Want to Move Abroad? These 10 Things Will Make It Less Intimidating

With some careful planning, you can minimize the stress of moving to a new country.

How many times have you scrolled through articles and social media posts filled with picture-perfect anecdotes and about moving abroad and thought, “That could be my life” or “It’s time to get out of here”? What you don’t see is the anxiety, indecisiveness, regrets, and general miscalculations and mistakes that happen behind the scenes. Moving to a new country not only takes guts, but it also takes a great amount of determination, effort, flexibility, and planning to have a successful move. First, no matter what cost of living estimate or expectations people share with you, you’re bound to incur unexpected fees or inconveniences, for example fluctuating costs of accommodation, food, recreational activities, taxes, medical expenses as well as maintaining a home. Creating a solid game plan will alleviate pre-move jitters and help you keep calm should issues arise.

Gods, Easels, and Graffiti: Asias 10 Best Art Villages

Discover Asia's most fascinating artist communities.

Walls are splashed with intricate graffiti, streets are lined with sculptures, back alleys brim with creative studios, and artists seem to be at work in every nook and around each corner. All across the continent, particular neighborhoods have become hubs for artists. Some of these communities have a history stretching back more than 500 years, while others have formed recently. From the Kolkata community that crafts Hindu gods to Seoul’s revitalized art village, Hanoi’s town of wooden idol craftsmen, and Bangkok’s canal of painters–here are 10 of Asia’s most interesting art enclaves.

15 of the United Kingdoms Most Epic Castles

These relics of a bygone age are just as awe-inspiring today as they were centuries ago.

While the age of kings, queens, and knights in shining armor is now largely confined to the realms of fantasy novels and elaborate TV shows, the soaring castles of that distant past are still very much with us. And while the medieval fortresses dotted around the landscape of the U.K. are no longer used for beating off hordes of invading marauders from land and sea, they do function as an epic window into a time when the land really was a Kingdom. Here are 15 of the best examples still with us.