About Living Abroad

Our story…

Established in 1987, Living Abroad is still the #1 provider of detailed, relevant, easy-to-read, information designed specifically for global assignees and business travelers.  We offer reports for over 190 destinations, more than any other company.

That means if you are moving employees around the globe, or managing business travelers, you can tap into over 30 years of experience, a wealth of trusted information, and an exclusive suite of innovative tools to remove the all guesswork from your assignments. 

Living Abroad is a supporter of and participant with key industry organizations such as the Worldwide ERC, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), The Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Global HRNews. Living Abroad also runs the New York City chapter of the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM).

over 1,000,000+

People Moved


Companies Helped


Countries Served

120,000 Miles

Of cumulative travels


Awkward office moments

Michael Cadden

Managing Director

Soon after joining Craighead Publications in 1995 Michael became the force behind converting the printed publications of country information to the Web. With that success he later became the Managing Director of Living Abroad LLC in 2002 and is behind its highly successful transformation, culminating with the acquisition of the legacy Craighead business in 2008. He has created several breakthrough presentations and delivered them dozens of times in the USA, Latin America and Europe. Winning topics have included “10 Year Trends in Global Mobility” (2005), “The Dark Side of Short-term Assignments” (2006), “Relocating Generation Y” (2007), “Technology and Global Mobility” (2008) and “Technology vs. Global Employee Privacy” (2009/10)

Cathy Heyne

Managing Director

As Managing Director of Living Abroad, Cathy has been involved with the core service, the International Relocation Center, for 18 years. Cathy oversaw the successful transition of hard copy to the current online service under the Craighead name. Current clients of Living Abroad are many of the Fortune 1000 and government organizations. Cathy has presented many times at past FEM conferences as well as other events on the topic of "Technology Tools for Short-term Assignees and Business Travelers." She is co-facilitator of the Forum for Expatriate Management New York City Chapter, which brings mobility thought leaders to the corporate community through monthly meetings.

Ellen Harris

International Product Director

Ellen Harris, a Boston native, has lived in the New York metro area for over 30 years while raising two sons. For more than 20 years, she has managed and grown the International Relocation Center and other products – first as a freelance editor and currently as Product Manager, Content Group. She has been published many times in trade publications, has a Meritorious Service Award from ERC, and embraces Content Strategy as a fundamental piece of good client experiences. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a BA in English and a minor in Business.

Erin Fitzgerald

International Content Manager

Erin Fitzgerald has lived in western New York State, Dublin, Ireland, Washington, DC, and the New York City metropolitan area. Before joining Living Abroad as International Content Manager in 2010, she worked as a writer in higher education, and in corporate relocation. Erin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and leads writing workshops for several literary organizations.

Don’t take our word for it

What our customers say about us

We use the Living Abroad International Relocation Center as a primary resource for our international assignees seeking relocation and cultural information. Having such a current and complete site for all of the locations where we do business lets us focus on the company-specific information that only we can provide. 

With limited resources and an increase in short term assignees, the Living Abroad International Business Traveler website is an important tool we provide our assignees. It provides information they can use preparing for their assignment as while as on the ground information.  All employees can benefit from the valuable information Living Abroad provides.  

By aggregating hard-to-find information and insights that can’t be sourced elsewhere, Living Abroad saves assignees and their families countless hours of unproductive frustration.   It’s no stretch to say this would be employee time better spent contributing to the bottom line or other key performance indicators.