Studying and Living Abroad: Banking & Money

A lot of things are stressful when moving abroad to work or…

A lot of things are stressful when moving abroad to work or study, but figuring out the complexities of international banking and credit cards shouldn’t be one of them. In this second part of my series, Studying and Living Abroad, I’m sharing my experiences and tips for making the financial move overseas easy and as stress free as possible.  Want to check out the whole series? Click here.

Google Voice: The Traveler’s (Free!) Secret Weapon

Google Voice is a great service for both travelers and those living…

Google Voice is a great service for both travelers and those living abroad.  Firstly, it’s an inexpensive way to call overseas while you are in the U.S., with competitive per minute rates. It’s also a way to have a U.S. phone number that you can both call from and receive calls to (on a computer) while abroad. This means that friends and family have an inexpensive method of calling you, as your phone number is a local, U.S. one; it also means that you can call any phone in the U.S., from an actual phone number, for free, while abroad. I recommend that if you travel abroad often, or going to be living or studying abroad, that you add your Google Voice phone number to any accounts that you hold in the U.S. and may need to still contact while you are abroad (banks, insurance companies, etc.). It’s a great way to keep your personal accounts secure and easily accessible, even when you no longer have access to a normal U.S. phone number. [Updated 2016]