From Boston to Cape Town: An American in Cape Town

22 June, 2015 10:54  Erin Erin

American in Cape Town I’m Amy, and I’m an American most recently from Boston, living in Cape Town, South Africa with my husband, Chas.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My husband is a Postdoctoral researcher at M.I.T. in the U.S. We’ve always wanted to live in another country, so when the opportunity came up to continue his research at the University of Cape Town, we jumped at the chance to move abroad.
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From the USA to UAE: Ann Benjamin

15 June, 2015 08:06  Erin Erin

Ann Benjamin Courtney Hi, I’m Courtney!  I’m an American living with my husband and our cat in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. We moved abroad in 2007 from Los Angeles, CA and have lived in Dubai, Doha and are now happy in Abu Dhabi.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I were traveling with my college roommate’s parents, who announced they were moving back abroad.  We looked at each other and after coming home decided we shouldn’t be jealous, we should do something about it!  

One CV and less than a year later, we were moving from Los Angeles to Dubai.  (And then Doha and then Abu Dhabi!)  We had intended a one year experiment, but now have no intention of returning home any time soon.
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From Germany to Iceland: Sky as a Kite (Tine's Blog)

08 June, 2015 09:35  Erin Erin

sky as a kite My name is Christina also known as Tine, Efia or Efiabruni because I’m a Russian spy posing as an indecisive German. I first moved abroad after finishing high school in Germany, as I needed some time to figure out what I wanted to do. I volunteered for a year in Iceland and found myself returning again and again until I gave up and admitted this is my home now.

I’m currently trying to juggle my day job with political activism, opening a micro bakery, hacking around on my blog script and life in Reykjavík/Iceland in general.   

1. Why did you move abroad?
I really wanted to see Iceland, but did not have the money to come as a tourist, so I volunteered with the European Volunteer Service, which is one of the few organisations, which does not make you pay to work (but pays below minimum wage anyway).

Living abroad for a year changed my mindset and it never occurred to me to limit myself to Germany after this experience. I studied physiotherapy in Amsterdam, a city I loved to live in, yet grew restless enough to do one of my internships in Ghana and be an exchange student in Iceland for half a year. Though mainly based in Iceland I have also lived in China and Chile and traveled extensively.

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From Vancouver to Stuttgart: Kaffee und Kuchen

01 June, 2015 08:16  Erin Erin

Kaffee und Kuchen Hello! My name is Meredith and I am from Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I currently live just outside of Stuttgart in southern Germany. Shortly after moving abroad, I started writing my blog Kaffee und Kuchen to describe my experiences living as an expat in Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After five and a half years of being in a long distance relationship, I moved to Germany in 2013 to live with my German fiancé. After being apart for so many years, we are now happy to be married and living together in Germany.

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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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