Tuesday, May 8, 2007
If you are planning on living abroad, you need to think seriously about how you are planning on dealing with banking matters. One bank that a number of expatriates have chosen is NetBank. The ease of use and the good interest rates (because they are not supporting large buildings and large staffs) have made them quite desireable. And, yes, deposits are FDIC insured up to $100,000 just like other U.S.-based accounts. Even better, they even try to show you the location of ATMs that don’t charge fees.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
If you are looking for information and a supportive community concerning visa applications for family members and potential family members, you would do well to take a look at VisaJourney.com. It offers forums (where helpful members will answer your questions) as well as an FAQ and informative articles.
Friday, April 27, 2007
VOIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocal, technology is such that the calls are quite good and quite cheap. One company, Vonage, charges about $25 a month for unlimited calls. The nice thing about it is that you can be assigned a phone number in any U.S. area code you like.
So, if you are planning on having your own company while working abroad, business folks won't even need to know that you are not in the U.S. They dial a number for Fresno, California, and it gets them you in your overseas abode. How cool is that?
Thursday, April 19, 2007
While you would certainly need more for a longer journey than for a short trip, packing well can greatly reduce the number of suitcases required. OneBag.com gives very detailed information on how to pack a suitcase for maximum effectiveness. It is worth reading the entire website. Yes, being an expatriate is certainly different than being a short-time visitor, but fewer things to carry is always a good thing.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
While Rick Steves, he of public television fame, is primarily about going on unique vacations to Europe, he focuses on cost and variety as well. It is well worth taking a look at his website.
Of particular interest to those considering living in Europe are these pages:
Plan Your Trip
Search results for "France"
Trips to France