Moving to another country to start a new life is an undoubtedly exciting experience, but also a nerve-wracking and at times, difficult one.
If you’ve moved abroad yourself, or are considering doing so in the future, it can help to read about the experiences of others who have done the same, so we’ve put together this list of 30 of the most interesting expat blogs on the web.
They cover all kind of walks of life and reasons for moving, whether it be family, career, or just the need for a change.
Suzanne is a mother whose life has taken her and her family away from the UK to South Africa and now Dubai, where she blogs about family life in the UAE, gardening, and more recently about how to cope with ‘empty nest syndrome’!
Blue Abaya takes a look at life in Saudi Arabia from the perspective of Finnish Laura Alho, who describes her new surroundings as the ‘Magic Kingdom’.
She aims to showcase Saudi Arabia’s beauty and encourage people to visit, or even make the move for themselves.
Having made the move from the USA to Ecuador, Angela Drake blogs about her experiences and travels in South America, with a particular focus on the nature, culture and wildlife that she encounters.
This German family of expats moved to Johannesburg in 2010, and while they’ve since moved back, they continue to blog about their experience, not just in South Africa, but also in Singapore and the United States.
Dan has lived in the US for 12 years since moving from Germany, and shares his story on his blog, as well as sharing the stories of others with similar experience through regular guest posts.
He also provides a number of resources to those who are thinking about becoming expats themselves.
Chris and Angela offer up lifestyle guides for those who are emigrating to Thailand (or anywhere else in the world for that matter).
They’re a great example of a couple which broke free of the mould of ‘normal’ careers, and jumped ship for a new life on the other side of the world, and more importantly, made it work!
This expat from El Salvador initially spent nine years in Paris, before settling in Norway, where she met her future husband, and her blog explores all aspects of Scandinavian life from an expat’s perspective.
Written by a retired American, now living in the Philippines, this blog is a great advocate of the slower pace of life that living abroad can offer, especially when the time comes to settle down for retirement.
This blog discusses moving abroad, as well as having a strong personal development vibe. It really helps to explain the benefits that moving to another country can have on your life and wellbeing, and it certainly worth a read for those who are currently in two minds.
Although she lives here in the UK, it’s still interesting to read the experiences of Kate, a Canadian who blogs about her life as an expat here in the UK and also about her travels around the rest of Europe.
This blog started out as a simple Tumblr account for Beth Williams to chronicle her experiences studying in Japan but has morphed into an expat blog about life in Japan, Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.
This young English mum has been raising her children in India, after taking a leap of faith after meeting her future husband online.
Her takes a particular focus on the experiences and challenges of raising a family abroad and what it has taught her.
This family blog covers expat life in the UK, Spain and Germany, as well as sharing stories of the family’s travels across Europe and plenty of cooking tips too.
This blog focuses on life in Shanghai, so is a great read for anyone who has been considering making a move to the Far East.
Although the blog writer has now settled down in Leicester, it still makes an interesting read for those considering a move!
This blog follows Jenny and Paul, a German and Swiss couple who now live in São Paulo, sharing their favourite haunts, and general stories from their experience. They even have a whole section of the blog dedicated to coffee!
Another blog which focuses on life in London, Tea Time in Wonderland is still worth a read as a great example of what it’s like uprooting a family to a new location, especially with children and teenagers in tow.
For an expat blog which is enriched with some beautiful photos of an equally beautiful country, look no further than The Bohemian Diaries, where Jessica chronicles her life in Bolivia.
She also documents her travels to other countries around South America, such as Colombia and Peru.
A New Zealander living here in the UK, Vix delivers here stories of her expat life with a dash of humour and quirkiness.
Kate’s engaging blog posts discuss her life living in Italy, and give a great and entertaining insight into expat life, taking in everything from food to work, and offering up some more general tips for travelling the world.
Cosette is a Cuban-American who now lives in Melbourne, charting her experiences of her big move, and offering practical tips.
She also shares book recommendations and blogs about all things social media and blogging itself too.
As you can probably tell from the title, this blog is all about expat life in Greece, although the author, Amanda, has lived in four countries in nine years, having moved from Qatar to Greece.
The blog is very photography heavy and also shares plenty of great recipes which Amanda has picked up during her time in Greece.
Instead of being a personal, chronicle of the experiences of one individual or family’s experiences moving abroad, this blog is a straightforward, practical guide on everything you need to know about moving to Sydney (although some of the information could be applied elsewhere).
The blog covers everything from visa to moving house and is an invaluable guide to anyone making a move to the Harbour City.
This blog follows the life of Peter, whose journey started out like many others, travelling around Thailand in his twenties.
However, nine years on, and Peter is still loving life in Southeast Asia, and now runs this blog where he offers up tips to both expats and those who are just visiting the country, such as advice on working in Thailand and learning the language.
British couple Emma and Stewart are on a ‘working holiday’ in Canada. Having travelled to
Toronto, Niagara Falls, the Rockies, Vancouver and more, they’ve now settled in Toronto, where they blog about their expat adventure in North America.
Tara certainly has lived an interesting life! Having been born in the US, she spent many years working as a TV producer in Washington DC, before moving to Sydney.
However, her real passion is NASA, and Tara blogs a lot about various projects she has worked on with them.
Liv is an Aussie writer and teacher who takes a humorous look at her life in Germany, particularly her struggles with the language and the distinctly non-Australian weather!
Stuart is ‘an accident prone Englishman living in the Netherlands’, who moved over 15 years ago and fell in love with everything Dutch.
His blog is a journal of his life as an expat, putting a spin of British humour on everything as he goes!
While this blog mainly chronicles Adam’s travels around the world, it’s worth following from an expat point of view, because he’s an American who now calls Berlin home.
This expat Aussie provides a humorous look into life in the USA from an outsider’s perspective.
While it’s an entertaining read, it’s also a useful resource for anyone thinking of relocating, either to the US or anywhere else in the world.
Allie is an American who grew up in Chicago, but attended university in Buenos Aires over ten years ago and never looked back. Now she runs this blog, highlighting all the culinary delights that the city has to offer.