From Maine to Brazil to UAE back to the USA: Whole-hearted Traveler

16 April, 2018 08:25  Erin Erin My name is Stacey and I am from Maine.  I moved abroad to work as an international teacher.  I lived in Brazil, Senegal, Argentina, and the U.A.E. After 10 years, overseas, I returned to the U.S.  and have been going through the transition of repatriation.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I moved back to the U.S. because I wanted to make a career change and obtain a master’s degree.  I was very sad to leave my expat life behind and return to the U.S. so I decided to move to a new city. That way it would still feel new and exciting and I could still explore new places.  I choose to move to Austin, Texas which turned out to be great, perhaps too great!  Right away I meet my now partner which has been awesome however he wanted to get his Ph.D. and we ended up moving to a Denton, which is a small college town in Texas.

This has been an interesting move for me, although I am accustomed to moving in the past all the decision we’re mine because I was single.   Now I have moved because of another person’s purpose to a not so exotic place to live.


From the Netherlands to Italy: Living in Italy

09 April, 2018 09:41  Erin Erin

Living in Italy Hi, I am Stef Smulders, 57 years old and I moved ten years ago from The Netherlands to Italy with husband and dog. I now live in the small village Montecalvo Versiggia in the Oltrepò Pavese wine region, 50 miles south of Milan in Lombardy, where we have our B&B Villa I Due Padroni.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I was doing a master in Medieval Culture and was supposed to study half a year abroad, for which I chose the university of Pavia. But, secretely, we were already considering a permanent move as we dreamt of starting an bed and breakfast.

2.    How do you make a living?
We earn our money with our B&B. Hosting guests is a fantastic experience in which you meet a lot of nice people.



From Germany to the USA: Share the Love

02 April, 2018 09:27  Erin Erin

Share the Love My name is Kate, I was born in Germany and moved to the States about a year ago. I also lived and worked in Spain, Taiwan, and the UK and I love to see myself as a global citizen with European roots.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband was offered a job in Chicago and we both have been excited to experience another culture and mentality.

2.    How do you make a living?
Back in Germany, I had a career as a Marketing and Business Development consultant. Here in the US, I decided against the constricting corporate world with only few vacation days and decided to take the step into self-employment. I share my experience of being an Expat Partner on my website and started my journey to become a coach for Expat Partners.



De la France aux Etats Unis : Paris San Francisco

29 March, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Paris San Francisco - ChristelleBonjour à tous, je m'appelle Christelle et il y a un peu plus d’un an j'ai quitté Paris pour la Californie.

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

Mon mari travaillait à Paris pour le bureau français d'une entreprise américaine qui lui a proposé nouveau poste à San Francisco. Nous avons bien sûr sauté sur l'occasion, d'autant qu'elle nous offrait un accompagnement pour les visas, le permis de travail, etc. Un vrai plus qu'on on sait la complexité du système américain !


From the UK to Houston to Hong Kong: What Could Go Wrong in Hong Kong

26 March, 2018 09:13  Erin Erin

Hong Kong GeorgiaHi! My name is Georgia. I am originally from the UK but have also lived in Houston, Texas. I currently live in Hong Kong.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I graduated from university last summer and, like all graduates, faced the terrifying prospect of unemployment in one of the most expensive cities in the world (London). Having not taken a gap year and not in any rush to slave away applying for graduate programs, I decided to get my TEFL qualification and move to Hong Kong to try something a little different.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am a kindergarten teacher. Teaching had never been something I was that interested in but I absolutely love it out here. In Hong Kong, it is a necessity to speak English so children as young as 2 are taking part in English language lessons. My blog essentially records the hilarious antics of the snot buckets that I teach everyday.


From Colorado to Fukuoka: Nihon Scope

19 March, 2018 08:58  Erin Erin

Nihon Scope Hello, my name is Nathan Scheer and I am from Lakewood, Colorado and I am currently living in Fukuoka, Japan with my Wife.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I came to Japan in order to experience a proper education of the Japanese language as well as have the opportunity to experience the Japanese culture.

2. How do you make a living?
I make money by helping people with businesses get listed on the top of Google without the use of advertisement. Otherwise called SEO.


De Labenne-Océan (Landes) vers la Costa Blanca (Espagne) : One.beautifullife

15 March, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Hola, Je m’appelle Anaïs, j’ai 24 ans et je viens des Landes. Après plusieurs voyages notamment en nouvelle Zélande, en Nouvelle-Calédonie, en Thaïlande et au Japon, j’ai décidé de vivre une nouvelle aventure sur l’Espagne depuis 1 an déjà !

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Pour être sincère mon premier voyage à était un voyage « forcé » par mes parents à mes 18 ans. Je ne savais pas vraiment ce que voyager était ! Suite à une année sabbatique en Nouvelle-Zélande, Nouvelle Calédonie et Thaïlande, j’ai pris le goût des voyages ! Il était devenu difficile de m’en passer.

Suite à une opportunité professionnelle sur la Nouvelle-Calédonie, j’ai pris la décision d’y partir quelque temps. Après une année  Je suis retourné sur la France en profitant d’un petit arrêt sur Tokyo durant une semaine. Arrivée en France il ne m’a pas fallu plus de trois jours pour prendre la décision de repartir !

En effet, après un appelle téléphonique de mes parents installés en Espagne depuis 8 mois, me voilà dans la voiture direction Javea à la recherche d’une nouvelle aventure !



Da Italia a Australia: itaGIRLSonTHEroad

12 March, 2018 08:03  Erin Erin

itaGIRLSonTHEroad Ciao, mi chiamo Karmen (Kika per gli amici) e, per chi non mi conosce, sono una “ragazzina” italo-croata di 30++ anni. che momentaneamente vive “down under”, ovvero a Sydney. Sono nata in Croazia, a Orsera per la precisione, e ci ho vissuto fino ai miei 18 anni, con mia sorella, la mia nipotina, i miei genitori e i nonni. Sono sposata, e per il momento tento di mimetizzarmi con le australiane colorando i capelli di arancione 

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Mi sono trasferita all’estero la prima volta nel 2010, quando il maritino ha deciso che sarebbe ora di cambiare ambito lavorativo; stessa azienda, ma da Trieste ci siamo spostati a Singapore. Dopo quasi 3 anni li, la storia si è ripetuta e ci siamo trasferiti a Sydney. Ad Aprile saranno 5 anni che viviamo qui.



Von Hamburg nach Peking: Abenteuer China - Peking

05 March, 2018 08:50  Erin Erin

Abenteuer China: Peking Ich bin Linni, Ende 40, verheiratet, fünf Kinder und komme aus Hamburg (Deutschland). Ich wollte seit Jahren in eine einsame Stuga nach Schweden übersiedeln, doch das Leben hatte anderes mit uns vor: Seit Sommer 2015 lebe ich mit meinem Mann und unseren beiden jüngsten Kindern (*2004, *2006) in Peking (China) – gibt es einen krasseren Gegensatz zwischen Wunsch und Wirklichkeit? Die drei Großen sind schon erwachsen und in Deutschland geblieben.
1. Warum bist du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Mein Mann ist beruflich hier tätig und konnte immer seltener nach Deutschland reisen. Im September 2014 haben wir dann entschieden, dass die beiden Jungs noch das Schuljahr in Deutschland beenden sollten und wir im Sommer 2015 die Familie in Peking dann wieder zusammenführen. Die großen Kinder standen zum Glück alle schon auf eigenen Füßen.


De la Bretagne Ă  Madrid en Espagne : La Vida de Marine

01 March, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Hola a todos ! Je m’appelle Marine, j’ai 24 ans, je viens de Rennes et j’habite maintenant à Madrid depuis un peu plus d’un an.

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

Parce que c’est GE-NIAL ! Plus sérieusement : j’ai réalisé une grosse partie de mes études à l’étranger et je me voyais mal retourner vivre et travailler en France. Après avoir vécu deux ans à Madrid en 2013-2014, je suis partie à Amsterdam faire un stage de 6 mois puis dans une petite ville d’Angleterre pour 6 mois à l’université.

Avoir quitté Madrid la première fois avait été un grand déchirement pour moi, c’est pourquoi j’ai décidé de tout mettre en oeuvre pour revenir en décrochant mon stage de fin d’études ici (à Madrid donc !!!).



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