Welcome! This is a blog that is devoted to adventure, courage and thinking outside the box. Our purpose is to provide a forum for expats and those who wish to become one.
I had an unexpected expat experience that opened my eyes and my heart to the power of transformation through travel. I was so moved that I recorded the experience on paper. That pile of stories eventually found its way to a publisher. (Writing a book and getting it published wasn’t easy. I’m not going to lie to you!) A few years later a book was born.
By far, the most rewarding part of publishing a book, is watching it grow up and set off on its own journey. Like a child that has sprouted wings and flown from the nest, it will travel where it wishes. I find it mind boggling, and always a delight, to receive a letter from someone a half a world away who has read our story and wishes to connect. How did my little book, Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home end up in Russia? Poland? Australia? Who told the UK about it? When did it arrive in China?
These connections bring readers together making the world an eager and exciting place. Unexpected friendships bloom and take root. How comforting to know that all of us, regardless of culture, share the same journeys of the soul. How wonderful to realize that taking a chance on adventure can open your life to a more layered and enriched existence.
Over the next few months I would like to share some of these connections with you. Some new friends that I have met along the way. Expats who have left their safe shores and traveled alone, with partners or families will share thoughts on their journeys. Some will have authored books, some active on blogs, and some who have no real pull to write will share a tale or two around this virtual campfire for the sheer joy of storytelling.
Please enjoy and tuck these journeys away so that when opportunity comes knocking on your door, you might find the courage to pack a bag and see the world for yourself!
If you know someone who would love to share his/her/their experience with us, please let me know!