“Sundays begin with family. They arrive early and, before long, we’re on our way to the beach. We swim, eat, swim…and eat again. It’s a pleasure watching people enjoy the simple things,” says expat Paul Whiteway.
In the evenings, the Spanish know how to have a good time. They stay up late—even the kids. They eat together, listen to music, and laugh loudly.
What makes for a happy expat? This is something I think about often, because honestly…not everyone is cut out for the expat life. The rewards are tremendous and it’s a wonderful, life-changing experience, but there are challenges—and most are easy to get beyond.
My wife and I are new grandparents. And I have to say that, if this had happened thirteen years ago, we may never have left the U.S. and become expats.
Teaching English to students from all around the world by Internet, while based in Oaxaca, allows me to receive a good income in a city with a low cost of living.
One of the best and most popular expat destinations in northern Thailand is Chiang Mai. It's the original mountain retreat, surrounded by some of the highest mountain ranges in the country.
Malaysia is home for me now, and George Town, Penang is a vessel full of inspiration. I have other exciting projects on the boil, projects that I wouldn’t have dreamed possible five years ago.
As an overseas writer, I can work from anywhere on the planet and file my stories and articles via the Internet as though I am working in the same office as my editors.
At ages 67 and 72, respectively, we became retirement nomads. We had taken stock of our lives and realized that we were happier on the road than anywhere else.