Thinking about moving abroad? Personally, I think that’s an awesome idea! When you’re moving abroad, it can be super scary, so doing your homework is a must.
Luckily, there are a whole host of amazing expat blogs that you can tap into for some insider knowledge and tips.
So, I’ve put together a list of the 33 best expat blogs out there at the moment. All you have to do is read along, give them a follow, and soak up all that awesome moving abroad knowledge!
Whether you’re thinking of moving to China, want to know more about teaching in Central America, or need to know more about expat life when you have young children, there’s an expat blog out there for you.
There are so many niches in the blogs below that you’re bound to find the perfect content to help make your expat dreams a reality.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in and find out more.
What is an Expat Blog?
Okay, let’s just clarify a few things first. An expat blog is normally one of two things. It’s either a blog that is completely written with information and tips for moving abroad, or it’s a personal travel blog written by someone who is an expat currently living abroad and sharing their experiences.
This list has a little bit of both included, so if you want more direct information you can go to the blogs that are more informational, or if you want more anecdotal, real-life expat advice, you can check out the travel blogs with a move abroad twist.
Basically, an expat contains information about moving abroad. This can range from visa information to getting residency permits to finding accommodations to finding expat friends in a new city or country.
They’re awesome resources and ones that you should definitely be checking out if you’re thinking about moving abroad.
Why Should You Read Expat Blogs?
I mean, why not? Why would you ever want to make moving abroad harder for yourself? In all seriousness, there are so many things to think about when you’re trying to move abroad that if you don’t have some kind of reference point or checklist, you’re definitely going to forget something pretty vital.
The people who run expat blogs have been there and done it all. Take advantage of their experiences and years of wisdom, so that you don’t have to make all the same mistakes. This way you can be fully prepared and informed, and hit the ground running when you arrive in your new home.
Although you’ll want to check out the official government websites for a lot of your expat information, expat blogs are an awesome supplement and often point you to the right pages of the official websites for stuff like visa information and setting up taxes for businesses and things like that.
Anyone who’s been on a government website will know it’s an uphill battle trying to find anything specific. The red tape is real!
All in all, if you’re thinking of moving abroad anytime soon, you should definitely make sure that you’re reading at least a few of these amazing expat blogs to help prepare you for that big transition ahead!
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The 33 Best Expat Blogs
As a quick disclaimer, I just want to say that these are in no particular order at all, and all of these expat blogs are worth following and checking out! We don’t play favorites here!
Make sure to give all of these amazing expat blogs a read and a follow.
1. Expat Focus
If you’re looking for a pretty comprehensive and informational-style website all about moving abroad, Expat Focus is a great place to start. You can choose your target destination and get specific information for that country, which is so cool and pretty rare.
While a lot of their services range from finance and tax to removals to health insurance, they also delve into topics like finding accommodation, choosing schools, and finding your way around the different education systems.
If you don’t want to read article after article, you can also sign up for their newsletter or check out their awesome podcast so you can learn all about expat life while you’re on the go.
2. Expat Edna
Want more of a travel journal style to follow along with? Expat Edna has traveled and lived all over the world and is currently living in Bangkok, Thailand, where she moved during the pandemic.
Before moving to Bangkok, Edna’s lived in Paris, Italy, Singapore, China (twice), and New Zealand, so she knows a thing or two about setting up a new life in a completely different country.
She also writes and shares a lot of foodie content, which I personally love, and it seems like she’s done a Thanksgiving-specific post for each place she’s lived so you can see what traditions and American holidays can look like when you’re an expat.
Kirsten from Sand in my Curls is no stranger to the expat life having moved to Penang in Malaysia for years before moving again to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico in recent years. So, if you’re looking at moving to either South East Asia or Central America, Sand in My Curls is a really cool expat blog to check out.
The blog covers everything from the best neighborhoods to live in, secret local foodie hotspots, safety considerations that you need to know about and so much more. It’s half travel blog half expat resource and 100% worth following along with!
As an American expat living in Nice in the South of France, Dayna shares a lot of awesome content about moving to and living in France. From setting up bank accounts to finding apartments to checking out the local area, there’s a lot to love about Happily Ever Travels.
One of the things that sets Happily Ever Travels apart from a lot of other expat blogs is the focus on language learning. Dayna speaks three languages and knows how important it is to be able to communicate in the native language of where you’re living.
With tips and resources about how to learn different languages and which apps or books might be the best option for you, it’s a super practical look at moving abroad.
If you’re an independent woman who loves adventure and wants to move abroad, you need to check out Ashley Abroad. Having lived in Argentina, France, and Uganda, Ashley has a wide range of knowledge about living on different continents and the cultural and bureaucratic differences that you’ll need to know about.
Her living abroad section is filled with interesting interviews with other expats, who all share their individual experiences and top tips for moving abroad. There’s no sugar-coating the experiences either, which is super refreshing to see. You’ve got to take the good with the bad, after all!
Lindsey is an expat living in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, who shares her experiences and a ton of practical information about moving to the Middle East generally, and the United Arab Emirates specifically. There is also some non-UAE content from her travels around the world if you want to go further afield.
Obviously, there’s a lot of content about what it’s like to live in the UAE and things that you should and shouldn’t do, but Lindsey also shares interesting and super useful information like the up-to-date cost of living for different cities and where the best neighborhoods are to live in versus visiting as a tourist.
So, this is a completely different and really interesting expat blog. Bad Days Abroad isn’t as pessimistic as it sounds, but it is a realistic look at the decision to move abroad. Katherine has lived all over the world and has now actually moved back to the US to run an expat consultation and coaching business.
Her blog gives advice about moving abroad anxiety, when’s the right time to stay or go, and ways to cope with homesickness or feeling out of sorts when you’re living abroad.
Honestly, anyone who is considering moving abroad needs to check out this blog. It’s a huge decision and Bad Days Abroad helps to make it a little easier.
Another multi-country expat website, Expat Arrivals is full of useful bits of information to help make your move abroad as seamless as possible. Each country link has a super in-depth guide to how to live, work, and enjoy your time in your new home.
There’s also information about the population, culture, emergency contacts, and a list of interviews with expats who are living in that specific country. It’s definitely the best of both worlds – informational with experience-based contributors.
If you have a more specific expat question, Expat Arrivals also has a forum section where you can find the answers you’re looking for from people who’ve been there and done it!
Besides having an amazing name for a blog, Footloose Lemon Juice is a fun look at expat life in Brazil. Charlotte, who is the woman behind the site, is an expat from Manchester in the UK who moved to Brazil after spending time in South America during her gap year.
The site takes you through the practicalities of moving to Brazil as well as tips for learning Brazilian Portuguese, and a ton of resources about the culture of Brazil and what to expect when you get there. You can also find useful travel guides for different cities and regions if you’re unsure where in Brazil you want to relocate to.
10. Eternal Expat
Over the last 13 years, Laura from the Eternal Expat has lived in Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, England, Mexico, and now, Lithuania. Her site is jam-packed full of amazing guidebooks and content to help you make your expat dreams a reality, and of course, a lot of articles specific to the places she’s lived over the years.
If you don’t want to scroll through all the articles, you can check out the super popular Eternal Expat YouTube channel which is split up into specific playlists based on the country and where it’s travel-specific content or all about moving abroad. It’s a quick and easy way to learn more about moving abroad while you’re on the go.
11. Megan and Aram
Megan and Aram are a super cute couple who originally hail from the US and Armenia respectively. Between them, they’ve lived all over the world, and now their site focuses on Scandinavia and the Eastern Bloc which is Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Balkan region, which are areas that don’t often get a lot of love from the expat community.
From pieces around parenting abroad, things that you wish you knew before moving to certain countries, and content around moving abroad with your dog, there’s so much to love and enjoy about this particular expat blog. It’s a must-read, especially if you’re planning your expat life as a couple rather than a solo adventurer.
After abandoning her dream New York job to move to Spain, Lauren from Lauren on Location has never looked back. Now, she’s lived all over the place and specializes in expat coaching, so that other people can make their move abroad dreams a reality.
Her blog includes a ton of day trip guides around the world, as well as a lot of digital nomad-centric content. You can find the best digital nomad cities and areas in Spain, or you can find out what some of the most common Chilean slang words are so you can speak Spanish like a local once you move there.
On this beautifully-designed blog, you can find a whole range of articles and resources to help you choose where you want to live, how to adjust to the expat label, and tons of other useful content. As Little Miss Expat moved from London to Dubai when she was 12, she’s experienced the expat lifestyle from a young age.
Now, she’s at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., so there are a lot of international student articles as well.
In her Expat Wisdom section, she invites expats from all around the world to share their tips and tricks for moving to their specific parts of the world. Something that’s different about Little Miss Expat is the Dear LME section, which acts like an agony aunt column where readers can write in for move-abroad advice, which is super cool.
14. One Year in Bali
As the name of this blog suggests, it’s all about relocating to the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia. Given how popular Bali is with digital nomads, and the fact that the island has launched its own five-year digital nomad visa, it’s only going to get more popular with expats.
This comprehensive site covers everything from getting the right visa for your situation to sharing the stories of expats who have already set up a life on the island and everything in between. They also offer relocation services, so if you need more support moving to Bali, this is the place to go!
15. This Girl Abroad
This Girl Abroad centers around a Canadian expat living and working in Hong Kong. As one of the big Asian hubs, there’s so much to see, do, and enjoy in the area and This Girl Abroad covers it all. She also dives into what it’s like being an expat rather than a tourist.
She goes into how to move flats in Hong Kong, what it’s like to live there as an expat, and little tips and tricks that will make you seem like a true Hong Kong local. The blog also follows her extensive travels around the world, with a focus on Asia, so if you’re wanting to relocate to Asia, check this blog out.
16. Migrating Miss
Sonja is the voice behind Migrating Miss, an expat blog with experiences living abroad all over the world. Originally from New Zealand, Sonja’s lived in Australia, Scotland, the US, Canada, Southeast Asia, and all around Europe.
So, wherever you’re thinking of moving to, chances are pretty good that Sonja has at least been there if not actually lived there for a while.
After traveling all over the world, and having to initially leave Scotland due to a work visa running out, Sonja moved back to Edinburgh, got married, and has two kids that she travels with now, so there’s a lot of family-centric content on here as well if you’re moving abroad with kiddos in tow.
It’s no secret that Croatia is a beautiful and cost-effective country that’s fast becoming popular with tourists from all over the world. Olivia from Inspired by Croatia is an American with Croatian roots who used to spend summers there until she decided to move to the gorgeous Mediterranean nation for good.
Her site is definitely more geared towards traveling around Croatia rather than moving there, but it has some of the most in-depth guides about different Croatian cities and islands that I’ve ever seen, so if you’re thinking of moving but haven’t settled on an area yet, make sure you read a few articles on Inspired by Croatia.
Spain has long been a favorite with US and British expats, and Piccavey is a great resource for people looking to move to either Barcelona or the Andalusia region in the south of the country. Molly, who runs the site, has been living in Spain since 1998 and has moved around the country before settling in Granada.
If you love blogs that combine travel and adventure with amazing food and drink content, then you’ve come to the right place, because Piccavey goes hard with the mouth-watering articles and posts! Molly also has a comprehensive list and resources section for moving to Spain and becoming a digital nomad in Spain, which is always super useful.
19. The Expater
Nina from The Expater has lived in so many places over the years, it’s honestly hard to keep track. To name a few, she’s been an expat in Angola, France, Germany, Syria, Belgium, Switzerland, and Chile. Phew. She now writes content about all her move abroad experiences, creating guides for each country so it’s easy to follow.
There’s also plenty of content around dealing with FOMO and loneliness as an expat, running businesses abroad, and being an expat with a young family. It’s pretty comprehensive, and Nina also runs coaching and consultations if you’re thinking of making the leap from traveler to expat.
20. Oui in France
If you’re thinking about moving to France, Oui in France is a great resource to check out. Diane who runs the site is originally from the States and lives in the gorgeous Loire Valley with her French husband, with an adorable dog. Pet lovers, this is definitely the expat blog for you!
Her content is all about what to expect from French culture the lifestyle to the red tape and bureaucracy. What I love are all the misconceptions that she posts about the French people and living in France generally.
It’s a well-rounded view of what it’s like to live in France, including how important it is to actually be able to speak half-decent French!
21. Anna Everywhere
Thinking about becoming a digital nomad kind of expat? It’s definitely becoming a lot easier to do and there are so many countries with specific digital nomad visas now, so really you’re spoiled for choice. Originally from Poland, Anna has lived all over the US, in the Netherlands, UK, France, Mexico, South Africa, Italy, and Argentina.
Her expat tips and tricks are really well organized into country sections and digital nomad-specific content. These include the actual reality of moving to a lot of these places as well as step-by-step guides for moving to specific countries and quirks that you’re going to want to be aware of along the way.
22. Share the Love
This female-centric move abroad site is such a positive and inspiring virtual space. Share the Love does exactly what it says on the tin – it shares knowledge and tips to help other women achieve their expat goals and dreams.
The site itself centers on career building, especially if you’ve recently had a baby or struggle with your identity or sense of self. These are both huge factors when you’re trying to move abroad so it’s really refreshing to see this front and centre!
Another cool feature that they have on the site is their Global Coffee Date sessions, which all take place online so you can join and meet like-minded women no matter where you are in the world!
23. Making Here Home
Rebecca from Making Here Home definitely doesn’t shy away from the realities of moving abroad. In the past, she’s written about the “Expat Blues” which is all about the FOMO, loneliness, and lack of belonging that most expats get at one stage or another but is rarely spoken about.
Like everything, it’s normally transitory, but it’s awesome to see someone being so honest about their experiences.
She also runs an expat book club, which is predominately run via the Making Here Home Facebook and Instagram accounts, and brings together expat bookworms from all over the place and creates a space to socialize and bond over a love of literature – it’s such a cool idea!
If you’re thinking of becoming an expat as a full family, there are so many more things that you need to think about from schooling to socializing your kids to sorting out paperwork for a whole host of other people. Our Globetrotters are a family of five who live the expat dream worldwide.
As a British-Australian family who relocated to the Middle East, specifically Abu Dhabi in the UAE, with their children, there’s a ton of interesting content to uncover. From packing up an entire family for an expat move to building a business in the UAE to parenting in a foreign country with a different culture, you’ll learn so much from the Our Globetrotters site.
25. Sol Salute
A lifelong traveler from the US, Erin has lived in Spain, the USVI in the Caribbean, before setting down roots in Argentina. The vast majority of the content on Sol Salute is dedicated to expats who want to move to Argentina.
With guides ranging from how to get the best deals on currency to extensive packing lists to an article about giving birth in Argentina, it’s one of the most detailed Argentina-centric expat blogs out there, for sure!
Along the way, Erin also shares content about the best places to eat, different cities and neighborhoods around Argentina, and the capital Buenos Aires, and even wineries guides to Argentina’s famous Mendoza wine region – love that!
Husband and wife duo Melissa and Andrew have previously swapped life in the US for the expat experience in Angola and Argentina. Both their blog and their YouTube channel are stacked with guides for moving to Argentina and Angola including health checklists before you move, visa considerations, and what the process of moving abroad is actually like.
In addition to all this great content, there are also pieces about digital nomad life, and moving abroad as a remote worker for a larger business.
This is definitely a style of expat living that’s becoming more and more common, so it’s well worth checking out Melissa and Andrew’s articles on working abroad and things you need to consider before you start working from another country – especially if the internet is sketchy, to say the least!
Kirsty who runs Venga, Vale, Vamos is a fellow Californian who has moved overseas a few times over the years. She’s lived in Spain and Australia, but has traveled to other 70 countries so far! So, chances are super high that Kirsty has been to the place that you’re thinking of relocating to!
As a self-described serial expat, Kirsty’s blog has a really great mix of travel content and move-abroad guides. Especially if you’re thinking of moving abroad to teach a language or be a conversational assistant, Venga, Vale, Vamos is an awesome resource for you to check out.
After all, Kirsty made her expat start as a conversational assistant and language teacher and has shared all her tips and trick on her blog.
Thinking of relocating to China? Richelle from Adventures Around Asia is a Seattle expat who has lived all over China, teaching as she goes for around a decade at this point.
During the pandemic, Richelle and her partner actually moved to Tbilisi in Georgia to avoid the notoriously strict restrictions, so she’s also got a lot of content about moving to Georgia.
As she’s a language teacher in China, Adventures Around Asia has a lot of information about the different expat teaching programs you can apply for and things to look out for when you’re applying for a teaching job throughout Asia.
In addition to all this great expat content, Richelle does her fair share of traveling around Asia and sharing her experiences from different cities and countries along the way.
Okay, so there are so many US expats who live in Italy, but I love Surviving in Italy because it’s such a funny and fun twist on the expat blog. M.E. Evans recaps all her mad experiences traveling around Europe and settling down as an expat in Italy where she had her kids.
She’s even brought out a book called Naked in Italy which looks amazing. While the site is still full of amazing expat resources if you’re thinking about moving to Italy, M.E. Evans has announced that she can’t run it anymore, so she’s started a substack newsletter called the Bad Travel Newsletter that’s going to be filled with all the awesome content we love from her in a more manageable and convenient way!
Helene is a US native who moved to Germany with her husband Michael, and just two suitcases and two dogs, moved back to the US for a while before now moving to London.
Along the way, she’s definitely learned a lot about living and working abroad and shares a ton of great information and useful tips on her blog, Helene in Between.
A lot of the moving abroad content is centered either around moving to Germany or what it’s like to relocate back home to the States after living abroad, which is actually really interesting.
There’s a great mix of helpful guides and honest insights, including a blog called “What I hate about living abroad” – definitely worth checking out to see the reality of expat life, rather than just the rose-tinted, Instagram view of it!
31. Jessica Drucker
What sets Jessica Drucker apart from many other moving abroad specialists is her focus on helping LGBTQ+ people achieve their expat dreams. Unfortunately, there are still a ton of places that just aren’t safe for LGBTQ+ people, so having a specific site designed for queer people, it’s a great place to get up-to-date information.
Her blog talks a lot about expectations and the different phases of moving abroad which is so important to remember that it’s not just over once you’ve moved into your new place! If you want to learn more on the go, Jessica also hosts a podcast and runs online sessions and consultations.
Want to know what it’s like to live as an expat in New Zealand? With one the highest standard of living scores in the world, and a lack of a language barrier for US and UK citizens looking to move abroad, it’s a super inviting prospect.
Liz is an American expat who’s lived in New Zealand for a few years, having been an expat in Spain before that. The Young Adventuress follows her travels and experiences including the pain of doing US taxes abroad (I feel you), and what it was like to feel stuck abroad during the pandemic.
There’s also a lot of information about Kiwi culture, fitting in with the locals, and how the Kiwi lifestyle is going to change your worldview for the better. Combine this with the amazing photography on the blog and it’s 100% worth checking out!
33. Wander Onwards
Well, I couldn’t really do a list of the best expat blogs without including my own site, could I? For those of you who’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know that I’ve lived all over the place from China to London to Berlin, traveling and exploring as I go.
I also massively believe in the importance of financial independence!
So, in addition to a ton of guides for moving abroad, setting up as an expat in your new home, how to get around all the red tape that surrounds resident permits, and more, Wander Onwards also has so much content about being financially secure, starting businesses, and making passive income so that you can spend money on even more adventures or save more efficiently for later on in life.
If you’re thinking about diving into the digital nomad life, I’ve got you covered. With checklists to help you figure out if the nomadic life is for you to up-to-date lists of the countries with digital nomad-specific visas, complete with financial requirements – I’ve got it all right here!
Need some help or support with your big move abroad? Check out my downloadable resources and my workshops. I specialize in helping people make their work abroad dreams a reality, so don’t hesitate to get in touch – I’d love to meet you!
Final Tips and Advice
Okay, so there you have it, the 33 best expat blogs out on the internet right now. They all have their own niches, destinations, and specialties, but they’re all worth checking out.
Before I sign off, here are my final tips and pieces of advice about expat blogs.
- Take everything with a pinch of salt. Like I’ve said in this article, a lot of bloggers are being more honest about the expat experience, and I’ve been super upfront on this blog too. Moving abroad isn’t all roses and you need to be prepared for that.
- It doesn’t matter if a blog isn’t specific to the country you’re relocating to. Obviously, it’s great if it is, but so much of the advice is transferable, especially when it’s about preparing for a big move, or working out if you’re really ready to join the expat community.
- Follow these blogs on social for more updates and bite-sized information. Writing and uploading quality blogs takes a ton of time, so you might get more content on Instagram reels or on TikTok that you can check out while you’re on the move.
- In a similar way, when you find a blog you like, remember to sign up for their newsletter or pop your email in for alerts when a new article drops. It’ll save you time and effort having to actively go on the site to check for updates, and it improves subscription numbers for content creators. It’s definitely a winner all around!
- Do your own research. Everyone’s expat experience is completely different, so even if you’re in the same industry and moving to the same country, the process might not be the same for you as it was for someone else. Make sure you take the time to do all your own research and planning so you’re as up-to-date with all the latest rules as you can be.
So, which one of these amazing expat blogs is your favorite? Do you have a blog you love that isn’t listed here? There are so many awesome expat blogs out there that I just couldn’t include them all, and there are new ones cropping up all the time.
So let me know in the comments below, and I’ll make sure to check them out sometime soon!