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Expat Life and Living Abroad

Expat life brings with it an endless stream of questions. From the moment you start considering living abroad, your research will entail everything from legal questions to concerns over items in the grocery store.

Choosing to live overseas is an incredible privilege. Always remember that you are, in fact, choosing this lifestyle. Expat living might come with plenty of hiccups! But, at the end of the day, your choice is your own. Expats get that option.

Your expat life might be due to falling in love with someone from another country, a work transfer or new job opportunity, or a simple choice to live in a different culture than the one of your birth and citizenship.

Whatever your reason for becoming an expat, your life will never be the same. Going home will never feel the same as it did before you left. And everything from your daily life to your family connections to your understanding of language and life will alter. This is the wonder of becoming an expat! But it can also feel like a challenge at times.

Having lived as an expat in multiple countries thus far (and always with my eyes on the horizon!), I have written extensively about expat life and moving abroad. Feel free to peruse the articles and topics below, and never hesitate to reach out if you can’t find what you’re looking for here.

My Expat Journey

I have lived in multiple countries for various reasons. Take a look through some of my experiences if you’d like to understand my expat life and the adventures I’ve had the privilege to enjoy.

A full timeline of my expat adventures can be found here. The three countries I have written the most extensively about can be perused here:

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Moving to Malta header image Amanda Walkins
A diver's fins entering the water off the side of a boat; text reads "Moving to Roatan"

And you might like these popular posts here:

Six years of tSix Years of This Accidental Expat Life - Amanda Walkins
And Then We Moved to Malta -- Amanda Walkins
An American Expat in Scotland - Amanda Walkins

Resources for Expats

Becoming an expat is a choice. But that doesn’t mean it’s an easy choice! Wherever you intend to live overseas, you will need to understand a few universal realities of life as an expat, in addition to the specifics of the country where you intend to make your new home.

I’ve written many articles offering advice for new expats as well as observations from my own expat life that might help you in yours. Some of these are tongue-in-cheek while others are more serious warnings.

From an expat woman who’s lived in multiple countries, trust me when I say that no two expat experiences are the same! So while these expat resources and tips may help or at least make you laugh, you should also be prepared for your own individual journey to unfold in any manner of different ways.

Expat life is full of twists and turns, so just get ready and try to hang on for the ride!

Here are a few top articles to get you started:

Ups and Downs of Expat Life - Amanda Walkins
Learning a New Expat Home - Amanda Walkins
Expats Are the Best Tourists - Amanda Walkins

And you might like these country-specific articles here:

Best Expat Destinations Malta vs Roatan - Amanda Walkins
Can US Citizens Get Married in Scotland - Amanda Walkins US expat in Scotland
Getting UK Residency Through Marriage - Amanda Walkins US expat in Scotland

Expat Life Stories

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Are you already an expat? I want to share your story!

I’ve interviewed and written about many other expats in the past – primarily for other publications. These days, I’m much more interested in telling your story in a way that can help, inspire, or forewarn others.

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