The Expat Repat Podcast is for expats, repats, and anyone who's ever considered living abroad. A former American-expat-in-Switzerland, Lindsey McLean found her life turned upside down and her identity entirely erased when she left her expat life and moved back home in 2014. The Expat Repat Podcast explores all the ins and outs of expat life, including the biggest one of all: moving home. Please subscribe so you never miss an episode!
Katia Vlachos, How to Prepare for A Great Move
Katia is an experienced expat, coach and speaker. Her advice is essential for first time expats, seasoned expats and repeats alike. She walks you through the critical preliminary decision making stages using 5 core principles as guideposts. Katia and I talked about the best and worst ages to move with children, she shared with me her philosophy on the importance of the preliminary decision stage of a move - regardless of whether that is a move away from, or back to one's "home", and she shared with me her theory on what home means and why it's so important for each of us to really know what we're talking about when we talk about home.
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Mini: Would visits be enough?
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Jessica Drucker, Global Nomad Travel Blogger Turned Repat Author
Jessica Drucker went to study abroad in Costa Rica and didn't return to the US for 15 years! During that time she lived in Guatemala, The UK, Germany and then spent 8 years traveling all over the world as a digital nomad travel blogger.
When extenuating circumstances led to a hasty return to the US from Cusco, Peru, in 2014, Jessica found herself confronted with all sorts of American adulting that she had never known until that point.
Mini: On Missing Zurich
This week, I'm sharing with you a post from my blog, Swiss Lark, which Rhiannon referred to in last week's episode. Rhiannon described finding my blog during her repatriation like "finding a pot of gold!" and it was this post that I'm reading aloud for today's mini episode that she first found through a random Google search.
If you'd like to see the photos that accompany the post as well as all of my other posts from our time as expats, and since becoming repats, just go to www.swisslark.com
Rhiannon, Temporary Repatriation Lasts Way Longer Than Expected
Rhiannon is an Australian-Swiss dual citizen who left the land down under to move to Switzerland directly after finishing school. Many years, a Swiss partner and some life experience later, she felt immense pressure to return to Australia and obtain a degree as she had always planned to do.
Rhiannon and I talked about how we get comfortable where we are; she got into the nitty gritty of the comparison trap. And she shared her best advice for expats preparing to repatriate back home.
Mini: Memory Lane
Lindsey takes a trip down memory lane, looking at old videos and photos from their time in Switzerland. In doing so, she realizes that this is something she never does, and ponders why.
As expats and repats, we share many commonalities. One big one is that we learn to erase our expat lives after we return home. Does this sound familiar to you? Do you avoid photos and videos of your time abroad, too?
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Really lovely to hear that I’m not alone in this journey.
I may never be a 'repat', but I live my life as an expat and it is so nice to listen to a podcast where people totally *get* your life when many people from 'home' don't. I love the stories! Looking forward to your new episodes!
I am thoroughly appreciating the honest and thoughtful conversations about life as an expat and repat and all of the inevitable twists, turns that these experiences bring. Within minutes of starting the first episode I found myself agreeing aloud enthusiastically, "Yes!" and "Oh my gosh, it's so true!" Thank you for launching this fantastic series and please keep the episodes coming!