Leaving behind the safety net of home to start a new life in a strange country can be an experience that changes your life and your outlook beyond all recognition. The challenges of settling in to a new environment and fitting into a new culture can be both mind-blowing and slightly unnerving.
The following 30 expatriate blogs chronicle the life and times of individuals who have taken up the gauntlet and embraced the challenge of sampling life in a foreign country.
The Best Expatriate Blogs for 2011
A frequently updated blog that describes the daily life of an American expatriate living in Amsterdam. The bog describes everyday events, such as visiting the cinema and sampling local restaurants, as well as describing some more exciting times traveling around Europe and exploring new cultures and traditions.
A great blog that is full of pictures, illustrations and photographs. It describes the everyday life and adventures of a US expatriate who is currently sampling life in Auckland. The writer is currently pregnant so additional insights are available on experiencing pregnancy overseas.
This blog tells the tales of a US family who have left the sunny shores of California in order to explore life in Bangalore. It’s great reading for families who are considering making a similar move as it provides really useful insights into transitioning into the cultural complexity of life in India.
A weekly updated blog that provides insights into living in Bangkok, sampling the nightlife, exploring the museums and palaces and general sightseeing in this interesting city.
This travel guide blog is perfect for learning about all the activities and sightseeing that is on offer for expatriates living in Barcelona. Regularly updated it always features new and exciting ways to explore and have fun.
Expat blog telling the tales of everyday life in Beijing for married couple, Mat and Kara Banker. The blog is full of interesting stories, anecdotes and advice on living and surviving in this Chinese metropolis.
A great blog that describes life abroad for a young couple and their newly born child. The blog contains great insights into life as an expatriate in Germany.
An online diary telling of the adventures of a self-proclaimed beauty addict who attempts to navigate beauty products and explore treatments in her host country.
A blog written from the perspective of a 22 year old as she samples life in Buenos Aires. Although she has now relocated back to the United States the blog entries remain extremely useful for people who are contemplating life in this South American city.
An award winning blog that describes life in Cape Town as an expatriates. Regularly updated it contains interesting anecdotes and stories about life in this African city as well as up to date news and information articles.
Online diary of a 30 something academic who has relocated to Chicago. Great blog that is full of insights and stories about day-to-day life in Chicago.
A blog describing the expatriate adventures of two New Yorkers who are currently sampling life in Delhi. Their regular updates have becomes so popular with the expatriate crowd that they will shortly be publishing their own book describing their adventures in this Indian city.
A blog written by a seasoned Dubai expat who has been living in this UAE city since 2008. The entries contain tales of her various experiences in Dubai and describes some of the highs and lows of life in the Middle East.
Everyday tales and tribulations of a British expatriate living in Hong Kong. The blog contains short entries containing observation humor as well as the latest news regarding what’s going on in Hong Kong and in the wider world in general.
Cranky Monkeys in London
“1 Estonian + 1 Australian + 2 little Estonian/Australians + 1 live-in Estonian (grand)mother + 1 Russian (blue) cat. What’s it all about: Bilingual kids, sleep deprivation, running addiction, gluten-free diet, part-time job, travelling, enjoying Europe”.
A long running, award winning blog from a thirty something expatriate mother who is living in Madrid with her Spanish husband. The blog contains very thorough entries covering issues such as expatriate tax and the elections as well as providing personal stories about what life is really like for an expat in Madrid.
An interesting blog written by an American expatriate mother of three who makes a living in Melbourne Australia teaching taking professional pictures of children. Her photoblog contains amazing pictures of her live in Australia.
The writer describes it better than we ever could: “Slowly having a breakdown… A travel blog and diary of life in Moscow, Russia and the daily routine of being a ‘SAHD’ (stay at home dad) and other such things. Join me on a tongue-in-cheek fun journey into another universe.”
The second time we have written about this blog, and for good reason. The online diary tells of life in Mumbai for an Australian woman who met and fell in love with future husband in a nightclub in Mumbai. The blog is extremely fascinating and shares information on both life an expatriate in Mumbai and the cultural intricacies of being married to a local man.
Online diary of a freelance journalist and wife of a doctor who left London in 2009 to live in New York. The entries are thorough and contain a wealth of information that will be incredibly useful to any expatriate considering relocating to this American city.
The food blog of an expatriate living in Paris. The entries are not limited to recipes and food advice, they also contain interesting observations on life as a foreigner in Paris.
An expatriate and travel blog that is written by two American travelers, Evan and Rachel who have currently settled in Seoul. The blog contains plenty of videos documenting their lives in Korea as well as some great personal stories.
A regularly updated blog from an American couple living in Shanghai. Their entries contain interesting information about moving to Shanghai and settling in as well as sharing details of their everyday experiences in the city.
An informative look at life in Singapore. Useful posts that are scattered with photographs and personal stories.
A blog detailing the everyday adventures of an American family of five living in Sydney, Australia. The blog is very professionally presented and features plenty of uplifting stories, observation humor and great photographs.
UK-born expatriate Danny Choo lives and works in Tokyo and illustrates his life there with amazing photographs and illustrations. The site provides a really interesting look at life in Tokyo.
A blog written by an Brit who is currently living in Toronto. The blog contains comprehensive entries describing what life is really like as an expatriate away from home as well as describing everyday experiences in Toronto.
An online blog diary relaying tales of the life of a gay couple who left behind the United States to start life afresh in Vancouver.
A blog that is written by a French expatriate who has been living in Washington for over 8 years. The blog contains photographs, videos and detailed posts that describe life in Washington for an expatriate.
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