Choosing Where to Live Abroad – Episode 162 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Where would you choose to live abroad, if you decided to leave the country where you live now? I have lots of ideas, but it's not a realistic question while my son's still at school, so it's just a daydream - which is probably why making this episode was particularly interesting. I loved hearing … [Read more...]

Location Independent Work – Episode 134 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Location independent work, or being a digital nomad, or working online while travelling - there are plenty of ways to describe it but whatever you call it there's no escaping the fact that more and more people are taking their jobs on the road these days, thanks to the modern marvel of the … [Read more...]

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...]