Taxes for Expats

No matter where you reside – you must file a tax return. All US citizens and Green Card holders must (if they meet minimum filing thresholds) file an annual tax return reporting their worldwide income. There are deductions and exemptions available, but they are not automatic. In order to benefit from the myriad of exclusions – the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE), Foreign Tax Credit, Foreign Housing Exclusion, treaty exclusions, and many more – your tax return must be filed and tax saving tools utilized properly. Failure to…

How to slip into Serenity at Chimney Rock & Lake Lure NC

I feel like my spirit lived in Lake Lure in a previous life. It’s elevated every time I arrive and see the forested green of the pine trees surrounding the lake. Lake Lure sits in the Hickory Nut Gorge, surrounded by lush mountain tops and sheer granite cliffs. In the distance are the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Hickory …

Moody Skies at The Alamo in San Antonio

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The best cafes in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage city that is filled with cool cafes in beautiful old buildings. It’s an ideal place to stay and work, or recombobulate after roughing it through provincial Laos. I was there for a week so I got to visit most of the cafes. These were the highlights of my cafe hopping through Luang Prabang. Indigo Cafe Address: Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang Website: www.facebook.com/indigocafeluangprabang I always get a cafe latte so I can compare the difference between…

The Tokyo Experience That Gives You Culture, Food, And A Good Lesson For Life

What most of us look for when visiting a new place is a local, authentic experience that feels like we’re the first outsider to discover. The best place to find this intersection of culinary culture is to ask a few locals, “where do you eat?” In Tokyo, that’s exactly what I did, which lead me to Rangetsu to try sukiyaki &#…

Greatest Benefit of Long Term Family Travel?

Greatest Benefit of Long Term Family Travel?There are so many benefits to long term travel that it is hard to narrow it down to just one "greatest benefit".  There are so many benefits to long term travel that it is hard to narrow it down to just one "greatest benefit". It has been the best possible education for Mozart, plus taking the time to allow her to be fluent as well as literate in Mandarin and Spanish added life-long benefits. We …

Unplug and let nature work her magic

It happens every time we go for a walk in nature. “Do we have to?” It could be Savannah or Kalyra whining. You decide. “It’s so boring.” Is it? That’s interesting. What wouldn’t be boring to you.” I don’t know, playing games and fun stuff. My heart deflates a little with a, damn you society, with all your flashy gadgets pulling them away from the simplicity and beauty of nature and present moment awareness. “I’m…

The Mysterious Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges of Ireland catapulted to international fame, when they were used as a location, in filming a popular television series Game of Thrones. The Dark Hedges are a more than 200 years old avenue of beech trees, along Bregagh Road between Armory and Stranocum in County Antrim, Ireland. The mysterious Dark Hedges are the 6th stop in the series A World Far and Away. The beech…

Colorful River Walk in San Antonio

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Where I’m At: June, 2018 – Luang Prabang edition

Greetings from Luang Prabang and another edition of Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to and general site news. Where I’ve Been Saigon The month began in home-base Saigon, where I have a solid work-life routine. I have a fair bit of travel coming up over the next few months so I’…

Essential RV Travel Mobile Apps for 2018

It’s been a few years since we updated our list of favorite mobile apps for RVers. We just came off an extended RV trip for the winter season, and it was fun to see which apps we still love and new apps that have hit the market. So here it is, our updated list of mobile apps we consider our essentials to complement our road tripping lifestyle (note, we are an all Apple household, but if there’s an Android version we’ve listed it too.). Please …

Japan, side projects & being a Hobo CEO: Talk with Chris Kirkland

Hobo CEO Chris Kirkland speaking at Pecha Kucha Tokyo Chris Kirkland is one Hobo CEO we can all learn from. He started moving around after an extended vacation in Goa in 2004, at a time when there was practically no information to be found about the nomadic lifestyle. It’s extraordinary …

What To See And Do In Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion is the capital city of a country I’ve described as affectionately weird – one of the reasons you should travel to Paraguay. Oddities aside, there are plenty of tangible experiences in Asuncion that make it an interesting trip, even if it’s a short one from the few nearby cities with direct flights. Here’s how to explore Asuncion and embrace its culture, history, and yes, weirdness. On The Edge Asuncion is a city with pockets of activity and areas of isolation with such large contrast, you can feel …

Need a Beach Vacay? Best Things to do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Al

“I didn’t even know Alabama had beaches. It reminds me so much of the Gold Coast in Australia.” We heard this comment more than once from our Australian friends and followers. To be honest, it was a long time before I realized Alabama had beaches too. And even though I knew it was on the Gulf Shores and close to Pensacola in Florida, I still didn’t believe the beaches would be any good. Boy was I wrong. In fact, Alabama has 32 miles of white sand beaches. And it turns out that the best things…