At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new lives. Today, we’re taking a look at blogs that cover several different countries and talk about a nomadic lifestyle.Nomadic Matt
This New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger is known for dishing out some of the best budget travel advice on the web. Matt Kepnes decided to make the nomadic life his thing after meeting a bunch of backpackers in a taxi in Thailand. Alongside his frequent travel blogging, his site is packed with resources – whether you’re planning a one-off trip, longer-term travel or a making move as an expat. Matt aims to always provide an authentic view with tried and tested recommendations.
No Set Address
In 2015, the Kings decided to pack up their life and travel the world, and they haven’t looked back since. This Aussie family of four put no expectations or time limit on their adventure, but it hasn’t been without its challenges. Husband Cam unexpectedly lost his offshore job which was their regular paycheck. They’re homeschooling the kids (or ‘worldschooling’ really) and trying to set themselves up to be truly location independent. An excellent blog if you’re likewise jetting off with a young family, and looking for lots of practical tips.
Before re-settling (for now) in the States, author Christine Gilbert and her husband were world travellers trying to raise their children as multilingual global citizens while living overseas. There’s not much these self-employed creatives haven’t experienced after many years of travel, with and without kids. They’ve both plotted and planned and made things up along the way. Christine’s down-to-earth writing tone and style includes – among other adventures – her quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut and Spanish in Mexico.
American Kate McCulley has been inspiring solo female travellers since she quit her job at age 26 to traverse the world alone. She turned her blog into a full time business and now lives in New York when she’s not jet-setting around the globe. Kate’s refreshingly honest posts document both the positive and negative aspects of her digital lifestyle and travel adventures. She’s not afraid to admit when she messes up. She doesn’t shy away from expressing her opinions on world events, and offers lots of tips and advice for those looking to become location independent.
American Clayton is building a business on his laptop and moves about 2-3 times a year. His blog logs his travel adventures, nomad hacks and thoughts on 21st century life by design. Click ‘start here’ for well-categorised lists of previous blog posts, other resources and tools that are sure to inspire you to carve out your ideal existence. Clayton’s way of working has evolved over the years and he shares his lessons learnt along the way – from transitioning from maker to manager to needing to lock down your location in order to free it up later.
Never Ending Voyage
A digital nomad couple who don’t sugarcoat things. Brits Simon and Erin are upfront about what it takes for them to maintain their chosen lifestyle (“it’s not all sunshine and flowers”). Where there is internet, there is work for the pair, who choose to travel slowly and really get to know destinations. Their blog is a mix of travel updates, tips and how-tos, honed from years of location hopping. Discover how they saved and now fund their travels. And if you’re going to take carry-on-only luggage packing advice from anyone, it’s this couple.
Derek has been traveling and living around the world non-stop since 1999. A legend of the travel blogging community, he has taught english, worked on cruise ships, toured and volunteered in 88+ countries. Through sharing his own experiences Derek aims to prove that long-term travel does not have to be a crazy fantasy. He believes it can, and should be, a realistic lifestyle option instead. A streamlined, clean-looking blog with no bells and whistles – Derek lets his writing shine instead.
Where In The World Is Nina
American Nina Ragusa ‘broke up with her cubicle’ in 2011 and bought herself a one-way plane ticket to Thailand. Years later she’s a nomadic expat on a mission to travel, live and work on all continents. She hit the headlines for managing to save USD 17k in 10 months while living and working in Australia – one of the most expensive countries in the world. Her blog is all about her own journey, and sharing the inspirational stories of others on a similar path. Her key takeaway? Focus on what you need, not what you want.
Revati and Charles are a married couple from Mumbai, advertising professionals by day, amateur chefs and professional travel bloggers by night. They aim to point out the lesser known but still extremely interesting things about popular destinations. Believers in quality over quantity will particularly enjoy their blog, which is beautifully curated with a luxe, indulgent feel. Hit their ‘destinations’ tab for a rundown of where they have been and recommendations for off-the-beaten-track experiences. The pair show what is achievable when you set out to work to live.
It’s All Bee
Bianca works full time in IT but uses her generous UK holiday allowance to prioritize seeing the world. She’s living life to the fullest and showing her blog readers how they too can balance career goals while scratching that travel itch. Originally from Zambia and engaged to an Israeli guy, Bee’s is a happy-go-lucky blog but with a serious side. Not one to be put in any kind of “niche” box she’s as enthusiastic about an island resort party as she is about a hiking and camping adventure.
We’re always on the lookout for more sites to feature – if you run a blog about living abroad, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!