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An expat’s guide to preparing for natural disasters

When it comes to preparing for natural disasters, expats can be excused for feeling lost. They might not have grown up in a country or city prone to earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tropical storms, wildfires or tornados. So they don’t have the experience of watching parents of friends prepare themselves for…

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30 Travel tips from (almost) 20 years of travelling

Doing maths in the morning is never a signal that the day will go well (for me). But when it means working out exactly how long I’ve been hopping on planes to the other side of the world, there’s a slight silver lining. Yes, I’m older than I feel or…

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10 Things to avoid on a plane or in an airport

I went home to Sydney last week for a few days, which meant a big chunk of flying in a small amount of time. It gave me the chance to experience some pretty awful behaviour on the part of some travellers. And since I’m nothing if not polite and accommodating,…

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My Health Record for Australian expats

While the Australian government truly begins the job of convincing people that its online health record plan will ultimately benefit them, Australian expats might be left scratching their heads. Will it be at all useful to the thousands of Australian expats spread across the globe? Should we be worried about…

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How to watch Australian World Cup games from the US

Confession time: I am a World Cup fan and the 2018 World Cup tournament will be the first where I won’t be setting alarms for 1.40AM to watch my favourite teams take to the field. Instead I’m in the US (on the east coast at that), and have no clue how…

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A Guide to bringing pets to Australia

Bringing pets to Australia is a much more nuanced and prolonged process than taking them out of the same country. Australia’s stringent quarantine laws are well-known throughout the world. And they can strike fear into the hearts of expats and repats alike. If you’re looking into bringing your pet into…

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Expat Engagement: Marrying an American Citizen

There’s a ring on my left hand that wasn’t there a couple of weeks ago and it’s sparkling at me as I sit at my laptop (eating Cheetos). I’m trying to figure what to say about finally being engaged to the man that I’ve wanted to marry for a while…

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More ‘only in America’ moments

Every time I think that I’ve scraped the very bottom of the ‘Only in America’ barrel, I come across more delightfully US-centric things that leave me laughing or shaking my head. I’d promise that this will be the last in my series of posts, which have so far included: US…

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How to apply for an Australian passport in the USA

We’ve talked about getting your children Australian Citizenship by descent and now it’s time to get into the mechanics of how to apply for an Australian passport in the USA. But first, a little cautionary tale from an Aussie expat who married an American woman and raised a family here.…

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Australian citizenship for babies born overseas

Getting Australian citizenship for babies born overseas is a pretty straight-forward process. But there are a few things you should know before you begin, so that you can plan ahead and apply for Australian citizenship for yourself or your child at the best time for you. Some Australians choose not…

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You know you’re an Aussie expat when…

You know you’re an Aussie expat when you find yourself nodding your head to a few or many of these situations. Maybe that should be changed to “you know you’re a seasoned Aussie expat” when… In any case, there are around 200,000 Aussie expats living in the US alone, and…

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E3 visa interview (your step-by-step guide)

As the date of your E3 visa interview looms, there’s no need to get nervous or worried about what’s in store. Lots of Australian expats looking for work in the US have been there before you and have a good idea of what to expect. We detailed everything you need…

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