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 in 2007, Ecuador in 2008, and Washington DC from 2009-2012 before leaving the US for a decade of expat life.

Here are some highlights from my time in Ecuador:

A Lifelong Love Affair with Ecuador

Beaches and Jungle in 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: Legal Issues

Best Beachfront Resorts in Roatan

Best Dive Sites in Roatan

Scotland: 2015-2017

Scotland: 2015-2017

We moved to Scotland, got married in Edinburgh, and I became a UK resident. I loved living in Edinburgh, a city filled with history, charm, and amazing festivals!

Here are some helpful Scotland expat and travel articles:

An American Expat in Scotland

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

Ireland: 2017

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

Malta: 2017

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

Free Walking Tour of Valletta

Noah’s Ark Dog Sanctuary in Malta

Day Trip to the Island of Gozo

Best Expat Destinations: Roatan vs Malta

The UK: 2018

We returned for lots of housesitting, starting in and around Edinburgh in early 2018 and then spending the entire gorgeous summer in London:

Housesitting in Edinburgh with TrustedHousesitters

Housesitting in London with TrustedHousesitters

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

Bilbao, Spain: My Temporary Home

Scotland: 2019-2022

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…