Posts Tagged ‘living abroad’

4 Ways to Help Kids Adjust to the Realities of Life Overseas

My children officially became Third-Culture-Kids (TCKs) when they stepped off an airplane into a hot dusty Saharan night in April, 2001. The stars were obscured by sand and the wind felt like it was coming off an oven, but we were all too tired to care. My oldest was nearly 6, and the twins had just celebrated their 4th birthday. In 28 hours, including layovers, we had traversed the globe, moving from Portland, Oregon (USA) to Nouakchott, Mauritania (West Africa) with 12 suitcases and one guitar. None of our luggage showed up with us.

Although I had read myriad articles and books on raising children between cultures, nothing really prepared me for that first meal of goat head; or for how I would react to children wanting to sit next to me on the couch when it was 115 degrees out and I was sweating in places I had no idea it was possible to sweat.

Planet Nomad

Late last year, Elizabeth Jones moved to Morocco with her husband and three kids. Her blog is an engaging account of expat life in Northern Africa.


Eileen Smith is living the expat life in Santiago, Chile. Her blog is a collection of day-to-day observations, infused with her bright, sometimes snarky, writing style.

The London Spy

The London Spy is an Aussie traveller absorbing life in London while exploring other European cities. Her writing is fun and personal, complemented by lots of photos.

The Next Great Adventure

Joshua Davis has been living in China since October. His blog captures the stories, emotions and challenges of living abroad.

Almost Fearless

Christine Gilbert was a manager in a large Fortune 500 company but ditched that life to become a freelance writer and photographer. She now lives abroad in Spain, with plans to head over to Mexico City and continue on from there.

Jamie Sinz

Jamie and her boyfriend Nik left their cushy life in America to live abroad in Thailand. They both blog about sojourns around Thailand and other parts of Asia.

From Swerve of Shore

Aaron Santos moved to Hanoi, Vietnam in mid-2007, where he works as a photographer for a local magazine. His blog is filled with beautiful photos captured in Hanoi and on his travels throughout the region.

Palabras de Portenos

Nick and Sarah quit their jobs in the US and moved to Buenos Aires to teach English. On their blog, they share their experiences living and working in Argentina through lovely photography and writing.

My Marrakesh

A beautifully photographed blog about Marrakesh. Maryam is a human right and democracy specialist, a freelance writer and textile lover who lives in Marrakesh with her husband, two kids and nine peacocks.

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