Middle East


From South Africa to Kuwait: Expat Panda

26 December, 2016 08:32  Erin Erin

Expat Panda A twenty-something nomadic panda born and raised in South Africa. Married to a risk-taking fox. A curious educator, zealous explorer & vociferous storyteller. Always trying to inspire and connect with people through my passions. A life liver & encouragement giver in the pursuit of perfection.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
While most little girls dreamed of their picture perfect wedding complete with fairy lights and a lacy white dress, I have been dreaming of crossing borders, filling passports and exploring the world ever since I hit double digits. After getting a taste of living abroad in 2011 when I moved to vibrant and culture-filled South Korea for two golden years, I moved back home to finish my Masters degree in South Africa and now I have moved to the quiet, not-so-conservative haven that is Kuwait. A long-standing need to discover, wander, dream and roam fuels my passion for travel and inspired this move abroad.
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From Egypt to Saudi Arabia: My Saudi Adventures

15 August, 2016 07:53  Erin Erin

My Saudi Adventures I’m Eslam but normally people call me Bro as it’s the nickname that I go with since 2000 (Had some troubles while travelling abroad because my real name is just like the Religion :D ). I’m From Egypt, not a certain city in Egypt because I move a lot but mainly from Alexandria, Aswan and Cairo. For the past 10 months I’ve been living in Saudi Arabia between Jeddah and Riyadh (Still moving from one place to another is my life style ;) ) .

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Saudi because of a business contract that I got to launch a group of restaurants as a Marketing manager. Was really hard for me to take the decision knowing how hard it is to live in the country freely but I’m really glad that I toke this challenge as the country turned out different than the myths.

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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 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 Indonesia to Turkey: Alanya, Turkish Riviera, Turkiye

02 March, 2015 12:32  Erin Erin

Alanya, Turkish Riviera, Turkiye Hi there! I am Dian from Indonesia. Since April 2005, I live in Alanya, Turkey. So, the now chapter of my life is a Long Vacation in Alanya.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Internet made my dream come true. Through internet, I met my soulmate. He is a Turk. He came to Indonesia to marry me and brought me here. We settle down in Alanya, his hometown.

2. How do you make a living?

I work from home. I am author, ghostwriter, blogger, and graphic & web designer. I do those jobs from home. Until now, I am writing books and my books are published in my home country. My published books are Muslimah Mompreneur, Womenpreneur Checklist, and Best of Turki (duet).
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From New Jersey to Turkey to New York: Bended Brains

01 December, 2014 11:57  Erin Erin

Bended Brain My name is Jeremy Bender, and I am currently living large (or at least attempting to) in Astoria, New York.

I was originally from New Jersey, and I spent the first 21 years of my life there. My family were all big travelers, so I was inspired to see as much of the world as I could. So far I have lived in two countries and traveled to another ten or so, but I still get constant wanderlust.

I blogged about my time abroad, as well as on random musings, over at bendedbrains.com. I hope to see you there!

1. Why did you move abroad?

I always knew I wanted to move away from New Jersey for some length of time, after having lived there almost continuously for the entirety of my life. In college I studied Middle Eastern studies with a focus on Turkey, and I was fortunate enough to receive a Fulbright grant upon graduation to go live in eastern Turkey for an academic year.
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From England to Dubai: Footsteps of a Wanderer

21 July, 2014 09:38  Erin Erin

Footsteps of a WandererSam is a PR and social media consultant from England, who moved to Dubai on her own in January 2006, promising her family it would only be for two years. Over the many years that followed she has been busy sharing the less well known parts of the UAE - across deserts, mountains, beaches and even underwater - on her blog 'Footsteps of a Wanderer', along with a lot of other useful travel advice.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My dad had been living in Abu Dhabi and I came for a visit and saw a lot of potential. Things were tough in the UK and I had no ties, so I contacted a few PR agencies when I arrived and as an experienced PR and events person with native English, I was in high demand - I came back from the two week holiday with two offer letters and handed in my notice!
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From the USA to Kuwait: American Girl's World

30 June, 2014 10:22  Erin Erin

American Girl's World kuwait Hi there! My name is Diane and I’m from central North Carolina in the U.S.A. I lived in Kuwait for a bit more than 10 years, married a local, and we moved back to my hometown in North Carolina last year. We continue to maintain our home in Kuwait and travel back and forth several times a year so I guess it’s safe to say we live in both countries now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had completed my education and found myself seeking something challenging beyond the typical 9-5 workday.
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From the Philippines to Kuwait: Wisemummy81

05 May, 2014 07:43  Erin Erin

Wisemummy81 Hi I’m Rowella better known as wiseummy81 in the worldwide web; I’m currently in Kuwait from the island of the Philippines.

1. Why did you move abroad?
To grant my mother’s wish, be with my family and to find better opportunity

2. How do you make a living?

I’m currently working as procurement officer in a petroleum company in Kuwait.
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From France to Libya: Diary of a Serial Expat

21 April, 2014 10:21  Erin Erin

This talented blogger presented her interview in both English & French! Read her English interview first, with the French interview below.

Diary of an expat My name is Jameela I was born in France and I now live In Zawia, Libya after having spent 10 years in England and Wales.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Because I’m a serial expat! More seriously I was looking for better job opportunities and I wanted to leave cold England for a sunny destination. After some time looking here and there Libya found us.

2. How do you make a living?
I’m working as an ESL teacher. The job is easy because you’re pretty much free to teach whatever and however you like, but Libya is a country in a post-war / transition period and things are not always easy.
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