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Book Guide: Stories about Living Abroad

Book Guide: Stories about Living Abroad

It’s widely known all the benefits that reading can bring into your life. It increases your knowledge and memory, helps you release stress and to sleep better and improves your creativity, among other things. It also offers you the possibility to live and experience many different situations and sceneries of life. In this article, we want to share with you a book guide with 10 books – from novels to guides or essays –  whose plot revolves around the experience of living abroad, and which will make you want to move right now.

With World Book day around the corner, we want to give you just another reason to grab a book and get lost in its characters and their stories.


Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Famous American writer Frances Mayes decides to buy and restore an old Italian Villa in Tuscany. The book narrates the life, traditions and the cuisine of Tuscany and invites readers to explore the pleasures of a simple life in Italy, which will make them fall in love with the country and its lifestyle.

Caution, this book might also make you hungry for pasta and pizza!

A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke

Based on the author’s experience, the book covers the story of a young Englishman who moves to Paris. There he discovers not only the city itself but also its citizens. All in all, this novel is a funny and entertaining memoir about stereotypes and the French lifestyle.

This book will make you laugh and go on a mind trip to Paris.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Another read you can’t miss if you’re planning on moving to Paris or France is “A Moveable Feast” by the well-known writer Hemingway. In this memoir, you will explore Paris’ vibes and trends in the 1920s right after the First World War. You’ll discover all the struggle the author suffered during these years as a young migrant journalist and writer. The fun fact about this book is that you’ll be able to visit most of the places that Hemingway names on it, as they are still open nowadays.

Hemingway, a classic.

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

If you have a travel bug and you want to make the most of your time off by visiting as many places and countries as you can, this is definitely your book. Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life to discover and experience the world. It gives really useful information about how to finance your travel time, working and volunteering overseas, handling travel adversity, etc.

This book is for the wanderlusts!

Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas by Aniket and Akash Shah

This comprehensive guidebook, written by expatriate teenagers, is suitable for any young adult who has decided to move abroad. This book covers multiple experiences of students all around the world and deals with topics ranging such as culture shock or the rise of different problems when living overseas.

Thinking about moving abroad? This guide book might have answers to all your questions.

Lonely Planet

If you’re planning on moving to another country and you want to learn and know as much about it as possible, you cannot miss out the Lonely Planet travel guides! In them, you’ll have maps, pictures, information about restaurants, bars, sightseeing spots among other things, to prepare a perfect trip.

Not a book, but Lonely Planet has information about all countries and cities.

The Mobile Life by Dianne Lemieux and Anne Parker

This book shows a practical look at the emotional side of moving and the psychological aspects of the change in environment when you start living in another country.  It describes how you can plan and build a successful life anywhere you want, addressing topics from making the decision to leave, to fitting in among new neighbours. It is packed with tips and is a must-read for anyone planning a move abroad.

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Nothing in life comes easy but moving away is worth it.

We love travelling just as much as reading, so when they come together is the perfect combo! This is just a short list of inspiring travel books and memoirs but the funniest part of it is the discovery and the discussion. Is there any other book that has made you want to move countries? Which is your favourite on the list? 

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