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From Germany to the USA: German in America

18 July, 2016 13:12  Erin Erin

German in AmericaHi, I am Natalie from Germany, living in the United States now. My home base is Arizona, but I travel a lot and I am just spending my fourth season up in Alaska.

1.     Why did you move abroad?
Business and Love! I met my (now) husband in Zimbabwe and finally followed him to the States (he is American) as we decided to start our own adventure overlanding company running trips from Las Vegas all the way up to Alaska in a converted school bus.

2.     How do you make a living?
I already mentioned my own business called Infinite Adventures (www.infiniteadv.com). We run trips in Alaska, Canada and the Western USA in a converted school bus doing all kinds of fun stuff: hiking, kayaking, camping and trying to find as many animals as possible: nothing better than seeing grizzlies, wolves, breaching orcas and all that good stuff while you are working!
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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 the USA to Russia: Coffee + Cleveland

27 June, 2016 09:10  Erin Erin

Coffee + Cleveland I’m Jasilyn, a Clevelander, who has lived her whole live in the Midwest. At 26, I decided to pack up and move to Ufa, Russia.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I just finished getting my certification to teach ESL in the United States when a friend asked me if I was interested in working in Ufa. I was working three part-time jobs at the time, so I wasn’t giving up a lot like many travel bloggers you read about. I have always been interested in Russia and learning Russian, so it was a relatively easy decision for me to make.

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From the UK to Australia: Kat is Travelling

20 June, 2016 08:10  Erin Erin

Kat is travellingKat is a UK blogger backpacking around Australia. There's no o-zone and hundreds of creatures are trying to kill you but apart from that she guesses it's alright. You'll find her above or below sea-level trying to balance 3 cameras.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I’ve always intended to take a year out to travel after university but ended up going straight into a job and then another job until suddenly 4 years had passed and I still hadn’t done it.  I was thinking of leaving my then job and knew that if I didn’t go now when I had no ties or reasons to stay then I might never do it.  I’d always had my eye on Australia and because it’s so far to come from the UK and such a huge country I knew I wanted to spend a significant amount of time here not just come for a holiday.  So I applied for a Working Holiday Visa to stay for at least a year.

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From the UK to Bulgaria: Eat Stay Love Life

13 June, 2016 09:18  Erin Erin

Rebecca eat stay love lifeHello, my name is Rebecca. I’m originally from the UK and now living in Sofia, Bulgaria.

1.    Why did you move abroad?

I first moved abroad 2 years ago as I decided that I wanted to live in Dubai. I sold everything I owned, gave up my job and went to Dubai with the dream of finding a job and settling there for a few years. I stayed in Dubai for 2 years and then went on to the Caribbean for a year before moving to Bulgaria.

2.    How do you make a living?
I’ve always worked full time in sales and marketing. I have over 10 years of experience in this area and usually my jobs will involve dealing with international clients.
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From Spain to Germany: Duesseldorf Moments

06 June, 2016 08:38  Erin Erin

expat the worldHi! My name is Hor and I am living in Germany since more than two years ago. I came here due to professional reasons. At the beginning my plan was to stay in Düsseldorf one year. However, I fell in love with the entire NRW region since the first day I arrived in Germany.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Germany because I received a job offer in a Spanish company located in Düsseldorf.  As I could speak a bit of German I decided to try it and I moved. Before moving I was expecting this experience to be something temporal (as my previous experiences abroad), however my mind changed the same day I came to Germany.

2.    How do you make a living?

As I decided to stay in Germany I started to look for another job. The first thing I did was to improve my German knowledge. I took language courses and I did the official exams (Germans love certificates…). Once I got all the German certificates I started looking for a job in a German company. No sooner said than done! Since almost one year I am working in a German company.
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From London to Bulgaria to Greece: The Balkan Blog

30 May, 2016 11:33  Erin Erin

Balkan Blog Patrick Brigham moved from London and is living in Rizia 68014 Northern Greece.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Bulgaria first, in order to open a branch of a well known London firm of Commercial Estate Agents, which came to nothing, but I stayed, started my own private agency, and then branched into the GSM market, as a major site acquisition agent.

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From South Carolina to Chile: Our Chilean Adventure

16 May, 2016 12:08  Erin Erin

Our Chilean AdventureMy name is Lori and me and my husband Jim and 3 of our six children moved to the south of Chile in 2013 from South Carolina, USA.

1. Why did you move abroad?
In 2007 we lost a child and then in 2008 our real estate business collapsed with the bubble. We were increasingly unhappy with life in the US and decided that we wanted to spend the last part of our lives doing something adventurous and building the small farm we had always dreamed of. So we retired early and moved to the Los Lagos region of Chile to stay at a friends vacation home to explore and see if we could find our dream farm.
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From Bermuda to Toronto to Sweden: Fresh Presse

09 May, 2016 13:05  Erin Erin

Fresh Presse Hello! My name is Sara Graham – an editor, yoga teacher and (brand new) author of How To Make Big Moves: Relocate Without Losing Your Mind. I was born and raised in Bermuda before leaving to attend a Canadian university. After I graduated, I remained in Toronto for about 15 years. I met my partner, Mario, and, well, read on to find out what happened next!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My partner is a character artist and his industry is very transient. We met in 2011, when I was living in Toronto and he had just relocated from Italy for work. In 2013, he got offered a job in Prague and I joined him there in early 2014. 16 months later we left for his new opportunity (a video game startup) in Uppsala, Sweden.

2.    How do you make a living?
That has been an interesting experience as a freelance content producer. I have an EU/UK passport, which is helpful but, because of the rules (and headaches) around obtaining a work permit in the Czech Republic, I maintained contract work with companies in the US and Canada. This all worked well because I was still paying taxes in Canada. However, in order to diversify myself in a crowded freelance marketplace, I rebranded my business, while in Prague, to offer email marketing services.

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