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04 Apr
Landscape scenery of road by the lough inagh with mountains in the background at Connemara National park in county Galway, Ireland

What Is Your Deal-Breaker?

It’s becoming harder and harder to determine what is the First World and what is—to use the politically correct term—the developing world. I spent time working in the developing world in the mid-‘90s. Chad might not have even been considered developing when I was there. The capital city N’Djamena had an international airport but not [...]
08 Feb
US dollar bill and 1040 tax individual refund form

Can Living Overseas Mean You Owe Less To The IRS?

Can living overseas mean you owe less to the IRS? In short: Yes. But you need to be careful. Simply moving outside the United States does not remove your obligation to pay U.S. taxes. U.S. citizens must file a return with the IRS every year, regardless of where in the world they reside. But living [...]
16 Oct
Camel caravan at Gobi desert. This is a famous place part of the silk road in Dunhuang, Gansu, China. silk road

The Silk Road—Part 2: Ancient Cities, And A VIP Invite

“Few people like you make it this far,” our guide Anthony told us with a big smile as we approached the ruins of the central pagoda of the 2,300-year-old city of Jiaohe. He meant white people. In this part of this country, the travelers are nearly all Chinese. The burgeoning local middle class is keen [...]
21 Sep
Private Jet in airport. disaster strikes

What To Do When Disaster Strikes

The thing bluewater sailing teaches you… is that if something goes wrong on a boat, you are all alone. The sensible person always has a backup plan, a Plan B. In my 20s, I sailed a small yacht, mostly solo, three-fourths of the way around the world. This journey took seven years. (My sailboat is [...]
02 Mar
IRS

IRS Tax Filing Requirements For Americans Overseas

If you’re an American, it’s that time of year again. Time to begin preparing to meet your April 15 obligations. I meet mine each year by filing an extension. Living overseas allows me an automatic extension to June 15, but better, I think, to file the formal extension Form 4868 to get a full added […]