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Holy Winter in Nova Scotia, Canada!

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Whether you’re American thinking in Fahrenheit, or Canadian thinking in Celsius, it’s COLD here.

The temperature outside our house is now -15 (C). With the wind, we’re well past twenty below zero. (Dude, that’s cold.)

I’m no outdoorsman, not an Inuit, nor am I fond of cold in general. In fact, if I can share, I’m daydreaming of a toasty beach chair and a cool tropical drink with one of those little paper umbrellas.

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On my blog, I only seek to inspire you to travel. That’s my purpose. To inspire you to push the comfort zone, explore the great world around you, and seek your own adventure.

Here are 3 examples of how 3 guys, Matt, Alex and Miguel, used travel to turn their normal thing into something kick-ass…

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You want to work abroad. You follow the steps, nail the interview and hear their salary offer.

Is it enough? How much is enough?

Sure, now you know how much you’re taking in. But how much will be going out? How much for a month’s rent, a loaf of bread, a gallon of gas?

For some cities, you’ll make more than enough to pay for a good life, plus sock away the rest in savings.

And for some cities, …well, you should have countered with a higher salary.

How should you have known? You could have known. Research.

For now, let me give you the 10 most expensive and the 10 cheapest cities. If your city isn’t one of them, read on.

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Working On a Cruise Ship: The Facts

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Applying for and working on a cruise ship isn’t as pie-in-the-sky as you might expect, and with hundreds of people working above and below deck to ensure passengers have a fantastic experience, there might be a role that can put your talents, skills and experience to good use. So if you like the idea of waking up one morning in one port or harbour and the next in another, then read on…

Why work on a cruise ship?

Working on a a cruise ship gives you the opportunity to work with and for people of every age and nationality. The combination of socialising, working – heck, just living on the open seas attracts people from many nations and cultures wanting to give and experience more. Old sea dogs, university graduates, career changers, those supporting a family back home, the sheer number of people working on a cruise ship means that the environment on the high seas is a glorious combination of language, culture and experience.

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Who the Hell Is Terry Fox?

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I have a small life lesson to share: Don’t ever ask “Who the hell is Terry Fox?” when you’re talking to a Canadian.

You can say “Hmmm, it’s interesting you bring up Terry Fox, tell me more?” or say “I’m eager to learn more about Terry Fox.”

But please, trust me, you don’t want be snarky when asking about this Canadian legend.

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Learn the First 2000 Words of a Language

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Okay, I often hear people say “How can I move to that country? I don’t know any of the language!

Well, even though learning the language is not necessary to move there, here is some help to get you started on learning that language.

How much can you learn? How about the first 2000 words?

What good is the first 2000 words? Well, actually, pretty great. In fact, it’s said that you can master just the most common 2000 words, you can survive 80% of casual conversations.

And even if this doesn’t make you a polyglot, it might just motivate you to move there for some face-to-face practice!  :-)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqBCQF7_ZKytdGlVTHZMTF9KR0JuYko4U3pKX19QbFE#gid=0

 

Technical Details: this spreadsheet actually uses a nifty Google docs-xcel function called “=GoogleTranslate(Cell, “en”,”XX”)”

If you guessed that dynamically translates the word from one cell (English) to another cell (language XX of your choice), then you’re right. Pretty cool, huh?

 

If you liked this, spread the word. Share with your friends — (and maybe you’ll practice together!)

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We didn’t drop exactly everything. We kept our 11-month old daughter. :-)

But we did drop 2 high-paying jobs, a new home and our former lives in the US. For that, we become expats (sight-unseen) in Prague, Czech Republic. There we lived for 4 years. We bought there a new home (flat), had our 2nd child and made many great memories and friends.

After 4 years in Prague, we did the same, moving to the Canadian eastern seaboard. Been here now 3 years.

I’d say, to “drop everything” and move somewhere is like jumping into a colder-than-expected pool. It’s shocking and reinvigorating at the same time. And while you might regret the first second after the “jump,” you soon realize you would have regretted it much more if you hadn’t jumped in the first place.

 

Don’t continue on the path of eventual regret.

Jump. If by no other way, just jump.

If you need help, Jeff’s here.

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So you know you want a change – you want to experience life in another country – but before going anywhere it is important to do your research and choose the best country for you. This will of course depend on many different factors: whether you have a family, what type of work you’d potentially be looking for, how long you intend on staying there for and what youíre looking for in the chosen country. Here are the first things that you should consider before making any rushed decisions:

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Dear NSA Analyst…

NSA listening

By now, you already know the NSA listens to your phone calls, reads your e-mails and texts. Whether its only the “meta-data” or the deep details is irrelevant. Whether the monitoring is legal or illegal is irrelevant. Privacy means it’s between you, someone else, and a NSA analyst.

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stuffed belroy

I just got my new wallet from Bellroy a few days ago. (Spoiler: This is one nice, fucking wallet!)

 

If I may, let me share a paragraph or two about how I found this wallet.

I’m watching some video when I see an ad. The ad is for a “Bellroy Travel Wallet.” Well, being your ExpatYourself guy, I’m now intrigued. And I did something I never do: I clicked on the ad.

The ad jumps to Bellroy’s website page, all about their Travel Wallet. I watch that video and I’m now more than intrigued. I’m in love. So in love, in fact, that I did something else I never do: I write a personal note to a company, asking “Can I please…?”

And so, in 10 minutes, I did two things I’d never done, and I’m feeling sorta sheepish, but excited. After some e-mail exchange, I wait. Sure enough, my wallet arrives. And it is Pure Awesomeness.

Open the wallet…

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