51 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 • 9 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.

    50. Have dog, will travel! - with Chase Warrington

    50. Have dog, will travel! - with Chase Warrington

    My guest today is Chase, an American currently based in Spain and Germany.
     
    Chase works as Head of Remote at Doist, a pioneer of distributed work that specializes in productivity software. He is responsible for developing and executing the company's remote work strategy. Having worked remotely for over 12 years, as one of Doist’s 100 employees in 35 countries, he has a whole array of accolades!

    Knowing the huge range of possible subjects, we just started chatting and our topics cover the nomadic lifestyle, working remotely and what a typical day looks like for him, national stereotypes, the pros and cons of calling several places home and what it does to one's identity, and what it's like to do all this with a pet!

    Chase also has a podcast, which we didn't get a chance to talk about. If you're interested in finding out more about that, check out his website, About Abroad. He can also be found on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. 

    Other apps/websites/organizations we mention:
    Internations, a global organization that helps newcomers connect with like minded people (not just expats)
    Pettravel.com, a great resource for anything related to traveling with your pet
    Bringfido, a global resource for anything dog-related (hotels, destinations, activities, restaurants, etc, plus entry and vaccination requirements)

    When I looked for other pet travel related resources, I found this one, compiled by blogger Abroad Purpose.

    Don't forget to subscribe to my podcast and blog, and if you're feeling generous, consider making a donation on Ko-Fi (who am I kidding - it's January lol).

    • 1 hr 10 min
    49. Building home within (part 2) - with Lea Misan

    49. Building home within (part 2) - with Lea Misan

    In our second conversation, Lea and I jump right back in and pick up a few subjects we mentioned in Episode 48.
    This time we dig even further into our expat minds, and Lea takes me deep into Jewish cultural history and how it's shaped the collective psyche. 

    We also talk about how our own experiences have not only shaped us, but also keep influencing our immediate families, and we go back to topics such as identity, belonging, homesickness,  and how we can maintain a bearable tension between missing a place and living in the present.

    For more information about Lea, or how to contact her, take a look at her therapy and coaching website, or contact her by Email: coachleamisan@gmail.com

    Lea's Charity: Act for Change , Email: lea@actforchange.org.uk, also on Instagram and Facebook.

    Lea can also be found on LinkedIn.

    • 54 min
    48. Building home within (part 1) - with Lea Misan

    48. Building home within (part 1) - with Lea Misan

    Today's episode is the first of two parts - I'm talking to Lea Misan, London-based author, psychotherapist and coach, as well as trauma counsellor. She's the executive director of UK charity Act for Change, and has worked extensively with expats.

    We talk about everything from what it's like to grow up with multiple languages, moving countries at a young age and in adolescence, what such a multi-faceted life does to your psyche and sense of self, and so much more. 

    For more information about Lea, or how to contact her, take a look at her website, or contact her by Email: coachleamisan@gmail.com

    Lea's Charity: Act for Change , Email: lea@actforchange.org.uk, also on Instagram and Facebook.

    Lea can also be found on LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    47. Expat life through a lens - with Taro Moberly

    47. Expat life through a lens - with Taro Moberly

    We're venturing east today, to Japan! My guest is Taro, a Kyoto based photographer, who grew up in California, but decided to explore his heritage and moved to Japan in his twenties.

    We talk about what it's like to be a foreigner in a country that's strange and familiar at the same time, the intricacies of Japanese rules of behaviour, drinking culture, and why there is only one way to eat potato chips. 

    And of course we talk about photography, and how a hobby can become a lot more than just a hobby. 
    Taro's book, In Kyoto, a collection of over 80 photographs, will be published later this year. 

    You can find out more about Taro on Instagram, Twitter, or visit his website.
    If you're interested in Trope Publishing and the projects and artists they feature, you can find out more here. Prints of Taro's photography are also available!

    Book recommendation: Erin Meyer, The Culture Map.

    Don't forget to subscribe to Transcontinental Overload, and check out my website if you'd like to find out more about me.
    And of course, you can always sponsor the podcast on Ko-fi. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    46. Serendipity in Italy - with Kaci Matthews

    46. Serendipity in Italy - with Kaci Matthews

    My guest today is another Texas girl! I do love my Texans, and Kaci is no exception. Originally from Houston, and in need of a new direction in life, she decided to try her luck at a job posting in Rome. Fast forward a few years, and her home is now a small town in Tuscany.

    Honestly, Kaci's story reads like a film script, and I truly hope someone can take it to the silver screen.

    Kaci paints such a vivid picture of her journey, describing her struggles and internal battles so well that you feel like you're right there alongside her. Our conversation covers so many expat topics, from loneliness, to messy bureaucracy, language struggles, false promises, childbirth during the early days of COVID, and what it's like to run a business with your non-expat partner in a foreign country.

    Enjoy the ride with Kaci - you won't be disappointed. Please share this story with whoever needs to hear the truth about expat life with all its ups and downs! 

    Find out more about Kaci on Instagram, or go straight to the website.

    Don't forget to follow me on Instagram, check out my website, Transcontinental Overload, and leave me a 5* review on whatever platform you're listening to the podcast. It might seem preposterous to ask for 5 Stars, but it's the best way for others to find it, and benefit from this community of expats!!

    You can also support me by buying me a coffee on Ko-fi.  Any donations are welcome!!!

    • 1 hr 30 min
    45. Driving, Dating & Dirndls: A Texan in Bavaria – with Alex Katte

    45. Driving, Dating & Dirndls: A Texan in Bavaria – with Alex Katte

    Today's guest has made me miss not only one, but two places!

    Alex Katte, originally from Houston, TX, lives near Munich with her German husband and new baby son. We discuss the weird similarities between Bavarian and Texan cultures, the joys of driving without a speed limit, and the special charm of traditional clothing.

    Of course we also delve into the cultural differences, and how tricky it might be to incorporate two cultures within one family, the difficulties of the German language and what it's like to get married during the pandemic.

    If you're thinking about studying in Germany, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is a great resource!

    I hope you enjoy today's episode as much as I did!

    You can find Alex on Instagram, or follow her soon-to-be-revived blog.

    To read up on why I haven't been around, check my blog, and find me on Instagram, Facebook, or right here on my website.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

freakout22 ,

Interesting host and guests

I really enjoy this podcast and the variety of guests. Excellent! Always worthwhile.

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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