Linda Alley, Melbourne

Who are you? Hi, I’m Linda Alley, a teacher and writer from New Zealand. These days I live with my husband in Melbourne, Australia. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I’ve actually been living in different countries for about 15 years.My first expat experience was a working holiday in the UK. My mum’s … Read more

Natascha Carrel, Noosa

Who are you? Hi! My name is Natascha Carrel. I am 40 years old, I am married to my best friend and partner in adventure Yan. Together, we have three amazing children. Being a wife and mum is what makes me truly happy, it is my driving force.I am as well a passionate online entrepreneur … Read more

Sarah Whelan, Sydney

Who are you? Hey, I’m Sarah, I’m a wife and mother originally from Ireland and living in Sydney, New South Wales. I’ve been married to a loyal and beautiful Irish man for almost 3 years and yes… we met in Sydney. I love him deeply.I love life. I love the outdoors. I recently started up … Read more

Kris Peter, Perth

Who are you? My name is Kris Peter, and I am a Canadian living in Perth, Western Australia.I am married, and my husband is Australian, born in Zimbabwe. We have two children; our son is three years old, and our daughter is ten months old. My professional background in Australia has included Outdoor Experiential Education, … Read more

Sam Eltringham, Brisbane

Who are you? My name is Sam Eltringham and I am currently working as a Platform Developer at a UK-based tech company.I will be emigrating to Australia this year. Where, when and why did you choose to move abroad? My Mum emigrated to Australia a few years earlier and after visiting her, with my husband, … Read more

Katie, Melbourne

Who are you? I’m Katie, I’m a travel blogger living in Melbourne and originally from Manchester UK. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Melbourne in April 2015.I actually left the UK in October 2014 to do a few months travelling South East Asia and Australia before I got offered a … Read more

Fran Cormack

Who are you? Fran Cormack Where, when and why did you move abroad? In 2012 I decided I wanted to spend even more time in Australia.Holidays to this beautiful country just weren’t scratching the itch. My visa eventually came through on a cold winter’s morning, which brought a big smile to my face. What challenges … Read more

Katie Dundas, Sydney

Who are you? Katie Dundas, originally of Poolesville, MD, USA, a small town near Washington DC, now residing in Sydney, Australia.I currently work for an Australia-based charity and am also a freelance travel writer. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Australia in 2012 on a working holiday visa. I have … Read more

Katee Blizzard, Tweed Coast

Who are you? Hello! My name is Katee Blizzard and I am an American who is in the process of moving abroad to Australia. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I came to Australia back in August 2016 to work as an Au Pair in Burleigh Heads, QLD Australia for what was supposed … Read more

Reeva Cutting, Perth

Who are you? Reeva Cutting. Where, when and why did you move abroad? First I moved from South Africa to England after I finished university. I had no idea what sort of job I would be able to find when I finished my degree. I was able to get a visa for the UK so … Read more

Emily Anne Thomason, Brisbane

Who are you? I am a small town girl from Arkansas/Texas that wants to explore the world one memory at a time. After I got married I was blessed with the initials EAT, so there was the idea for my blog. My blog is all about our adventures, packing up, exploring, and learning other cultures.The … Read more

Kerstin Höfner, Manly

Who are you? I am a traveler, explorer, a true seeker, always searching for the bigger, better and more fulfilling in life. I am lucky enough to call the Northern Beaches my home and the ocean my backyard. I have found my true home in Manly, this is where I belong.Where, when and why did … Read more

Jayne Gorman, Sydney

Who are you? I’m a freelance travel blogger and writer who loves street art and sweet treats. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Sydney in June 2014. I met my Aussie husband in London 5 years ago and after living together in London for a few years we decided to … Read more

Nicola Sutcliffe, Melbourne

Who are you? I’m Nicola Sutcliffe and from Manchester in the UK. I live in Melbourne and work in marketing communications and also write a blog, ‘Upside Down’, based on my experiences as an expat. I’m also a mummy to a three-year-old crazy lady. Where, when and why did you move abroad? Our journey to … Read more

Jennifer Burge, Brisbane

Who are you? I’m an American writer living in a peaceful bush suburb north of Brisbane, Australia. This is after 30 years in the United States, a year in Germany, five years in Holland, and four years in Singapore. I grew up on the shore of Lake Erie, west of Cleveland, Ohio. As a proud … Read more

Courtney Alkek, Brisbane

Who are you? I am Courtney Alkek, an American expat who lives in Australia. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to Brisbane, Australia in July of 2014 for my husband’s job. What challenges did you face during the move? Deciding what to bring, what to sell or donate and what to … Read more

Laura Hinderaker, Melbourne

Who are you? I’m Laura, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m a 26 year old expat living in Melbourne, Australia. Where, when and why did you move abroad? My husband and I moved to Melbourne, Australia in July 2014 for his job at a local University. What challenges did you face during the move? We were … Read more

Rita Azar, Melbourne

Who are you? Hello everyone! I’m Rita and I’m French Canadian, born and raised in Montréal. I also have a Lebanese background. My first language is French and I also speak Arabic. I studied law and practiced as a criminal lawyer for four years in Canada. But, a trip to Italy in 2006 changed my … Read more

Diana, Perth (Western Australia)

Who are you? I’m Diana from Vancouver, Canada. I work in PR, sales and marketing. I’m a passionate writer, budding photographer and dual citizen of both Canada and Australia living in gorgeous, sunny Perth. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Perth, Western Australia almost two years ago to this day. … Read more

Carolyne Huber, Melbourne

Who are you? I’m Carolyne, a late twenties young professional on the quest to discover, grow, and understand social cultures. Where, when and why did you move abroad? After having moved to France from Canada for work single, I left 2 years later but this time with a French partner in tow. We moved to … Read more

Mike, Perth (Western Australia)

Who are you? I’m a family guy first, trained as a mechanical engineer and working in the Oil and Gas services industry. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We were living in our home town of Edmonton, Canada and were offered a position by my company in Perth, Western Australia. The thought of … Read more

Lauren Kicknosway, Sydney

Who are you? Hi, I’m Lauren Kicknosway, an American expat living in Sydney since 2008 and owner of Sydney Moving Guide where I write and curate articles specifically for people moving to Sydney, Australia from all over the world. Sydney Moving Guide is exactly what I was looking for back in 2008 when we deciding … Read more

Sofia Machado, Kingscliff (NSW)

I am a teacher and blogger. Also, a talented dreamer, have terrible curiosity and am definitely a passionate traveller not sure what exactly is the meaning of “settle down”. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I have always loved travelling and have lived abroad twice so far in my life. I have been … Read more

Cosette Paneque, Melbourne

My name is Cosette Paneque. I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1977, immigrated with my family to the United States on the Mariel boatlift in 1980, and grew up in Miami, FL. I came to Australia for a three-month visit earlier this year and have been back now for about two months. I came … Read more

Danielle Duffy, Melbourne

Hello, I am Danielle Duffy, an American citizen currently living in Melbourne Australia with my family. We moved across in September 2008 for my husband’s job and have been so happy living here for the past three and a half years. There were of course many challenges that we faced during the move, especially since … Read more

Sami Veloso, Perth

My name is Sami. I am Portuguese by birth, but have lived in South Africa (20 years), Germany (6 years) and Portugal (12 years). I moved to Perth to accompany my husband who had been offered a job. We came in January 2007. Although we were happy in Portugal, there was always a wish to … Read more

Stella Hartley, Coober Pedy

My name is Stella Hartley, a police woman from Barnsley, UK. I needed a change, simple as that. I wanted a better lifestyle and quality of life and was in desperate need of some sunshine. It really was all about me. I had no real commitments in the UK, and although the decision to leave … Read more

Sarah Husselmann, Sydney

I’m Sarah Husselmann, a British freelance writer, who moved from London to Sydney in January 2010. I relocated with my husband and two preschool children. Whilst settling the children into their new home, I’ve created a blog and website providing help for mums moving to Australia- Mum’s gone 2 Aus. I’ve been thrilled with the … Read more

Suzer, Adelaide

My name is Suzer, an expat originally from the US. Initially, I moved to England for post-graduate study. While I was there, I went on a backpacker tour of Ireland for Christmas, and met a bloke from Australia, who ended up becoming my husband. We spent a year in New Zealand before settling in Adelaide, … Read more

Russell Ward, Sydney

I’m Russell Ward, a thirty-something expat living on Sydney’s northern beaches in New South Wales, Australia and the writer of an expat blog, I divide my time between government consulting, travelling the world, enjoying a bit of cooking and gardening, and writing whenever I can. I lived in the UK until 2003, before emigrating … Read more

Sheila Wick, Canberra

[Expat Focus: Sheila has kindly shared her sad story with Expat Focus in order to make Expats living or considering moving to a Commonwealth Country aware of what may happen to their UK State Pension.] "On receiving the Age Pension, it enabled me to live in Australia. What I wasn't prepared for was the fact … Read more

Jennifer Tice, Sydney

My name is Jennifer Tice – Former Marketing Manager and now travel blogger at I decided I needed a big change in my life, sold all of my belongings and headed overseas for an indefinite period of time. So far stops include two weeks in New Zealand, one year in Australia, and then off … Read more

Lesley Snell, Northern Beaches, Sydney

My name is Lesley Snell. I live on the Northern Beaches in Sydney with my husband and three children. I am a UK trained primary schoolteacher and Director of a small business on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia. I have been very lucky to have moved around a fair bit. Over the past twenty … Read more

Gordon Dolan, Perth

My name is Gordon Dolan; for many years I wanted to migrate but had cold feet, until a recruitment team from HM Naval Base, Auckland, visited Plymouth where I worked in the Devonport Dockyard; being selected for migration with costs paid was too good to pass up, my partner Diana agreed and off to New … Read more

Nick Jay, WA

My name is Nick Jay and I come from Norfolk in the UK. I first moved overseas in October 2006 to Berri in South Australia. It’s a lovely little town in the heart of the Riverland about 3 hours from Adelaide. This was not our first choice but it was the only opportunity open to … Read more

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