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From New Jersey to Thailand: Expats With Cats

05 June, 2017 08:30  Erin Erin

Expat with Cats Hi! We’re Tom & Lauren, both from the U.S., where we grew up together in New Jersey. We are currently living in Bangkok, Thailand with our two cats Linus & Luna.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Back in 2013 we had made our first “big” move and decided to leave New Jersey for Florida. Realistically, we had no idea how long we’d stay with no set plans, but we ended up living in Orlando for two years. We headed back to New Jersey after our hiatus in the lovely sunshine state. When we came back to what we had been so familiar to before, everything seemed so different from what we had been used to in the past, yet felt so unchanged at the same time.

Being back was nice for the perks of being surrounded by family, friends, and familiar places again, but we instantly knew it wasn’t where we wanted to stay. It’s good to remember where you came from, but our surroundings just seemed so stagnant and uninspiring. We began to brainstorm about where we wanted to go next, considering Nashville, Austin, San Diego, or possibly back to Florida. We had even considered purchasing an RV and hitting the road for a while to explore the states.

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Von Bayern nach China: Chinalitis

27 March, 2017 08:49  Erin Erin

Chinalitis Sandra Ich bin Sandra, ein waschechtes bayerisches Madl und nahezu 30 Jahre alt. Vor gut zwei Jahren bin ich mit meinem Mann aus einem 816-Seelen Dorf nach Tianjin, einer der größten Städte Chinas gezogen.

1. Warum hast (bist) du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Vor knapp zwei Jahren schrieb mir mein Mann per WhatsApp, dass eine gute Stelle in Tianjin frei werden würde. Er hätte dort die Möglichkeit drei Entwichklungsabteilungen zu leiten. Eine in Shanghai, eine in Kuala Lumpur und die
Hauptabteilung in Tianjin. Ich hatte mich zu diesem Zeitpunkt zu einer selbstständigen Musiklehrerin etabliert und verdiente auch nicht schlecht. Ich liebte meine Schüler und sie liebten mich. Jedoch war ich immer schon bereit für
Abenteuer und neue Herausforderungen. Also überlegte ich nicht allzu lange und schrieb zurück…“dann ziehen wir also bald nach China, oder?“
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From Australia to India: The White Punjabi Bride

13 March, 2017 10:13  Erin Erin

The White Punjabi Bride Hi my name is Tanya, also known as The White Punjabi Bride and I made the move from Australia to India just over a little over a year ago. I am a lifestyle blogger writing about my journey living as a foreign bride in Punjab and selling ethnic accessories via my site The White Punjabi Bride.
 
1.    Why did you move abroad?
I decided to take a leap of faith and accompany my partner to India. I packed up my house, applied for a tourist visa and took the next flight to Delhi. Everything just fell into place and we decided to marry and have our very own Big Fat Punjabi Wedding. One year later and we are now celebrating our first anniversary. We have decided to live between both our home countries India and Australia.
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From the USA to Singapore: Some People Juggle Geese

06 March, 2017 08:32  Erin Erin

Some People Juggle Geese Hi! I’m Lucy Day. My husband and I are American. We have been living in Singapore since 2008.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I did a three-month study-abroad program in Italy as an undergraduate, but I was hoping to live abroad somewhere for a longer period. Fortunately, my husband was offered a fellowship at the National University of Singapore.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am currently working as a writer for a local education company. My husband teaches at National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College.
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From California to Japan: Everywhere To Be Found

30 January, 2017 07:56  Erin Erin

Everywhere To Be Found Hi! My name is Kendra and I’m an American! I left California to teach English for a year in Japan back in March 2014 and kept extending my stay until a few years had gone by and I realized I was in love with my life and the Japanese people! I’m getting my American teaching credential soon and when it’s finished I plan to shake things up by teaching in an International School either elsewhere in Japan or somewhere else in the world. Decisions are hard when the whole world is open for exploration!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Originally I had studied educational systems from around the world to compare them to the U.S. When I heard about working in Japan’s public school system I thought it was the perfect opportunity to fulfill my dreams of long-term travel while also continuing to work in a field that I love. All the signs were pointing to Japan and I wasn’t going to argue! Also, anime and ramen!

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From New Zealand to Malaysia and Beyond: Tiki Touring Kiwi

14 November, 2016 10:33  Erin Erin

Tiki Touring Kiwi Hi, I'm Jub from Waikanae, New Zealand. I'm currently in Ipoh, Malaysia for some time before hitting the road again. In the last three years, the longest I've spent in one city is Vancouver, Canada where I was for six months at the start of the travels.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
After graduation university in Wellington, it felt like everyone was moving to Australia as a rite of passage. So I followed. After a couple of years there I've been living and travelling around the world, working in various ways to keep myself fed.
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From Australia to Taipei: Typing to Taipei

31 October, 2016 10:07  Erin Erin

Typing to Taipei Hi everyone! My name is Monica and I’m an Aussie expat who now lives in Taipei, Taiwan. I moved here early last year, so now I’ve been here around one and a half years. I run a website called TypingToTaipei.com, a one-stop Taipei guide for events, travel, art, design and lifestyle.
 
1.    Why did you move abroad?
My first stint as an expat was in 2012, when I moved to Oita, in Kyushu, Japan to be an English language teacher on the JET program. I stayed there for two years and it was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. However, it was during this time that I started to question whether I really wanted to become a full-time primary school teacher when I returned back to Australia.

As I am sure a lot of expats will empathize with, being abroad made me reassess a lot of things in my life, and essentially, what I wanted from it. In the middle of trying to work out what I wanted to do next, I took a quick trip to Taiwan. It sounds almost too whimsical, but I honestly felt something so special about this country that I couldn’t shake even weeks later. I didn’t have any other concrete plans, so I thought I could try to find an opportunity to deepen my understanding of Taiwan. After some research, I found out that I could study here as a Mandarin language student, and even get a scholarship to support me financially. It all seemed to fit together because not only did I already love studying languages, I wanted more than anything to keep exploring the world. I guess I’m quite an erratic person because I moved half a year later, and here I still am!

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From the UK to Japan: Turning Japanese

11 July, 2016 11:12  Erin Erin

Turning JapaneseWe’re James & Jesse, both from the UK and currently living Fukuoka, Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
In 2010, I (James) visited Japan as part of the WWOOF scheme. I travelled around the country, living with families and absorbing the culture. I fell in love with the country and had always been adamant about returning,
meaning that if Jesse was to marry me she had no choice but to one day agree to make the move to the land of the rising sun.
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From the USA to Cambodia: The Meanderthals

04 July, 2016 12:13  Erin Erin

Meanderthals My name is Gabrielle (Gabi) and my husband is Skip. We are both writers – I am British and he is American and we have been married almost 10 years. I was raised in Bahrain and South Africa and worked as a journalist in Johannesburg before deciding to travel to the US with a girlfriend when I was 22 years old. I never went back!

I met Skip many years later when I was living in San Francisco, working for a global newswire company and he was working for the same company in Boston. We got married in 2006 and we both lived in a beautiful little seaside village in Massachusetts.

In 2010, we crossed the world and moved to Cambodia where we fell in love with the country, the culture and the incredible people. We lived and volunteered there for more than three years then hit the road again and are presently house-sitting around the world, writing and taking care of other people’s pets and homes.

I have just published my first children’s book, Ogden, The Fish Who Couldn’t Swim Straight, and Skip has almost completed his first novel.

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From Canada to Venezuela to China: Steph's Travel, Climbing and the TEFL Life

29 February, 2016 12:15  Erin Erin

steph's: travel, climbing and the tefl life My name is Steph, I was born in Canada but grew up in Venezuela. I have lived in several countries, and at the moment find myself working in China.

1. Why did you move abroad?
With a Venezuelan father and a British mother visiting family meant getting on a plane or car and traveling. And we did this as often as we could. My parents had also a sense of adventure, and they highlighted the importance of getting to know other cultures, the experience of living in different countries, as well as traveling within the country you live in. For me, packing up and moving seems like the natural thing to do.
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