Representing America Abroad

It’s a bit disconcerting to find yourself as the voice of America while living abroad. That might sound like a whopper of an overstatement. And egotistical. And whiney. But when you’re living abroad, you become a magnet for questions and assumptions relating to your home country and the onus is on you to answer fairly….

Sydney Suburbs: Where To Live

Becoming an expat can be a tangled web of logistics. You need to start X before you figure out Y but you need to be at Y to understand how to approach X. At least, that’s how I felt when I was trying to figure out where to move more permanently when I arrived in…

Surviving The Holidays Abroad As An Expat

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… at least that’s what they tell us. For the most part, I agree. The holiday season is full of cheer, good will, and time away from the grind to celebrate and renew our appreciation for simple joys. But as an expat, especially one who lives on the…

Sydney Cocktail Bars Worth The Price

Even by NYC standards, the cocktails in Sydney are damn expensive. Unless you’re on a strict diet of dive bar drinks or happy hour libations, you’ll find yourself shelling out $17-$23 per cocktail. Of course, there are exceptions. But by and large, these are the set prices. So if you’re going to pay the price,…

Setting Up House in Sydney

Every city is different when it comes to real estate. Not only are the markets different, but knowing what to do when you’re setting up house can be intimidating. Here’s a quick guide to the ins and outs of getting set up in a new apartment in Sydney: Where to apartment hunt When I first…

4-Day Itinerary In Hobart, Tasmania

Why Tasmania? Why NOT Tasmania! It’s a peculiar part of the world that I never planned on visiting before moving to Australia. But its departure from the sand & sun sides of Australia make it a wonderful – literally… full of wondrous things – place to visit. In some ways, it reminds me of New…

Hard Decisions Abroad: Grieving As An Expat

When you’re an expat and you lose a loved one back home, deciding not to go home can be crushing. On the contrary, deciding to pack a suitcase and catch a plane can be another kind of crushing. When you move abroad, you’ll likely think about what could happen while you’re gone and how you’ll…

Why Whitsundays

Traveling is one of life’s greatest highs. If you have the means and ability, do it. And choosing where in the world to visit is one of the happiest problems you could ever have! I had wanted to visit the Whitsundays ever since my first stint in Australia. I was living in Brisbane and heard…

Being An Empath In A New Country

I feel feelings very deeply. It’s the blessing and curse of being deeply empathetic. Back home, where I had my old habits, I could retreat to distance myself from energies that were toxic. When I was emotional, I could express my feelings in a number of ways. Talking it out, not being ashamed to cry……

Why Sydney Is Ideal for Female Solo Travelers

I don’t have to list the safety concerns for female solo travelers. Part of me wants to say that it’s easy to assume that if you’re the kind of lady who would travel on her own, you have the awareness necessary to stay safe. Another part of me wants to eschew warnings, taking the “ignorance…

What They Don’t Tell You About Becoming An Expat: Part II

The expat life is a life full of surprises and learnings. Months ago, I wrote about what they don’t tell you about becoming an expat. My real goal in writing that is to leave it available for another expat or expat-to-be and provide them comfort in learning that their feelings aren’t strange and ensure that…

Vivid Sydney: A Case Study in Choosing A New Hometown

Many people have asked me why the hell I would ever choose to move away from NYC. The standard follow up question is why would I choose Sydney out of all the cities in the world. The simple answer is that I studied abroad in Brisbane for a semester in college and fell in love…