Feeling lonely? Congratulations: you’re normal, and stronger than you think

Expaters, have you ever felt lonely? Chances are you have. Loneliness is a big issue and countries around the world are waking up to the fact. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of Britain’s Royal College of GPs, has warned that loneliness can be as bad for our health as chronic diseases. The UK government recently announced that it is putting £11.5m…
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Anxious or depressed? Speak to Audrey

Expat life is fabulous. Life here in Chile revolves around skiing, swimming and Shiraz. Well, yes and no… At times, expat life can be very tough. Sometimes it’s more than that. Sometimes we can’t find the tunnel, let alone the light. Been there, done that…  I’ve experienced horrible anxiety after the sickness of my middle child. Even after the trauma…
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The International Women’s Club needs you (and you may need it)

Expaters, we live in a globalized, but lonely world. Let’s connect! A few years ago while living in Belgium I met a girl at an expat group. She confided in me that she’d actually been having a really rough time before finding the group and just wished she’d met us earlier. Not speaking the local language, finding the lifestyle very…
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Fear Of Missing Out On Your Goals?

A few nights ago I escaped for drinks with girlfriends. We got talking about the ‘Fear Of Missing Out on My Goals’. It’s a big thing and even has its own acronym (FOMOMG). In fact it keeps cropping up in conversations among my friends. Is it a millennial angst thing or an expat thing? Or does it apply to all,…
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What’s your expat type?

Why did you move abroad? For love, for work, or just for the hell of it? Internations, a network and guide for expats in 420 cities worldwide has published results from a massive survey, summarizing why we choose to move abroad. I reckon I fall (or have fallen) into just about every category. What’s your expat type? The Go-Getter You…
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Expat friendships, friends from ‘home’ friends and a shout out to my …

It’s been quite a week. After bragging how easy baby Annabelle is, the Big Man upstairs has taken note and thrown a few thunder bolts our way it seems. I’m getting over a bout of mastitis (that’s fever, chills, headaches and a painful lump inside my breast the size of a golf ball in case you didn’t know) and Annabelle…
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One simple trick to combat stress, loneliness and feel great as an …

During a particularly tough week in Angola a friend said to me: ‘surround yourself with your favourite things’. Life as an expatriate is generally wonderful, but sometimes it gets lonely, stressful and tiring. While it’s not usually possible for us expats to magically transport our loved ones from abroad in times of need, a few little touches can make all the difference.…
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10 reasons why Santiago de Chile is a great place to live

I’ve been contacted by a few people looking to move to Santiago, Chile and asking about life here. Sure, not everything’s perfect, and we had a rough start to our move, but compared to anywhere else I’ve lived Chile has got to be the one of the best yet in terms of quality of life. Yes, there are things here…
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Living abroad can make you a better person

Last week I wrote about my life as an atheist with my devout Catholic husband. I received some really interesting feedback from fellow Expaters and it struck me how lucky I am to be surrounded by such a diverse network of people. Living abroad puts us among groups we probably wouldn’t mix with ‘back home’. Now research by the Director of…
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Life as an expatriate: Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. …

Last month was quite tough for me. I’m optimistic that things are improving though. I’ve laid down some ground rules. I’ve reset my priorities. I’ve been overwhelmed with support from all corners of the globe. My family and friends are awesome. It’s been interesting to see the way my Expater friends replied. Nine times out of ten, those living abroad…
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