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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

On four failed attempts to leave Perth in my twenties

When you grow up in a city as isolated as Perth, Western Australia, it's not surprising that you get the itch to leave, at least for a while. From the time I graduated from university (just a little while back now ...) I was looking for opportunities to leave Perth for a while and see something of … [Read more...]

Travelling jobs and back-home careers – my experience with ESL teaching and adult education

A few years back I wrote a post for Vagabondish about Why Travel is Good for Your Resume (you can go ahead and read it ... I'll wait!). I still stand by everything I wrote there 100% and it was that post that prompted a reader named Jasper to write to me with this question: You say that your … [Read more...]