I’m originally from the UK and I’ve lived in Angola, Syria, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany and Chile. I also volunteered for a short while in India and Lebanon. I have moved for my work, for my husband’s work and just for the adventure. One marriage and three children later, I don’t seem to be settling down. As soon as we’re allowed, I plan to join my husband in Uruguay.
Like many serial expats, my lifestyle was not a conscious decision. I studied languages at university and as part of my degree programme I lived in France and Germany. Through these experiences, I realised I thrived in new settings. I am naturally adventurous and curious, and a strong believer in seizing opportunities too, so when a good opportunity beckons, I ask myself ‘why not?’ Some of us need more routine and stability, and some of us need more variety, and the type of variety we need differs from person to person too. For me, I recognise that I thrive in cycles. While exhausting, the serial expat lifestyle nurtures my basic need of routine variety.