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              Making a living as a freelance writer is not always easy and I often have to take what comes my way. However, sometimes I get lucky and I end up working for an interesting company that encourages travel. Enter HelpGoAbroad.    HelpGoAbroad is a website that provides a platform linking travel programs, such as study abroad, teach abroad, volunteer abroad, and intern abroad, with people who are interested in going overseas. Websites, non-profits, schools, universities, and any other organizations that promote travel programs and...

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This is the third time I have tried to complete this post. I have color coordinated the entries for easier convenience. It is now 2014 and, thankfully, I am not in the same state of mind I was when I last touched this piece. I am in a better place and I do not feel quite so despondent. I will not write about the shattering event that took place at the end of September and through mid-October, nor some of the other more personal blows that continued to rain through until early...

Due to the popularity of the Top Ten TCK Quirks, I decided to make a part 2! Enjoy:     1. Our tolerance threshold is higher than most people   Remember that time your parents took you to see Komodo dragons on a tiny island in Indonesia and you had to sleep on the floor of a concrete building with rats running over your face? Yeah, I was seven years old.    TCK childhoods: Dodging gigantic flesh eating insects since we were in diapers (gif credit Eric Linn)   Most...

See how hard it is to leave beautiful Alanya?   Moving never gets any easier. Losing yet another home is hard and no amount of excitement for the next stage quite masks the hollowness you feel as you pack up the house. The feeling is always the same. The oppressive heat (I always seem to move during summers and in tropical climates), and the intermingling smell of chemicals (cleaning and paint) and slight dustiness as I disturb the softly sleeping piles of stuff that I have not touched in a...

“Don’t worry, we don’t drug test new students until three months into the school year.” This was the reassurance my new guidance counselor provided me when I moved to the International School of Manila. Dressed in a khaki uniform with a strange school’s logo emblazoned on my left shoulder, I questioned how he arrived at this judgment. Was it my nose piercing that I had gotten in Florence at the age of fourteen? If so, he was wrong. That was in honor of living in India for eight years. Was it...

Take a look at Sea Change Mentoring!One of the most challenging aspects of being an expat is providing the proper care for children. Not in the sense of nourishment or shelter, but in the potentially neglected emotional impact of relocating to a foreign country. All too often there is a disconnect in the communication between the issues that expats face and those experienced by their burgeoning third culture kids. A TCK is someone who has spent a significant amount of their developmental years outside of their passport country. These children create their...

A Third Culture Kid/Global Nomad as an expat in Turkey and working as a digital entrepreneur.IntroductionLabels can be both incredibly limiting and extremely necessary. I have no issue with labels when they are self-identified. Labels can be used to project different sides of a person to the world. They give an immediate introduction, especially if everyone is on the same page for what different labels mean. That is where the problem lies. Labels mean different things to different people. There are also a ton of labels that can be applied to...

Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Yes, there will be a full post on this magical place.   I think I should have become a travel agent for my career. Who knows, I might still in the future! I love planning trips. I love planning trips almost as much as I love going on the trips themselves. Whenever I am stressed out or have a lot on my plate, I will drop everything and just spend a couple of hours researching a trip that I will most likely never go on. It is a bit of...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Unsettled TCK! Picture from the annual Christmas Fair in Alanya.Mosque and a Christmas tree in harmony. Taken during the annual Christmas fair in Alanya. Entrance to Alanya's annual Christmas Fair. Trees, Santa, ships, shops, carol singers, and cookies at the annual Christmas Fair in Alanya.I am currently spending Christmas with my Gentleman Friend (I'm experimenting with his label) in Alanya and even went to Antalya to spend a couple of days in the big city. This is also the home region of Saint Nicholas, so clearly...

Herded to the arrivals gate after a bomb scare in Kota Kinabalu.The most disorganized search ever in Kota Kinabalu.I have a great affinity for airports. I don't know if this is a TCK thing or a just-me thing, but I love airports. Not all airports, of course. Some I merely endure long enough to get on a plane and escape. But, by and large, I feel very comfortable in airports. I don't enjoy checking-in or passport control or security, but I love what comes after. The shopping, the food, the drinks:...