Debbie Mc Loughlin
Debbie was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She moved to Minnesota to attend college, and eventually decided to stay there for work. An accountant by day, Debbie is one fearless blogger and mom, raising two beautiful little girls with her wife, Jeanna. Her blog covers a wide range of topics, from parenting to recipes and crafts. With her real-life stories and amazing personality, Debbie’s blog is a definite must-read
Molly moved to Spain in 1998 and began writing about her life in her new home in 2011. She is passionate about historic sites and Spanish food. Her blog provides practical and updated information about traveling and staying in the region, including tips that may not appear in guidebooks or travel magazines. She has an on-the-ground approach, sharing information that only locals are privy to.
Nadine Murphy is a British mom blogger who moved to Cape Town and Kenya with her three children. When she started blogging, the space served two purposes: detailing her struggles with motherhood and recording her experiences with the realities of life in a foreign country. Her guides about living and traveling in Nairobi are very comprehensive and informative, offering authoritative resources for those who are considering making the move themselves.
Lucy started her blog after realizing that she was in the same spot stuck in a dreary office. She booked a year-long trip around Asia, Australia, and New Zealand and quit her job to see more of the world. After half a decade, she is still traveling and living a nomadic life. Her blog helps readers find ways to travel in ways that will fit in with their lives.
Nicola Beach is a self-proclaimed Jill-of-all-Trades who is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She writes about a wide variety of topics - from her life in the region, to parenting and adventuring with her children, to her travel exploits. Her readers can expect to read about the good and the bad when it comes to her life overseas. Expatorama is always a fun read - with a tone that feel like you are catching up with an old friend, who happens to know some really cool places.
Johnny Africa came to life in 2013, after its founder, Johnny, took an offer to go to South Africa. Before he eventually moved back into America, Johnny has traveled to and explored 12 countries in the region. His stunning photography and incredible stories about his life in the continent (including gorilla trekking in Uganda, hitch-hiking to the beautiful beaches of Mozambique, and trying to climb the the extraordinary giant baobab trees of Madagascar) serve as a great inspiration and information resource for potential expats.
Trevor is a microbiologist who moved from the UK to Cape Town, South Africa. 6000 Miles Away from Civilization started out as a way for him to keep in touch with his family and friends from back home. Eventually, it has evolved into a space where he posts about South African culture, politics, and travel. His interesting, and often humorous, take on everyday life makes Trevor's blog a must-read.
Jasmine is a second-generation Canadian from Edmonton, Alberta. A self-proclaimed city girl with a country soul, Jasmine was seduced by Europe and hit by wanderlust when she turned 18. Since then, she has traveled around extensively, working as an English tutor to children and a consultant to businesses. Her blog contains amazing photos and incredible stories from her trips and useful tips for other travelers.
Heather Mason is an American living in Johannesburg. She created her blog, 2Summers, shortly after she moved to the region, at the end of the American summer and the beginning of the South African summer. The blog serves as a platform for here to share her stories and her photography about her life in Johannesburg and her travels across Africa. Her laidback and interesting takes bring the city to life for her readers.
Eva Melusine Thieme created Joburg Expat, an award-winning blog which details her family’s escapades and experiences in South Africa. Although she has since then moved to Tennessee with her husband and four teenages, her posts about her stay in Africa relay to readers the realities and challenges of raising a family abroad. Her blog serves as a personal and informative space where potential expats can learn about what it is like to live in the region.
Reeva is no stranger to the process of emigration. She has moved thrice and is now based in Perth. As a proud South African in this new city, Reeva shares practical advice about migrating and talks about the emotional aspects of packing up and moving countries. On top of her guides for relocating, Reeva also writes about the best places to visit, fun things to do and exciting events to check out in Perth.
Piyushi Dhir used to work as a human resource manager before she quit to pursue her passion in writing. Her website showcases not only her published fiction books, it also contains her musing and thoughts on motherhood, raising kids, and her travel experiences and adventures. Her blog contains helpful stories and tips that travelers can trust when they are looking for reliable information about popular destinations.
Maple and Marula is the brainchild of Phil, a university English instructor whose work brought him to South Africa. The blog served as a platform where he can share with his friends and family members his experiences and adventures in his new home. His readers can expect to see stunning photography as well as funny and detailed anecdotes which make up his life in a foreign country. It is a very personal and humorous take about expat living in the region.
Beatrice Chan is an author and self-professed nomad who wishes to help fellow expats navigate their life abroad. Her blog reflects her philosophy on writing, which is the seamless integration of authenticity, meaning, and creativity. Readers can expect to find guides about the culture of the region, the best places to eat, and her own personal experiences. There is an amazing section in her site devoted entirely to interviews with fellow expats - something that readers might want to check out for the diversity of opinions and experiences.