8 Must Read Expat Blogs

When I first moved to Iceland and knew little to no one I found myself scouring the internet for advice from others who had been in the same situation as me. With just a quick Google search I found myself reading blog after blog written by other expats. I quickly related to these bloggers who were all dealing with the same things I was and that was when I became hooked on the blogging world.

Fast forward to a year later and I am still hooked on reading blogs written by other expats. I may be a bit nosy but I love reading about how they are adjusting to their life abroad as well as learning about new cultures through there eyes. I follow a lot of travel/expat blogs and have a long list of favorites that just keeps growing! I have shared my favorite travel blogs before (many of whom are also expats) and today I want to share 8 expat blogs that I have recently discovered and am absolutely loving!

8 Great Expat BlogsTeam Starnes
Sometimes when an opportunity comes your way it is to good to say no and that is exactly what Alexandra and her husband did when offered the chance to move from America to the UK. Head over to Alexandra’s blog and get lost in her stunning pictures from her travels around Europe and of her new home in a country high on my travel list, Scotland.

The Tide That Left
After finding Amy’s blog I spent hours browsing through her archives, this lovely lady has had some wonderful adventures and they aren’t stopping anytime soon! If you are an expat, or planning on becoming one soon, you will want to head over to Amy’s blog! With 6 different countries under her belt Amy is full of advice when it comes to surviving expat life.

The Sunny Side of This
Isabel is a pretty lady from Mexico who followed her heart and is now living with her husband in Slovenia. I love an international love story and Isabel pictures and stories about life in Slovenia (a country I know little about) fascinate me. After reading this post I am now adding Slovenia to my travel bucket list!

Made to Travel
You know those people you hear about that quit their job, sell everything and move abroad for an adventure? Well Hannah is one of those fascinating people! Hannah decided to leave behind Sydney, Australia (aka the city that started my love for travel!) and start a new adventure in Berlin. Oh and did I mention she is also apart of an international love story, I am clearly a sucker for those!

Beer Time With Wagner
An American currently living in Germany (soon to be Croatia, lucky lady!) reading Jordan’s blog is like listening to your hilarous friend share her travel stories. And with lots of wonderful travel stories to share you will get sucked right in! I am still bummed I didn’t get to meet Jordan while she was in Iceland this August, that just means she will have to come back!

The Rachael Way
After graduating college last year Rachael said goodbye to America and hello to the teaching life in China. I love heading over to her blog for a glimpse into what life in China is like. After reading this post I am thinking more and more I need to head that way!

Amy and the Great Big World
No stranger to a life of adventure, Amy and her boyfriend recently moved to Prague where they are making the most out of life abroad. An expat blog with stories I totally relate to about the transition to life abroad (it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns) I am loving following along with Amy’s adventures.

Welcome to Germerica
Courtney first went to Germany to study abroad but has since returned to Germany for love. I know, another international love story but I love it! The first post I read on Courtney’s blog is one from her series called Mistranslation Monday, I am just going to leave it at they are hilarious and you should head over to her blog right now and read them.

Question of the Day?
What blogs are you loving right now?

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  • Jae

    I think you missed Amanda and Derik’s blog, Living in Another Language. Like you, they’re expats, too. They currently live in New Zealand, but they hail from Portland, Oregon, USA. LIAL is one of my favorite blogs to read!

    • Actually I have followed her blog from when I very started blogging as well. These blogs are all new finds. Thanks for sharing though!

      • Jae

        Sorry, I didn’t know you were already following them!

  • So many new blogs I haven’t come across yet!

  • Plus Amy from the Tide that Left is just generally so darn nice! x

  • I love Jordan’s blog. She takes the best travel photos!

  • Yayy new blogs to follow! I’ve been following a couple of these, but always love finding new ones. Some of these I definitely hadn’t heard of- can’t wait to follow along on their journeys!

    • Ahh I should have added your blog to this list as well, I love following along with your journey!

  • Oh wow, thank you Kaelene! What an honor, I think you are also a must read expat blog :) Great suggestions too, I love finding people in a similar situation. It’s uplifting and inspiring to know those willing to take big risks!

    • Thank you :) I agree, reading about others in similar situations is inspiring and gives me the motivation to take those risks that expat life throws your way!

  • What a lovely Monday surprise, thanks Kaelene!! I feel special to have made a list with so many other wonderful blogs :) I love finding new expat blogs, so this is great. Its always so nice to read about others in similar situations, thanks for sharing!!

  • Great list! I also love ‘Standort Hamburg’ by the Dutch Fem who moved to Hamburg last year and writes hilariously about life in Germany and how she deals with German bureaucracy!

  • will have to check all of these out :)

  • Kaelene! I was NOT expecting this! Thanks for the shoutout! I will def check out these other bloggers! And when you come to Scotland, I better meet you! xx

  • I’m touched to have a mention, Kaelene. Thank you!
    There are so many here that I don’t know so I’ll be checking them out soon

    • I am happy to share your wonderful blog with my readers:) Many of these blogs are new finds to me as well so I hope you find some great new ones to follow!

  • Yep, love Amy! Like Amanda said, she’s such a genuinely nice gal. So glad she’s started blogging again.

    I read a wide range of blogs. Some of my favorites right now are Rotten One and Holland’s Reverie.


  • Oooh new expat blogs to read! Yay! I hadn’t heard of most of these, thanks for doing all the legwork for me :)

    • Same here, I love finding new expat blogs and many of these are all new to me. Hope you find some new blogs to enjoy!

  • Ooh yay! So many new ones to check out. One of my favorite things about blogging is seeing how people live all around the world and then usually getting some serious wanderlust. One of my favorites for a long time has been Manger by Mimi Thorisson. http://mimithorisson.com/ She’s pretty popular so you might know her. She just had a cookbook come out and she documents her life (mostly food related) in Medoc, France. It’s just so beautiful and I love reading her stories!

    • I agree, I love learning about how others live around the world! I just checked out her blog, wow her photos are so beautiful!

  • Wow tons of new blogs for me to read! :)

  • Great list! So many new blog to check out :)
    I love Rachael’s articles about Beijing, it’s very fun and cute.

    • Many of these are new finds to me as well and I am loving following along with their adventures!

  • I can’t wait to check these out! I just started following Amy’s blog and love it.

  • Aww thanks for the mention! You made my day, what a nice surprise :) you are a must-read expat blog for me too, I always find your posts so relatable! I’m so happy to see some new blogs I don’t follow, too–always looking for new ones to read! thanks again xo
    p.s. E and I are not married yet haha ;)

    • Ahh opps, sorry I don’t know why I thought you two were married, yours just so cute :) Anyways so glad I found your blog and I hope many others discover it s as well!

      • Thanks, K! :) I appreciate the mention so much. And don’t even worry about it haha, I also think we are adorable lol and since we have been together awhile and moved abroad together a lot of people assume we are married haha! xo

  • As someone who is most likely going to be an expat soon I love the recs of other blogs to ease my emotions! Thanks for giving me even more blog reading :)

    • Oh how exciting! Where will you be moving to? Life of an expat is one fun adventure!

      • I am looking into going to grad school in the UK! The life of an expat has always appealed to me, so I figured I’d actually research it.

  • I’m a big fan of Amy and Alexandra!

  • Thank you sooooo much for sharing my blog!!! This made me so happy! What a nice surprise!

    • Of course :) I love following along with others living abroad and am really enjoying following your adventures!

  • I was actually going through this post opening all the blogs I didn’t already know, then I was shocked to see my name at the end of the list. Hahaha, thanks!

  • Carrie Zimmer

    I just added the ones I wasn’t already following to my Feedly! Thanks for sharing your faves! I’d love to have a few more readers check out my expat blog at http://51500.blogspot.it/

  • Thanks so much for including me and the sweet write-up :) I definitely need to come back to Iceland so we can meet up :) xo

    • Of course, I am so happy to have discovered your blog! And yes, you definitely need to come back so we can meet up!

  • I love discovering new blogs and as a French girl living in Australia it’s great to get a glimpse into the lives of expats living in other parts of the world. Also, you can’t go wrong with an international love story ;)

  • I love this list, I will have to check them out :)

  • When I found out my husband and I were moving to Melbourne, Australia, I also looked for expat blogs, as I found they presented a more truthful, real-life view into what life would be like for us. I even started my own blog once we got here to document our adventures and hopefully help some soon-to-be expats!

    • I agree, the point of view from an expat tends to be real life and not what is portrayed by others.

  • Pretty awesome list, I also love The Sunny Side of This :D Isabel is a lovely lady!

  • GRB

    I’m partial to my own about life in the US Foreign Service: the Passport Stamp Collector Blog.

  • Zoe

    Wow :) this is a great list! I remember doing a frantic search for expat advice when I was going through withdrawal symptoms after leaving France. Silly really when it was so hard to fit in at first ;). But it helped immensely to read other people’s experiences and feelings! Which is another reason I love your blog!! Iceland is actually our next destination, after the guy and I save up enough back home in NZ.

    xX Zoe | http://life-gazing-and-wildstrawberries.blogspot.com/

    • Thanks so much Zoe! Same for me, it really has helped reading about other peoples experiences and the advice they have. Funny, I am saving up dreaming of visiting NZ!