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.


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, 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!



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.


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.



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.


From India to Canada to Japan: Sun and Squalor

22 February, 2016 10:30  Erin Erin

sun and squalor Hello! I’m Melissa. I was born in Bombay, India and moved at the tender young age of 14 to the wintery, frostbitten land of Canada where I spent my angst-ridden teenage years trying to overcome culture shock and alienation.

So now that I’m 29, it only made sense to skip town for some time and head over to the Land of the Rising Sun where I now spend my time trying to make the best of myself. I currently reside in Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I never felt truly connected to my adopted country (Canada) and found it more or less stifling to think that, that was where I would perish. Being a true escapist and harbouring delusions of grandeur, I wanted to do more than just go on vacation. I wanted to re-experience having to adapt to another culture without the emotional baggage. I knew ​moving to Japan  would be a fulfilling experience in the sense that I would learn to appreciate all cultures, including Canada without bias. Honestly, I just wanted to right all the wrongs I did when I first moved to Canada before starting a new chapter in my life.


From Toronto to South Korea: Elaina's Lane

08 February, 2016 09:44  Erin Erin

nadine elaineMy name is Nadine, but I also answer to my middle name Elaina, which sparked my site Elainaslane. I moved to South Korea in February 2013 and I still love it!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I’ve always wanted to travel around the world, but the job I held at the time could hardly afford me to buy a bus ticket never-mind buy a plane ticket out of the country. So, I decided the best way to travel was for me to live and work abroad.  


From Canada to Phuket: The Lucky Couple

07 December, 2015 07:52  Erin Erin

The lucky couple Hey Guys! We are Shawn & Katie, 2 Canadian Expats currently living in beautiful Phuket, Thailand  (Hence why we call ourselves the lucky couple!)

1. Why did you move abroad?
We decided to move because we had both lived abroad previously, and were yearning to see more of the world still. Thailand was a cheap option that Shawn already had ties to, so it made sense for us to try to make it work here.

2. How do you make a living?
We are both working full time, in the tourism industry. Our friends are always shocked, because everyone else we know are teachers! Since we both have sales/tourism experience, we were really excited to be able to find work still in our field!


From New York to Seoul: Runaway Bunny in Seoul

30 November, 2015 07:52  Erin Erin

runaway bunny in seoul Hi I’m Alana (or Alana Margaret), former New Yorker, current Seoulite.

1. Why did you move abroad?
While my husband was in business school he received an offer from a Korean company. After a lot of discussion, talking with people who had done the program he’s doing now and talking to friends who had taught in Korea, we decided the opportunity to live abroad and easily travel around Asia wasn’t one we wanted to miss.


From Pittsburgh to Seoul: Willful and Wildhearted

09 November, 2015 12:34  Erin Erin

Willful and Wildhearted I’m Laura. I’m a 27-year-old Pittsburgh-native living in Seoul, Korea. I like pizza, Chuck Norris jokes and the band Phish.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I decided to seriously move abroad after a series of traumatic events in my life. I had always contemplated the idea of teaching or volunteering abroad, but the timing was never right. Within a year’s time, my brother died, my grandmother died, I was the instigator in a necessary yet traumatizing end of a relationship and I suddenly became jobless. So like any sane human being, I decided I needed to find somewhere to heal, far
away from any friends and family. I enrolled in a TEFL practicum and moved to Seoul, Korea a few months after the madness ended.


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