Hi, I'm Katherine.
I’m a serial expat of 15 years who became a repat in 2020.
I help expats decide whether to stay, move back home or move somewhere new.
Why bad days abroad?
Many of us move abroad thinking that living in a foreign country would be more exciting than the life we already know. So it can come as a bad surprise when the bad days abroad start to outweigh the good days.
After 15 years of living abroad as a serial expat, I became a repat in 2020. It’s been a bumpy road so along the way I learned a few things about what it takes to adjust to life in a foreign country, typical mistakes expats make and how to recognize when it’s time to move on.
On Bad Days Abroad I share my honest truth about expat life and help you recognize when you should stay, move back home or move somewhere new.
need advice right now?
Feeling burned out?
Expat burnout is real. It's that constant feeling of being fed up with life abroad. Something has to change, so let's find out what it is that you need to feel good again.
SHOULD YOU MOVE?
If you're overthinking whether you should move to this new country or not, I've got just the checklist for you that'll help you sort out your priorities.
HAVING A HARD TIME?
If you're a newbie expat, you might not know which struggles are just par for the course. So here's a definitive list that goes deeper than the surface.
RECENT POSTS ON THE BLOG
Stay or go? #2 “I thought this feeling was going to pass but it was difficult to get back into my life in New Zealand” (French repat-turned-expat again)
Reading Time: 8 minutes Moving abroad does not make us immune to depression or needing to work on ourselves. Camille, a French repat-turned-expat again, shares her story of overcoming depression and going through self-discovery which put her on a radically different path in life.
Stay or go? #1 “It seemed liked the universe was against us on living abroad” (First-time UK expat in Germany)
Reading Time: 8 minutes What would you do when your new life abroad meets one challenge after another? Steph, a first-time expat, shares how she went about deciding to stay on in Germany regardless of the challenges she faced at the start.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Although I’ve had a smooth process of repatriating so far, there have still been experiences that have taken me by surprise in the process of adjusting to life in my passport country.
learn to laugh at
your struggles abroad
On Bad Days Abroad I dig deep into the most common problems expats can face to different degrees while living abroad – language barriers, culture clashes, struggles with finding friends or knowing where home is. Sometimes all it takes to get back on your feet is to know that you’re not alone in what you’re experiencing. That’s what I’m here to do for you.
feel in control of THE
emotional ups and downs
of life abroad
There’s no way around it – living abroad is an emotional rollercoaster. But you can learn to be a great support system for yourself, especially when your friends and family can’t really relate to your struggles. Mood journaling is something that I swear by, and it only takes 2 minutes out of my day.