Websites & Resources For Expats

by farrah on May 3, 2013 · 6 comments

We hit our six month expat anniversary Tuesday the 30th of April. I have to say- other than the first six months of life for my children, time has never flown by so quickly. It helps tremendously that we really like it here and have hit a great stride- surviving the dismal winter right from the start.

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Of course there have been struggles! Gah. Dinner last night was another one of them. How can you take away some of the challenge? Well, lately I have received an email here or there asking me what are some things I wish I had known before becoming an expat or what are some resources for soon-to-be-expats. I thought in light of this six month mark in time I’d share some resources that I’ve discovered.

I only found a few of these before we left the states. It wasn’t until I dove really deep into the social media world that I discovered tons and tons of websites and blogs devoted to compiling first hand accounts of expat experiences. Here’s a handy little list of resources for expats to get you started.

How do I become an expat?

So first and foremost you want to know where and how to start. For us, it took several years’ worth of planning. The fact that my husband works for a global company based in Germany is a tremendous boost. In fact, the ability to go abroad is one of the main reasons he chose to work for that company in the first place. Thus- PLAN AHEAD. If you’re in the job search then seek out companies who offer the ability to move abroad. It doesn’t matter if you have a family (as long as they’re willing to go with you)- but you have to be flexible and willing to wait until the right position opens for you.

Seek out expat website resources- many are listed below. My biggest tip is to get yourself following these handles on Twitter. I see tweets quite frequently with job opportunities all over- but you have to be following them in the first place to see the info!

Don’t hesitate to get involved, tweet out things with the #expat tag- you never know who will see your question.

There are probably a million and one other ways to become an expat- please leave your tip in a comment!

Expat Moving Resource

Feedbacq: I’ve mentioned before how helpful our relocation company was assisting in the transition. For people who don’t have a relocation company- there’s Feedbacq who connects expats with quality international moving companies. The founder of Feedbacq had a disastrous moving experience himself, and wants to save the others the headache. We got really really lucky with ours- but looking back on it now I wish I would have been able to check them out first. The last place you need something to go wrong is moving your entire life overseas and being unsupported!

Blog Communities/ Websites To Find Other Blogs:

Expats Blog: Expats Blog was born to serve the expat community. Created by expats for expats, our researchers travel the globe looking for stories that would interest their fellow expatriates. Not content to just bring you the latest news, our team also scour the net for the best expat blogs for our expat blog awards

Easy Expat: Provide expatriates with accurate information and answers about the major cities with the most expatriates. 

Expat Blog:  Expat blog is a project held by expatriates, for expatriates. Our ambition is to help people who want to live abroad, wherever they are in the world, and wherever they would like to live. The main idea is to make expatriates share their experience. Everybody can participate!

Expat Exchange: Find a job!

Expats Radio:  Providing people – living or contemplating moving abroad with information on important issues like finance and law, compiled by our team, experts & listeners!

Twitter Handles: (also see their websites and blogs via Twitter profile)

@Worldswaiting– Expat observations, travel tips, handy hints, photos and inspiration from all over the world. Please swing by and say hello!

@ExpatChild-  Info & advice for parents relocating overseas. Tips & more on expat life with kids. Tweets by expat mum.

@ExpatExplorer

@BlogExpat

@ExpatsBlog

Facebook Pages:

Expatica: Expatica is a English language media company serving internationals across Europe since 2000. We have sites for: The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Luxembourg and Moscow. (websites avail. by country)

Expat Focus:  Global relocation information, services and community for expats living or moving abroad. (see also their community website)

I could be here for days adding sites, handles and pages- so here’s just a sampling to get you started!

Tip: You will find that you’ll discover many through these alone. Also don’t forget to reach out to Twitter handles in the country to where you are going. I found several helpful people locally and they are still a wealth of information as well as help me with day to day questions.

Have a Twitter handle, Facebook page or blog/website to share? Feel free to leave it in the comments below or email me at farrah@thethreeunder.com to update this list.

 

Disclosure- this post contains a sponsored link from Feedbacq. However, as you well know I never put anything on my blog that I wouldn’t use or patronize myself. All words are my own.

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1 DannyZ May 3, 2013 at 8:42 am

Great post, and super useful…definitely wish I knew about some of these resources before moving to the Netherlands. I hope I was one of those twitter handles that was a “wealth of information.” If nothing else I hope I gave you a laugh by all my stumblings. It was really great to (virtually) meet you. Keep up the great blog! Best of luck to you and your family. Cheers.

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2 farrah May 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Me too- I would have loved to have found blogs in my area! Fortunately I found a twitter friend in @w8eens and she is great. You, of course were an exceptional help! I will miss your crazy stories for sure. Keep Philly in line.

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3 Danielle May 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

Wow! I can’t believe that it has been 6 months already. Amazing how quickly it goes. I guess that makes sense considering I have 6.5 month old and you moved just before I had her. All your information is great! I love that so many expat bloggers can come together and have each other for help. It seems like a wonderful community!

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4 farrah May 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Yes! That’s funny- huh? It really is a pretty neat thing to have contacts like this all over the world. I have ‘met’ some really interesting people and learned about some fantastic places this way!

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