My name is Rachel Yates, and I would like to pretend that I am a relocation expert. I’m not.* I am a so-called “Trailing Spouse”, who gave up my own career as a lecturer to relocate my life, my family and my dog on my partner’s first international assignment to Kenya, supposedly for a year. Ten years and three continents later, we are now in San Francisco, and it’s time to re-establish my own identity.
Hence this website. Despite being moved by a globally recognized company with a supportive relocation package, I have discovered that there is a lot of vital information that slips through the net. And I am not on my own in this – the other global nomads that I have met on my way have all expressed the same feelings. The weak link my be may own naïveté, my partner’s email junk folder (or lack of focus on the whole moving thing…), the relocation company, the HR department.. The list is endless, and it all boils down to the same issue – we never truly know what we are getting into, and life becomes far more complicated when we are continually dealing with day to day crises. Usually on our own, far from home, in a foreign language.
So here’s what I am trying to do. I am trying to provide the support structure that I wish I’d had when the world was whirling around me, so I have put together checklists, resources and advice both from my own experience, the wisdom of the people around me, and from other websites, books and professionals. It is an eclectic mix, and constantly growing, so if you can’t find the answer you are looking for, contact us and we can all pitch in to help.
I also want to provide a little company on your journey, so I also write a more personal blog, which details the triumphs and disasters in my own world. Feel free to laugh with the rest of us – you’ll see from the comments section at the bottom that there are plenty of us around the world doing it badly, so you are in very, very good company.
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* I would also like to pretend that the photo above didn’t require a professional photographer and considerable amounts of Photoshopping, but that would also be untrue. It is the only photo in which I look vaguely human, which you will discover when you start browsing through the Trailing Spouse blog.