For all of my neuroses made worse by London weather conditions—an aversion to flat hair, a desire to wear Fendi sunglasses when its been overcast for, I don’t know, three years, a heinous propensity to lose umbrellas—I am really going to miss this place.
You’re sitting at your desk, but in reality you’re elsewhere. Sunning in Malaysia, luxuriating over tapas in Madrid. While the rest of your friends are planning their Thursday night, you’re still stuck in a foreign port. There is an art to coming home. Rule #1? Be wherever you are right now.
When Soulja Boy advised us all to kiss him through the phone, he obviously didn’t have international travel plans in mind. Phone service can be one of the most troubling aspects of adjusting to expat life, but we have a few tips to prevent heinous roaming charges and communication meltdowns.
Someone should start a support group for untouched travel diaries and abandoned blogs. Recording your exploits is an integral part of the experience, so we’ve come up with three fool-proof ways to keep score WITHOUT uttering the words, “Dear Diary.” Warning: you NEVER saw these coming!
Travel diaries are short-lived pipe dreams at best, nonexistent at worst! And travel blogs? For the few who have maintained them, I salute you. Cyberspace is clouded with half-hearted attempts at documenting journeys, but we at RSJ have a solution. Have you ever considered a Tumblr?
A close friend of mine always reminds me in times of trouble that “poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.” I don’t know where he picked up that catch phrase, but it’s profoundly true…most of the time. And then sometimes it isn’t.
This is the first post of our YSP [You Should Probably...] series. Future topics will cover all of the things that will make your life easier (and more exciting) while abroad — from the common sensical to the totally unconventional. Today we’ll be talking about using Twitter in place of overpriced international texting. What is it about...