Do you ever wonder what life is like in another country? What about living in a new country every 2-3 years?
Do you thrive off adventure and new cultural experiences?
Are you an expat yourself or a trailing spouse and want to find your community?
Welcome to the Smalls Abroad, an expat and travel blog created by me, Lillian Small. It’s a place where I explore all these questions and more. Through the triumphs and failures and all the adventures in between, we share our favourite stories, experiences, insights and photographs while moving countries every few years.
This blog is for people who love adventure and travel. Or for those who love the idea of it and want to live vicariously from the comfort of home. It is for people who are curious about the expat life, or who are expats themselves, and want to see how others do it.
Follow along as we navigate, survive and thrive in this global nomad lifestyle.
Who is Lillian?
I was born in Toronto, Canada to Portuguese immigrant parents. As a child, I spent almost every summer vacation in Portugal. That’s where I learned the language and my family’s culture.
I went to university to study Engineering. That’s where I met David and where I learned to think critically and analyze everything.
I moved to Sydney, Australia for a study abroad semester. That’s where I first learned to live independently in a foreign country and where I learned to love travel.
I moved to Edmonton, Alberta for work. That’s where I fell in love with Crossfit and found a community that motivated and inspired me.
I moved to Aberdeen, Scotland. That’s where I’m learning to find the beauty in a city and a country I had no desire to move to.
That’s where I am now…after living in 5 different cities, traveled to 38 countries and counting, I’m blogging, sharing and inspiring… Waiting until we get the next opportunity to move again.
I am an engineer at heart. I still analyze, plan, experiment, and document. Except now, instead of engineering reports, I’m using this blog.
I am a coach at heart. I love to share my knowledge. To inspire and motivate others. Helping people through my own experiences and insights.
I am an expat at heart. I can’t imagine living in just one place for very long.
Who is David?
He is a Third Culture Kid who lived in US, Holland, Oman, Syria, and the Philippines before moving back to Canada for school.
He’s the one that I spent long nights with studying Reaction Kinetics and solving Process Design problems.
He’s the one that inspired me to go Australia and then take trips with him to Europe, South America, and Nicaragua.
He’s the one I married, bought a house and adopted a cat with.
He’s the one that brought us on this international journey.
He’s also the one that proofreads the blog and creates the amazing videos of our life and travels together.
My personal manifesto:
- Don’t be afraid of change. Let it excite you.
- Challenges are the way we grow and learn more about ourselves.
- Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way. When in doubt, say ‘yes!’
- Be Authentic, Thoughtful, Open-minded and Positive.
- Strive to be Helpful, Enthusiastic and Fearless.
- Try new things and dive into new experiences. That’s the spice of life.
- Live life to the fullest, the best way you can.
- Use your knowledge and personal connections to help others.
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We’ll keep moving and traveling. We’ll keep learning. We’ll keep growing. We’ll keep sharing.
Follow along to see where we go next.