Of all the questions you ask while preparing for travel abroad, how many of them have to do with mental wellness? Probably not many. Chances are the bulk of your focus is on tasks and logistics. Documents, regulations, accommodations, packing, and transportation take up a lot of mental bandwidth. But just as important is creating […]
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Contactless payment methods, such as Apple Wallet, Google Pay, and PayPal Tap to Pay, have become much more popular over the last year for public health reasons. But did you know contactless payment methods can also help keep you safe digitally? In most contactless transactions, the customer’s device emits a short-range signal that sends a […]
Do you feel like the world is in flux? Between the pandemic, social injustice, global human rights, and environmental and climate-related issues, we all have much to consider. In pre-pandemic offices, seeing a colleague face to face and noting their body language would tell us a lot about how they were feeling. Working remotely, we all […]
While lots of us were locked in place over the past 18 months, a great many people found themselves changing locations. They took advantage of the freedom to work from anywhere. Or they are now choosing among the many employment opportunities, trying something – or someplace – new. Deciding to move, or merely travel, involves more […]
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New jobs, new schools, new activities, new weather seasons…for many households around the globe, this time of year marks beginnings. As a reminder, here are a few basic things you can do now, and should do at least annually: Evaluate your insurance coverage. This can include home insurance, health insurance, and supplemental coverage depending upon your […]
Quickly becoming one of the most popular relocation policies, the lump sum option is a one-time, fixed payment provided by the employer to an employee to cover all relocation costs. While these programs became popular with U.S. domestic relocations over the past decade, companies are increasingly using lump sums for international relocations, which can be […]
Human beings are living longer, and at the same time we have become a more globally mobile society. Though the pandemic has slowed relocations, work-from-home options have opened up travel opportunities. What happens when a decision to move affects the care of an older family member?Whether you are caring for a parent in your home […]
After a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games have begun in Tokyo, Japan! Just over 11,000 athletes from 205 countries are converging upon the city to compete in 33 different sports, with millions of viewers around the globe. While live spectator attendance and travel to Japan have been […]
The importance of sustainability Today’s business world demands social, environmental, economic sustainability. These three are often call the main pillars of sustainability, corresponding to people, planet, and profits. Business leaders realize that creating long-term value will foster company longevity. There are many benefits to being a sustainable company: adding brand value, attracting new talent, creating new opportunities, increasing […]
I’d like to begin this piece with a shout-out to all educators. My husband was a math teacher for 35 years before moving into alumni relations this year. Lots of our friends and many of our neighbors are teachers. So even though our children are grown and we personally missed the challenge of remote learning […]
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While the pandemic has dramatically reduced international relocations and business travel, our clients have continued to access Living Abroad’s International Relocation Center and Global Business Travel Center. It’s no surprise that usage remained reasonably robust, but we wondered: What destinations generated the most interest in a time when most business travel, as well as many business plans, were […]
Here at Living Abroad, we’re excited to announce that we became certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) earlier this year. WBENC’s mission is to fuel economic growth globally by identifying, certifying, and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses. A business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by women and undergoes a rigorous certification process. Here are five reasons why […]
Question of the month: Where do I find LGBTQ information? Maybe you have heard some form of this question recently. Perhaps it came from a client, an employee, or as part of an RFP. For us, clients have been increasingly asking about this information, and we’ve been happy to direct them to the details we provide on […]
What statement is not true about departing Papua New Guinea with more than PGK20,000 (US$5,800)? a. You need approval from the Bank of Papua New Guinea. b. Customs officials can make exceptions if the excess is small. c. You brought in more than PGK20,0000 less than 6 months earlier and can prove it. d. Country rules apply even if the […]
Relocation everywhere — including within the United States — is being driven by new and exciting trends. More than ever, it seems, employees and their families are motivated to choose their locations by flexible options, welcoming environments, and personal ties. Even when an employee’s destination lies outside of a traditional metropolitan area in the USA, […]
Discussion is popping up everywhere about employees returning to the office. An interesting poll by the Best Practice Institute was cited on a recent Love + Relo show: “Some 83 percent of CEOs want employees back full-time, while only 10 percent of workers want back in.” Many employees believe that most jobs can be done […]
Globally mobile workers have long relied on Living Abroad’s experience bringing you superior content on a wide range of topics. But would it surprise you to know that we also have long experience working remotely? For more than a decade, our core team has worked from home, utilizing an office periodically for meetings and planning […]