your travel site, as well as lugging around all the gear you need to successfully document your experiences.

Luckily, with the right equipment, this burden is drastically reduced.

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5 Ways To Make Money as a Digital Nomad

Posted by on 7:19 pm in Blog, Expat Life | 22 comments

5 Ways To Make Money as a Digital Nomad

As the world becomes more connected through the internet, being in a specific physical location to do work has become less and less necessary. People from anywhere can do work everywhere and often do. No office. No store. This has given rise to the term digital nomad.

Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces, or recreational vehicles.

This phenomenon is catching on by workers and businesses globally. Here are 5 ways to make money as a digital nomad.

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Are These the Best Jobs in the World? Jobs That Allow You to Travel (Some With No Experience)

Posted by on 2:10 pm in Blog, Budget Travel, Expat Life, Travel Tips | 20 comments

Are These the Best Jobs in the World? Jobs That Allow You to Travel (Some With No Experience)

While there are many careers that will not afford you a care-free lifestyle, or give you the option to work from the comfort of a hammock, in Bali – there are plenty that do (cue the ‘OH. MY. GOSH, no WAY!’)

Check out our list, and maybe quit your job to follow your dreams in 2018!

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5 Things to Keep With You When You Move Overseas

Posted by on 11:12 pm in Expat Life | 27 comments

5 Things to Keep With You When You Move Overseas

Whether your reasons are for business, study, wanderlust, or to be closer to family and friends, you’ve made the decision to move overseas and become a fully-fledged expat. Congrats!

Many people dream of moving abroad; to experience life as part of a new culture and have the chance to discover an exotic new land. And of the many things to consider, one of the biggest things to think about is what to pack.

Of course there will be many items readily available for you once you arrive in your new home, as you wait for your luggage to be shipped to you (this removal company ships internationally), but there are a number of things you should keep with you.

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