I was inspired by a recent Huffington Post - so much so that I headed over to iStockphoto and Getty Images to see what they had to say about expat life.

Getty images was by far the most prolific in it’s coverage of the subject, going so far was to attach ‘concepts’ to the category,

Relaxation (160)   Togetherness (153)   Choice (145)   Friendship (97)   Cool Attitude (59)

all of which seemed positively perky, but with very little resemblance to my own experience of expat life, unless you put the term ‘long-suffering/accident prone/abandoned at moment’s notice/separated by continents and timezones’ in front of the friendship bit, and bear in mind that togetherness is a euphemism for ‘traveling economy’.

The good news is that I found a lot of hilarious ones – mainly focusing on smiling, attractive immaculately clad couples unloading moving trucks, retired couples with all their teeth wandering through picturesque towns and plenty of  passports with wads of money bulging out. The bad news is that poking gentle fun at this rather photogenic view of expat life was going to cost upwards of $8 a picture, and as this site is currently (and somewhat naively) ‘sponsored’ by the Other Half, I had to reconsider.

So, in place of the Getty Image version of expat life, we have the rather more Gritty Image, Defining Moves version..

 

Traveling with Children

There is a reason you fly Business Class to your new destination. It’s designed to soften you up.

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

No matter how happy they are to get on the plane..

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

Don’t be fooled. Sooner or later, the wheels fall off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expat Housing.

You get lured by the dream of bright sunlight, arching ceilings and no dusting.

expat housing. Defining Moves - the art of successful relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat accompanying partner trailing spouse.

You spend your entire preview visit searching for the dream house

expat housing. Defining Moves - the art of successful relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat accompanying partner trailing spouse.

…only to discover that there’s much more to a home than walls and windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expat Reinvention.

It’s one of the main reasons we do it – to explore new ways of understanding ourselves, our relationships and our world..

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

Exploring new ways to bond with your children..

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

the joy of the great outdoors..

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

embracing the charm of local celebrations..

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

Or just using the opportunity for a little personal rebranding..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Life.

expat housing. Defining Moves - the art of successful relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat accompanying partner trailing spouse.

It’s an opportunity for family to draw closer together in mutual love and understanding…

expat housing. Defining Moves - the art of successful relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat accompanying partner trailing spouse.

..or maybe not.

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

To explore the heights….

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

… and to plumb the depths..

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

… all the while growing in mutual love, understanding and respect..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exotic Locations

But it’s not just about the people – the environment you find yourself in has a huge part to play too. It’s all about challenging stereotypes and  assumptions..

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

You leave the cold, bleak, perpetual rain of the Welsh coast..

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

…to the blistering African sun…

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

…To the legendary sunshine of California..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But at the end of the day, you learn that home is not just where you lay your hat, it’s where you rest your weary head.

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

Whether it’s a water bed..

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

… an air mattress…

Exotic Expat Locations. Defining Moves - the Art of Successful Relocation. Information, inspiration and resources for the global expat partner, trailing spouse, accompanying partner.

Or just right there on the floor with someone you love..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Responses to Expat life according to stock photos

  1. ali Bodden says:

    Fabulous post! Thanks for sharing these oh-so-true life moments…

  2. Staci Johnston says:

    Lovely! Your pictures really do speak a 1000 words!

  3. Anne says:

    Rachel, this is again a masterpiece. The pictures are … great!

  4. Sandy Mouat says:

    I LOVE your photos…but you are still guilty of using beautiful people and endearing locations!

  5. Evan says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I recognise the beach at the end of the nice walk through Bosherston Ponds; great collection.

    For some rather interesting *old* pictures, you may want to have a look at

    http://www.shorpy.com/

    Best regards,

    Evan

  6. sarah says:

    These are soooo lovely…

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