An expat guide to living in the Hague, the Netherlands, including the cost of living in the Hague

An expat guide to living in the Hague, the Netherlands, including the cost of living in the Hague

Considering moving to the Hague, the Netherlands? The Hague has been my home for some months now and after having some difficult decisions on where to live in the Netherlands, my husband and I chose to move to the Hague. Living in the Hague was right for us for a number of reasons, in particular its low cost of living (for Holland), central location, and its international community. I got into the cost of living in the Hague, how to find housing in the Hague, the best neighborhoods in the Hague, and what the expat community in the Hague is like. (more…)

30+ Things To Know Before You Move To The Netherlands

30+ Things To Know Before You Move To The Netherlands

We just moved back to the Netherlands.  After living in Amsterdam, moving from the United States, we moved to Paris.  It didn’t work out and we’re back living in the Netherlands hoping to stay permanently, now in Zuid Holland.  Moving to the Netherlands for the second time has gotten me thinking in terms of stuff we didn’t know when we moved here or that I wish knew how it worked, so I hope you enjoy this remotely useful guide to things to know before you move to the Netherlands. 
Paris sucks: The truth about being a Paris expat & living in Paris

Paris sucks: The truth about being a Paris expat & living in Paris

“Paris is always a good idea,” declared Audrey Hepburn.  I thought that moving to Paris was a great idea until we were living in Paris.

If you’re coming here because you love Paris, you will probably love Paris (most of the time).  If you’re not a Francophile or you love to judge strangers, you will want to read this 3,000 word long article on why we don’t like living in Paris as expats and why we’re leaving France.

This is my opinion about being an expat in Paris and based on MY experiences living in Paris, so please read it before judging me.  I’ve included lots of pretty photos of Paris to compensate for being such a negative Nancy.

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Tips for traveling overseas with a cat & moving abroad with a cat

Tips for traveling overseas with a cat & moving abroad with a cat

If you’re considering moving abroad with your cat, you have a lot of work cut out for you. Moving from the United States to Europe (Netherlands to Belgium to Romania to France) with my cat has been interesting to say the least.  If you want to bring your cat with you when you move abroad, there are some important things to consider.  That said, if you’re not moving abroad, but only traveling abroad with your cat, there will be some helpful cat travel tips here.

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How to work abroad: Professional jobs to help you move abroad

How to work abroad: Professional jobs to help you move abroad

 Wondering how to become an expat? You need to find a job abroad! Here is a list of careers and advice to help you find international jobs! ​ Finding jobs abroad is much easier if you’re a professional with significant job experience and/or have a Masters/Ph.D. Depending on your career, living and working abroad with the right work experience is possible if you’re trying to figure out how to move abroad. Keep reading for tips from real expats! (more…)