• Expat Emotions If you’re here, it’s likely that you know moving to a new country can bring a huge mix of emotions. There’s excitement, nervousness, fear, and even grief of the life we left wherever we’re moving from.  When I moved to Dubai in 2018, I knew it’d be an adjustment. But for some reason, I figured…
  • sending gifts home Expat giving – Sending gifts home the easy way! New Zealand actor living in Hollywood Kimberley Crossman knows first hand the hassle and disappointment of sending gifts home for Christmas only for them to not arrive. “I was devastated. I’d raced around the shops, bought and wrapped a tonne of gifts for my family at home and they never got there. They cost loads…
  • lonely expat What can you do if you hate where you are living? Years ago when we were a whole lot younger we moved to Jakarta. We chose Jakarta over a few other places because we had lived in Kuala Lumpur and loved it. For reasons unknown we thought they would be similar. Three months in we hated it. Admitting you hate where you are living can be…
  • 6 ways to be a greener expat no matter where you live Every day we are bombarded with another way the Earth is in crisis. Forests burning, glaciers melting, destructive storms, rivers dying, animal extinction, the list seems to go on and on. Some of us may be living where we can see this on a daily basis. All this is happening at alarming rates and can…
  • How counseling helped me make expat life decisions For many of us, the expat decision of whether to stay or to leave our host countries can lead to many sleepless nights, stressful conversations with your beloved family members and a general build up of anxiety. Many expats obviously move due to the needs of the company they work for but for those of…
  • 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. Expat life is not always easy. Our…
  • 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,…