Expat Blogs Award 2017

Relocating to another country can be a daunting task. Cut off from the support of family and friends, expats will have to rely on their innate wit and charm to quickly adjust to a foreign culture that may be totally different to what they are used to.

Indeed, expats are a special breed of people with that uncanny ability to thrive even when transplanted to a totally new environment. For this reason, expat blogs offer a unique perspective to the culture of a particular country from an outsider’s point of view as these their first-hand experiences as they try to face the challenges of living abroad. Listed below are some of the outstanding blogs worthy of being included in the exclusive line up for the Expat Blog Awards 2017.

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Invading Holland
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Invading Holland

The blog was founded Stuart who describes himself as accident prone Englishman who responded to a cryptic job advertisement that eventually resulted in his unplanned relocation to Holland. Stuart had to endure some rather awkward scenarios, which is only inevitable given his zero understanding of the locale’s language. The blog is Stuart’s way of sharing his strange adventure filled with anecdotes of funny language and cultural misunderstandings, a must-read for tourists who plan on visiting Holland one of these days.
The blog is run by Alison, a Florida native who is now based in the Netherlands. Alison shares his knowledge of the local scene in a section called “Things To Do In Utrecht,” which is basically an activity guide for tourists visiting the central Netherlands city. The blog also has a page full of links that could prove to be useful for expats.
If you’re looking for a blog that feels like an insider’s guide to the Netherlands, then Amanda van Mulligen’s Turning Dutch might just be what you are looking for. It is filled with tips that only a Holland native would know such as those found in her post titled “10 Things You Don’t Know about The Netherlands and the Dutch Until You Move Here.” While Amanda was born in Britain, she certainly lived long enough to qualify as a native, having married a Dutch husband and raising three Dutch sons.
This blog is not your usual expat blog giving tips about travels and tourist destinations. Rather, the blog has more serious tone because it deals with issues that kids, who have been raised in different cultures due to their parents being expats, have to deal with eventually. The blog is definitely useful for expats who have to relocate to other countries with their kids in tow. Issues such as being third culture kids and as cultural identity confusion are all being sensibly tackled.
Dutch Dutch Goose
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Dutch Dutch Goose

You can’t help but be amazed at people who pull off traveling all over the continent as if it was nothing, more so if they do it so effortlessly with three little kids and the husband in tow. But that is what Dutch Dutch Goose blogger and freelance writer Elizabeth just did. Her blog is a collection of stories and practical tips she learned on her travels, an adventure spanning the entire continent of Europe covering exotics locals in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Ireland, Poland and the UK.
Expat Since Birth
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Expat Since Birth

Blot author Ute knows more than anyone else the unique set of challenges facing expats because of she, herself, is one. In fact, her life can be summarized as that of constant moving. She was born in Switzerland but grew up in Italy and is now based in Netherlands. This exposure to multiple cultures resulted in Ute also being multilingual; she can speak and write in German, Italian, French, English, and Dutch. It should come as no surprise then that her blog contains interesting posts about cultures and traditions from various places as well as parenting blogs since she is a mother of three herself.
Dutch Australian
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Dutch Australian

Founded by a dual national, the blog Dutch Australian aims to bring together people who have connections to both Australia and the Netherlands. It encourages community members to share their own stories on how they are connected to both countries. There are stories about Australian living in Netherlands as well as stories of Dutch nationals living in Australia. A section named “Places” highlights special spots in both countries, a must-read for people who are planning to tour either country.
Lily Wanderlust
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Lily Wanderlust

Lily started her blog back in 2009 when he moved to Amsterdam as an expat. Since she works as a freelance photographer and a brand creative, she found the perfect mix of work and pleasure while traveling Amsterdam while faithfully documenting her adventure via her blog. She has since expanded her reach outside Amsterdam’s borders and has included other exotic locations in her blog posts such as Marrakech and Berlin, with tips on where to sleep and dine.
Amsterdamian
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Amsterdamian

The blog’s author is a Romanian national living in Amsterdam who calls the city as her playground and is passionate to share with the world the city’s beauty through her posts. She loves to capture in photos everything that excites her, and the blog perfectly reflects that passion. The site delightfully pictures heavy, which is a good thing because it perfectly encapsulates glimpses of Amsterdam’s daily grind.
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