• Living with expat guilt Expat guilt. That feeling when, because of the choices that we have made for ourselves and our families, something important happens “at home” and we are not there. Graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays. We try to schedule in the big ones, as much as work and money will allow. Our parents sometimes complain they don’t get…
  • How do you become a digital nomad? It is not uncommon nowadays to hear people talk about working as a digital nomad or striving to become one. Depending on your background it can be quite easy to transition from a regular nine to fiver into a digital wonderer. You need two things – a business or job you can do independent of…
  • The 10 best ideas to support your return home It’s that time of year again when many Expat families are moving on, and a lot of those will be returning home. Tied in largely to the school year which ends in many places in the world in June/July and starts again in September. A time when my inbox fills with requests from people wanting…
  • Serial expatin’ digital nomad May 1971…When I was twelve years old, myself and my three older brothers were called to the table for a “family meeting.” The announcement that followed was one of incredulity and disbelief—in just a couple months we would be moving to Rome, Italy for an undetermined amount of time, traveling to London and Paris first,…
  • Messy kitchen It can be hard arriving in a new place and finding your niche. Sometimes getting out into the community means joining up with an already existing group – it can be a real lifeline for some people. Sarah wrote about her experience joining a mahjong group to get outside her comfort zone, hoping to meet…
  • The minimalist expat life Minimalism has become a bit of a phenomena over the past few years. There are podcasts, Netflix shows, Instagram accounts and more Pinterest boards than you can count, all focused on living the minimalist life. In essence a minimalist life is about living a life where you intentionally own less and only own what you…
  • Getting the pep back in your step once visitors have gone When you relocate, and have to say goodbye to your family and friends, you really hope that you will at least receive some visitors. You look forward to the chance to show them the new country you are living in, and the different life you have built for yourself. But how does it feel for…
  • Ramadan yearnings This will be my first Ramadan in twenty years that won’t really feel like Ramadan. I will not be surrounded by people fasting. I won’t have my neighbors bringing me trays of Biryani or freshly slaughtered lamb. I won’t be invited to any Iftars. I won’t hear the call to prayer and there definitely won’t…