Danielle Kim – a year and a half later

About a year and a half ago I interviewed Danielle Kim about her upcoming move back to South Korea after having lived in the United States for most of her adult life. Back then we discussed her concerns about moving her children who were in…

A move is in the air – but where?

My oldest daughter is finishing up her last semester of undergrad studies – it’s a busy time of life, and an exciting one. Not only is she taking the last of her classes, she’s also starting the application process for her postgrad programs,…

Winter break – short, sweet and appreciated!

There is something particularly sweet about winter break and I am usually a bit down the days before school is about to start again. It always comes as somewhat of a shock that it’s almost over – how can it be, already? I am convinced there…

Globiana team share their holiday traditions

Globiana's staff hail from all over the world. Not only that, we reside in different parts of the world -- many of us far away from our native countries. The holiday season tends to remind us of traditions, foods and activities from home. Here…

There is a frenzy in the air ...

There is a familiar year-end frenzy in the air when December rolls around. It’s like flipping a switch to go into overdrive: traffic picks up (as if it wasn’t bad enough already), parking is even scarcer than usual and stores are packed.…
Ten Ways to Beat Holiday Blues Away from Home

Ten Ways to Beat Holiday Blues Away from Home

"There's no place like home for the holidays..." So true, but what about those of us whose home is across the ocean and a trip back is just not an option? You see extended families coming together to celebrate, cousins reuniting, old friends…

Accompanying partner settling well

When talking about success settling abroad as a family, there is no underestimating the importance of the accompanying partner having real opportunities to pursue career, education and other goals. It’s important not just from a long term…

Holiday musings from the home front

I am back in my home country for a visit and I feel a tad overwhelmed. On the one hand I am overjoyed to be with old friends and family, eating favorite foods and visiting favorite places. On the other hand I feel like I have abandoned my family,…

Taxes and financial planning for the expat

Getting a good grip on your financial situation is one of the most important things you can do in preparation for a move abroad. Usually, this means making a budget based on known income and expenses and then building on that by figuring out…

Financial planning for expat life

When it comes to preparing financially for expat life I hardly did a thing -- no comparative living expense exercise, no travel budget. I gave no consideration to cost of healthcare or daycare or rent or buying a TV, never mind a car. There…

All I want for Christmas ...

It may seem too early to think about the holidays just yet, but for anyone who’s been to a grocery or department store lately, the signs are all around. There is no ignoring it – Halloween candy, Thanksgiving decorations and Christmas goodies…

Meeting people, making friends

I recently got the question from a friend of mine: What will you do once your kids are out of the house? Will you stay in the area, move back home? Go someplace else entirely? My initial reaction was that it’s a little early to be thinking…