I bought a really cheap fare to Sao Paolo for Christmas. And I was expecting to have to get a visa at some point to go. But then, when I had some downtime from work, I got Global Entry approved. And now I read that Brazil is a part of Global entry. Is it? Or will it be by Christmas? And do I still need to blow $130 bucks and a day of running around to get a Brazilian visa?
I'm an older oilfield worker who'd like to change jobs and change locations, from the U.S. to, well, almost anywhere. [more inside]
What credit card is best in life for traveling abroad? I'm in the U.S., headed to Israel next month. Would like to get a new credit card that has no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee. Any recommendations welcome. Thanks!
How can I make my dream come true, or should I give up? I want to follow my soul-mate back to Switzerland and find a job in the IT field. Difficulty: I'm an American living in Asia. [more inside]
I'd like to ship a new iPad from the US to France as a gift (I haven't bought it yet). It needs to arrive there in about a week and a half. A few quick online searches reveal this may be more complex and costly than I thought - USPS apparently won't deal with anything containing lithium batteries, and FedEx seems to have special requirements and rates for this kind of shipping as well. Anyone know the best way to go about this? And is it likely to be cheaper just to order directly from the Apple store in France, with all the extra shipping and customs fees I might have to pay?
My son is caught up in a medical crisis in Brazil and needs funds sent. What is the best bank to bank option or is there a way other than Moneygram services? Not to crowd this post with details but if anyone wants more details or to assist in our funding please MeFi mail me.
I need to move to Austria to take care of my Mum. I am planning on going June/July next year. I have 3 cats which I do not want to live without. Is there a specific agency I go through to get them over there? It is a permanent move. Also, can anyone suggest a good, not terribly expensive, overseas moving service? Any answers will be greatly appreciated.
Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
I was living in Japan for a while, and have some cash stuck in my Japanese post office bank account (Yuucho Ginkou) - not an exorbitant amount, but enough for me to care about - that I did not withdraw when traveling home to America since I was planning to return to Japan soon anyway. My plan to return fell through, and I will be staying in America longer than planned - I would like to reclaim said money, but am unsure as to how I can do so. [more inside]
What's the best way to take a cat from the UK to the US and back again? Any advice on how to make this go smoothly? [more inside]
Hi all, So my UK Lloyds regular bank account was suspended while I was in the USA and now they want me to show up in a local branch. I have spent three days on the phone explaining to them that I cannot because I am in the USA at the moment. They insist that I do and until then all my funds are frozen! Nightmare! It looks like I will have to fly home just to show my face at the branch so I can access my funds. Anyone had anything like this? Do I really have to fly back to the UK just to ID myself? Thank you!
Friend working overseas for an USA company. [more inside]
I have an old laptop I'd like to send to my relatives in Poland. How would I go about this? Does this even make economic sense? [more inside]
I received a job offer in Luxembourg. Is 45,000 Euros per year (gross) enough of a salary to have a decent lifestyle in Luxembourg city? Would it be isolating for a single person in their late 20s? [more inside]
I am an expat and currently overseas (Dubai), and I want to open an IRA, how do I go about doing that? Is it even possible or do I have to actually be present there? [more inside]
I'm trying to move as minimally as possible, but hopefully not make my first six months miserable and broke while I replace important things I foolishly dumped. [more inside]
How do I sound like a wholesaler in email to make inquiries from an overseas company? I'm doing a bit of amateur investigative journalism and need some pointers. [more inside]
What is the best resource for Americans to find jobs overseas? [more inside]
Are big-time charges now routine when redeeming frequent flyer miles for overseas flights? [more inside]
I'm a young Australian, and I want to work in Asia. How do I make that happen? [more inside]
What are the pluses and minuses of moving to Italy? [more inside]
Which countries value free time, low working hours, and vacations? Which value living life and not just working? [more inside]
Is it cool to send a parting note to the ex-boyfriend I'm leaving behind when I move countries, or should I just leave it? [more inside]
After decided not to go to law school this fall, I find myself somewhat at loose ends, and have decided to look into teaching overseas. Google searches have led me to a confusing plethora of programs, as well as to endless warnings of scams of all types. Is there some sort of centralized database of 'clean' programs, and if so, where might I find it? [more inside]
Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
How can I/we find a job out of the country now that we're midway through our careers (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
Expat-Filter: Help me choose where to live next! [more inside]
My SO and I are going to be on different sides of the Atlantic from March to September. Should we break up? [more inside]
I graduated from college a few months ago with an IT degree, but my heart is not in it. I also just got a certification to teach English overseas. Should I work in IT or travel overseas? [more inside]
I found some fun stuff for my nieces in Oregon for Christmas at Archie McPhee, which I heard about at meFi. But I was bummed when I tried to check out and they rejected Visa and even PayPal because I live overseas. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
How do taxes work on investments in mutual funds? I am a novice at investing. American citizen working overseas and building a portfolio finally. I've established my emergency savings and am heading into taxable investments. Unfortunately, I am unable to contribute to my Roth IRA or contribute to a traditional IRA while claiming FEIE (Foreign Earned Income Exemption) with the IRS. I'm looking into investing in Vanguard's VWINX fund. How would US taxes work on these investments?
How can I order a gat (a hat worn by ancient Korean scholars) and get it shipped to England? I'm in the US. I'm looking to spend under $50 total. It doesn't have to be of the highest quality - it's a bit of a gag gift.
Where are reputable overseas (outside of U.S.) clinics to preform the following procedures: a) a variety of dental work (several crowns, 3 front veneers, 4-5 replacement fillings) and b) hair transplant on forehead ? [more inside]
How do I accurately determine which state to claim as my 'tax' state. For example, I work/live overseas for 2 months at a time, then I get 1 month off and usually travel or go to the US, but I do not rent an apartment, own a home (have a lease or mortgage) - I usually crash on friends' couches, and I keep my belongings and car in NC (in a Public Storage unit), but my mail, driver's license and voting is registered in TX. Which state can I legally claim? I know I need to claim a domicile in a state, and was hoping it could be TX.
I have bought a international convertor - and a foreign travel voltage Converter. I need to know which one is correct for all my appliances to work. OR I need to get something different. All the appliances are listed below.. Thanks for your help in advance. Going to Italy. Kooky Kathy [more inside]
I'm about to move out of the country, but T-Mobile says they won't waive the early termination fee. Three questions: a) Really? b) Is there nothing that can be done? c) Will I be able to use the G2 in Germany? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a blackberry app for skype that works outside the US? [more inside]
Does a service exist that will allow me to purchase things overseas that aren't available in the US and have them shipped to the US? Some kind of forwarding service? [more inside]
When I go overseas from the US, I almost inevitably lose weight. When I return to the US, my appetite increases a lot and I gain weight. Anyone know why this happens? [more inside]
I'm looking for advice and stories of experiences from other engineers, particularly if you've lived and worked overseas. [more inside]
I'm having Tim Tams shipped from Australia in exchange for some American snack foods. What are some domestic snacks that might be hard to get down under? Expats, what junk foods do you miss most?
How can we get my grandma from overseas to the US as painlessly as possible without spending $$$$$ amount of money? [more inside]
Can this freelance developer make this nomadic lifestyle thing work (tax and visa questions about Asia especially)? [more inside]
What would be the title of the U.S. Embassy personnel who would assist you if you had a close relative injured overseas in a major event? I'm looking for something more specific than Consular Agent. [more inside]
What do military people do when they need to store their various items "somewhere" while they are stationed on a ship, sometimes for years at a time? [more inside]
Planning a move to Spain - job advice needed. [more inside]
My future supervisor just walked out on me during an employee meeting. Can I break my contract and leave? [more inside]
Should I buy a condo overseas or live in the one my company provides? Special snowflake details within! [more inside]
For the last two+ months, and until October, I've been living out of a suitcase as I make a move overseas. There are aspects of this transition that are starting to wear on me and I'm looking for cheap/free ways to cope. [more inside]
We are going to Spain for 4 weeks, and need advice on cellphone use. We need to communicate w/each other when we are there. Should we switch to a local sim card? get temp phones? My present service plan is Verizon. Long distance Credo. Cell phone LG, model no. VX5400.