Expat Blog & NYC Guide

Dinner with New Friends

Dinner with New Friends

Since moving to NYC and starting this website to try and help Aussies (and other expats) new to NYC, I’ve met some really awesome people one-on-one. Some of the people I’ve met have had specific questions they needed help with, … Read More

Why you should tell your bank your foreign tax information

Why you should tell your bank your foreign tax information

Has your bank recently asked for your “tax identification number (TIN)” in the U.S.? Are they asking tax questions, account questions, or other residency questions? Don’t worry, it’s completely normal! A question that is appearing online recently very frequently is … Read More

Can I get TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry as an Expat?

Can I get TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry as an Expat?

Lining up at the airport in the U.S. can be a long and daunting task (especially for those of us who are foreign citizens), but TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, and other memberships seem to make those lines shorter… are they … Read More

See your incoming mail FROM THE FUTURE!

See your incoming mail FROM THE FUTURE!

Did you know that USPS can send you a scanned version of the mail you are to receive that day, right to your email inbox? It’s true! If you don’t like going to your mailbox or find yourself short of time … Read More

Holiday Drinks with New Friends

Holiday Drinks with New Friends

I’m throwing a party! It’s the holidays, so I want to celebrate with you and have a drink in the East Village (if that’s what you’d like) with lots of new friends. Whether you’re new to the city, old to … Read More

4 reasons you need renter's insurance. Everyone does. You need it. Seriously.

4 reasons you need renter’s insurance. Everyone does. You need it. Seriously.

You probably don’t think you need renter’s insurance, or maybe you’ve never thought about it, I know. But you do, and it’s relatively cheap (like a few dollars a month cheap) so I think you should at least keep reading … Read More

My Top 5 Tips for Long Flights

My Top 5 Tips for Long Flights

I just finished the four long flights (4 x 13 hours) that it takes to get to Australia and back, and after landing back in New York, I thought it might be handy if I gave my top 5 tips for … Read More

Travel Tips from a Travel Professional

Travel Tips from a Travel Professional

Because travel is a big part of moving overseas, I thought I’d ask my good friend from high school, Nick Pemberton, who Manages a Travel Associates in South Australia to send through his absolute essential tips for flying, travel, upgrades, … Read More

Apartment available in the West Village NYC

Apartment available for rent in the West Village, NYC

This is my friend Ryan and Meggie’s place that they’re moving out of and it’s now available for rent in the West Village. They’re legends, and if you’re a legend too, you can rent (or sub-let) this place! Lease takeover … Read More

Furniture for sale whole NYC apartment

Do you need a whole apartment of furniture?

One sofa, two beds, two chests of drawers, a sofa bed, a digital piano, a dining table, a bench, a set of dining chairs, a rug, a TV and stand, kitchen goods, bedding, lamps, tables, and so much more! A … Read More

Medicare as an Australian Expat

Can I use Australian Medicare as an Australian Expat living overseas?

Have you moved to America and thought to yourself at some point: “If I ever get sick or need hospital care, I’ll just go back to Australia!” well then this is for you because it’s not always so easy to … Read More

Are you a health care wizard

Open enrollment 2018 for Qualified Health Insurance Plans has begun!

Starting TODAY, November 1, you can sign up for health coverage at HealthCare.gov. If you’ve come to the US and do not have health care through your employer, or have waited too long to get insurance, then this is the only … Read More

The Guide to the New York Marathon

Your Guide to the New York City Marathon 2018

This Sunday, November 4, The 2018 New York City Marathon will be run for its 48th time. The race is an annual marathon that courses through the five boroughs of New York City. It is the largest marathon in the world, … Read More

Holidays in America USA

Understanding Holidays in the United States of America

Days off are a luxury in the US, so it’s no surprise that when the opportunity presents itself in holidays everyone grabs it with both hands! One thing to understand though about holidays is also that they aren’t standard, and … Read More

It's Flu Season and you should get a Flu Shot

Get a flu shot (it’s flu season and it will mess you up)

You should really get a flu shot. It’s headed fast into flu season in America and the flu is unlike any cold you’ve had before (it hurts). Here are all the ways to get a flu shot in New York … Read More

Saving Money on Health Insurance

Save $1 a day on your Health Insurance

Did you know that you can save money with your health insurance company just by walking every day and staying healthy? Lots of insurance companies are now offering activity bonuses for those who track their steps! I chose Oscar Health … Read More

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity?

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity?

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity? Ads Up, the Aussie refugee network, is looking for volunteers to meet with newly arrived refugees! You may have heard about the refugee swap deal signed between the US and Aus, which allows 1250 … Read More

Best way to transfer AUD to USD

Best way to transfer AUD to USD – Transferwise vs. OFX vs. vs. PayPal vs. Banks

Transferring money internationally is an expensive and confusing process the first time you try but if you know where to look, I can help you transfer those Australian Dollars ($AUD) into US Dollars ($USD) in no time! There are four … Read More

Cheap Broadway tickets to all the Broadway Shows

How to get cheap Broadway tickets for every show

There are so many different ways to buy cheap Broadway tickets for shows that it can be confusing sometimes! So did you know that there’s a website that lists all the special deals and ongoing lotteries for all the major … Read More

Real Italian Cooking With The 'Nonnas' Who Know It Best Enoteca Maria

It’s time for Dinner with New Friends and Nonnas!

Dinner with New Friends has been a LOT of fun so far. We’ve had 14 dinners with 14 people all having dinner and making new friends and connections each and every week at different restaurants in the city. I’ve worked … Read More

How to watch Australian TV in America

How to watch Australian TV in America

Do you have a favorite TV show that you miss from Australia? Well, Katherine from Bright Lights of America has some tips below for how to watch Australian TV in America!  Netflix and Amazon TV are fantastic, and I refuse … Read More