Living and working as an expat (short for expatriate—noun: a person who lives outside their native country) can be a fantastic opportunity, but if you are relocating with a young family, you may face challenges you had not previously considered. Expat family blogs can help.
Traveling long haul with a baby, adjusting to a different climate, homesickness, living without a familiar support network, education and managing finances in a different country are just some of the concerns expat parents may have.
The good news is, there are many expat families living and working around the world, and sharing their experiences online. Here are five of our favorite expat family blogs, with tips on living, working and raising children abroad…
Although reluctant at first, Laura of Life with Baby Kicks grew to love living abroad. Since she has four and half years of experience living in the Middle East, her blog is a fantastic resource if your family is considering traveling there.
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What it covers: Adjusting to expat life, expat life in Dubai, expat life in Qatar, and traveling with young children.
Based in Singapore with two young children, The Expat Mama covers a wide range of topics, dealing with anything from homesickness, to children’s education abroad, to shopping and baking. One of the most interesting areas of the blog is “The Expat Mama meets,” where expats from around the world are interviewed about why they became expats, what they would do differently if they moved again, and advice for others moving to their location. It is a treasure trove of reliable information if you are considering a move abroad as a family.
Post to check out: The Expat’s Mama meets….
What it covers: Expat family life, homesickness, homeschooling, food and drink, life in Singapore, interviews with other expats around the world.
Wandermust Family is written by a family of three who were based in Qatar up until late 2017. There is a lot of useful content on the site, particularly for those planning to live in the Middle East. This blog also contains some great reviews of gear for traveling with babies and young children, as well as tips for traveling while pregnant, and with the new addition to your family.
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What it covers: Luxury family travel, expat life in Qatar, reviews of family travel gear.
Our Globetrotters by Keri Hedrick focuses on travel advice, family life, and money matters from an expat perspective. If you are wondering how much moving abroad will cost or the kind of salary to expect as an expat, then this is the blog for you and your family.
Post to check out: The Real Cost of Expat Living.
What it covers: Expat money, life in Abu Dhabi, global parenting.
Blogger Chantelle from Seychelles Mama and her husband Mark knew from the outset that they wanted to raise their family abroad, so they made the decision to move to the Seychelles Islands only a month after marrying. They now have two children, and Chantelle blogs about life as an expat in this beautiful part of the world. If you are a parent of young children living away from home, then this could be the blog for you.
Post to check out: How to juggle expat life, family, and the need for sleep.
What it covers: Planning to move abroad, expat family life, pregnancy and fitness.
We hope these expat blogs will help answer some of the parenting questions you have about raising your children abroad. If you have more questions you’d like answered about traveling abroad as a family, please comment below! And ensure you protect your family’s health while you travel with Expat Health Insurance.