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- What do you do to test out a new town?by /u/DudeOnACouch2 on March 23, 2023 at 9:19 pm
If you’re planning on moving to a new city, you would likely go to visit first. But there are certain things that you would do as a resident that you wouldn’t necessarily do as a tourist. Things like going to the grocery store, going to the gym, taking the bus or subway, etc. So if you’re looking into moving to a new city, these are things that you would want to try out to make sure you understood how they worked or whether they meet your needs. What other “mundane” or day-to-day tasks would you include in the list of things to check out as part of your research into a new city? submitted by /u/DudeOnACouch2 [link] [comments]
- Question about dual citizenship and spousal eligibilityby /u/muscnerd on March 23, 2023 at 2:21 pm
Hi! I’m an american citizen currently getting my Lithuanian citizenship through ancestry eligibility (my grandparents were Lithuanian refugees during WWII) I know I’m going to be allowed to live and work anywhere in europe and I was wondering if my spouse would be allowed to live and work along with me. Currently I’m considering moving to Germany if that’s relevant. I’m not currently married but am dating someone and was wondering somewhat passingly. submitted by /u/muscnerd [link] [comments]
- Moving to France from U.S., panicking about the low wagesby /u/ImportAstroPy on March 22, 2023 at 11:44 pm
I’m finishing up my PhD and currently applying for jobs in Data Science. Before I started applying, everyone told me to expect a salary around 100k in the US… for the remote US jobs I’ve applied for this is true. BUT, I had no idea that the average salary for someone in tech is like 60% less for French jobs (and probably other European countries). Not only that, but the French take a TON of taxes. 30% of my income would be taxed above 26k! What?!?! All in all, after 10 years of studying, I’d basically end up making the same wages I’m making right now as a PhD student…. which, at least initially, is so disheartening. I realize that a lot of these taxes go to very useful social services like healthcare and that rent is generally a lot cheaper, and perhaps that balances some of it out… But I’m wondering for those of you coming from the U.S. how has this pay-cut affected you? How often are you able to go back home? Mostly, I’m concerned about the money because I’ll need to buy plane tickets and spend time with my family a few times a year…. and maybe have children that will also need plane tickets, but I still want to be able to live comfortably in France. I’m really hoping you guys can tell me that the 40-50k salary I’ll be making in France will be enough to both live comfortably while still being able to maintain my relationships and life back home. :’) submitted by /u/ImportAstroPy [link] [comments]
- Marriage question?by /u/willmcmill4 on March 22, 2023 at 3:08 pm
Hey guys! Not sure that this is the appropriate sub, so if not please direct me the right way. Thank you! Okay so I’m an American dating an Irishman, who is currently living in Spain. He is also going for his residency is Spain. If we were to marry, how would papers work? I believe that I would be going for Irish papers and if he got Spanish residency, would that also apply for me as his husband? Or would I have to stay on visa (work or study)? I’m not terribly sure how this situation works (X nationality marries Y nationality who is living in Z country) and just curious if anyone has any sources/experiences with this. Thanks! submitted by /u/willmcmill4 [link] [comments]
- US Medicare Part B after working in a country with national health past age 65by /u/temmoku on March 22, 2023 at 9:29 am
TL:DR does working in a country with a national health system mean you do not have to apply for Medicare Part B when you turn 65 (without a penalty)? I am trying to deal with a situation applying for US Medicare Part B that may affect other people at some point and am wondering if anyone has encountered it and can help. Americans must apply for Medicare Part B when they turn 65 unless they are still working and have health insurance from their job, or will be subject to significant penalties when they do apply. In Australia our insurance is Australian Medicare and not provided through your job directly. You must apply within 8 months of retiring from your job. Everything I have read says that that if you work in a country like Australia with government medical coverage, this meets the requirement and you do not have to enroll in Medicare part B until 8 months after you stop working. For example from MedicareInteractive.org: If you plan to move back to the U.S. or travel back frequently, you might consider delaying or dropping Part B if: You or your spouse currently work outside the U.S. for a company that provides you with health insurance, or you or your spouse work in a country with a national health system. You will qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in Part B without penalty. This SEP begins at any time while you (or your spouse) are still working and for up to eight months after you lose your health coverage or stop working. Does anyone have any information on this exemption from enrollment – particularly an actual US Medicare document? The Embassy in Manilla is not being helpful on this and it amounts to quite a bit of money for insurance that I can’t even use unless I move to the US. submitted by /u/temmoku [link] [comments]
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- How Long Will $1 Million in Retirement Savings Last Internationally?by Emily Cotlier on February 16, 2023 at 7:33 pm
Are you considering retiring internationally? Some people want to make a travel dream come true by retiring in a favorite country. Others want to make their retirement savings last longer. Learn here about how long $1 million USD in retirement savings will last in the 20 most popular countries for Americans retiring overseas. How This The post How Long Will $1 Million in Retirement Savings Last Internationally? appeared first on International Citizens Group.
- Five Ways a Vacation Boosts Your Mental Healthby Joe Cronin on January 26, 2023 at 8:12 pm
Have you ever yearned to travel? Wanted a change of scene? Said, “I need a mental health vacation?” People feel the urge to travel for a reason – because travel is good for mental health. Some people find organizing travel and managing the risks around plane trips stressful. But the mental health benefits of a The post Five Ways a Vacation Boosts Your Mental Health appeared first on International Citizens Group.
- Traveling in the Time of COVID: Preparation and Flexibilityby Kamela Dolinova on August 17, 2022 at 8:01 pm
Ready or not, travel is booming again, and people are heading out to destinations in numbers not seen since March 2020. As the world cautiously opens up, it can be hard to know what precautions you should take if you plan to travel, whether domestically or abroad. COVID travel restrictions keep changing, too, and can The post Traveling in the Time of COVID: Preparation and Flexibility appeared first on International Citizens Group.
- 31 Tips for Digital Nomads No One Tells Youby Nicole Gustas on July 8, 2022 at 3:37 pm
You’ve read all the glossy magazine articles and beautiful blog posts about international digital nomad life, and now you’re ready to try it for yourself! But there are a lot of things those articles don’t tell you about what to expect. We talked to experienced digital nomads to find out what they would recommend to The post 31 Tips for Digital Nomads No One Tells You appeared first on International Citizens Group.
- How to Avoid & Overcome Trailing Spouse Syndromeby Kamela Dolinova on June 15, 2022 at 12:21 pm
Even though going to live in a new country is exciting, expat depression can become an issue for anyone living in a new place. That includes family members of expats and in particular, spouses. If you’re living abroad with your spouse, use these tips to help them understand, overcome and avoid feelings of depression or The post How to Avoid & Overcome Trailing Spouse Syndrome appeared first on International Citizens Group.
- My Biggest Fear Is….by Richelle on November 5, 2021 at 11:36 am
When people ask me why I moved abroad right after college, I’d always tell them that my biggest fear was waking up at 80 years old realizing that my life was almost over and I had never really done anything I wanted to do. The post My Biggest Fear Is…. appeared first on Adventures Around Asia.
- The Freedom Life: November + December 2020by Richelle on January 21, 2021 at 5:59 pm
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info. What I Was Up to in November and December So… it’s been a little while. Yes, I’m publishing this mid-way through January, and yes, I’m combining November and December, because these last 2.5 months have been CRAZY. From getting extremely sick to the point The post The Freedom Life: November + December 2020 appeared first on Adventures Around Asia.
- FINALLY Learning Travel Hacking (With the Global Career: Travel Hacking Masterclass)by Richelle on December 18, 2020 at 1:45 pm
I’ll be honest… Travel hacking was something I always felt like I should be doing, but I was completely intimidated by the entire process. Booking flights with points and miles, hotel and airline status reward programs, having multiple credit cards with different bonuses… Where do I even start??! The post FINALLY Learning Travel Hacking (With the Global Career: Travel Hacking Masterclass) appeared first on Adventures Around Asia.
- 30 Perfect Gifts for Travelers (Who Can’t Travel Right Now) in 2020by Richelle on November 11, 2020 at 6:18 am
Travelers can be some of the hardest people to shop for. How do you buy gifts for people who prioritize experiences over “things”? A few Christmases ago, I made the mistake of saying I wanted some candles for my apartment in China, and I ended up with no less than 8 candles as gifts. Trust me, trying to make weight with a bunch of perfumed glass bricks in my bag wasn’t easy. Whoopsies! The post 30 Perfect Gifts for Travelers (Who Can’t Travel Right Now) in 2020 appeared first on Adventures Around Asia.
- The Freedom Life: October 2020by Richelle on November 4, 2020 at 2:47 pm
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info. What I Was Up to This Month This October, Chris and I took a little trip to Merisi for our one-year wedding anniversary! Shortly after, we moved to a new apartment and signed a year-long lease!! While things have been going great here in The post The Freedom Life: October 2020 appeared first on Adventures Around Asia.