Greetings from Abroadland – Out Now

Experiences of Family Life Abroad

Helena Jalanka

When I, my husband and our two-year-old child moved abroad, it was only supposed to be for six months. Seven years later, and one family member more, we’re still here! I know. I know. It’s a common story among people who move countries: the journey can take you and it can shape you. The ride is bumpy but mighty. If you’re joining us, remember to pack your bags with curiosity and humour!

My family has lived in Finland, Australia, Singapore and Switzerland. This book shares our experiences and adds to them some wise words from intercultural experts on the big issues: moving; adapting; language; weather; education; home and visiting family and friends in the native country. Each chapter is a fun and useful mix of cartoons, tips and stories. This may seem like a rollercoaster but it’s real life to us and many others abroad. Hop on board!

With 70 survive and thrive tips and 35 real-life cartoons.

About the Book

Ginny Philps Reviews The Emotionally Resilient Expat

“As with any food rich in nutrition, this book is best sampled regularly and digested slowly.” Douglas Ota

‘Expatland’, that vast unknown, often represents great opportunity tempered with challenge. In The Emotionally Resilient Expat, Linda combines deep research with professional insight and numerous and varied anecdotes, to demonstrate everyone has a baseline of emotional resilience. “However,” she emphasizes, “we need to genuinely care for our ‘self’.”

A mere glance at the range and caliber of the reviewers and one feels this should be a staple textbook for every expat. Replete with detail and resources it is easily digestible and enjoyable to consume. Readers are offered an overview of the evolving expat scene, extensive information from global research and trends, and rewarding tools such as FACTORS, (Family, Awareness, Communication, Transitions, Optimism, Rituals, Significance) and visualization. The layout is clear, and key messages are emphasized. It is intelligently structured, enabling you to dip in and out, but with an energy that entices you to keep reading.

Jammed with tips, most notably “live as though you’ll be there forever,” the book helps readers move outside their comfort zones, and adopt strategies to make transition more fun for everyone: journaling, blogging, writing, getting creative, eating the right food and even the importance of playing ping-pong on the empty walls of your new home.

It’s as if by reading the book one is participating in an intricate dissection of the expat experience. Surrounded by the world’s ‘expat experts’, readers are cultivating, in that lab, all the frameworks, attitudes, approaches and rituals necessary to build a deep understanding of the expat existence and the emotional awareness to thrive in it. All the while mentored, questioned and supported by Linda herself.

The publication concludes with a long and very personal note from the author. As readers who have been wholeheartedly invited into Linda’s very personal journey, it feels right to close the book in this way. As she states, “In the end we muddle through and survive […] eventually we even begin to thrive.” Reading this book means you no longer have to muddle through; now you can learn how to thrive and make the most of your expat experience.

Ginny Philps


Unpack – out now on Springtime Books

As an expat spouse, how do you choose the right home for your family, transition your kids to a new country and school, adjust to a new culture, and build a whole new network of friends?

Expat spouses face many questions, and this book is designed to offer straightforward answers. Written by two expats – with over 15 international moves between them – you’ll find inspiration and wisdom to handle your expat dilemmas.

Get reading to discover time tested advice that will transform your expat experience into a truly amazing adventure. It’s all right here for you to enjoy, so start Unpacking!

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My Life Abroad – now out on Kindle

My Life Abroad: A selection of expat stories

Compiled and edited by Florence Gindre & Cyril Richert
Illustrated by Cyril Richert

Since 2011, has been a public voice for many expat bloggers through regular interviews published on the website. With hundreds of stories available, this book is an anthology of some of the best stories, with every piece prefaced with a jokey illustration.

My Life Abroad

The book is now available as a Kindle Edition!

(Read with Kindle, iPad & Tablets, mobile phones …)

Read what some of the readers said about “My Life Abroad”:

“This book is full of entertaining stories about the actuality that people from different countries experience when living out of their home comfort zones. A fun compulsive read!

Ms J. Matcham – Amazon

“As a person who spent most of his career abroad, working in many different countries, I really enjoyed reading this book! I felt so close to many of the stories that these expat are sharing with us.”

Patrice – Amazon

“Great book about expats all around the world. Each individual story is enlightening and triggers more curiosity towards the visited country. I am expat myself and find so many things in this book really true.

ppravier – Amazon

 “This is more than an individual story. It is the story of us as people and the world we live in today.


“Many of the stories are fun, thoughtful and well worth buying a bookmark for.

Jack Scott, Author

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