From the UK to Greece: Ramblings From Rhodes

04 January, 2016 08:26  Erin Erin

Ramblings From RhodesJohn Manuel, born in Bath, UK, now living on Rhodes.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Lots of reasons. Among them - UK is congested beyond belief, nanny state was getting on my nerves, to simplify our lives, shed ourselves of a lot of material things. The climate played a part, but it wasn’t the main reason.

2. How do you make a living?

Small bits of income from all over the place. A couple of private pensions, part-time work during the summer season, I write books (4 travel memoirs and three novels so far, a 4th novel under construction), A modest return on capital we put away in the UK.
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From France to Canada to around the world: Correr Es Mi Destino

28 December, 2015 07:45  Erin Erin

Juliiette Giannesini Canada My name is Juliette but you can call me “Zhu”, my Chinese name. I am one of these people who drag a battered backpack all over the world. Yes, there is a Canadian flag on it—I adopted this country as my new home in 2004.
I was born and raised in France and when I am not traveling the world, I live in Ottawa, Canada, with my husband and our French-Chinese-Canadian son.

1. Why did you move abroad?
It was a three-step process: 1) Travel around Latin America with a Canadian backpacker 2) Fall in love with said backpacker 3) Start a new life in Canada with him!

More seriously, I was born and raised in France and I caught the travel bug at the age of 16, when I spent a summer session in a university in Beijing, China. After I graduated from high school, I said “au revoir la France!”. Over the past 15 years, I worked in Hong Kong, backpacked all over Central and South America, South-East Asia, Australia, New-Zealand, China… and chose Canada as my home base, because everybody needs a home, somewhere!
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From Germany to Sweden: way-up-north

21 December, 2015 08:00  Erin Erin

Olaf way up north Hello, I’m Olaf Schneider from Germany and have been living in Skelleftehamn in Northern Sweden since 2010. In my blog way-up-north I’ll write and show photos of landscape, weather and nature in Northern Scandinavia and a bit more.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
Since 2003 I’d been in Northern Scandinavia quite often, mostly in wintertime doing ski tours or other holidays. I just loved the nordic landscape and the real winters up here with coldness, polar lights and much snow. I wanted to live here and stop being just a tourist.  After som years of consideration I decided to make this step, travelled to Swedish Lapland and was lucky to find a job in Skellefteå/Sweden. Two month later i moved to Skellefteå, then to Skelleftehamn
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From Ukraine to Tennessee: Wordly

14 December, 2015 07:25  Erin Erin

Worldly Hello! My name is Alisa Kaiser and I was born and raised in eastern Ukraine. I enjoy living my crazy life and right now am residing in the beautiful city of Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My big move happened on November 21, 2014 and I have no regrets. I did a couple of foreign exchange programs in the USA during high school and college and was happy to be back. This time, I was coming back to the crazy wonderful husband of mine.
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From Canada to Phuket: The Lucky Couple

07 December, 2015 07:52  Erin Erin

The lucky couple Hey Guys! We are Shawn & Katie, 2 Canadian Expats currently living in beautiful Phuket, Thailand  (Hence why we call ourselves the lucky couple!)

1. Why did you move abroad?
We decided to move because we had both lived abroad previously, and were yearning to see more of the world still. Thailand was a cheap option that Shawn already had ties to, so it made sense for us to try to make it work here.

2. How do you make a living?
We are both working full time, in the tourism industry. Our friends are always shocked, because everyone else we know are teachers! Since we both have sales/tourism experience, we were really excited to be able to find work still in our field!
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From New York to Seoul: Runaway Bunny in Seoul

30 November, 2015 07:52  Erin Erin

runaway bunny in seoul Hi I’m Alana (or Alana Margaret), former New Yorker, current Seoulite.

1. Why did you move abroad?
While my husband was in business school he received an offer from a Korean company. After a lot of discussion, talking with people who had done the program he’s doing now and talking to friends who had taught in Korea, we decided the opportunity to live abroad and easily travel around Asia wasn’t one we wanted to miss.
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From New York to New Zealand to the UK: Collecting Labels

23 November, 2015 12:03  Erin Erin

Collecting Labels My name is Laura and I'm originally from New York. After graduating from college I left for what was supposed to be a gap year. It's been over five year since I've had a permanent address in the US! In that time I've lived in New Zealand, Australia and South Korea. I'm currently spending a few months in the UK visiting my partner's family and trying to figure out where to go next!

1. Why did you move abroad?
It was kind of an accident. I was working in New Zealand to save up some money to travel around and I kind of decided not to leave. I spent just over a year there and I was hooked!
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From Brisbane to Bogota: Sarepa

16 November, 2015 13:22  Erin Erin

Sarepa My name is Sarah Duncan, but people call me Sarepa (I'm addicted to arepas). I'm from Australia, but split my time between Brisbane and Bogota, Colombia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
The first time I decided to live in Colombia was after many years of travelling to the country. I had fallen in love with the place through the work of famed Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and wanted to live out my own dream of living in Colombia and writing about my own experiences. I made that decision in 2012 and was shocked by how my parents reacted. "Thank goodness!" my mum said. "You've been wanting to do that for ages!"
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From Pittsburgh to Seoul: Willful and Wildhearted

09 November, 2015 12:34  Erin Erin

Willful and Wildhearted I’m Laura. I’m a 27-year-old Pittsburgh-native living in Seoul, Korea. I like pizza, Chuck Norris jokes and the band Phish.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I decided to seriously move abroad after a series of traumatic events in my life. I had always contemplated the idea of teaching or volunteering abroad, but the timing was never right. Within a year’s time, my brother died, my grandmother died, I was the instigator in a necessary yet traumatizing end of a relationship and I suddenly became jobless. So like any sane human being, I decided I needed to find somewhere to heal, far
away from any friends and family. I enrolled in a TEFL practicum and moved to Seoul, Korea a few months after the madness ended.
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From Cumbria to Bulgaria: The Travel Bug

02 November, 2015 11:02  Erin Erin

The Travel Bug Blulgaria Hi, I'm Rachel Gawith (known as thetravelbug), originally from Cumbria, in north of England but moved to Bulgaria in October 2006. Its been a love-hate relationship with Bulgaria from the day I moved here, with nothing going to plan, trials and tribulations and a long haul to get the to the place we are now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
It was as never the plan to move over to Bulgaria, or indeed abroad. I originally just put a deposit down on a ski apartment in Bansko in 2004, when there was all the hype about buying here (yep I fell for one of those adverts). That went rather pear-shaped and I pulled out of the purchase and after a court case and many visits to the developer's office in Bulgaria, I got my money back. But by then I had fallen in love with Bulgaria and started to come over regularly, often helping others organise viewing trips to see property. Over the next year or two, I ended up buying a number of properties here as investments, just because they were cheap (we live and learn!) and to renovate.

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