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Nasty But Necessary Travel Topic: How to Roam Without Bringing Bed Bugs Home

July 9th, 2014

Nasty But Necessary Travel Topic: How to Roam Without Bringing Bed Bugs Home  By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Associate for Living Abroad  Recently, a very close friend of mine discovered that his house was infested with bed bugs. I know! I know! Who gets bed bugs these days besides those who reside in rundown neighborhoods that are in filthy condition? The troubling news is that bed bugs do not discriminate. They can set up camp anywhere from the poshest hotels to the most hygienically maintained households. And, they are on the rise.  So, how did my friend’s house get hijacked by these hard-to-get-rid-of... Read More

Going International with Airbnb

May 12th, 2014

Going International With Airbnb By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Associate for Living Abroad There is a movement in the world of travel that has been building momentum for a decade or longer. It’s centered around the idea of shared travel experiences within local communities. Airbnb, house swapping, house sitting, shared transportation and more are giving the more traditional travel options a run for their money. Hotels are no longer the only option. Hostels and pensions no longer hold a place in the travel world as the lone non-mainstream way to go. I have been experimenting with a variety... Read More

How to Rent an Apartment in Europe for Less

March 13th, 2014

How to Rent an Apartment in Europe for Less By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Associate for Living Abroad Fancy living on the Mediterranean? Ever found yourself dreaming about a second home abroad? Whether your cup of tea is a big metropolitan city like Paris or Dublin, a seaside town in Spain or a remote village in Italy, finding a temporary home can turn out to be a tad less expensive if you follow a couple of  — OK, three — simple rules. Let me preface the valuable suggestions I am about to give you by first saying that I have rented many apartments abroad. In most ways, I prefer... Read More

Five Reasons Why Lisbon Is On My List of Top Ten European Cities

January 24th, 2014

Five Reasons Why Lisbon Is On My List of Top Ten European Cities by Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Living Abroad Associate If you are like me and find yourself drawn to southern European countries and cultures, consider Portugal. While I have not spent an enormous amount of time there yet, I have had the pleasure of enjoying the beautiful capital city of Lisbon. What does Lisbon have to offer? Plenty. Here are five things about Lisbon that appealed to me almost immediately and helped to place Portugal on my list of top European countries to visit, long or short-term. 1. Walking I enjoy walking... Read More

10 Reasons To Live in Spain

December 15th, 2013

10 Reasons To Live in Spain by Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Living Abroad Associate Snowbirds have been around for a long time. All those northern retirees that head south for the winter do so to escape the cold. Playing golf year round, relieving the symptoms of seasonal disorder with lots of sunshine and staying mobile becomes a little easier when the weather cooperates. Florida, Arizona and new Mexico have been beckoning snowbirds for years. I have joined the ranks of winter travelers, too. However, my plans involve going to Spain. This isn\’t just a fantasy. I have been heading to... Read More

Is It Safe For Women to Travel Alone?

October 16th, 2013

Is It Safe For Women to Travel Alone? By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Expert on Living Abroad Very recently, I returned home from another great trip abroad. I was in Ireland, which is like a second home to me, enjoying some leisure time and sightseeing before I attended the TBEX travel blogger’s conference which was being held in Dublin. I even got to take a much anticipated trip into Northern Ireland for the first time. As usual, while preparing for my trip, I reviewed the common safety practices that I adhere to when traveling solo. People often ask me if it is safe for women to travel alone.... Read More

If You\’ve Ever Fantacized About A Carefree Life As an Expat “Island Girl,” These Two Unique (English-Speaking) Islands — Malta and Saba — Just May Suit You Perfectly

August 21st, 2013

If You\’ve Ever Fantacized About A Carefree Life As an Expat “Island Girl,” These Two Unique (English-Speaking) Islands — Malta and Saba — Just May Suit You Perfectly By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Expert on Living Abroad There is something rather otherworldly about living on an island. During the course of my travels, I have lived long term on two islands, the isle of Malta and the isle of Saba. Even though these two islands are separated by quite a distance and don\’t even occupy the same sea, they share many similarities. If you have fancied island... Read More

Is Renting a House Abroad a Good Option?

June 14th, 2013

Is Renting a House Abroad a Good Option? By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Expert on Living Abroad   Living abroad has a lot to offer to those of us who have found ourselves dubbed by social media as either baby boomers, empty-nesters or anxious retirees. There are lots of us! Many are women, too. Some of us are single women. Others have partners. A significant number of us are in search of a lifestyle that is a bit different from our parent\’s lives when they retired. We\’re not interested in sitting at the end of the road twiddling our thumbs and baking cookies. Our lives prior... Read More

Living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

May 18th, 2013

Living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Expert on Living Abroad   I\’m an international house sitter and world traveler. I\’ve been traveling long-term for almost nine years now, often using this comfortable and inexpensive housing solution to make my travels easier. I tend to take care of the homes of expatriates, largely British, American and Canadian expats. So although I am not an expatriate myself, I certainly have had the pleasure of enjoying the homes, gardens, pets and exotic locations of many successful retirees who have chosen to live... Read More

Can Learning a Second Language Save Your Gray Cells?

April 11th, 2013

Can Learning a Second Language Save Your Gray Cells? By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Expert on Living Abroad Women are on the road. Women of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures are discovering the many joys of travel, even traveling solo. It is the truth that today\’s woman is more independent than ever before. I recently received plenty of evidence of this phenomena while attending Spanish school at the Malaca Instituto in Spain for two weeks. Yes, there were also plenty of young men and women at the institute, but I was most impressed by the students over 50 who were enthusiastically... Read More