What is living abroad really like? Is it scary to start over in a foreign place? Will my

kids settle? Will I? You’re not alone in asking these questions.

Hi, I’m Lucille!  Over the past 16 years I’ve lived in seven countries on three continents. I should have this expat thing down pat, but there is always more to learn. Join me as I peel back the layers of expat life, expose the exhilarating and the exhausting, the frustrating and the fantastic.

Expat life IS real life, so let’s live it to the fullest!

Best Expat Reads

Expat Family Culture: Does Change Kill Our Mojo?

Some families just gel. Know what I mean? They’re the ones who love being together, who laugh and cry and fight but never seem to break.

 

Expat Friendship Fatigue: When Saying ‘Yes’ Causes Stress

What’s my number one piece of advice to first time expats? Say ‘yes’ to everyone and everything. But what if you just can’t be bothered?

A Bumpy Re-entry: Thoughts on Repatriation

Repatriation is like breast feeding. It’s the silent aspect of expat life that no-one really knows they need to prepare for…until they’re in the thick of it going ‘WHAT THE ****?!’

Why Can’t I Stop Moving?: Place Attachment & Restless Expat Syndrome

“When do you think you’ll finally settle down, you know, stop moving around?” It’s a question I get asked a lot, usually from older family members or well meaning acquaintances…

 

The Expat Wife Connundrum: Life Over Work

Are you willing to choose life experience over work experience? I have ambitions, goals, enormous dreams, insatiable curiosity, but every now and then I am confronted with ‘aah, that’s so great, but what do you actually do?’

Mama, You’re A Girl!: Gender Discrimination And Raising Boys

Boys can like pink, girls can love blue. There are no such things as boys Lego and girls Lego. I’ve resisted and rebelled against our gender polarized society, and I thought it was rubbing off on my boys…

Best Travel Reads

Historical Travel With Kids: 12 Must-See Sites in Europe

Having children does not mean you are doomed to a life of no travel, or boring package holidays. Historical travel with your boisterous kids in tow is absolutely possible.

Travelling With Kids: It’s Tough But You Should Do It!

As I boarded the plane and made my way to my seat, I instinctively placed a protective hand over my five-week-old son’s face. He was strapped to me in a Baby Bjorn, his tiny head nestled comfortably on my enormous lactating bosoms.

Secret Istanbul: The Princes Islands Part 1

As the ferry cut its course through the glistening waters of the Marmara Sea I looked back at the receding city and realized what a sprawling behemoth Istanbul is. The densely populated hills undulate down to the Bosphorus, the twinkling narrow strait that separates Europe and Asia.

Hello, Sawadee Ka, Merhaba, Sawubona!

I’m in these books!

 
This heartwarming, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking anthology of stories by 25 women in 25 different countries illustrates that the more we see, the more we learn about ourselves as human beings.

“Funny, moving, and insightful–a wild ride of motherhood around the world.” AK Turner, New York Times bestselling author of the Vagabonding With Kids series.

A wonderful collection of essays from expats around the world who share their insights about food, personal growth, and the adventure of living abroad.

Delve into new countries, traditions, and cuisines, from Mexico to Mongolia, as you learn how expats find the ingredients for their next meal, learn to love strange new dishes (like camel meat!), and bond with the people they meet over meals both exotic and humble. This book will make you hungry to travel abroad, or at least to settle for a taste of a different culture by trying one of the many included recipes.