About

Hi!

This serves as a resource site for anyone who grew up between various cultures, for travellers, serial “expats”, immigrants, émigrés, people who perhaps find themselves on the margins of their culture, for “third culture people”, educators, counsellors, parents, aid workers, missionaries and diplomats.

I have found much that is useful over the last twenty years — and thought I would just “put it out there” or googled it for you, just because I am quite nice like that.

I am not trying to sell you anything whatsoever. Just pass it on to friends, colleagues and organisations that you think will find it helpful. I am always surprised at how many ‘well informed people’ are actually not well informed at all when it comes to transitioning and knowing what is out there. These resources could be invaluable. Or they could be useless. Here they are and you decide! I also don’t necessarily endorse everything here — but I have refrained from putting up anything that excels at being too awful (in terms of content, the site designs are a different matter!).

If you would like to add anything at all, or your own site please drop me a line and I will be very happy to add it — you can contact me through Facebook.

What qualifies to run this or put together links on living globally? Well, I am a German/Pakistani who grew up overseas and attended an international boarding school. My parents were faith based humanitarian medical workers for 35 years in unheard of places on the Karakoram highway. I have lived, worked and studied in eight countries on four continents, speak four languages fluently and have visited every continent bar Antarctica. I met my Aussie husband in Afghanistan and we live in London with our two Aussie – German, British-born daughters.

For whatever reason you stumbled across these pages, I hope you will find them useful.

Cheers,

Bea

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Travel hacks and apps

Hacks:

Wifi passwords from airports around the world in one brilliant map

29 Travel hacks for frequent flyers

24 of the smartest travel hacks you will ever need: travel tips that will make your next adventure a little bit easier.

Apps:

8 apps to take the hassle put of travel in 2016

30 must have iPhone apps for frequent travellers.

Best travel apps for 2016 “As avid travelers, we want to share the best travel apps we have found useful before and during our journeys worldwide.”

10 of the best travel apps you will actually use “No one needs a smartphone full of gimmicky apps. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best tools for the digital-savvy traveller”

Best Travel Sites:

World’s 101 Best Travel Websites: 2016 edition

The 50 best travel websites “Whether you want to know where to go, how to get there, the finest places to stay or what to avoid at all costs, Sarah Barrell has a treasure-trove of information for the trip of a lifetime”

World Travel Blogs

Wanderlusters – Wanderlusters, by Charli Moore, is a vibrant adventure travel blog that shares her unique experiences that will take you off the beaten path. Charli is an adventure enthusiast who has been location independent since 2011 likes an adrenaline high.

Uncornered Market – Uncornered Market, by Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott At the end of 2006, they left their secure office jobs to travel the world. Over nine years and 90 countries later they are still going… and still married. It is a community, a movement of respectful travelers who live at the intersection of deeper travel experiences and caring for our planet and its people.

Going Awesome Places – Going Awesome Places, by Will Tang, is a travel blog that brings to life all those off the beaten path destinations. Will’s goal is to help you travel more luxurious, cheaper, and smarter.

Travels of Adam – Travels of Adam, by Adam Groffman, is a leading travel website – including a popular series of Hipster City Guides—from Bangkok to Berlin. Thematical covers everything from film festivals, art museums, LGBT culture and other topics.

Be My Travel Muse – Be My Travel Muse, by Kristin Addis, is for solo female travelers. Kristin is a former investment banker who sold all of her belongings , left California to travel solo over the world.

LandLopers – LandLopers, by Matt Long, focuses on experiential luxury travel…Matt has been to more than 70 countries and all 7 continents and he shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day.

P.S. I’m On My Way – P.S. I’m On My Way, by Trisha Velarmino, is all about things you may learn about life when you travel the world…

travelFREAK – travelFREAK, by Jeremy Scott Foster, is an acclaimed adventure travel blog focused on sharing stories and amazing photography from around the world and he talks about the ups and downs and crazy stuff that happens on the road.

Girl Tweets World – Girl Tweets World, by Jayne Gorman is a British expat in Sydney. She loves to write about stylish destinations, food (especially brunches) and flying, as well as share a little insight into what goes into running a blogging and social media business.

Packing My Suitcase – Packing my Suitcase, by Allane Milliane, is full of useful travel tips, varying from diving to traveling with a dog — Allane is a Brazilian who has lived in 5 countries and after falling in love with a German, moved to Munich where she currently lives.

The Blonde Abroad – The Blonde Abroad, an award-winning solo female travel & lifestyle blog, is the ultimate resource on everything female travel, solo travel and travel lifestyle. Kiersten Rich has travelled to over 50 countries and is able to share her life on the road as an independent woman.

Travel with Bender – Meet Erin Bender who has been on a nomadic journey since 2012 across 65 countries next to her husband and 2 young children. They left their home in Perth, Australia in 2012 and have been traveling the world nomadically ever since.. The Benders will help make your next family holiday fabulous with guides and expert travel tips.

Camels & Chocolate – Camels & Chocolate, by Kristin Luna, aims to share personal travel tales. Kristin has worked in the magazine world for more than a decade, contributing to such publications as Travel + Leisure, Afar, Newsweek, Forbes, PEOPLE, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple and many others.

Ordinary Traveler – Ordinary Traveler follows the adventures of Christy Woodrow and her boyfriend Scott, two photographers who spend much of their lives in or near the ocean. Their focus is to provide trip ideas for people with limited vacation time..

Just One Way Ticket – Just One Way Ticket, by Sabrina Iovino, is a travel and lifestyle blog featuring fabtastic photos and videos from across the globe. Sabrina is a travel writer from Berlin, and has travelled to over 60 countries. Her favorite place is the Philippines.

Goats On The Road – This travel blog, by Dariece Swift and Nick Wharton, aims to show readers how to live a location independent lifestyle, and offer advice on making money on the road, and saving money while traveling.

Two Monkeys Travel Group – Kach and Jonathan Howe, want to show that it is possible to live a sustainable life of travel. By this they mean that is possible to keep traveling the world while being successful at the same time.

Jones Around The World – Jones Around The World, by Dave Anderson, a blog that will lose you for hours exploring the useful backpacking guides, travel itineraries, beautiful photo-essays, music festival bucket lists, travel hacking resources, and inspirational blog posts.

Don’t Forget To Move – Don’t Forget To Move, by Jules and Christine is a site for independent, adventurous travelers that love to get off the beaten track and experience real life wherever they are. They show how to have a great time while respecting the local culture and environment.

Flirting With The Globe – Flirting with the Globe, by Karisa Klee, caters to those travel obsessed souls who are limited to two, three or four weeks of annual vacation time.

The GypsyNester – The GypsyNester is the home of David & Veronica James.They share their quirky view of their adventures through storytelling, photography, and video that is as fun as it is engaging and informative. They’ve been full-time travelers since 2008.

The Travelling Light – The Traveling Light, by Katie McKnoulty, is a guide to traveling the world a little differently and skips the typical tourist sites altogether. The Travelling Light wants people to connect more deeply with the world they live in.

Nomadic Matt – Nomadic Matt, by Matthew Kepnes, is a great resource for people who want to travel on a budget.. Matthew wrote the New York Times best-seller, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. His writings and advice have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian UK, Lifehacker, Budget Travel, BBC, Time, Yahoo! Finance and countless other publications.

Mrs. O Around The World – Ana Silva O’Reilly is the Mrs. O behind award-winning luxury travel blog Mrs. O Around the World. Ana has been traveling in style since she was very young and offers a very honest opinion on all things luxury travel based on experience.

A Luxury Travel Blog – A Luxury Travel Blog, by Dr. Paul Johnson, is the leading blog when it comes to luxury travel. Paul was recently announced as the ‘Best Travel Influencer’ in the Innovation in Travel Awards from WIRED magazine.

Solo Traveler –  Janice Waugh began Solo Traveler in 2009. Solo Traveler is a community where people who share a passion for traveling alone exchange tips and suggestions. On the blog, Jenice publishes posts on the how and why of solo travel.

I am Aileen – Though it is only newly launched just last September 2014, iAmAileen.com has already built up an impressive following. At 21, Aileen Adalid quit her corporate job in the Philippines to travel the world and follow her dreams.

Travelling Buzz – Traveling Buzz, by Maria Stoyanova, is a travel blog about adventure and affordable travel in Europe. Maria is Bulgarian and she loves the outdoors. Loads of stuff covering Europe and a lot more info about the small, undiscovered Balkan gem that is Bulgaria.

Resources for Mission Workers

Member Care Radio. Podcasts and printed material related to the care of mission workers.

Oscar. Information, advice and resources about mission work overseas.

Mobile Member Care Team. Includes handouts on trauma and, under ‘Communiqué’, resources on crisis care, transition, cross-cultural workers, TCKs, couples, conflict resolution, and other topics. Primarily for missionaries but also relevant for others.

Syzygy. Resources, debriefing and practical help for mission personnel, especially those who ‘don’t fit into boxes’.

Global Member Care. Resources for mission workers worldwide.

Thrive. Empowering Global Women.

Member Care Associates. Supportive resources for workers and sending groups within the mission/humanitarian sectors. Look under ‘Organizational resources’ and then ‘Global member care resources list’ to search for member care resources in different parts of the world.

Global Connections. A website primarily for Christian organisations, this contains many papers relevant to overseas aid work, including a Code of best practice in short-term mission.

Barnabas International. Information about re-entry seminars for TCKs, debriefing, free retreats, and encouragement letters for missionaries, available in Spanish, Hindi, Russian and Ukrainian.

Missionary Care: Resources for mission and mental health. Offers free e-books, including What missionaries ought to know and Coming “home”: The re-entry transition, as well as books on TCKs and adolescence.

Member Care Europe. Resource to the European missions community – linking member care professionals with places, ministries and resources.

 

 

Cultural Hybridity Books

Debating Cultural Hybridity: Multi-Cultural Identities and the Politics of Anti-racism

by: Prina Werbner

Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience

by Chandra Prasad

The End of Belonging

by Greg A. Madison

LETTERS OF TRANSIT : Reflections on Exile, Identity, Language, and Loss

by Andre Aciman

Lost In Translation: A Life in a New Language

by: Eva Hoffman

The Location of Culture

by Homi K. Bhabha

Hybridity 

by: Marwan M. Kraidy

Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship

by: Tariq Modood

European Multiculturalisms: Cultural, Religious and Ethnic Challenges 

by Anna Triandafyllidou (Author, Editor), Traiq Modood (Author), Nasar Meer (Author, Editor), Tariq Modood (Editor)

Multiculturalism Rethought: Interpretations, Dilemmas and New Directions

by Varun Uberoi and Tariq Modood

There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation 

by Paul Gilroy

London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined a City 

by Sukhdev Sandhu

Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, 1842-1943 

by Emma Jinhua Teng

Counselling for Global Nomads and (A)TCKs

My PTSD as a TCK : ‘ Peer support subsequent to trauma contributes to full recovery

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) — including complex trauma (cPTSD) — is debilitating, breaking down the body through anxiety and stress, and it poses a significant suicide risk in sufferers. MyPTSD seeks to help and inform those who are directly or indirectly affected by these conditions through peer-to-peer support and educational resources.’

Third Culture Kid Coaching: ‘TTC programs aim at assisting clients in reflecting on their own development, helping them to design an action plan.

In this way, you can be sure that decisions are logically aligned with your personal development while taking into an account the bigger picture.’

Explore Life Story: Moving Towards a Settled Self.

Quarter Life Centre:  Helping (Adult) Third Culture Kids find their place. Counselling for young professionals.

TCK Academy: Links to therapists and counsellors. ‘Are you looking for a mental health therapist who have an understanding or have lived an internationally mobile lifestyle? (Help from Third Culture Kids counselors, adult TCKs, expatriates, repatriated expatriates, and internationally mobile families.)’

 

Identity Formation

Research papers and articles

Bilingualism and Cultural Identity Development: Case Studies for an Interactive Perspective by Charles Terry Marcrum 

Some Thoughts on Hybrid Identity 

Hybrid Identities, Silenced Lives

Growing up global nomads: hybrids or third culture?

Place and Identity

Cultural homelessness, multiminority status, ethnic identity development, and self esteem by Veronica Navarrete, Sharon Rae Jenkins

Belonging, identity and Third Culture Kids: Life histories of former international school students by Helen Fail, Jeff Thompson, George Walker

Coming “Home”: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Third Culture Kid Transition

The Transnational Child

A hybrid Australia, where identity has a multi-layered crunch

Global nomads in an international school: Families in transition

Adult Third Culture Kids: A Source of Global Talent?

Adult Third Culture Kids: Does Their Concept of Home have an Imact on Their Career Paths?

A Multilingual Life

The Yojik Website “This site is dedicated to language learners. You will find here the FSI, DLI and Peace-Corps courses. I wrote some tutorials to help learners to import vocabulary lists, to digitalize documents into modifiable content, to record lists of words/phrases. I rebuilt the defunt Shtooka website, so the content is not lost. A copy of the shtooka collections and programs is also kept here.The FSI part is (quite) finished, the Peace-Corps is on the way, other parts too. Don’t forget to report bad links. Thank you.”

Multilingual Children: “This is your web-guide to raising multilingual children. Welcome! Here we have an entire site dedicated to kids growing up with multiple languages — expert advice and real world wisdom, parent discussions, tips, resource directory, articles and more.So, if you too are raising a bilingual child, or are thinking about it, you’re at the right place! Join our free community with your questions, thoughts, tips and support.”

Trilingual Children: With links to a number of interesting articles on children’s brains

Multilingual Parenting: Packed with resources and articles.

Bilingualism in Children: Separating Fact from Fiction

Multilingual Education

My Multilingual Life

The Extraordinary Benefit of Bilingualism

Articles:

Children Exposed to Multiple Languages May Be Better Natural Communicators 

Being Bilingual Works Wonders for Your Brain

6 Multilingual Benefits That You Only Get If You Speak Another Language 

Multilingual have Multiple Personalities 

Multilingualism: Harm or Benefit for our Brains?

The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual

Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?

For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

Bilingualism for Mind and Brain.

Building a More Resilient Brain

Hybrid Identities

For Cross Cultural people,”Third Culture Kids”, Adult Third Culture Kids, Hybrid Identities, Dual Nationals… and more.

Online magazines:

Third Culture Kids Life: “I started with The Illusive Home my attempt to explain what it means to be a Third Culture Kid. I tried, very hard, but as I progressed through the work I realized that as hard as I tried to explain what TCKs are, it’s simply one of those things in life that cannot be shared through simple direction. Being a TCK means so much more than words, it holds so much more weight than a metaphor, and it’s so much deeper than the definitions created by psychologists to describe it. It’s simply something you are, thanks to a lifetime of having culture after culture poured into your own and shaken all up until you’ve become something so supremely different that you can hardly recognize yourself.So here I am, taking the next step. My name is James R. Mitchener, and this is one life of a Third Culture Kid.”

The Culturist:  Here is a specific article just on TCKs.

Identity Politics, The Guardian

Denizen Magazine: ‘Denizen is an online magazine and community dedicated to people who grew up in multiple countries, international school alumni, or Third Culture Kids.’

Tayo Rockson, Use Your Difference: A THIRD CULTURE KID USING HIS DIFFERENCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Mixed Root Stories: ‘Supporting and advocating for diverse Mixed communities through the power of sharing stories. We seek to act as a liaison, creating space between storytellers across academic and non-academic communities, and international and national contexts.’

Third Culture Stories: For adults, kids, teens…’So, if you’ve wondered ‘Who you are’, ‘Where you’re from’, thought about how hard it is to leave and/or arrive or felt that it was all too confusing, then this is the web site for you!’

Becoming a Third Culture Kid: Blog maintained by an Adult TCK

Mental Symmetry

Interview with Nina Sichel, Author of “Writing Out of Limbo

 

Links:

Cross Cultural Kids: Run by Ruth E. Van Reken is a second generation adult TCK and mother of 3ATCKs. She speaks nationally and internationally on issues related to global family living. She is co-founder of Families in Global Transition. In addition to other writing, Ruth is co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds.

Sea Change Mentoring: Sea Change Mentoring guides international teens and young adults  into happy and successful adults through the power of mentoring and our tailored curriculum.

TCK World 

TCK Expat Alien:  This link brings up several more links to books of relevance.

Expat Since Birth: a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about plurilingualism, pluriculturalism, parenting abroad and international life

Brown Girl Magazine:  ‘Founded in 2008, Brown Girl Magazine, LLC is an online publication tailored and targeted to young South Asian women living in the Diaspora.We are a dedicated staff of more than 100 volunteer contributors striving to make Brown Girl an outlet where South Asian women can feel empowered, express ideas, share compelling stories and become pioneers in the community.At Brown Girl, you’ll find a variety of topics covering beauty and lifestyle, love and relationships, news, entertainment, religion, and culture. Through features, interviews, reviews, opinion pieces, we hope to create a community that helps young women see their strengths, develop self-confidence and learn more about being a South Asian woman.’

Third Culture Kids and Missionary Families:  A resource dealing mainly with topics relating to Third Culture Kids, though useful for everyone who lives abroad and goes back home.

Articles:

Am I rootless or am I free? Ndela Faye

Being an adult after being a Third Culture Kid

When Third Culture Kids Grow Up

Snapshots of New York’s Third Culture Kids

Third Culture Kids: Some characteristics

Please don’t call my child a Third Culture Kid

Adult Third Kids and Non TCKs Relationships

The TCK article I wish I had read

Mental Health

My PTSD as a TCK : ‘ Peer support subsequent to trauma contributes to full recovery
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) — including complex trauma (cPTSD) — is debilitating, breaking down the body through anxiety and stress, and it poses a significant suicide risk in sufferers. MyPTSD seeks to help and inform those who are directly or indirectly affected by these conditions through peer-to-peer support and educational resources.’

Third Culture Kid Coaching: ‘TTC programs aim at assisting clients in reflecting on their own development, helping them to design an action plan.
In this way, you can be sure that decisions are logically aligned with your personal development while taking into an account the bigger picture.’

Explore Life Story: Moving Towards a Settled Self.

Quarter Life Centre:  Helping (Adult) Third Culture Kids find their place. Counselling for young professionals.

TCK Academy: Links to therapists and counsellors. ‘Are you looking for a mental health therapist who have an understanding or have lived an internationally mobile lifestyle? (Help from Third Culture Kids counselors, adult TCKs, expatriates, repatriated expatriates, and internationally mobile families.)’

Other:

Dating site for TCKs

Research Papers:

Adult Third Culture Kids: A Source of Global Talent?

Adult Third Culture Kids: Does Their Concept of Home have an Imact on Their Career Paths?