From the Ukraine to London to the Czech Republic: TinyExpats

25 May, 2015 13:56  Erin Erin

tiny expats My name’s Yuliya and I’m Ukrainian. I left home at 17 and moved to UK to study. In the following 15 years I got married to a Russian, had two daughters, moved around between UK, Germany, China, Russia and Czech Republic, where we’re all based at the moment.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Just after I graduated from school in Ukraine, my parents sent me to London to get a degree. I lived there for 7 years, first as a student, then as a young professional. My husband and I met while attending the same business school. He had a job opportunity in Germany and that’s how I became a trailing spouse. We continued to relocate partially to help him with his career growth, but also because we enjoy travelling and experiencing new countries.

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From New Jersey to Bangkok: A Lawyer Abroad

18 May, 2015 08:41  Erin Erin

Lawyer Abroad Zachary Strebeck. Originally from New Jersey, I lived in the Los Angeles area for over a decade prior to going nomad. Currently I’m in Bangkok, Thailand, but that changes often!

1. Why did you move abroad?

I have never really traveled in my life. I had never left the country, aside from a brief vacation in Costa Rica in 2008. So after law school and reading books like The 4-Hour Workweek and blogs like Tropical MBA, I decided to give the nomadic life a try. After a year and a half, I don’t think I want to go back to a sedentary life!
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From the USA to Brazil: Coconut Water

11 May, 2015 15:59  Erin Erin

Coconut Water Brazil Brynn Barineau is from  Atlanta, GA, USA and now lives in Vitoria, ES, Brazil.

1. Why did you move abroad?  

I was finishing my Master’s degree and working for the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright Program specifically for midcareer professionals from developing countries to network for a year in the US, and one of the fellows was an incredibly handsome and brilliant judge from Brazil.  I helped him open a bank account.  We had a few lunches.  A year later I was moving to Rio and two years after meeting, we got married.  Now, we live in Vitoria, Brazil with our daughter.  This all makes me sound like way more of a risk taker than I actually am.
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From Australia to Abu Dhabi: Baby Globetrotters

27 April, 2015 12:13  Erin Erin

baby globetrotter familyHi I am Keri – or as I now seem to be known Mrs Globetrotter! I am an Australian, born to British parents, in New Zealand but raised in Australia, lived in London for eight years and now living in Abu Dhabi, UAE with my husband and three children.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I initially moved abroad in 2004 for some work and life experience. Like all great travelers I set out for one to two years and here I am 11 years, one husband and three children further on…
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From New York to Sydney: Suzy Q Down Under

20 April, 2015 08:06  Erin Erin

Suzy Q My name is Susan Minihane. I grew up in New York state, lived in Manhattan and Silicon Valley California and now I live in Sydney, Australia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I moved abroad for some adventure and to live outside the box. When we first were married we almost took a year off to travel the world. Instead we did the practical thing - bought a house and had children. Ten years later, when my husband was considering switching jobs, we decided he'd look for work overseas. Initially our goal was to move to mainland Europe. However, a great job came up in Sydney, Australia and we moved there (here). Many expats get transferred to countries by their jobs. We chose to move abroad consciously and willingly.
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From the Philippines to Belgium: I am Aileen

13 April, 2015 08:39  Erin Erin

I am Aileen My name is Aileen Adalid and I am the creative mind behind the travel blog ‘I am Aileen’. I was born in a small island in the Philippines called as Batanes and when I was 21, I quit my corporate job in the country’s capital to follow my dreams and travel the world. Today, I am staying in Antwerp, Belgium and it has been almost a year since I got here!

1. Why did you move abroad?

Mainly because of my desire and hunger for adventure. I have always wanted to explore the globe so that I can get acquainted to different cultures, customs, and people that are outside my home country. Now this actually used to be a plan that I wanted to achieve through the company that I worked for, but then I realized that I can achieve those dreams by myself through a kind of work that I really loved. So I quit and I absolutely don’t regret my decision at all! I first started exploring countries in Asia, but eventually, I ended up staying here in Belgium with my partner as we try to figure out if we’re going to stay here or move to another place again after a couple of years.
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From NYC to London: Drive on the Left

06 April, 2015 09:43  Erin Erin

Drive on the left My name is Drew Seaman and my wife is Julie Smith. I am originally from Maine and Julie is from Indiana, but we most recently lived in NYC prior to relocating abroad. We moved to London in September of 2013.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Julie was offered an opportunity, on relatively short notice, to move to the UK. We had always spoken to each other about a desire at some point to live in another country and Julie made it known to her company that she was quite keen for a foreign assignment. Julie wants to eventually take over the world, so it seemed like a natural next step.
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From Cuba to the UK to St. Lucia: The Expat Partner's Survival Guide

30 March, 2015 08:33  Erin Erin

Expat Partner Survival Guides Hi, I’m Clara Wiggins, I am from the UK but I was born in Cuba and I have lived and travelled all over the world. I currently live in the UK but our last overseas posting was in St Lucia – a small speck of an island in the Caribbean. We are currently planning a move to South Africa this summer, where we are all looking forward to seeing as many different wild animals as possible. In particular I am desperate to swim with whale sharks.

1. Why did you move abroad?
When I was a child I moved because of my father’s job. He was a diplomat in the British Foreign Office and his job took us to Cuba, The Philippines, Nigeria, Venezuela, Gibraltar and Cameroon. Later on I joined the Foreign Office myself (after working as a journalist and then some extensive travelling, which included living in New Zealand for a while) and was posted to Jamaica. There I met my now husband and I have travelled with him and our two daughters to Pakistan and St Lucia, with his job.
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From Arkansas to Buenos Aires: The Road Les Traveled

23 March, 2015 10:35  Erin Erin

Road Les TraveledHola! I’m Lesley Murphy, the blogger behind The Road Les Traveled. I’m from Fort Smith, Arkansas, graduated from UGA, worked in Atlanta, D.C., LA, and now call Buenos Aires, Argentina my home. I arrived in 2013 with 2 bags and my sub-par Spanish skills, and haven’t looked back since.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Why not?! I’ve always wanted to live overseas. I honestly just thought the right time would never come, and then I realized that you have to make it the right time. You have to drop everything where you are and just go. My boyfriend took a job in Buenos Aires three months before I moved in with him. Best decision I’ve ever made.
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From Pennsylvania to the UK: Expatrimummy

16 March, 2015 11:42  Erin Erin

Expatrimummy ginny Hi! I'm Ginny Williams, an American by way of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and northern Ohio. I grew up in Lancaster County, PA, went to grad school in Northern VA and lived in Ohio for 13 years before moving to the UK in 2011.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I met my husband in England in 1995 when I was on a 6-month work visa through the BUNAC (British Universities North American Club) program. We were married in the UK in 1996 and lived in Berkshire for just over a year before a company transfer to Ohio, where we intended to stay for 2 years. 13 years, two homes, two kids and two cats later, we moved to southeastern England to be closer to his family and to expand our family's horizons.
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