From France to Thailand: Phuket101

20 August, 2018 06:45  Erin Erin

Phuket101My name is Willy Thuan, I’m French, born in France a very long time ago but I have spent more time in Thailand than I did in France. I share my time between Phuket and Bangkok since 1994.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I probably was mistakenly born in France. While I think France is beautiful and fun to visit on holiday, I realized very early in my life that I didn’t belong. It took me a while to find an opportunity to start travelling seriously, but once I did, I knew I was never coming home. I found many good reasons to live in Asia and not many to go back to France.

2. How do you make a living?
I worked for Club Med as a stage designer for few years, travelled the world a lot until I reached Asia. My plan was to settle and work in Japan but economy was not great over there, so I decided to find a temporary job in Thailand. I started as a resort host in a luxury hotel in Phuket. My salary was tiny but I was really happy.

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From Texas to Australia to Germany: What the Blog?

13 August, 2018 10:09  Erin Erin

what the blog germany Hi! I’m Anika. I grew up in a suburb northeast of Houston, Texas, but moved out when I turned 18. I lived in Austin for university, studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia (where I got bit by the travel bug), and moved to San Francisco with my degree in hand and a job with Americorps to start my career. Since then, I’ve lived in Austin (again), Washington, DC, and currently, Mainz, Germany. I love to travel, although the arrival of my 2 sons (now 5 and 2.5) has slowed it down a little. I love writing, and wanted to make sure I kept a log of my favorite travel memories –hence, the blog!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had both really wanted to live abroad “someday”. We were both on the job market, and he got his ‘dream’ job in Mainz, Germany. I figured I could make something work, and that it may be our best chance at living overseas. We didn’t own a house, have kids, or have much debt. We still had (have?) a sense of adventure and wanting to explore Europe. We didn’t speak German, but we were up for the challenge!

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De Lyon à Milan : Globe Croqueurs

09 August, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Pasta et Bambini : Charlène Bonjour, je suis Charlène ! Il y a bientôt un an nous avons quitté Lyon avec mon mari Nicolas et nos deux enfants pour nous installer dans la région de Milan.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

Nicolas travaille dans une société de logistique française qui dispose de filiales en Italie. On lui a proposé de déployer la solution française de l’autre côté des Alpes. Nous rêvions d’une expérience à l’étranger depuis longtemps, suite à un voyage au long cours il y a quelques années. Nous avons donc saisi l’opportunité.

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From Germany to Jordan: Living in Jordan as Expat

06 August, 2018 09:52  Erin Erin

Jordan Bastian I am Bastian from Germany, currently living in Jordan with my family.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
It is a combination of several aspects. I was looking for a new job, I have lived and worked in Jordan previously and I wanted a new challenge.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am employed at an International Agricultural Research Organization.

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From the Netherlands to the Philippines: Leaving Holland

30 July, 2018 10:16  Erin Erin

philippines dutch My name is Jeanette Slagt, On the internet I go by the name of JC from Holland. People call me JC. I left the Netherlands at the age of 54, sold everything I owned and became a global nomad. Or a digital nomad. You name it. But nomad for sure.

My home is where my feet rest. And I have no set place to stay. At the moment of this interview I live in the Philippines, on a small island named Siquijor. I have been here for three years and ready for my so called visa run to hopefully return for another 3 years. I ride a Kawasaki Dominar 400 and I make road trips through the Philippines. Not many women move to the Philippines, but we are an upcoming group.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I travelled since I was 17. But really as a traveller, always with a home in the background to return to. But at the age of 52 I found myself in a situation you do not wish to grow old in. For me the Netherlands became a dead end street, the social domain work field I was working in was closed due to lack of finances, I found myself at the age of 52,  unemployed and no prospects for a job. So I kind of jumped at the opportunity to move to a country where the cost of living was cheaper. This way I could prevent living in a shelter since the bank was foreclosing my house and I was at the end of my social benefit period. So it seemed like a good chance to do so, kind of now or never.
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Du Gers à la Thaïlande : Lectoure-Bangkok

26 July, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Lectoure-Bangkok: ElodieHello ! Moi c’est Elodie (ou Elo), 28ans ; je suis née à Paris mais j’ai grandi dans une petite ville du Gers : Lectoure, ville du melon, meilleur que celui de Charentes ou de Cavaillon. Et j’ai lancé le blog Lectoure-Bangkok en m’expatriant dans la capitale Thaïlandaise !

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

Suite au bac, j’ai fait un semblant de « tour de France » sur 10ans dans le cadre de mes études et des CDD enchaînés par la suite (entre Castres, Reims, Bourgogne, Cognac, Rouen, Paris, Angers, Rouen…), je suis ainsi devenue experte en déménagements mais j’ai préféré continuer de travailler dans ma filière : ingénieur en packaging! Plusieurs mois de back-packing plus tard à travers l’Asie, suivis d’un ‘ex-amoureux’ qui réussit à décrocher un contrat d’expat à Bangkok et d’un poste parisien non satisfaisant… m’ont donné une idée folle : ‘et si je le rejoignais à Bangkok ?’ Une semaine plus tard, un billet Aller (sans retour) était acheté ! J’avais pour but de rester un peu en Thaïlande puis de voyager quelques mois… mais 2 mois plus tard je décrochais un contrat local en CDI dans ma branche en plein centre de Bangkok, alors que demander de plus ?

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From Illinois to the Philippines: Retired in Samar

23 July, 2018 09:58  Erin Erin

Retired in Samar My name is Randy and am originally from Illinois. After retiring from working, we moved to the Philippines and we now share our time between the Philippines and Guam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
​To get away from the so-called rat race mainly. For my wife, it was a return to her homeland.

2. How do you make a living? ​
My wife and I both retired from working.

3. How often do you communicate with home and how?
​We communicate with family and friends via the internet and VOIP platforms, mostly free.
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From the UK to New Zealand to the French Alps: Jumping off Books

16 July, 2018 21:06  Erin Erin

Jumping off Books I’m Naomi, I’m originally from the UK but I now have dual citizenship and am a proud New Zealander. I currently live in a small resort town high in the French Alps

1.    Why did you move abroad?
When I was 27 I decided to blow a chunk of the deposit I’d been saving for a flat in London and go travelling instead. Best decision ever! During my year away I spent a few months in New Zealand and as the plane took off to whizz me onto my next destination I realised I was leaving a bit of my heart behind, and that I’d better return to join it! 

I had a few other things I wanted to do in London – like buy that flat and tick the city box, but I only took a couple of years and I was itching to sell everything and get ‘home’. I persuaded my boyfriend to give it a shot with me, and we emigrated together.
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De la Région Parisienne à l'Afrique du Sud : Ngisafunda

12 July, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Ngisafunda - BénédicteJe m’appelle Bénédicte. Je suis une voyageuse dans l’âme. Fille d’expats, j’ai vécu toute mon enfance en Afrique, en Algérie et en Mauritanie puis je suis rentrée en France. Avec mon mari nous avons eu une première expérience d’expatriation ensemble à Boston aux Etats-Unis dans les années 90. Depuis plus de deux ans nous vivons à Johannesburg en Afrique du Sud.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

Nous sommes partis à l’étranger suite à une proposition professionnelle pour mon mari. J’avais très envie de repartir en Afrique. Nous avions beaucoup voyagé pour des vacances familiales en Afrique Australe. Nous avions déjà eu l’occasion de visiter le Parc Kruger et ses environs, et cela nous a paru une bonne idée. La seule condition que j’ai posée, c’était que l’entreprise de mon mari m’obtienne un visa de travail, car je ne me voyais pas ne pas avoir d’activité professionnelle.

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From the UK to Ghana: Brown Skin Mama

09 July, 2018 20:36  Erin Erin

Brown Skin MamaMy name is Dela, I’m fro the UK but now live in Ghana with my family (husband and 4 children).

1. Why did you move abroad?  
We moved because we were fed up of the rat race in the UK, we barely had time for one another.  My husband was working 6 days week in construction and I was a stay at home mum.

2. How do you make a living?  

My husband is into construction and I blog and do youtube videos.
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