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:
Roatan, Honduras: 2012-2015
I became an accidental expat in Roatan in 2012 when I met my now-husband on the 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:
We moved to Scotland, where my other half grew up outside of Edinburgh. While here, we got married, 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:
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!
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:
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.
Edinburgh area: 2018
We returned for lots of housesitting, starting in and around Edinburgh in early 2018:
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:
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!
Scotland: 2018 – ?
We are back in Scotland now and we don’t know what’s next! We will be here for the foreseeable future.
We even signed a lease and bought a car!
(2020 update: we’ve since signed another lease and obviously have no plans to travel or move anywhere this year. With Brexit, the pandemic, the US elections, and Scottish elections in early 2021…there’s a lot going on!)
We’re aiming for lots of local adventures to explore more of this beautiful country filled with fascinating history and architecture.