Whether you’re new here or you’ve been following along for years, it can be hard to keep track of where I’ve been and where I am now! You can read all the posts that are relevant to my expat life here, or check the highlights below.
Here’s a timeline with helpful relevant posts for each place I’ve lived in along the way:
The Early Days: USA, Spain, Ecuador
I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. After leaving for college in Virginia, I then lived in Spain, Ecuador, and Washington DC before leaving the US altogether in 2012.
Here are some highlights from my time in Ecuador:
A Lifelong Love Affair with Ecuador
Visit These 7 Mountain Towns in Ecuador
Roatan, Honduras: 2012-2015
I became an accidental expat in Roatan in 2012 when I met a guy on a beach. There’s plenty to that story, which you can watch on House Hunters International! While living there, I worked as a waitress, I managed a dive shop, and I launched my freelance writing career.
Here are some helpful Roatan expat and travel articles:
How to Move to Roatan: Finding Housing
How to Move to Roatan: Working in Roatan
How to Move to Roatan: Families with Children
How to Move to Roatan: Safety Concerns
How to Move to Roatan: Legal Issues
Best Beachfront Resorts in Roatan
We moved to Scotland, got married in Edinburgh, I became a UK resident, and we had a terrible personal loss. I loved living in Edinburgh, a city filled with history, charm, and amazing festivals!
Here are some helpful Scotland expat and travel articles:
US Citizen Married in Scotland
How Can a US Citizen Get UK Residency Through Marriage
I Speak American, You Speak Scottish
The Real Mary King’s Close Tour in Edinburgh
The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry
Hogmanay in Edinburgh Info and Advice
Rabbie’s Tour of St Andrews and Fife
We moved to Ireland for a long-term housesit so we could settle in and see if staying in the country was the right idea for us. I absolutely encourage you to explore long-term housesitting options for checking out a potential new expat home before you take the leap.
We learned that Ireland was not a good move for us, which was good to know before signing a lease or making any big investments!
Housesitting in Ireland with TrustedHousesitters
From Ireland, we moved to the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. We knew very little about it, except that it boasted 300 days a year of sunshine! We had a fabulous experience in Malta, short-lived though it might have been.
Here are some highlights from our expat and travel adventures in Malta:
A Quick Visit to the Three Cities of Malta
Noah’s Ark Dog Sanctuary in Malta
Day Trip to the Island of Gozo
Best Expat Destinations: Roatan vs Malta
Boston, MA, USA: 2017-2018
We left Malta for the US mostly due to timing. Find out why and what our initial thoughts were upon arriving.
Expat Update: We’re on the Move Again!
Arrivals and Plans: Our Repat Journey
Edinburgh area: 2018
We returned for lots of housesitting, starting in and around Edinburgh in early 2018:
Housesitting in Edinburgh with TrustedHousesitters
From Edinburgh, we headed south for over two months of summertime housesitting in the London area. We spent time with dogs and cats in areas of the city we’d never before explored and we absolutely loved it:
Housesitting in London with TrustedHousesitters
Asturias, Spain: 2018
From London, we flew to Spain. Spain is where I started my overseas adventure while living in Bilbao back in 2007.
This time, we lived on a small farm in Asturias for a long-term housesitting gig. It was magical! Read all about it – and enjoy tons of goat and other animal photos!
Longterm Housesitting in Spain: Our 3 Months in Asturias
Scotland: 2018 – 2022
We moved back to Scotland and then the world turned upside down. It’s been a strange and challenging few years that have forever changed all of us.
Sometimes, all we can do is look to the horizon for the new dawn and embrace whatever it brings.
Here’s to the next step…