There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for settling into expat life in a new country, but here are a few helpful articles and personal stories that may help make your move a little easier.

Mihaela, originally hailing from the winter wonderland of Transylvania, moved to crowded Istanbul in 2016. A highly creative and people-orientated person, Mihaela enjoys learning new languages, eating chocolate, “smiling at dogs and babies” and generally expanding her horizons whenever she can.  … Read more
Caroline is an American writer, editor, and teacher. She moved to Istanbul in 2014 and relocated to southern Germany in early 2018. In addition to teaching at high schools and universities, her writing has been published in almost twenty literary journals and on websites such as Book Riot.  Read… Read more
Catie is an American expat who moved to Turkey with her husband, Jason, in August 2016. Having both previously lived in Turkey, and in search of something a bit different to the “American Dream”, they decided to return to Turkey on a more permanent basis. They have settled in the coastal city of… Read more
Turkey is an increasingly popular destination for British emigrants, thanks to its appealing climate and beaches and growing economy. Some of the most popular regions such as Didim have developed a distinctly British cultural flavour thanks to the prominence of the expat community. If you are… Read more
Nelle is a Belgian/French expat living in Turkey. She is married to a Turkish man, and after living in London for a number of years, they moved to Istanbul, where they own a real estate and travel agency specialising in Turkish properties. Nelle shared more of her expat experiences on her blog,… Read more
Sima Oehlers is the co-founder of CityApartmentsIstanbul, a business operating in London and Istanbul, and specialising in brokering long-term rental accommodation in Istanbul. Here she shares her insights and answers some of the most common questions expats have about… Read more
Jack and Liam, a gay couple, are fed up with working life conditions in London and so decide to move to Turkey. Apart from the regular challenges that expats normally face in relocation, the two embark upon a journey that will indefinitely bring unique tensions to a head.  Or, as Jack’s neighbour… Read more
Barbara Isenberg is a freelance writer specialising in travel, food and culture about Istanbul and Turkey. She moved to Izmir with her husband after buying a one-way ticket to Istanbul in August 2007 and now lives a life of leisure and contemplation on the Aegean. About Barbara Q: Where are… Read more

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