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travel blog 2016

I’ve been incredibly quiet over here and I have to apologize for that! We’ve been transitioning to a new home, complete with trying to create a new routine while receiving endless Amazon deliveries. In all of that, I’ve been trying to stay afloat on clients’ projects and had to neglect this little piece of the interwebs. Apologies all around!

But now I’m back and ready to keep updating you guys on all things expat! While I know many of you enjoyed reading all about Roatan and my idyllic beach life there, clearly we are no longer living on the island.

That’s not to say I don’t still have connections there – we stay in touch with many friends and I am still writing about Roatan life and tourism for several clients there. However, much of what’s to come on this little blog will be focused on my new expat life on an entirely different type of island.

Scottish lake

I might not live beachfront now, but I still enjoy a beautifully lit body of water

I have a few posts with more Roatan info waiting in the wings, but otherwise you’ll see a big shift away from tropical sunsets toward cheap European travel. Everywhere has its pros and cons, and I thoroughly enjoy discovering those as a serial expat!

So if you’re still reading and you’re still along for the ride, get ready for European travels and information because 2016 will be filled with adventures!

Coming up soon on the blog: expat essentials for the UK, and Scotland specifically. I’ve learned a lot of the nitty-gritty details on the mundane expat stuff here, but it’s important to share for those taking a similar path. I’ve checked numerous local blogs during my own research, so I know how very helpful a personal perspective can be.

While these details may not pertain to you specifically, keep in mind that they’re all part of a larger concept: moving overseas is unlike a local, domestic move. There are so many more considerations and lessons to learn, regardless of the country you’re moving to in starting your expat life.

If you’re looking for more travel-related info and details, don’t worry, there will be lots of that coming up, too! I already have another trip to London planned, we’re looking at local jaunts in Scotland and northern England, and we’re also trying to figure out where to move next.

I’m enjoying a different variety of natural beauty these days

As a serial expat, you know I’m not content to sit in one place for too long! We’re thinking of heading to a diving destination again later this year for yet another expat life to begin. Time will tell, but I’ll be sure to share the research and information we uncover along the way.

In the meantime, this quiet time has allowed me to be in the moment and to savor these experiences as a new expat in a new world all over again. It’s a feeling I adore; discovering a new neighborhood and creating a whole new life excites me!

But, of course, life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns (despite the fact that the unicorn is the national animal of my new expat home, Scotland), so I’ll be sharing the low moments of expat life, too.

The closest I've come to a mythical creature in Scotland: this stunning swan.

The closest I’ve come to a mythical creature in Scotland: these stunning swans.

I hope you’ll stick around, but if you’re very specifically looking for Roatan information only, here are a few active local expat blogs you need to check out (if you haven’t already!):

Cubicle Throwdown: Rika moved to Roatan shortly before I did in 2012 and has been regularly blogging about the lead-up to her move and her life on the island since. She has fantastic reviews and insights, especially for those looking to work in Roatan, become a dive professional in Roatan, or find an apartment in Roatan. If you visit the island from Canada, you are required to bring her Ketchup Chips (I’m kidding, but she will love you forever if you do).

Mermaid on a Raft: Debbie retired to Roatan and has been documenting all of her island shenanigans over the last several years. Her humor is hysterical, and her life will make you jealous if you’re still plugging away waiting to retire. She posts tons of photos from snorkeling adventures, her regular social outings with other expats, and the many volunteer activities she does all around the island. She’s incredibly helpful if you’re thinking of retiring to Roatan – be sure to reach out!

Roatanet: This is the best collection of information if you’re visiting Roatan and want advice on where to stay, where to eat, what to do, and more. (Disclaimer: I’m the blogger for the site, so that’s all info from me. But outside of the blog, there is also tons of great information from a variety of service and tour providers, with detailed information on each.)

Here’s to 2016 – a year I’m sure will be filled with more love, happiness, and adventure for us all. Go be happy!


If you want to find out what’s next for us, sign up for my weekly newsletter! Enter your name and email address into any of the subscription boxes.

Connect with me on Facebook for more regular updates, and I’m also on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Let’s be friends! 

I’ve been incredibly quiet over here and I have to apologize for that! We’ve been transitioning to a new home, complete with trying to create a new routine while receiving endless Amazon deliveries. In all of that, I’ve been trying to stay afloat on clients’ projects and had to neglect this little piece of the interwebs. Apologies all around!

But now I’m back and ready to keep updating you guys on all things expat! While I know many of you enjoyed reading all about Roatan and my idyllic beach life there, clearly we are no longer living on the island.

That’s not to say I don’t still have connections there – we stay in touch with many friends and I am still writing about Roatan life and tourism for several clients there. However, much of what’s to come on this little blog will be focused on my new expat life on an entirely different type of island.

Scottish lake

I might not live beachfront now, but I still enjoy a beautifully lit body of water

I have a few posts with more Roatan info waiting in the wings, but otherwise you’ll see a big shift away from tropical sunsets toward cheap European travel. Everywhere has its pros and cons, and I thoroughly enjoy discovering those as a serial expat!

So if you’re still reading and you’re still along for the ride, get ready for European travels and information because 2016 will be filled with adventures!

Coming up soon on the blog: expat essentials for the UK, and Scotland specifically. I’ve learned a lot of the nitty-gritty details on the mundane expat stuff here, but it’s important to share for those taking a similar path. I’ve checked numerous local blogs during my own research, so I know how very helpful a personal perspective can be.

While these details may not pertain to you specifically, keep in mind that they’re all part of a larger concept: moving overseas is unlike a local, domestic move. There are so many more considerations and lessons to learn, regardless of the country you’re moving to in starting your expat life.

If you’re looking for more travel-related info and details, don’t worry, there will be lots of that coming up, too! I already have another trip to London planned, we’re looking at local jaunts in Scotland and northern England, and we’re also trying to figure out where to move next.

I’m enjoying a different variety of natural beauty these days

As a serial expat, you know I’m not content to sit in one place for too long! We’re thinking of heading to a diving destination again later this year for yet another expat life to begin. Time will tell, but I’ll be sure to share the research and information we uncover along the way.

In the meantime, this quiet time has allowed me to be in the moment and to savor these experiences as a new expat in a new world all over again. It’s a feeling I adore; discovering a new neighborhood and creating a whole new life excites me!

But, of course, life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns (despite the fact that the unicorn is the national animal of my new expat home, Scotland), so I’ll be sharing the low moments of expat life, too.

The closest I've come to a mythical creature in Scotland: this stunning swan.

The closest I’ve come to a mythical creature in Scotland: these stunning swans.

I hope you’ll stick around, but if you’re very specifically looking for Roatan information only, here are a few active local expat blogs you need to check out (if you haven’t already!):

Cubicle Throwdown: Rika moved to Roatan shortly before I did in 2012 and has been regularly blogging about the lead-up to her move and her life on the island since. She has fantastic reviews and insights, especially for those looking to work in Roatan, become a dive professional in Roatan, or find an apartment in Roatan. If you visit the island from Canada, you are required to bring her Ketchup Chips (I’m kidding, but she will love you forever if you do).

Mermaid on a Raft: Debbie retired to Roatan and has been documenting all of her island shenanigans over the last several years. Her humor is hysterical, and her life will make you jealous if you’re still plugging away waiting to retire. She posts tons of photos from snorkeling adventures, her regular social outings with other expats, and the many volunteer activities she does all around the island. She’s incredibly helpful if you’re thinking of retiring to Roatan – be sure to reach out!

Roatanet: This is the best collection of information if you’re visiting Roatan and want advice on where to stay, where to eat, what to do, and more. (Disclaimer: I’m the blogger for the site, so that’s all info from me. But outside of the blog, there is also tons of great information from a variety of service and tour providers, with detailed information on each.)

Here’s to 2016 – a year I’m sure will be filled with more love, happiness, and adventure for us all. Go be happy!


If you want to find out what’s next for us, sign up for my weekly newsletter! Enter your name and email address into any of the subscription boxes.

Connect with me on Facebook for more regular updates, and I’m also on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Let’s be friends! 

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Amanda Walkins

Expat writer and passionate proponent of seeking happiness, wherever it leads you. Your options are endless. Whether you are retired, working, or studying, don't be afraid to follow your own path. Do good and be happy.