Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Top 5 Expat Blogs + Blog Resources.

Hi, everyone!

I've recently been checking out a wider range of expat blogs, and expat blog resources. I'm really interested in hearing other's experiences, not only on the JET Programme and in Japan, but all over the world. Learning about cultural differences, and how others come to terms with these, is so interesting to me. I thought I'd put together a list of my favourite expat blogs and blog resources for you! Here they are, in no particular order :)

First up is a blog I found recently called Adventures Around Asia (love that title!) It's written by the lovely Richelle, who has truly taken on Asia. She studied Mandarin in China, and later spent a year teaching English in Ningbo. She's also travelled to numerous other asian countries, including Tibet, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia. She's written posts about all these trips on her blog, so if you want to learn more about these countries, head over!

Richelle is now about to start studying at the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus, and I for one can't wait to read about her experiences there.
Blog link: Adventures Around Asia
My favourite post: Why I Still Need Feminism - A lot of this goes unsaid for females abroad. Thank you Richelle, for being the one to say it.

Another new favourite of mine is the adorable Texan in Tokyo blog. Texan Grace married Japanese Ryosuke, and her blog documents their life in Tokyo through comics. I love it because whilst a lot of the comics are relatable to me as a foreigner living in Japan, many more give me an even deeper view into intercultural relationships. What's more, they're super cute! Grace has recently even made a book of her comics, called "My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy: The Comic Book". I'm really looking forward to reading it!
Link to the blog: Texan in Tokyo
My favourite post: The Hardest Part of a Long-Distance Relationship: 12 Steps for Making it Work - Being in an LDR myself, a lot of these tips ring really true. I also love that Grace doesn't shy away from being honest about how hard an LDR is.

China Elevator Stories is just as great as it sounds. Most of the posts are in the form of short conversations that Austrian writer Ruth has had with her family, friends, or locals out and about in Shenzhen, China. Ruth married her Chinese husband Y in 2013, and gave birth to a baby boy this year. I love hearing about life in China, and the cultural differences that are conveyed just through snippets of conversations are incredible. Sometimes it all seems like another world, but her conversations show that despite cultural differences, people often have the same priorities, and are just expressing them in different ways.
Link to the blog: China Elevator Stories
My favourite postt: Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot - I couldn't help choosing this post! They both look stunning, and you can really see their love for one another. What more can I say?

Over in another Asian hub is the My Korean Husband blog (can you tell I love reading about intercultural relationships, yet?) Australian Nichola and South Korean Hugh/Mr Gwon are a married couple living in the countryside in South Korea. I think there's quite a few blogs around these days of expats living in big cities in South Korea, so I've found it really interesting learning about rural life there. Their blog has some great posts and funny comics about dealing with cultural differences. I'm also addicted to their youtube channel. They upload multiple videos every week, in which they share their daily life, respond to viewer's comments and questions about Korean and Australian culture, and generally have fun. :)
Read about them here! My Korean Husband Blog
My favourite blog post: Aquarium - This is just my favourite thing ever. So cute!
See their videos here: My Korean Husband Channel

Inspiration Sparks offers a really interesting insight into both life stationed overseas as the partner of someone in the milary, and the beautiful Japanese island of Okinawa! Blogger Laura married marine Gustavo, who was then stationed on the American military base in Okinawa, Japan. She shares some absolutely stunning photos of the highlights of Okinawan life - her blog has fully convinced me to knock Okinawa off my bucket list ASAP.
Link to the blog: Inspiration Sparks
My favourite post: Pros and Cons of Living in Okinawa: Part One - I love a good pro and con list, and learning about Okinawa made it even more interesting! I hope I can follow her lead and write one about Utsunomiya sometime soon.

Now for some expat blog resources. If you want to find more great reads from expats around the world, check out the websites below. You can also promote your own blog on these sites, if you wish!

First up is the JET Programme Blog List - an absolute must-see for people considering the JET Programme. You can find a huge list of well-maintained blogs by JET Programme bloggers. It's a fantastic way to get an honest insight to the programme, and I definitely browsed these blogs a lot when I was considering applying.

Link to the site: The Unofficial JET Programme Guide
Browse the blogs: JET Blogs

Expats Blog is an amazing resource if you're looking into moving abroad. You can find expat blogs from many different countries, and they're all neatly organised, and easily accessible. - Where Expats Blog
Click this image to be taken to the site!

Browse the directory: Expat Blogs Directory
Check out the other Japanese blogs:Japan Expat Blogs

I hope you take the time to check out these blogs. I have so much fun reading them, and I feel like I learn loads of new things through them, too. I love seeing the differences in daily life around the world, and I hope to find even more great blogs about life abroad in the future.

Do you have an expat blog to recommend? Tell me about it below!

- Annabelle.


  1. Thanks for mentioning my blog! I also love Texan in Tokyo and Adventures in Asia is a great read too. I'll have to check out the other ones you recommend.

    1. You're welcome, Ruth - thanks for stopping by! Like I said, I really do love reading your insights into life in China. I do really recommend the others, hope you enjoy checking them out!


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