Expat Wife – A Redefinition Of Couple Relationship That You Never Expected

‘Push… once more’, said the midwife. Vickie, in pain, winced, gasped for air and braced for the effort. Suddenly, she felt a release, the first in eight hours of labour. A cry and the midwife … [Read more...]

Parenting Teenagers Abroad – Two Extra Challenges You’d Happily Do Without

Alison is bewildered. Josh, her 15 year-old son, has changed dramatically. While he used to be such a social kid, always a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes, he now spends hours alone … [Read more...]

3 Things Your Teenager Can’t Tell You When Moving Abroad

It’s no secret: handling a teenager as a parent is tricky. To say the least. But moving abroad adds another layer of complexity. Understanding what’s going on in your teenager’s head helps you … [Read more...]

Expats – The true story of building a portable social network (and why it matters)

Starting all over again? You have no energy left. This is your third move in 10 years. You’ve just unpacked all your boxes, settled the children at school and established a new routine. You know … [Read more...]

Emotional Abuse – Why Expat Couples Are At Risk

She comes back home, tired but thrilled. Her Vuitton bag, her manicured nails, her Chanel tailleur… She feels so attractive. In the elevator bringing her home to the 27th floor, a luxurious … [Read more...]

Expat in a country that speaks the same language as you – Blessing or curse?

The netball game just finished. Olivia is in tears. Her team lost 10 to 0. Sandra, her mum, is fuming on the bench. ‘Why is the game so violent, the referee so biased, the girls from the … [Read more...]

Jet Lag – 7 Ways For Your Traveling Partner To Avoid Becoming A Moody Sloth

Sally is pulling her hair. The kitchen tap is leaking, Max is sick and Sarah has a performance at school this morning. Murphy’s law. As usual, Harry is travelling for work. Since they came to … [Read more...]

How To Live With Uncertainty – Two Coping Strategies That Could Change Your Life

Living in uncertainty is not an expat privilege. Anyone may get a cold, be fired or lose a loved one tomorrow without notice. Life is unpredictable. But the expat existence, linked to high … [Read more...]

This Widespread Disease Can Kill Your Expat Couple (Here’s What You Can Do About It)

You longed for this moment all day. And when you heard the car’s engine at the front door, your heart bounced. “Finally! He’s home!” Today was like so many other days. You hadn’t seen a soul. … [Read more...]

2014 – A Year in Expatland

End of last year, I took you on a journey: the story of an expat family through a compilation of all the articles published on the blog. The suspense was at its peak: we left this family in … [Read more...]