From Ohio to Germany: The Dusty Compass

06 February, 2017 09:18  Erin Erin

Dusty Compass Hallo zusammen, or hello everyone! I’m Danny, and in case you haven’t noticed, I really love traveling and living abroad. Originally from Ohio, I’ve witnessed a revolution in Egypt, taught English to schoolchildren in Stuttgart, been on top of the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa, in case you’re wondering), and gotten Delhi Belly from India. But most of the time, I’m working an ordinary nine-to-five job in Frankfurt, Germany.

1.    Why did you move abroad?

I’ve actually moved abroad on five separate occasions: twice as a kid for two summers in England, once as a yearlong high school exchange student in Germany, once during a university semester abroad in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, and then my most recent move to Germany, where I’ve been living since 2012.

This last segment came about as a result of a bit of soul-searching. After graduating from university, I didn’t know where to go or what to do. All I knew is that I loved learning foreign languages, traveling, and experiencing different cultures. So I decided to take a gap year and teach English in Germany. I loved it so much, however, that I scrapped my plans to return to the U.S. and ended up staying here!
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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 Washington, D.C. to Kuwait: Nutritionista Abroad

23 January, 2017 07:39  Erin Erin

Nutritionista Abroad Hi, I’m Sheli. I moved from Washington, DC to Kuwait.  I am a wife, a dog mom, a dietitian, a cook, an occasional baker, a health and fitness enthusiast, a wannabe yogi, and, of course, I love to travel.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I met my (now) husband only a few weeks before he left to study abroad for his junior year of college. When he got back, he couldn’t wait to move abroad again. So, moving abroad has always a part of our plan. Once my husband completed his PhD in International Psychology, moving to the Middle East was a natural next step as his research is focused here. Obviously safety was a high priority, so Kuwait was a pretty easy choice. Luckily, working in health care allows me to work pretty much anywhere!

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From California to England: ClariMichele

16 January, 2017 07:27  Erin Erin

ClariMichele Hello fellow expats! I’m Clarissa from clarimichele.com. My husband Andrew and I moved from California to England in 2015. So far it’s been an amazing, challenging experience.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I decided to move abroad because why not? I’ve always wanted to live in Europe, and when Andrew’s job gave us the opportunity to move to the UK, we decided to take it. We were engaged at the time, and we ended up moving 9 months after we got married. We’ve taken advantage of our new location by traveling as much as possible around Europe. So far we’ve been to Budapest, Italy, Prague, Vienna, and Berlin.
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From Australia to San Francisco: Bright Lights of America

09 January, 2017 09:39  Erin Erin

Kat Bright Lights USA Hi, I’m Kat (or Katherine when I’m in trouble), an Australian expat now on my second stint living overseas. I started off in London back in 2008 and have been loving travel ever since.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
It began as short adventures to Europe, visiting my Dad’s family in Malta as I grew up. Then in 2005 I travelled through Europe and that was the end of any chance I had of staying in Sydney forever. I was hooked. I ended up finding a job in San Francisco and moving to the US in mid-2015 and have had a fantastic time so far.

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From the UK to Portugal: An Englishman in Lisbon

02 January, 2017 15:10  Erin Erin

Kev LisbonMy name’s Kev Harrison, I’m 37 and a bit of a wanderer, having lived in about 7 cities in the UK, before moving to Turkey, Poland and now Portugal, where I’m planning to stay put, not least of all because I’m marrying a Portuguese lady this coming autumn! I’m a teacher and also write in my free time, not just my blog but also fiction. I had a couple of bits published last year, so this year’s plan is to kick on and get more stuff in print!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I’d been working as a data analyst for about 9 years in various companies and I had begun to find the corporate life to be really depressing. I read a book (Dance, Dance, Dance, by Haruki Murakami) in which the protagonist talks about his job being like shoveling snow. You keep on doing it but it’s the same every time and you never seem to get anywhere. It really resonated with me and I decided I needed a dramatic change.
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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 North Carolina to Sydney: Living EZ

19 December, 2016 10:03  Erin Erin

Living EZ Erin Z, John Z and Cecilia Z – From Charlotte, NC, USA to Sydney Australia.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Erin had always wanted to move abroad, and when John got approached by a recruiter from LinkedIn about a banking position in Sydney, we decided to pursue it. We moved to Australia in December of 2014 (with a 2 month old).
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From New York City to Nairobi: NYC2Nairobi

12 December, 2016 09:32  Erin Erin

NYC2Nairobi M. Cavanagh is a New Yorker and a User Experience Strategist and Designer. My husband and I have moved to Nairobi for his job. We plan to be in Nairobi for at least a few years. Their blog is where she hopes to record  adventures (and not too many misadventures), life as an expat in Nairobi, and maybe even some helpful tips.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Husband’s work opportunity.
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From Canada to Ecuador: Our Road to the Gentle Island and Beyond

05 December, 2016 12:48  Erin Erin

Our Road to the Gentle Island and Beyond

Hullo, I’m Danica, just a regular woman (to be honest I still call myself a girl!) from Canada who has stumbled across a pretty amazing life. I worked in the field of finance and accounting for a good part of my life, as well as being a published poet and novelist. I tend to describe myself as a timid adventurer, but I’m getting braver, the more adventures I go on with my husband. Our general philosophy is that life is short and we should do as much as we can, while we can. This idea has led us to our crazy South American adventure. While we’ve sacrificed a lot to be doing what we’re doing, it’s well worth it.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
A broad? She was in our way…okay, bad joke, but I felt compelled to say it anyway. Seriously, our thirst for travel seems to run unchecked and we wanted to travel further afield, having seen a good part of Europe, Canada and the US. So we decided to make the leap to South America, as we had only visited once and wanted to see more. Our base in Cuenca, Ecuador allows us easy (and less expensive) access to both South and Central America.
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