Here you’ll find some of my favorite expat resources, blogs, and travel magazines.
These are sites that I actually use, read or check in on regularly, and many of the site editors and bloggers are people I communicate with on a daily or weekly basis and have been able to get to know through my work as a travel writer and editor.
Sovereign Man – Finance, lifestyle design, expatriation and offshore business
Location Independent – Website of Lea and Jonathan Woodward, resource for the location independent lifestyle
Four-Hour Work Week – After hating on the first half of this book, I found the second half practical and inspiring when it comes to restyling your life in order to work less and live more.
Expat Arrivals: Articles by Expat Women – Here you’ll find a good collection of articles on expat life including testimonies of having children overseas and raising ‘third culture’ kids.
International Schools Review – The paid membership is worth it if you’re looking for an international school job.
Search Associates – Professional organization for international teachers. I’ve been a member since 2008.
Matador’s ESL Teaching Focus Page – Teaching tips and creative nonfiction narrative about teaching ESL abroad and at home.
Brink of Something Else – Travel writer and hostel owner Camden Luxford blogs from Peru
The Future is Red – Argentina-based writer and editor Leigh Shulman
Anne Merritt – ESL teacher and travel writer currently in Korea
A Totally Impractical Guide to Living in Shanghai – The often amusing thoughts of teacher and travel writer MaryAnne Oxendale
World Curious Traveler – Blog of American expat Mary Richardson, currently based in Washington DC but has lived in Japan
Cuaderno Inedito – Travel writer and editor Julie Schwietert on the writing life. Thought provoking posts and excellent discussion among the travel writing community.
Geotraveler’s Niche – Photographer, writer and editor Lola Akimade’s personal site. Includes an excellent collection of her photography and published clips. She’s currently based in Sweden.
The Traveling Philosopher – Travel blog of writer Spencer Spellman. I particularly enjoy Spencer’s thoughtful posts on the nature of the travel writing industry, identity and career breaks.
Kaleidoscopic Wandering – Blog of travel writer JoAnna Haugen
Fevered Mutterings – Described by the author as “Accident-prone travel writer Mikeachim’s efforts to understand the philosophy, the ‘why’, of travel, and to remain alive while he does so.”
World Curious Traveler – Blog of Mary Richardson. Mary is currently based in Washington DC, but she has lived in Japan and traveled extensively in Asia and Africa
Armishaws Expat Country Guides – Detailed guides relocating to Spain, Portugal and Italy. Armishaws also offers a full range of services for UK and Europe-based expats.
Logical Moves – Our school used this Vietnam-based company to move us to Ho Chi Minh City, and I recommend them if you are moving to or from Vietnam.
Schepens Expat Country Guides – Detailed guides for moving to France and Germany. Schepens also offers shipping, storage and moving services for UK-based expats.
Night Light Bangkok – NGO in Bangkok that works with women in the city’s red light district to provide them with an alternate means of providing for themselves their families. I visited Night Light during a trip to Bangkok in 2009, and this is one of the organizations that my husband and I can totally vouch for if you’re looking for a cause to support monetarily.
Shining Light Community Development Organization – Based in Northern Pakistan, Shining Light is another organization that my husband and I have personally visited and support financially. Efforts focus on educational development, vocational training for women, and flood relief.
If you have a blog or website that you think would make a good addition to list, feel free to contact me and tell me about your current projects.