Interview with Expat Author - Clara Wiggins

26 May, 2015 11:52  Erin Erin

Clara Wiggins Hi, I’m Clara Wiggins and I am from the UK. At the moment I also live in the UK but I was born in Cuba (to British diplomatic parents) and lived all over the world including the Philippines, Nigeria, Venezuela, Gibraltar, Jamaica, Pakistan and St Lucia. This year we are moving to South Africa.

1. Why did you move abroad?

 As a child I moved with my parents – no choice! Then as an adult I realised the wonderlust was still there and I started out by going on a round-the-world trip on my own, which included nine months in New Zealand. When I returned to London I decided I wasn’t done with living abroad so I joined the Foreign Office and with that job moved to Jamaica. Here I met my husband and became pregnant with the first of our two daughters. We then moved with my husband’s job to Pakistan and St Lucia (and soon to South Africa).  


Interview with Expat author - Andrew Hallam

18 November, 2014 12:48  Erin Erin

The Global Expats Guide To InvestingMy wife and I have no fixed address. She’s American. I’m Canadian. I lived in Singapore from 2003-2014. That’s where we met. Now we travel around the world like a couple of nomads:

  • October and November in Mexico
  • January to March in Thailand
  • April to May in Malaysia. 

The year after that?  Maybe Argentina, Europe or Fiji.  

1. Why did you move abroad?

I had bought a piece of oceanfront property on Vancouver Island. Before long, I realized that the costs of paying off the mortgage and building a house were recipes for mini, nightly aneurisms.  So I took a teaching job at Singapore American School.  Salaries were higher than what I was being paid in Canada. And the school covered accommodation. I thought I would spend just two years in Singapore. But from the first month, I knew I was going to stay a lot longer.  I loved the city, the jungle, the travel and the people.


Interview with Expat author - Andrea Bouchaud

14 October, 2014 12:49  Erin Erin

Twenty in Paris Bonjour à tous! I’m Andrea Bouchaud - your favorite Paris study abroad expert. A New Jersey native but I moved to Dallas 2 years ago (it’s awesome!).

1. Why did you move abroad?
My paternal grandfather is natively French but by the time I was born, he was completely Americanized.  I always wanted to know what it meant to be French besides having a last name that no one could spell or pronounce. I knew the only way to find out was to go to France. The opportunity to live there came during college. I was a French major at Rutgers University but its French department didn’t offer advanced level courses every semester. To graduate on time, I needed to study abroad in France for a year. It was a win-win situation as I was able to finish my major’s credits and learn about French culture hands-on.  I ultimately chose Paris as I had a great-aunt living there who offered me an apartment to stay in rent-free. This was a financial relief as well as a great opportunity to connect with my long, lost French family.


Interview with Expat author - Kay Xander Mellish

09 September, 2014 07:23  Erin Erin

kay xander mellish How to live in Denmark

I’m Kay Xander Mellish, originally from Wisconsin, USA, and now a freelance journalist in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I visited Copenhagen on vacation and decided it was the kind of place I wanted to live.  I went back to New York City, where I was living at the time, and job-hunted online until I found a company willing to hire me.  


Interview with Expat author - Yelena Parker

08 July, 2014 09:47  Erin Erin

Moving without Shaking My name is Yelena Parker. I grew up in Ukraine. I am American. At the moment I live in Tanzania and in July I will return to the United Kingdom, my latest country of “permanent” residence.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad multiple times. 4 times, to be more precise. My first move was for pure economic reasons. I moved from Ukraine to the United States, straight to the heart of Silicon Valley to get an MBA. This was meant to open doors to gaining economic advantage.

Second time it was an expat contract, company transfer from the US to Geneva, Switzerland.

Third time, after our business was acquired, I got a local contract in the UK and moved to London.

Lastly, I am currently in Tanzania, volunteering and travelling for 4 months. Yes, I count it as an expat experience! 4 months of community work is truly plenty of time to absorb the local culture!


Interview with Expat author - Alan Wagoner

04 February, 2014 09:45  Erin Erin

One of our expat interviewees is back with an ebook he wrote about life in Spain. Find out what led him to write a book the hardest part of the process and what the Wagoners are planning next!

Alan Wagoner -Wagoners AbroadI’m Alan, and I’m half of Wagoners Abroad.  I’m the funny half (rim shot).  I’m from the U.S.A (North Carolina), and am currently living in Almuñécar Spain with my wife and two kids.

1. Why did you move abroad?
The big reason was to continue our dream of living abroad, and experiencing foreign cultures.  Secondary reasons were, getting out of the Rat Race, reconnecting with each other.


Interview with Expat author - Casey of A Cruising Couple

07 January, 2014 11:11  Erin Erin

Cruising Couple CaseyI’m Casey Siemasko. I’m from Apex, North Carolina. Currently I’m calling Mexico home, though only for a few months.

1. Why did you move abroad?    
Before we got married, we had both traveled extensively on our own. I think that when combined, Dan and I had traveled to nearly thirty countries on six different continents. This passion for travel and seeing the world was something that we wanted to experience together, so it only made sense to start our marriage abroad! The only question was where we would go and how long we would stay. A short Google search later and Taiwan it was.


Interview with Expat author - Homa S. Tavangar

10 December, 2013 10:51  Erin Erin

Growing up global A mother of three, Homa S. Tavangar has spent her career helping governments develop globally oriented programs and advising businesses on how to thrive abroad. She has lived in the Middle East, East and West Africa, South America, and throughout the United States.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I lived abroad multiple times for studying and work, in Lima, Peru and Nairobi, Kenya.  With my children we lived for a short time in the Gambia, West Africa, staying with expat family there and getting a taste of what life in such a different country would be like.  It served as a great jump-start to my writing.  


Interview with Expat author - Toni Hargis

08 October, 2013 08:27  Erin Erin

Toni HargisI’m Toni Hargis, otherwise known as blogger Expat Mum. I am from the north east of England and currently live in Chicago, USA. I have been in the USA for 23 years and have 3 Yankee-Brit children.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I married an American who was working in London for three years. I didn’t really think too much about it at the time, - just got on a plane and moved here.


Interview with Expat author - Jay Artale

11 September, 2013 08:50  Erin Erin

jay The Bodrum Peninsula Travel GuideOriginally from the flatlands and big skies of rural Norfolk in eastern England, Jay Artale (aka Roving Jay) is a British Expat currently living in Los Angeles. She’s a vicarious blogger and has recently published her first Travel Guide Book covering the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey, which is where she has her 2nd home.    

1. Why did you move abroad?
Like most baby boomers from Britain … I was brought up on a diet of old Hollywood Matinee movies and I still remember my pre-teen yearnings to live in America. I’m not sure if I thought it was possible; it was just an escapism tactic from small-town rural life.


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