Expert Expat Spotlight: Gwen John from It Started In LA

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Making the decision to leave your home country is never an easy one. It almost always means leaving behind friends and family and that sense of comfort that you grew up under-appreciating. Living overseas is not for everyone but our Expert Expat, Gwen, from It Started In LA, and her husband, were two brave souls that decided to make the leap. Work took them across the Pacific Ocean to Los Angeles, California but they aren’t wasting any time exploring their new home. Lets hear what it is like to be an Australian expat living in Los Angeles.
Australian expat Gwen John- ItStartedInLaWhat initiated your move abroad?
My husband’s work.  Technically that makes me a “trailing spouse” but I was the one who encouraged him to accept the offer and go on an adventure together.
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Expert Expat Spotlight With A Mother Life

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Moving overseas is not always by choice. Sometimes, as in the case of Molley Mills from A Mother Life, it was her husband’s job that forced them to move far away from home. As an Australian expat living in New York City,  not only would the culture and lifestyle be different, but the weather was a big change as well!

Adjusting to a new city, whether across town, across the country or across the world, takes time. I always recommend giving it 6-12 months before throwing in the towel.

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Expert Expat Spotlight: Swiss Wife from An Expat Wife

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Speaking with expats on a regular basis has given me huge insight into the world of life overseas. Many of these expats are in different stages of their adventure. Some moving aboard for the first time, some returning home after years overseas and other are still on the move.

Swiss Wife, from An Expat Wife,  is the later of those. She’s a Brit by birth but has lived overseas since the young age of 34. She currently lives in Switzerland but her time abroad in the US and Singapore has given her the right to be called an “Expert Expat.” This invaluable experience gives her an incredible understanding of people and what it means to really “live.” Lets hear more from her now.

The Swiss Wife- Zurich, SwitzerlandWhat initiated your move abroad?
We were living in London and my husband came home one day and asked ‘what do you think about moving to Asia for a few years?’ We visited Hong Kong for the first time and thought ‘why not?’. After that the moves to Singapore, USA and Switzerland, where we are now, were much less daunting.

What do you enjoy most about being an expat?

Its fun to discover new things in your new country. I’ve met some amazing people. Read more…

Expert Expat Spotlight: Two Weeks In Costa Rica

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

We all dream of no longer spending our days tied to the desk of corporate America. Matt and Jenn, from Two Weeks In Costa Rica, made their dream come true after leaving Boston to take a chance on a new more entrepreneurial life in a country located between Panama and Nicaragua. What was suppose to be a 2 week holiday has now become 2 years living the expat life. This interview struck a cord with me as I personally, have had the exact same feelings when deciding to live the expat life. Lets hear from them now.

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Expert Expat Spotlight: The Philippines Expat

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Many people dream of the day they get to leave city life and move abroad to a tropical island. Many people dream but never do. Not our expert expat Jonny Lis from He had nothing but a few bags and left his crazy busy life back in London to live on the tropical island of Cebu in The Philippines. The Philippines are comprised of 7,107 islands with the capitol city being Manila. Unlike its capitol city, Cebu has a much more laid back feel. Lets hear more from Johnny on the transition from one big island to a much smaller island.

The Philippines Expat- Cebu

What initiated your move abroad to The Philippines?

I was growing tired of the London ‘rat race’ and so was looking for something different. Fortunately, I came across an opportunity to work in the Philippines, and didn’t think twice about moving there after being offered the job.

What do you enjoy most about being an expat in The Philippines?

I feel that I have a lot more freedom and luxury as an expat that I didn’t have previously. Things like accommodation, food and transport are all comparatively cheaper, and there are some very luxurious beaches nearby. Not only that but I get treated with a lot of respect out here, which is a great feeling. Read more…


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