At last- we return with a back to school episode! What better theme for this time of year than learning to make new friends? Moving to a new country often means uprooting your social life, so this time on GTFO, Caroline and Tara share the challenges and successes they have had making friends abroad in their new home. Bonus: this is the first episode recorded live and in person, with just one microphone.
"But what about healthcare?" This is a question we've received numerous times so... here are our thoughts on health care, health insurance, and staying healthy while living in a different country. Every country is different, and we expect this will be a topic we'll return to in the future. Thanks for your questions and thanks for listening!
This episode covers a topic lots of people have been asking about: MONEY. While we are not accountants or experts in finance, we are each able to share tips and strategies for dealing with your money as an expat. Learn about banking, hidden rules, and other things we've often learned the hard way living abroad and having accounts both at home and in our new countries.
For this first episode of our Expat Chat feature, we begin with Tara's parents, who moved her and their family to Saudi Arabia when she was a child. Tara was truly able to say "I learned it from you" to her parents when she decided to move abroad to Ireland.
This episode takes us to the final hours before Caroline departs for Berlin on her big move. Get inside the experience of really moving 6,000 miles away from home as Caroline wraps up her final details, gets rid of last items and prepares herself (and her husband and cats) to GTFO for real.
We all have it and how we manage it can determine moving options. Stuff. On this episode, we talk about what to do with all your stuff. Tara and Caroline both downsized in a major way but made different decisions on whether to ship stuff over. This is a great listen if you're feeling like your stuff is weighing you down.
We wanted to start with the topics that worry most would-be expats the most, the most essential of which is obviously housing. It can be really scary to uproot your life and move to an entirely new place, so learn how to find a home in your new city and country. Tara and Caroline had different approaches but are both now happily housed in Dublin and Berlin. Happy listening and planning!
The adventure begins! We travel back in time to this past summer, before Caroline moved to Berlin and begin the conversations between her and Tara about how to get through the process of paring down all the things and moving Caroline, her husband, and their pets abroad. Tara's expertise from her own move to Dublin is essential to navigate this process.
After traveling back to the US for the holidays, Caroline and Tara catch up about what it's like to visit the US after having lived elsewhere. Hear about the questions you'll get asked after moving, what your family is really worried about and strategies to make the most of your visit.