Meet our 31 International Expats

Jessica Beder

Jessica Beder
Connecticut, US / Buenos Aires
Jessica is a writer, scholar and sporadic pragmatist. She believes that curiosity is the key to most things in life, and humor can solve the rest. Currently she lives in Buenos Aires and works as the Content Manager for Nearpod, a revolutionary ed-tech platform. Her blog is Paint by Pursuit.

Taylor Bell
US / Madrid, Spain

Any Braso

Any Brasó
Ibiza, Spain / Brussels, Belgium
A tireless adventurer, Any travels the whole world bringing unique stories to her radio show “Viaja con Nosotros” and to her travel blog Currently she combines her position as Sales Manager in a multinational Belgian company with the edition of a travel book for kids.

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Alba Brunetti
US / Istanbul, Turkey
Alba Brunetti was born in Italy and grew up in New York City. She worked for many years in New Media before moving to Istanbul. She has a column on The Huffington Post as well as a blog, The Bluest I.

Tristan Morton-Clark
UK / Morocco

Terry Coles
Texas, US / Chame, Panama
Terry Coles was born with a knack for writing but was never published as a freelance writer until after retiring to Panama. Today she writes about the adventures, joys and challenges of expat living and travelling abroad. Her blog is

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Rebecca Conklin
US / Shanghai / US
Rebecca Conklin is a graduate student in Composition and Communication at Central Michigan University. She spent her 20s traipsing Asia with a home base in Shanghai. She recently moved back to the states for love, the only thing more essential than life abroad.

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Judith Donovan
US / Costa Rica
Judith Donovan is a retired clinical social worker. She currently spends most of the year in Costa Rica. However, the joy of family which now includes five great-grandchildren, draws her back to various parts of the United States each year. Judith is appreciating her free time in retirement to write her memoir plus extensive travel experiences, most recently to Nepal. She is also a dedicated meditator of many years, mentoring others.

Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Imogen Eldridge
England / Colombia
Lisa Imogen Eldridge has travelled extensively as a solo traveller and has now visited 100 countries. Lisa’s mission is to empower women with her website,, a resource for women travelling solo.

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Nia Evans
UK / Barcelona, Spain

Barbara Galewska

Barbara Galewska
Poland / Florianopolis, Brazil

Barbara is a psychologist and a life coach. She helps Polish expats and travelers deal with the psychological challenges of living outside their comfort zones and pursuing happiness abroad. Visit her on Facebook

Jackie Gambill
US / Belize / Florida, US
Ray and Jackie Gambill are a longtime American couple (34 years) who met in Naples, Italy, and have lived many places around the world since. Not quite ready to retire, they jumped at the chance to house-sit at several locations in Central America last year and had the time of their lives. They’re currently back in the States, going to school, paying bills, and plotting their next move.

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Laura Gibbs
Bristol, England / Thailand
Laura is author of Becoming an Expat: Thailand, a comprehensive guide including everything you need to know before moving to Thailand (from the city life and dating, to cultural secrets, what to avoid and the best beaches).

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Earl Goodson
US / New Zealand / Taipei, Taiwan
Earl is an aspiring travel writer and photographer who follows the wind and his heart to find love and joy in the ordinary as much as the extraordinary. Websites:,

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Rebecca Hall
UK / Greece
You can follow Rebecca on her website:, Facebook:, and Twitter: She is the author of debut novel, Girl Gone Greek, available on Amazon.

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John Hartman
US / Tokyo, Japan

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Soraya Heydari
England / Oaxaca, Mexico / Los Angeles
Soraya is an Anglo-Iranian freelance artist, writer and blogger for the Huffington Post. After traveling the world, she settled in Los Angeles where she surfs, cooks and lives. Take a look at what she’s up to these days at

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Ryan Hiraki
Hawaii, US / Bogotá, Colombia
Ryan is a foreign correspondent based in Latin America. He learned to speak Spanish in Colombia and has since been to Cuba, Mexico and most of South America. In his free time he loves cooking, cycling and reading. Follow him on Twitter at @ryantravelin.

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Tamás Inczédy
Hungary /Indonesia / Budapest
Tamás grew up in a forester’s lodge and graduated in economics. He is author of three novels, Cyclopedia of Nonexisting Words, Mansoup, and The Juggler, and several shorts. He also writes tales not only for kids. “Second life” is his first work available in English.

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Els Mahieu
Belgium / Northern Ireland
Els is originally from Belgium, living the expat life in Northern Ireland. As an avid traveller, Els loves to meet locals and can never resist the temptation of a local food market! Culture, food and slow travel make her tick. Follow her adventures on

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Maria Emilia Martin
US / Antiqua, Guatemala
María Emilia Martin is a pioneering public radio journalist with over two dozen awards for her work covering Latino issues and Latin America. She has developed ground-breaking programs and series for public radio, including NPR’s Latino USA, and Despues de las Guerras: Central America After the Wars. She currently heads the GraciasVida Center for Media, training rural and indigenous journalists in Guatemala and Bolivia.

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Wim Minten
The Netherlands / Lisbon, Portugal
Wim’s website is on how to use modern technology in a healthy way:

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Jerry Nelson
US / Buenos Aires
Jerry Nelson is an internationally recognized photojournalist. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and news outlets including USA Today, CNN, Huffington Post, Upsurge, CBS, Dream Row, Earthwalkers and others. He photographs and licenses images for all manner of commercial and editorial use as well as selling through his website: You can find him on Twitter at Journey_America.

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Susan and Richard Neulist
US /San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Travel blog:
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Ed O’Connor
Pennsylvania, US / Cuenca, Ecuador

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Susan Schenck
San Diego, CA / Cuenca, Ecuador
Susan is the author of several books, including Expats in Cuenca: The Magic & The Madness and The Quilotoa Loop: Ecuador’s Hidden Treasure. She also gives raw food classes and health/weight-loss coaching. She can be contacted at

Stephen Seifert
Oregon, US / Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stephen Seifert is a professional writer of fiction and nonfiction. Stephen’s passion for travel and culture fuels his worldly adventures and experiences. He is currently located in Argentina, spending his days with his wife Ceci and son Viggo.

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Michael Sinding
Canada / Amsterdam / Erlangen, Germany
Mike Sinding is a wandering scholar of language and literature. He has published a book, Body of Vision: Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Mind (2014), and many articles in scholarly journals. Melissa Sinding is a wandering jewelry-maker (Practical Magic Jewels).

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Alvin Starkman
Canada / Oaxaca, Mexico
Alvin Starkman operates Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca. He is the author of Mezcal in the Global Spirits Market: Unrivalled Complexity, Innumerable Nuances.

Kaleena Stroud
California, US / Buenos Aires
Kaleena is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, cultivating her skills as a freelance writer in Buenos Aires and discovering the heart of a life abroad. You can find her at: and follow her on Instagram @nomadscratchpad.

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Frank (Skip) and Gabrielle (Gabi) Yetter
Ages 60 and 55, respectively
From the US & UK, respectively / Always on the move
Gabi and Skip Yetter are both former journalists and published authors who sold their home, quit their jobs and moved to Cambodia in 2010. They are presently travelling around the world house-sitting. Their blog is:, and Gabi’s writing portfolio is at: They recently published Just Go! Leave the Treadmill for a World of Adventure, available on Amazon.