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Expat Focus Podcast

2017

Living Off The Grid In Central America


Could you handle composting your own toilet waste? What about doing away with the convenience of the supermarket, and growing all your own food? Choosing a life that is more sustainable and self-sufficient is becoming easier, and more realistic for many of us, and living off the grid can also be very affordable in some parts of the world, once you get past all the up-front costs. Ian Usher is the co-publisher of House Sitting Magazine. He also once sold his whole life on eBay, and scored a movie deal with Disney. But the chapter of his life that we’re going to dive into today is the one where he lived off the grid on his own Caribbean island, off the coast of Panama.

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2017

Starting A Business In France


When you live abroad, there’s always at least one thing from home that you miss, and wish you could have with you. For Craig Carlson, as an American student, and again later as a Hollywood screenwriter working in Paris, what he found himself missing the most were proper pancakes.

So when Craig wanted to make a permanent move from the US to France, he decided that pancakes – and other American breakfast foods – were the way to do it.

Craig started the diner chain Breakfast in America. And almost fifteen years later, he’s published his first book, called Pancakes in Paris. But as you’ll hear, setting up and running your own business in France is a bit more complicated than just cooking pancakes!

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2017

Jonathan Brown - Life In Singapore


In this episode, Expat Focus talks to Jonathan Brown – an American who is carving out a location-independent life, while basing himself in Singapore.

Jonathan originally moved to Asia to work for LinkedIn. Since then, he has published a book called The World Is Your Home, aimed at young professionals looking to take their own careers abroad.

So what is life like as an expat in Singapore? And what sort of cultural challenges can you expect? Jonathan’s going to share his insights.

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2017

Vanessa Anderson - House Sitting


Many of us want to ditch our 9-5 life and travel the world. But finding a viable way to do that long term can be a bit of a challenge! One way that is increasing in popularity is house sitting. Vanessa Anderson is the publisher of House Sitting Magazine.

She and her partner Ian are living that ultimate lifestyle, as nomadic expats, looking after other people's homes and pets. So how does house sitting work exactly, and how do you get started? Vanessa's going to share some tips.

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2017

Naomi Hattaway - Repatriation


Expat Focus talks to Naomi Hattaway about repatriation, and what it's like to never quite feel at home. Naomi is the brain behind the popular I Am A Triangle concept, which she explains in more detail in the podcast.

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2017

Amanda Walkins - Freelance Writer, Serial Expat


Amanda Walkins talks to Expat Focus about how she came to move abroad, and how she ended up being a serial expat. Covering topics such as finance, check lists and the practical considerations necessary when changing countries, Amanda describes the joys and surprises of expat life.

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2017

Expat Teacher In South Korea - Jasmine Turner


Expat Focus talks to Jasmine Turner, an American expat teacher and host of of JasmineTTV about life in South Korea, culture shock, and the isolation people can experience when living abroad. Jasmine discusses her own experiences of life abroad, as well as some of the things that surprised her about moving abroad and how she's changed as a person since living in South Korea.

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2017

International Currency Transfers - Will Hewitson From FC Exchange


Will Hewitson, Senior Partnerships Manager at FC Exchange, talks to Carlie about how to get a great rate on currency transfers, and moving your money abroad with confidence.

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2017

Expat Mental Health - Vickie Skorji From Tell Japan

Vickie Skorji
Vickie Skorji from Tell Japan talks to Carlie about the challenges of moving abroad.

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2017

Learning Foreign Languages - Sarah Cole From John Murray Learning

Sarah Cole
Sarah Cole from John Murray Learning talks to Carlie about learning foreign languages.

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