Expat Travellers – Episode 113 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Hands up if you've lived as an expat for a time - or would like to? I have been so lucky to have lived and worked in Japan, Slovakia and Germany as an expat and I find it such an amazing way to really get to know a local culture and people - it's so very different to passing through just … [Read more...]

Lessons from Living Abroad – Episode 97 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you ever lived abroad, or can you imagine moving overseas for a time? I consider myself extremely lucky that I lived and worked abroad in Japan, Slovakia and Germany for about five and a half years in total, loved every single minute of it, and, of course, learnt a tonne from all those … [Read more...]

Expat Life on Three Continents – Episode 92 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Being back in Japan recently - the country I first moved to when I decided I needed to leave my home country of Australia for a while - brought back a flood of memories about expat life. I loved so many parts of being part of another country and culture for a couple of years. It's not always easy … [Read more...]

5 more funny mistakes foreigners make in Germany

Ah, Germany. The land of long lists of rules and home to 80 million devoted rule-followers. The rules are one of the reasons I love Germany, but as you may remember from last year's post on the 5 funniest mistakes foreigners make in Germany, the abundance of rules does lead to a high number of … [Read more...]

Moving to Thailand with kids, a year on: A second interview with Lalla and her family

Nearly a year ago I published an interview with Lalla, a friend of mine who had moved to Bangkok with her family (including kids aged 6 and 3). It turned out that the topic of moving to Thailand with kids was something a lot of you were interested in and over the past year I've had regular emails … [Read more...]

Four different homes abroad and what I’ve learnt from them

I'm not a massive fan of moving house. (I mean, really, who is? It's a lot of work!) However, I have moved plenty of times in my life and in particular, I have had four different homes abroad - two different flats in Japan, one in Slovakia and one in Germany. When I read a recent Kiki and Tea post … [Read more...]

Guest post: 5 things my daughter is getting out of living abroad (whether she likes it or not)

It's pretty rare for me to feature a guest post here but when Tim Leffel contacted me I knew it'd be a good one. I've followed Tim's work for years and I know he has a lot of great ideas about living abroad and that we think alike on how huge the benefits are. He's currently living in Guanajuato, … [Read more...]

The funniest 5 mistakes foreigners make in Germany

Germany is a wonderful place to live and I thoroughly enjoyed my three years there: it's an organised place, they have great beer and long summer nights, they are experts at Christmas, and so much more. However, one thing most foreigners soon realise is that there are quite a lot of rules in … [Read more...]

Moving to Thailand with a family: If you want to live abroad you actually can

The most exciting years of my life were absolutely those when I lived abroad in Japan, Slovakia and Germany. Being back home in Perth and having a gorgeous son is wonderful too, but living in foreign countries, experiencing the challenges of cultural and language barriers (and overcoming them), … [Read more...]

Saying goodbye to a country is hard – I know, I’ve done it three times

I am NOT a good goodbye person. I'm way overly sentimental, I'm all too acutely aware that once you say goodbye to a place you've lived in that even visiting will never be the same again, and I miss both people and things long and badly. I blogged just recently about the sadness of leaving … [Read more...]