Expat Guide: What I Wish I Knew Before Moving Abroad

In this bloggers-tell-all post, some of my favourite bloggers share the little bits of wisdom they wish they would have had before moving to another country. — “I absolutely love living in London – I came here to be with my fiancé, we have an incredible life here and I am finding it incredibly easy to make London my new home. However, I never thought that, if I loved London so much, I would still feel like I am missing out on home. Despite the fact that I am having incredible experiences and getting to travel all over Europe, it’s

Coping With the Fear of Death While Traveling

Before you click away – this isn’t some morbid, depressing post on life, death and the idea of traveling. I’m not going to tell you that nothing bad will ever happen while you’re on the road away from home. But I will tell you that those things might happen even if you’re sat in your mothers’ living room watching Say Yes to The Dress. The real point of this article is to remember that bad things happen and where we geographically are when those bad things do happen  doesn’t mean a thing. If you take one thing away from this

Expat Guide: Confessions of an Expat

Expat life definitely isn’t something I could explain to someone easily. It’s frustrating, exciting, confusing and very interesting to say the least. Here is where I tell all! Some of my relationships are a million times better because I live far away. Because I’m not there for the little fights and the every day drama (whether it’s with friends or family members), my relationships are more solid and based around catching up on exciting things instead of fighting over trivial things. It’s also helped me to realize which relationships are important in my life. I am still not fluent the native

Moving Abroad Series: Gina from HowToStepMom

Gina, from HowtoStepMom, moved from Rotterdam (Holland) to British Columbia (Canada) to live with her then boyfriend/now husband and his 2 kids. Not only did she need to adjust to expat life, but she also became a step-mom in the process!! Gina is a lover of design (without the funds), an amateur first-time gardener (hoping not to kill all her vegetables) and aspiring world traveler.   Visit Gina’s little slice of the web at www.howtostepmom.com, and follow her on Facebook. Imagine your life as a 21-year-old girl living in one of the largest cities in Holland, Rotterdam. You’re fresh out of

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – Review

On a recent trip to Vienna, Austria, I made it a goal to stop at Md. Tussaud’s Wax Museum located in the Prater entertainment park. I had never been to a wax museum before, I had no idea what to expect – so of course, I Google’d. I was so impressed with the reviews of this place that I knew I had to go. I was not let down!! This place is great, and a definite MUST SEE if you’re in Vienna. Visit the official Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum (Vienna) website HERE. You can also see my full 10 hour day itinerary

Some Things I STILL Don’t Get About Belgium (After 3 Years)

Let me be the first to say that Belgium is (for the most part) a beautiful, awesome country to live in. Like anywhere else, it has it’s problems – but I love the life we’ve built here. I like Belgians (again, for the most part) and this post is to be taken with that proverbial grain of salt. This is an expat making some jokes and ranting about Belgium culture shock, and things that don’t actually really matter. Over the last few years, I’ve written posts on Belgium Culture Shock (part one, two and three). I’ve learned to cope with/love a

5 Reasons to Move Your Pet Abroad With You

When I told my family that I was taking my cat, Tessa, with me to Belgium the next time I moved – I’m fairly certain they didn’t believe me. My dad just shook his head and said “you’d do anything for that cat wouldn’t you, you crazy girl?” My mother said that “the beast would be happiest with me if I can make it work (plus that way she wouldn’t have to take care of her anymore while I traveled.)” Moving abroad without her the first time (2013) was so awful, I knew I had to do whatever it took

Expat Guide: Pregnancy in Belgium (First Trimester)

So, you’re pregnant! Congratulations!  … The first trimester of your pregnancy in Belgium will either seem very long or very short – depending on when you find out you’re pregnant. The first trimester (lasting until midway through your 13th week of pregnancy) is such an exciting and anxious time. Being completely new to pregnancy, it’s natural to have a bunch of questions – and if you’re in a country you’re not native to – those questions multiply by about a thousand! Your (first trimester) pregnancy in Belgium may go a little something like this;  THE FIRST STEP: After a positive pregnancy

Travel Pray Love’s New Direction – Building a Life Abroad

While the last few years have been focused on travel and all the adventures that come with moving to another country, it’s time for Travel Pray Love to look in a new direction. Don’t worry – we are still a travel blog, we still love to travel and we will definitely still share itineraries and photos from around the globe. However, when we aren’t traveling, we will be focusing more on building a life in a new country. This blog has been a personal outlet for my immigration frustrations, a way I can share our story with the world and