• Dressing Like a Local in Spain: Your Go-To Guide

    After two years of living in this fantastic city and trying desperately to look less and less like an outsider, I’ve come to several fashion conclusions. There are some definite DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to dressing like a local in Spain. In other words, fitting in like a local versus standing out like a…tourist! Regardless of what time of year you visit Barcelona, these tips will help you to plan accordingly and look the part! We first set foot in our new home city during the last week of August. The DEAD of summer. At the time I just couldn’t be bothered with…

  • A Teen Expat’s Inspirational Story

    COLLABORATION : @LittleMissExpat This is one of those times when social media amazes me! When a world like Instagram has connected me to amazing people I’ve never met with inspiring stories – like Little Miss Expat. At only 17 years young and with the wisdom of a seasoned expat, you can imagine how excited I was to hear her story. I pray my own children grow to be as appreciative of their expat experiences as she is. She overcame the scary uncertainty that being an expat child can bring and is thankful for it. I know you’ll enjoy her story below… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12-years-old. That’s how…

  • Why We Moved Abroad

    I was so excited when @LittleMissExpat (awesome teen blogger, current expat kid!! Love these millennials!) reached out about writing a piece for her blog about just WHY we moved abroad. Her project titled “The Expat Features” tells real stories of people who have taken the road less traveled and moved abroad for a life unknown. Hey, that’s us! Here’s our family story about why left a perfect little life and moved across the world along with a nugget of wisdom for others also hit with the wanderlust bug. Hope you enjoy and be sure to check out Little Miss Expat’s other content for stories and…

  • 4 Qualities Being An Expat Won’t Change

    (3 minute read) It’s inevitable that choosing to uproot your life and move abroad to another country will forever change you. In some ways, such as language development and cultural appreciation, for the better. In other ways, such as gaining some extra pounds indulging in the local cuisine, for the less. But after almost two years living abroad, I can confidently say there are a few things about myself personally that are planted in my American Central New Jersey identity and will probably never change. Whether I plant myself in Barcelona or Brisbane, it’s who I am. And you know what? I’m totally okay with…

  • 5 Fail-Proof Cures for Expat Homesickness

    Most recently since our family’s relocation from America to Spain, the Fall season also represents a slight tinge of…homesickness.  When I long for apple cider, candy corns, roasting marshmallows and the crackle of that first firepit of the season I think of our old life in New Jersey. Crisp Autumn winds, smells of outdoor fire pits, crunchy leaves between your feet and a warm scarf wrapped around your once tanned shoulders.  Fall signifies routine, with kids back to school, and an anticipation in the air of holiday festivities to come. Every expat goes through it at one time or another, usually around their second or…

  • Why Our Third Baby Made Moving Abroad Even Better!

    On an afternoon in early November, my husband and I stood face to face slightly shivering from both nerves and from the autumn chill in the air. Friends and family joined us, but for that moment it seemed Tony and I were the only ones there.  Bright-eyed and giddy, a few less wrinkles back then for me, a bit more hair for him. As we read our vows to one another, our promises for what life together would look like, there were tears through smiles. I read aloud my dreams of starting a family together….. putting an extra emphasis on having “many children”…..and received a rather…

  • 7 Important Expat Lessons One Year Later

    “What row are we again, hun?” I asked my husband as we stepped onto the airport tarmac leading us towards a massive United Airlines Boeing 757.  “Uhh, I think Row 19…..seats A through E,” my husband responded and chuckled as he checked all five of our boarding passes.  We were in for a long nine-hour flight.  Non-stop service from Newark, New Jersey to Barcelona, Spain. As we found our seats, shoved carry-ons into overheads and got situated I felt a strange and familiar feeling come over me.  Deja-vu really does exist! Exactly one year ago (down to the minute!) we were boarding the same flight at the…