Researching Life as an Expat – Top 5 Blogs

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On my trip this weekend to Indianapolis, I was explaining to my traveling companion my dreams of becoming an expat. While we were talking, I starting thinking about how reading blogs from other expats turned a passing wish into a true goal for me.

If you think living outside of your country sounds appealing, you should read what it’s really like from people who are living an expat life.

Karen’s List of Expat Blogs:

In no particular order…

San Pedro Scoop: An Expat’s Daily Blog in Belize

This blog was one I discovered just before my trip to Belize. The information was really helpful for the trip. I loved San Pedro and actually can imagine living there…if I can get used to the mosquitoes…so I’ve been keeping tabs with this blog via Facebook.

The Youngest Snowbird

I recently discovered this blog. I think what appeals to me is that this couple is actually living from a RV, traveling from Canada to South America and back…staying as long as they want in each place. The other thing that really impressed me is that this couple quit their good jobs in their 30s to live a nomadic life.

Thrilling Heroics

This blogger moved to Thailand in his 20s and created his own independent location business. He offers a lot of great insights into living as a young entrepreneurial expat in Asia and running a consulting business internationally.

Meet Plan Go

This was one of the first expat sites I found. The focus of this website is on taking a career break rather than becoming a long term or permanent expat. This site offers a ton of information on how to plan for the trip, how to approach your employer, how to live cheaply and how to reintegrate back into life after the trip.

Expats Blog: An Experience Shared

I actually just found this blog and haven’t had time to explore it very much. This website features blog posts from bloggers all over the world. The blogs are hand picked for quality and the website offers a blog directory by country of residence.

Do you read expat blogs?

Share your favorite blogs that aren’t on this list with us in the comments below.

6 Responses

  1. Jill says:

    I am an expat (in Italy) and I read lots of expat blogs! I keep thinking that I would like to start one and I maintain a running list of ideas for when I decide to start writing. In the meantime, these are some of my favorites. By the way, I live in Venice (from St. Louis!) so when your travels bring you to the bel paese, please look me up!






    • Karen Goodman says:


      Venice is my very top of my list for my next trip! Now I have a reason to go…I can meet you!

      I would love to read about your expat experiences. If you start a blog you definitely have to share it with me. Thanks for this list…I’ll be checking them out!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for putting me on your list! And I am so glad that you loved Belize. We are waiting for your return…SanPedroScoop.

    Now I need to read the other ones on your list.

    • Karen Goodman says:


      You have really inspired me. I can’t imagine being as on top of everything happening as you are. If I ever do become an expat in a small town, I hope to do what you are doing…providing good information and finding some people willing to advertise 🙂

  3. A Kings Life says:

    When your ready to jump the large Pacific pond…you are welcome to Bali.
    P.S. love Rebecca from SanPedroScoop too! Her blog is great at what life was like living on Ambergris Caye. We lived there for 6 months with our 2 little kids. Love the color of the water there.

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