44 episodes

Transcontinental Overload shines a spotlight on expats’ life stories, and the realities of leaving your home country and making a new life abroad. Host Stephanie Cook talks to fellow expats, global nomads and professionals about their personal journeys and observations, discussing the complexities, wonders, heartache and richness of living abroad. The podcast goes hand in hand with her blog on www.transcontinentaloverload.com.

Transcontinental Overload Stephanie Cook

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

Transcontinental Overload shines a spotlight on expats’ life stories, and the realities of leaving your home country and making a new life abroad. Host Stephanie Cook talks to fellow expats, global nomads and professionals about their personal journeys and observations, discussing the complexities, wonders, heartache and richness of living abroad. The podcast goes hand in hand with her blog on www.transcontinentaloverload.com.

    43. Survive and thrive in Germany - with Lawin from Pop Your Cultural Cherry

    43. Survive and thrive in Germany - with Lawin from Pop Your Cultural Cherry

    Here's my belated last episode of 2021 to kick off 2022! My guest is another expat in Germany, Lawin from the Philippines.

    We chat about Lawin's unexpected journey to becoming a European resident, his somewhat frosty welcome in Germany and what to expect when you move into a new place, as well as the main differences in working culture, how to make friends, and the beauty of German work-life-balance.

    Our conversation then veers off to cover the wonderful world of karaoke, and we discuss German music, including the weird phenomenon that is German Schlager.

    Lawin is a fellow podcaster; he started "Pop Your Cultural Cherry" during the pandemic, and we compare some notes and chat about his upcoming plans for the show.
     Find him on Instagram, and make sure you give his podcast a listen - just click the link and find your preferred podcast platform.  

    • 1 hr 4 min
    42. The Adventures of Aspen Abroad

    42. The Adventures of Aspen Abroad

    Here it is, my last episode of the year! I'm talking to Aspen, an American who grew up in Hawaii and has been based in Munich, Germany, for the last nine years.

    Our conversation ranges from discussing cultural differences including the vastly different social systems in the US and Germany, her journey through German bureaucracy, bluntness, and loneliness, and the reasons why she loves German culture with all its weird and wonderful quirks.     
    As Aspen would put it, she's achieved the American dream by moving to Germany - but I think it's down to her amazing tenacity and positive outlook on life. 

    We also chat about the brutal world of social media, why she's taken a step back from her original channels, and is working on new projects. One of those is a very tongue-in-cheek-but-honest new podcast about intercultural dating, which she started with her friend Nicole, host of The Expatcast podcast and previous guest on this show. The very brilliant title of this collaboration:  "The Abroadcast - two broads abroad dating Germen so you don't have to". 

    If you want to find out more about Aspen, find her on Instagram, and make sure you check out her and Nicole's new podcast! 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    41. The long road to La Dolce Vita - with Jenn Overstreet

    41. The long road to La Dolce Vita - with Jenn Overstreet

    This is a Thanksgiving special! Just kidding, but we recorded it on Thanksgiving day, and so there's a fair amount of festive talk in this conversation. My guest is Jenn, an American who's been living in Rome for the last four years.

    We talk about the beauty of Italy, and la dolce vita, but also how vulnerable you can feel as an expat, and how moving to a new country can pull the rug out from under your feet. Jenn opens up about her own personal journey and how she's appreciating the fact that this experience can totally transform your life in a good way and coax personality traits out of you that you never knew you had, and how all her and her husband James' "messy" experiences have led to them founding their own fitness business, Overstreet Wellness. 
     
    You can discover more about Jenn and James on Instagram: Jenn can be found here, and James is here.  Both have direct links to their fitness program.

    And - since Christmas is fast approaching, and I haven't had any Glühwein yet - if you feel the need to make a donation, you can do that here. Happy Holidays! 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    40. Forks in the road - with Izge Cengiz Ercan

    40. Forks in the road - with Izge Cengiz Ercan

    Today's guest is Izge, who grew up in Turkey, left her home country to study in the US, worked in various locations. and then decided to move back and forth a few times. She now feels like a complete mix of the two countries and slightly at odds with both from time to time. 

    We talk about those seemingly small moments that change the trajectory of your life, the best way to integrate into life in another country, and how to combine those different aspects of yourself.

    And we both agree that food is the best way to connect us with our heritage and the places we love (yes, I am collecting my guests’ recipes).

    Happy Halloween, y’all! 

    • 58 min
    39. When life gives you lemons - with Janine Christie

    39. When life gives you lemons - with Janine Christie

    Today's guest is Janine, a Canadian expat in Valencia, Spain. Janine left Canada over 14 years ago, but never planned to stay this long. Cupid had other plans, however, and she ended up staying, and after initial bumps in the road, is now fully embracing her expat existence.

    We talk about the strange sense of not belonging, how to survive - and even embrace - the dark days, and why being stubborn is a good thing.
    We discuss toxic positivity on social media, and how finding your voice and staying true to yourself are the most powerful weapons as an expat.

    Janine is married to a Welshman, so of course we had to have a little nostalgic gush fest about Gavin & Stacey - if you've never seen it and are curious about Wales, this is the show to watch. An absolute institution, not just in the UK. 
    You can find Janine on Instagram, and learn more about her services as a copywriter and writing coach on her new website, So Janine Christie, which will be launched very soon! In the meantime, her previous rants and observations can be found on her old website, My Expatations.  
    Find out more about me on my website, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, @overloadedsteph, and if you like, buy me a coffee! 

    • 1 hr
    38. A Brit walks into a bar in New York - with Megan and Simon Bucknall

    38. A Brit walks into a bar in New York - with Megan and Simon Bucknall

    Hello, I'm back! Today I don't have just one guest, but two! Married couple Megan from the US and Simon from the UK are on the show to tell us their story and share some insights into the differences between their countries.
    "Great Britain and America are two countries divided by a common language" - this famous George Bernard Shaw quote couldn't be more true.

    Megan grew up near Austin, Texas,  moved to California after college and then to New York, where she met Simon from the UK, who had taken the opportunity to leave his home country for a job posting in the US.
    They talk us through how they met, and how their different backgrounds have influenced their relationship and decisions.
     Topics include language and behaviour, US vs. British dating rules, and of course, food! British vs. US dishes, spices and special traditions, such as turkey two ways.

    In case you're still wondering what Yorkshire puddings are, here's a link to provide more information! And equally so for Tamales. I just didn't have room in the episode.  

    See you next time!

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Adomissioner ,

Such a solid start!

Stephanie has an amazing story, and I’m regularly in awe when I remember that she is German despite her chameleon-like British English!

One note is that she has a habit of interrupting her guests and co-opting or even countering what they’re trying to say, that I find a bit distracting for an interview-style show. Maybe more solo episodes from the host would be fun, so that the interview episodes can give especially more soft-spoken guests more room to shine. Regardless, it’s a valuable show full of encouragement and camaraderie that we expats so deeply need.

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