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Are you interested in a move abroad, and want to hear from others who have already taken the plunge? These expats share their highs, lows, hints, and tips to help you get a better idea of what life might be like in a new country. What to share your experience with our readers? Get in touch!

2010: the year my professional expat life started

2010: the year my professional expat life started
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Circa end 2010: the year my professional expat life started Going away parties, check. Addresses saved on the MacBook, check. Tears shed, lifetime supply to the Kleenex box company, check. Tickets booked, two 32 + kg overweight suitcases + a backpack to sum up my belongings, check. More tears shed at the airport, more tears […]

 

How I turned redundancy into a an expat entrepreneur adventure

How I turned redundancy into a an expat entrepreneur adventure
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

How I turned redundancy into a an expat entrepreneur adventure Moving abroad and becoming an expat can be really exciting – a new chapter in your life! It can alsobe a bit scary and there’s always an element of the ‘unknown’. We become expats for all different reasons; some follow their spouses or partners across the […]

 

There and back again – UK to Spain (and back) in six months

There and back again – UK to Spain (and back) in six months
Thursday, December 12th, 2013

There and back again – UK to Spain (and back) in six months Hi, my name is Al and I have a wife and two daughters, one 4 year old and one 5 month old. In 2012 we went on an adventure that was exhilarating, stressful, emotional, fun, crazy and a massive learning experience. You […]

 

An American Expat in Rome

An American Expat in Rome
Friday, October 25th, 2013

An American expat in Rome My enduring love for Rome grew roots many decades ago. My father, an Italian immigrant and a CIA operative, kept finding ways to land assignments in Rome. Naturally, the family packed up along and moved along him to Rome not once, but three times. I came back to the U.S. […]

 

My Awesome Study Abroad Experience In Madrid

My Awesome Study Abroad Experience In Madrid
Thursday, October 24th, 2013

My Awesome Study Abroad Experience In Madrid My name is Sharlene Moulton I’m from Fort Lauderdale Florida, and I’m currently a senior in college majoring in journalism. I always wanted to study abroad since the moment I started college . I would do tons of research on colleges abroad and the different study abroad programs […]

 

20 points from my first 6 months in Singapore

20 points from my first 6 months in Singapore
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

20 points from my first 6 months in Singapore Six months ago my hubby and I decided to relocate to Singapore. Not quite the other side of the world from UK, but almost!  After cough40cough years on this earth the time was right. Our 3 children were grown up and I was recovering from surgery […]

 

La Vida Loca; Gringos in Mexico

La Vida Loca; Gringos in Mexico
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

La Vida Loca; Gringos in Mexico After living in Holland for most of my life, I moved to Veracruz, Mexico because my Canadian husband accepted a job there about a year ago. Neither of us had been there before and neither of us spoke any Spanish. It was wild, but I loved every minute of […]

 

A Texas Girl in England

A Texas Girl in England
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

A Texas Girl in England My arrival in England might be what you’d call a ‘soft landing’. I had just finished up a stint in Holland, where I lived as an expat for three years. In comparison to The Netherlands, England was a relatively easy transition. The first couple of months I was sure I […]

 

My Expat Experience of… Renovating a French Property

My Expat Experience of… Renovating a French Property
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

My Expat Experience of… Renovating a French Property I meet all sorts of expats in France in my line of work – I’m a journalist, editor and blogger which I suppose all adds up to making me quite a nosey person! I love to find out about the people I meet, to know what brings […]

 

An Expat in South Korea – Deep Sea Diving and Blow-Up Dance Studios!

An Expat in South Korea – Deep Sea Diving and Blow-Up Dance Studios!
Friday, April 19th, 2013

When I told people that I was moving to South Korea to teach English, I got some funny looks. Responses ranged from the surprised ‘don’t they eat dog?’ to the ridiculous, ‘isn’t that where that dictator lives?’ Nope folks, that’s North Korea… This was before the days of ‘Gangnam Style’ and Korea was not really […]