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Are two state pensions better than one?

Long term American ex-pat with question regarding foreign state pensions. [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Oct 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Freedom's just another word....

I'm 32, have $60K in the bank, no debts, few personal attachments, and mad computer programming skills. I would like to move to another country for a year or two, where I can live economically off my savings, improve my programming skills, and start a number of web/software projects that will hopefully be the Next Big Thing. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! on Oct 7, 2010 - 42 answers

I Don't Need Your War Machines, I Don't Need Your Ghetto Scenes

I am an American citizen. I am utterly disgusted with America. Help me become an expat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 - 52 answers

Send me away.

I'd love to work abroad somewhere and I'm in a position in my life where I am free to do so - now how do I get started? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 7 answers

How to move/ship my stuff from Istanbul to HCMC Vietnam?

I'm moving from Istanbul to HCMC, Vietnam in 2 weeks. What is the easiest and cheapest way to get all my stuff there, too? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Aug 19, 2010 - 1 answer

Should I buy a condo overseas?

Should I buy a condo overseas or live in the one my company provides? Special snowflake details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2010 - 9 answers

I really wish I had more time to decide!!

Having some issues deciding whether I should take this job. I need to make a decision fast - help me decide what to do (long, sorry)! [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jul 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Help my friend with the traveling jewelry saleswoman problem

Help a traveling jewelry saleswoman do her banking abroad [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse on Jul 12, 2010 - 5 answers

How to be a quiet guy in a world of extroverts

Introversion: it's always made my personal life difficult and now I'm worried it might cost me my job too! I need tips on how to stop retreating into my shell before this gets any worse. [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jul 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Negative searching is hard

Looking for a UK- or Europe-based bank that DOES NOT have branches in the US. [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Jul 4, 2010 - 11 answers

♫ You could travel the world, but nothing comes close to the golden coast...

Help me enjoy 5 weeks of California endulgence after living in the Middle East! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jun 17, 2010 - 9 answers

down and out in a foreign land

Help me cope with the depression that's creeping up on me while I spend the summer in a foreign city, without access to therapy or self-help books. [more inside]
posted by charlemagne on Jun 15, 2010 - 27 answers

My husband is depressed and wants to kill himself. He refuses counseling. How can I stop him?

My husband has convinced himself that his life is worthless and the world is better off without him. How can I help a man who refuses help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2010 - 31 answers

Which Singapore retail bank has the best transaction account for expats?

What Singapore bank offers the best transaction account for an expat Australian who travels to the UK and USA? [more inside]
posted by m1ndsurfer on May 30, 2010 - 3 answers

Lefties looking for a place to call home.

Lefties looking for a place to call home. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on May 14, 2010 - 30 answers

Holland-American

Simple Amsterdam/Holland question: Not looking to work there just hoping to stay as a tourist, rent a flat and see Europe from there for a year and a half and come back to the US. Does anyone in the Netherlands offically even care?, we have retirement income to cover expenses while there. All the sites seem devoted to work permits and bringing in the kids type needs, we just need to know we are able to stay, spend and leave. Anyone of the mifi hive ever do that?
posted by Freedomboy on May 1, 2010 - 16 answers

Where to live in London?

Moving to London. A few specific questions. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Apr 22, 2010 - 29 answers

Emergency tax advice: US citizen worked ½ the year in the US, ½ in the UK. Please Help!

I’ve been living in London for the past 6 months, and somehow the US tax deadline escaped my radar until now. Help! [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Apr 14, 2010 - 13 answers

Blogs about foreigners in the US?

I'm looking for blogs by and about foreigners who move to the US and talk about their experiences. I'd like to avoid mandatory student blogs if possible. Bonus points for English-language blogs by someone from the East, but anything that isn't Canada will do. Thank you, MeFi!
posted by reductiondesign on Mar 28, 2010 - 4 answers

How do you research international relocation?

I'm an American who is thinking about moving abroad. Most likely to Mainland China, although Taiwan and Singapore are potential options. What's the best way to go about doing some research for a move overseas? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Feb 24, 2010 - 10 answers

I'm an expat and I need a bank account in Nevada.

I'm an expat looking for a good bank that serves Nevada, if I can sign up. [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Feb 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Books about bein' a furriner

Is there any modern writer considered to be the "voice of the American expat"? Or any literary movement/place I should be paying attention to if I'd like to read modern literature about living abroad? I'd like to read about living, not traveling, in other places, and what that does to your perspective and sense of self in the internet age. [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Feb 18, 2010 - 21 answers

truly global roaming

I'm moving overseas for an indefinite amount of time and want to be contactable from various countries. Can I maintain local phone numbers which redirect voice calls and text messages to my iPhone, wherever I am? [more inside]
posted by m1ndsurfer on Feb 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me get my overseas iPhone cheap

Help me buy an iPhone cheap. Complication: Living overseas where they are EXPENSIVE! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Three Months in Birmingham

On Friday I'm going to Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield) for three months (until early may) for an engineering internship. What should I know? What's the Birmingham area known for amongst Britons? What should I absolutely not miss in my down time? What social norms (at work or otherwise) might be unusual to me? What do locals do for fun? What parts of the city should I wander around in to get a sense of the place (and in which areas would doing so get me killed or served with an anti-social order)? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Jan 27, 2010 - 14 answers

How to deal with homesickness while living abroad? (And when can I give in to it and go home?

I've been happily living abroad for three months, and all of a sudden I'm extremely homesick and I want to come home. I want to get past this, but how? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Dec 21, 2009 - 26 answers

Advice about moving to Montreal for artists

Advice about moving to Montreal (for artists)? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Dec 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Tell me about Bangkok, please

What's living in Bangkok like? Should I consider moving there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Help 3 clueless Brits do something fun for thanksgiving in NYC!

3 Brits in NYC, no plans for thanksgiving and wondering what all the fuss is about! What cool stuff can we do this weekend? [more inside]
posted by hibbersk on Nov 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Propitious places to move to & unusual living situations for having 3 or 4 days a week free to work on personal project

I'm working on a project that requires at least 3 or 4 full days attention each week. What are some places in the US or world I could move to, &/or unusual living situations, that would give me a good chance of doing this? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Nov 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Building home across the pond

Make London work. Help a beleaguered New Yorker figure out how to acclimate. Griping follows. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 9, 2009 - 25 answers

Loneliness and location

I'm heading back to the work world after studying abroad, and want to overcome my long-standing social isolation. Where should I move to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2009 - 13 answers

I'm going home! (for 2 weeks)

ExpatFilter: American Expat returning home for 2 weeks. What should I do while I am home? BonusFilter: Help me decide what to do with all my worldly posessions that didnt go Expat with me. [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Nov 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Do we stay (in NYC) or do we go (to Budapest)?

Following the trail of adventure and windborne caution, my boyfriend and I are kicking around the idea of moving to Budapest next year. Pipe dream or feasible goal? Questions about teaching ESL abroad (ten years after the Central European expat boom, no less!), expat experiences in 2009, Eastern European culture, general questions about Hungary, and... [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Life in the Loire Valley

What should I do to prepare for expat life in France's Loire Valley? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada on Sep 16, 2009 - 15 answers

Most likely relocating to Iraqi Kurdistan. What do I need to know?

Most likely relocating to Iraqi Kurdistan. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Freedom in Freetown

Moving to Sierra Leone, or thereabouts. Freetown? Bo? Where to go? Any first hand suggestions? [more inside]
posted by iamck on Aug 31, 2009 - 5 answers

Resettling in New Delhi

American woman moving to New Delhi. Tips and advice on housing requested! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Moving to France, No Job, Don't Know French, It's Happening Regardless

Moving to France, No Job, Don't Know French, It's Happening Regardless. How do I find work in the manual labor sector? Can I go over as a "tourist" fall in love with the country and stay without coming back to the States to figure out visas and such? I will be going over there with little money (~$1500) and will need to figure out work fast. [more inside]
posted by jellywerker on Aug 19, 2009 - 129 answers

Looking for adventure with decent Internet: Where?

I want to spend 2-3 months living like an internet-using local in Latin America, Asia, or Africa. What are your favorite spots for short-term living? [more inside]
posted by PatoPata on Aug 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Getting a Visa before getting a job offer?

UK Expat Work Filter: Worth getting a working visa before getting a job offer? [more inside]
posted by qwip on Aug 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Where should I live in the USA? I like music, culture, etc - but I need to be close to Europe.

Where should I live in the USA? I like music, culture, etc - but I need to be close to Europe. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jul 31, 2009 - 80 answers

Expat with scattered savings and retirement funds - how do I organise them?

Expat needing to organise and manage money across two (or more) countries. How best to save in multiple places, and organise superannuation/retirement accounts? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jul 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Move to Kuala Lumpur?

Should I move to Malaysia (KL) for a year? [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught on Jul 1, 2009 - 32 answers

A Country House (Moving to England)

After I graduated from university last year, I moved to England to work as an au pair for a year. My time's up (I go back in a month to start pursuing my Masters), but I feel like I fit in really well over here & would seriously consider moving here after I get my degree. Actually, I'd rather just stay. Unfortunately that's not an option right now. I'd need a job to move here, though! Do you think I could find one? (Relevant details inside.) [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on Jun 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me getting shanghaied!

I am contemplating an offer to work and live in Shanghai. From where I'm standing now, the job looks fantastic and the whole situation looks like a long and deep wish come true. This question is basically about the cost of living in Shanghai for a family with two kids. [more inside]
posted by ouke on Jun 15, 2009 - 8 answers

US bank account outside the US

Assuming I'm a US citizen with no bank account, what's the best way to obtain a debit card, bank account, or credit card within the US? I'll need it for online ID verification, online ordering, paypal, and the other standard slough of uses a debit card is good for. [more inside]
posted by saysthis on May 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Packing and Leaving

Say you want to move to Europe for just a few months. What logistically should I be preparing for? [more inside]
posted by Unred on Apr 29, 2009 - 16 answers

What if we DON'T want a green card - how do we get hitched?

I'm American, he's Scottish. We live in the UK, and are engaged. He doesn't want a green card and probably never will, but we might want to get married in the States. What do we need to do? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Apr 7, 2009 - 14 answers

China for a non-Mandarin Speaker?

My girlfriend of six years is getting an expat position in Beijing for 2+ years. Her company originally said they would help me find a job, but with the economy going down it seems they are less optimistic about me being able to find a expat position. How can I optimize my chances of getting a job in a foreign country? We are from the United States. [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Mar 27, 2009 - 10 answers

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