“I wish I’d had this book when I first became an Expat Wife”
Brigid Keenan, author of Diplomatic Baggage and Packing Up
Welcome to the blog that accompanies my book, the Expat Partner’s Survival Guide. Here you will find many posts about expat life and, in particular, about life as an accompanying spouse. If you are not sure exactly what I mean by an accompanying spouse – also known as an expat partner or “trailing spouse” – then a good place to start would be this post I wrote for the Expat Focus website: Accompanying Spouse – What is It?
But if you pretty sure what this term means and you are looking for more information, then an even better place to start would be with my book.
From what to pack to how to cope in the event of an emergency, the Expat Partner’s Survival Guide is a light-hearted yet supportive book which uses the experiences of more than 70 contributers to help guide you when you move abroad. Aimed initially just at accompanying spouses, since publication I have had a lot of very positive feedback from all sorts of expats – and hope it will be of use to anyone, anywhere moving abroad.
As well as information about general expat life, you can also read posts about some of the issues that have come up again and again during my research for the book and for the blog. This includes more specific information just for expat partners, the important topic of expat depression, and what life is like for male trailing spouses.
I hope you enjoy both the blog and the book – do get in touch if you have any comments, feedback, ideas, topics you would like me to cover or if you would like to write a guest post.
Speaking of which, I received a very heartfelt short story of a fellow reader expat wife. Here's her story:
Hello, my name is Julia member of trailing houses. I am an expat wife. I am from Switzerland and I never really fit in Cape Town, Africa while living with my husband, a native here. I had countless opportunities but to no avail. I accepted these feeling as normal, as one should. Integration into a community is not as easy as it sounds, it is always a lonely road. Luckily I found this site and people like me who know exactly how I feel.
How I Became a Live Dealer in an Online Casino?
I gathered up courage and stopped feeling sorry for myself and one day I applied for an online course for card dealers in an online casino, expecting nothing. I did finish the course and got my certificate. I started getting job offers right away and I did feel a bit awkward at first, but as I’m sure so does every beginner. Soon it became second nature, and I was able to fit lots of online poker and blackjack games in a day, and before I knew it, real money started pouring in. For the first time in my life I felt validated in this community. I feel appreciated, valued and genuinely happy. My husband noticed It as well, it was quite a positive change for him. I cannot believe we bonded over online casino games. Sometimes we would spend hours playing video poker and roulette games. All those attractive casino bonuses really got us. It’s their fault of always coming back to casino games. Online casinos always offer sign up bonuses for new players, but what about the already existing players? Continue reading and find out how existing players can get free money.
So I urge every expat wife out there to start trying out new things, you never know what could end up working for you. If anyone would’ve told me I’d work for an online casino as a dealer in video poker I would’ve laughed them off. But this proves that you should never dismiss an idea, and always try out new things and find what you love. PS. Here is a link to the online casino I work for. It offers no deposit bonuses, which will put you immediately in advance. Try it, it’s quite fun.