8 reasons to love Zagreb

8 reasons to love Zagreb

So many people see Zagreb as an airport to fly into when they can’t get a direct flight to Dubrovnik. They’re missing out. Here’s what I love about Zagreb Secret cafes So many of the best cafes and bars in Zagreb can be found down alleyways and in courtyards. This...
Red Bank, NJ: A perfect day trip

Red Bank, NJ: A perfect day trip

So many of the things I thought were cool as a high schooler haven’t aged so well. Just about everything. Somehow, Red Bank is still one of my favorite spots to spend a Saturday. Back in the oh so charming town of Red Bank New Jersey tonight. This place has...
A digital nomad’s guide to Cologne

A digital nomad’s guide to Cologne

Cologne is hardly the most popular city for visitors to Germany, but I can’t seem to stay away from it. It may only be Germany’s 4th largest city, but it’s my personal favorite. What to do and see I’ve obsessively researched Cologne’s history, from it’s Roman...
Baltimore in a day

Baltimore in a day

Baltimore is a pretty unique city. It’s the last real affordable city in America. It’s got a fantastic walkable downtown core, a bustling streetscape, solid transit connections, and great architecture. They call it charm city for a reason. Except for when they don’t....
The layover: 8 hours in Toronto

The layover: 8 hours in Toronto

The shiny new Union-Pearson Express will get you from Pearson Airport (YYZ) to Union Station in 30 minutes. Take this time to charge your phones and get in a quick catnap. You’ve already seen your first Toronto landmark: Union Station. Look across the street and...
Rotterdam for design nerds

Rotterdam for design nerds

As soon as you step out of Rotterdam’s Blaak Station, you’re looking at Piet Blom’s famous Cube Houses. Turn around and you’ll see the Markthal. The Cube Houses form a pedestrian bridge over the highway, from Blaak Station to the Oude Haven. Across the harbor is...
Florence

Florence

I had the unfortunate experience of visiting Florence at the height of tourist season, at the hottest time of year. The days were oppressive. At night the stones oozed with the heat of the sun. Tour groups clogged every passageway. While my intent was to see all the...
Before you go

Before you go

When people think about planning an extended trip, they imagine they’ll need to book flights and accommodation. There’s a little more to it than that. There is always something that will go wrong, every time. Here are some simple things you can do before you go to...
Drinking our way through Brussels

Drinking our way through Brussels

This tiny city of less than 200,000 people likes to think of itself as the capital of Europe. A good chunk of that, about 50,000 people, are temporary workers. Charming streets #bruxelles #streets #pedestrianstreets #cobblestone #wandereverywhere #winterwalks...
A digital nomad’s guide to South London

A digital nomad’s guide to South London

South London rarely makes the itinerary of visitors. It’s very much worth your time to make a detour to these South London neighborhoods   Peckham When I told friends I was staying in Peckham, there were three responses: I’ve literally never heard of this supposed...
A remote workers guide to downtown Vancouver

A remote workers guide to downtown Vancouver

My first trip to Vancouver was a bit of a whirlwind. I was there for — believe it or not — in-person all day meetings. I still managed to walk my feet off and explore downtown. But only downtown. For that reason, we’re going to pretend Mount Pleasant and...
Parks Canada sites near Toronto

Parks Canada sites near Toronto

When people think of Canadian parks, Banff immediately comes to mind. Luckily for those of us in Toronto, that’s hardly the only Parks Canada site worth visiting. There are lots of national sites that are accessible from Toronto without a flight or an epic road trip....
Why you want the Mobile Passport app

Why you want the Mobile Passport app

US Customs and Border protection is getting hip with #mobilepasport, their Mobile Passport app. If you don’t travel enough for a trusted traveler program to be worth it (it’s always worth it, but to each his own) and you live in one of these cities, Mobile...
The real trick to packing light

The real trick to packing light

I used to have a stuffed closet. I actually had two closets. Packed to the gills. I had so so many pairs of jeans. A zillion tshirts. Formal dresses. Thrift store finds for any occasion, no matter how unlikely. Costumes from every costume party I’d ever attended (and...
How to win the US Green Card lottery

How to win the US Green Card lottery

You’ve probably heard of the green card lottery, officially called the Diversity Visa Program(DV). Each year, the US invites 50k people from countries with low rates of immigration to the US to apply for permanent resident (PR) status. Each year’s green card lottery...
A tax guide for Americans in Canada

A tax guide for Americans in Canada

By now you know that the US retains the right to tax your worldwide income so long as you retain your US citizenship, regardless of residency. You also know Canada taxes your worldwide income if you live in Canada. That may leave you wondering how any American can...
A newcomer’s guide to filing taxes in Canada

A newcomer’s guide to filing taxes in Canada

If you’re a newcomer to Canada, you might be nervous about filing taxes in Canada for the first time. I’m going to walk you through what to expect when filing taxes in Canada as a newcomer. I’m not an accountant or lawyer, I’m an American living in Canada who files...
My first year in Canada

My first year in Canada

Today’s my Torontoversary! A year ago today I became a permanent resident of Canada. When we left Brooklyn for Toronto, there were certain things I knew I’d miss. Since we’d spent a good amount of time in Toronto before making it official (in fact, we had apartments...
7 AirBnB alternatives

7 AirBnB alternatives

We’ve all heard some AirBnB horror stories. Perhaps you’ve had one of your own. Staying in a home is so much more comfortable than a hotel, but no one wants to deal with a company that offers support only after you get on the nightly news (if then!)....
How to increase your Express Entry score

How to increase your Express Entry score

10 ways to increase your CRS score Want to get an Express Entry ITA? Here’s what you need to know. There’s one Express Entry question we get all the time: How can I increase my CRS points? The comprehensive ranking system (CRS) is designed to quantify your...
How to survive a Canadian winter

How to survive a Canadian winter

People’s first response when they heard that I was moving to Canada was always “But it’s so cold!” While Canada is not the Arctic wasteland most people imagine it to be, it does get cold in the winter. If you’re coming from a place that doesn’t have real winters,...
The remote worker’s guide to Ottawa

The remote worker’s guide to Ottawa

I moved to Canada without having ever visited Ottawa. Clearly I needed to visit Ottawa as soon as possible. If you’ve heard Ottawa is boring, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Friends in Toronto suggested Ottawa didn’t have a lot to offer, but there...
2016 year in review

2016 year in review

Most of this year was taken up with immigrating to Canada and then writing a book about the process. With both of us working full time, it’s been a busy year! Life is better in Canada. A post shared by Cori Carl (@sheepdontswim) on Oct 20, 2016 at 1:52pm PDT It...
Planning your life in Canada, for Americans

Planning your life in Canada, for Americans

With Canada’s immigration system weighted to favor the young, few newcomers look into how their Social Security benefits will transfer, how remote workers can save for retirement, or how their move will impact their disability coverage. I’m not a financial planner, an...
Cumberland Gap National Park, USA

Cumberland Gap National Park, USA

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park isn’t particularly well known. Wedged between Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, the main entrance and visitor center is in Middlesboro, Kentucky. The visitor center is the best place to start, so you can buy tickets for...
What not to miss in Konstanz, Germany

What not to miss in Konstanz, Germany

Konstanz was a small city that is lovely to visit, but a little too quiet for me as a university student. It’s a beautiful place to spend a weekend or a very relaxing week. The old town is charming and the lake views are beautiful. The city is perched at the...
Rochester Public Market

Rochester Public Market

Public markets are always fun to visit. They tell you so much about a city — especially since it’s nearly impossible to go and not end up chatting with a local. The Rochester Public Market has fed the city since 1827. You can get just about anything here...
48 hours in Hamilton, Ontario

48 hours in Hamilton, Ontario

I love taking short trips, so I’ve been asking around about places to visit outside of Toronto. This is what I learned about Hamilton from random people I spoke to: Toronto is expensive and Hamilton is cheap (from people who live there) It was a major industrial city...
Canada’s Federal Government

Canada’s Federal Government

As capital, Ottawa is the seat of Canada’s government. Canada has a Westminster style federal parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy. It has one of the most stable democracies in the world and one of the most democratic nations. The provinces of Canada...
Abandoned Camp Evans, NJ

Abandoned Camp Evans, NJ

Growing up, everyone has that place they always wonder about. It lies unknown, forbidden, behind a stone wall or closed doors. Camp Evans was that place for me, a semi-abandoned military base behind a barbed wire fence and guards. There were signs warning of patrol...
Immigrating as a Provincial Nominee

Immigrating as a Provincial Nominee

Because different regions of Canada have different economies and cultures, this program allows Canadian provinces and territories to select potential immigrants based on their needs. This is the purpose of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). How the Provincial...
NOLA

NOLA

New Orleans will forever stand out to me as the first place I ever saw a man dragged out of his car by a mob and beaten. No, there are no photos in here of...
How to experience Toronto like a local

How to experience Toronto like a local

First, it’s pronounced Turrono. Or something like that. Things you have to do while in Toronto Go shopping for vinyl, VHS tapes, and cassettes Toronto really is ten years behind. Eat poutine and be super judgemental Is it better than Montreal? Which local place...
A remote worker’s guide to Montreal

A remote worker’s guide to Montreal

Everyone loves Montreal. It inspires a passion that Toronto just doesn’t. It’s a tiny, French-speaking city that’s been mostly forgotten by the Canadian economy, but it’s still the city visitors (and Canadians) gush about. It’s a Catholic...
Becoming a Canadian citizen

Becoming a Canadian citizen

So, you want a Canadian passport. Maybe you want to be able to sew on a Canadian flag patch. Maybe you want to travel longer than PR status allows. Maybe you want to avoid US Taxes. Maybe you want to run for office. Regardless of your motives, here’s how to do...
Abandoned Fort Tilden

Abandoned Fort Tilden

If you’re at the Flatbush Junction Target, you’re right at the start of the Q35 bus route. Take it to the end and you’ll find yourself at the entrance to what was once Fort Tilden. This old military base is now part of Gateway National Recreation...
Hudson River State Hospital

Hudson River State Hospital

We went to Poughkeepsie to go to the Walkway Over the Hudson. That picture is from below because we never made it. Or, rather, we kept walking. While on the train up, we realized we would be so close to Hudson River State Hospital, so we may as well take a look. Even...
How to find a job in Canada

How to find a job in Canada

How to find a job in Canada You don’t need a job to move to Canada, but it helps. The idea of moving to another country without a job lined up is, well, terrifying. Canadian immigration programs require that you either have a job offer, money to support...
Ocean Grove, Asbury Park & Bradley Beach

Ocean Grove, Asbury Park & Bradley Beach

While the rest of the shore is known for partying, a la the MTV show, Ocean Grove is a community of tranquil Victorian homes. Asbury Park is (quite a bit) more hip. Bradley Beach is a quiet family town that still has plenty of stuff to do. The heart of Asbury Park is...
A remote worker’s guide to Zagreb

A remote worker’s guide to Zagreb

Croatia is often overlooked by American tourists, but has long been a popular destination for Europeans. That’s mostly in part because much of Croatia has been part of Austria, Italy, and Hungary at various times throughout history. While part of the EU, Croatia isn’t...
Setting up your apartment in Canada

Setting up your apartment in Canada

Once you’ve signed a lease or bought a condo, it’s time to turn your empty place into a home. Before you move in, you’ll need light, heat, water, internet, and furniture. How to move to Canada Utilities Insurance Furnishings Utilities Unless you’re okay with living in...
Our afternoon in Gary, Indiana

Our afternoon in Gary, Indiana

Gary, Indiana isn’t really known for being a nice place. I didn’t want to go to Gary for ruin porn. I knew of it as a symbol of what happened to company towns when the company goes bust. I’m fascinated by the idea of an era when company executives...
Buying a condo in Canada

Buying a condo in Canada

You hear it all the time: Toronto is way too expensive to buy anything! In fact, houses downtown are over a million dollars! What’s wrong with this statement? The idea that you need to live in a house right downtown. No one talks about buying houses in Manhattan or...
7 days in Anchorage, Alaska

7 days in Anchorage, Alaska

We spent a week in Alaska one May. It was much colder than it was supposed to be. Anchorage was a ghost town on days there were no cruise ships docked. There was no electricity for a day. Then it went out again the next day. No one lives in Downtown Anchorage, so it...
Toronto neighborhood guide

Toronto neighborhood guide

The neighborhood you live in has a huge impact on how you experience the city. Before you rent your first apartment or buy a condo, you want to make sure you’re choosing a place that fits with your lifestyle. Toronto is a big city with lots of distinct...
Rainy day NYC

Rainy day NYC

New York has its share of bad weather. Rain, snow, or heat, here’s how to keep yourself entertained. If you’re in denial about the weather The Butterfly Conservatory Sure, it’s disgusting outside, but if it’s between September and May, you can still find yourself in a...
Renting an apartment in Toronto

Renting an apartment in Toronto

You’re finally moving up! Here’s how to find your new home in Toronto, from where to look for listings to what to expect in your lease. If you’re coming from a small town, renting in Toronto is probably going to seem really unpleasant. If...
International Experience Canada

International Experience Canada

International Experience Canada See what it’s like to live and work in Canada. Many countries encourage young people to live and work abroad before settling in back at home through a work exchange or working holidays. Canada is no exception. International...
Jersey City

Jersey City

Not many New Yorkers venture on the PATH, but those who do are rewarded. We took the train over and explored that forgotten industrial zone between downtown Jersey City and Liberty Square...
Eating on the road

Eating on the road

A self-catering guide for CouchSurfers A key part of keeping costs down while traveling is finding ways to eat cheaply. While it’s fine to gorge yourself while on vacation for a few days, on an extended trip you’re going to find a way to eat healthy foods, even if...
Banking in Canada, for Americans

Banking in Canada, for Americans

Handing your credit card over to pay is the biggest giveaway that you’re not Canadian. Even if you have a chip card, you’ll still leave them scrambling for a pen to sign. Canadians live in a sad world without cash back rewards, or a less dangerous world without easy...
The Queen of Religious Resorts

The Queen of Religious Resorts

We tend to forget about it, but New York is a beach town. Coney Island is hardly the only beach New Yorkers can easily get to without a car. Ocean Grove is one of my favorite day trips from New York City, although I’m a little biased. It’s where my parents met. It’s...
Best and worst airport bars

Best and worst airport bars

Casey and I don’t have platinum status for airlines, but we are frequent flyers. We’re usually chasing the best deal, so we hit different destinations with different airlines. This means we’ve been to a lot of airport bars and eaten a lot of bad...
People I want to get a drink with

People I want to get a drink with

We all have those people we’ve been quietly stalking online for years. Here are mine. Jerry Gretzinger He’s been making a map of an imaginary city for over 50 years Tim Urban He’s going to uncomfortable places and doing uncomfortable things for...
Moving to Quebec

Moving to Quebec

Quebec has different immigration requirements than the rest of the provinces. You could certainly use one of the general programs for immigration to Canada to move to Quebec. However, Quebec offers specific programs for their province and that’s what we’re talking...
All the ways you can move to Canada, legally

All the ways you can move to Canada, legally

All the ways you can move to Canada Everything you need to know, from two people who’ve done it. So, you want to move to Canada If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada, there are a number of pathways to permanent residency and citizenship. Here’s a...
A primer for would-be expats

A primer for would-be expats

A primer for potential expats Is moving to Canada the right choice for you? A lot of people like to daydream about moving somewhere new, living a better life. There are some other things to think about that many of us overlook. What does it take to immigrate? What...
Obsession

Obsession

When Casey and I met, I proposed we walk to all of the wastewater treatment plants in the five boroughs. She agreed for the novelty of it, but quickly became just as obsessed with it as I was. There aren’t that many, but they’re in out-of-the-way places...
How we moved to Canada

How we moved to Canada

Americans love to talk about moving to Canada, but there’s surprisingly little helpful information on how to actually do it. That’s what we learned when we decided to leave our home in Brooklyn and make the move up to Toronto. While our experience is from...
NYC’s nerdiest day trips

NYC’s nerdiest day trips

Want to get out of New York? Here are my favorite spots to nerd out in the tri-state area. The Edison Museum What can I add when TMBG has it covered? Although you’ll be lucky if it’s as quiet as they lead you to believe. You can even walk there from NJ...
When mom comes to Brooklyn

When mom comes to Brooklyn

You’ve talked your mom into coming up to visit you. Or perhaps you’re one of those people whose parents visit them voluntarily. What do you do with her once she’s here? What you need is activities that are mom friendly while demonstrating why you pay so much to live...

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