13 ways I saved money for travel as a teenager

We were poor when I was growing up, to be blunt about it. My parents immigrated to the US in the … [Continue Reading]

How I saved money for travel as a teenager by Expat Edna

The 5 best things I ate in Barcelona

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. … [Continue Reading]

5 best things I ate Barcelona by Expat Edna

Travel Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: 21 Lessons from 21 Countries

If there's one thing every travel blogger loves to talk about on the internet, it's that solo travel … [Continue Reading]

Travel makes the heart grow fonder by Expat Edna

Worth the wait: Highlights from Japan

For the longest time, I've wanted to visit Japan. And for the longest time, I've told myself to … [Continue Reading]

Highlights from Japan by Expat Edna

And then I quit my job to travel

After being abroad for the past seven years, I have some surprisingly big news. Really … [Continue Reading]

And then I quit my job to travel

Five years on: How I moved abroad after college and built a career through travel

This week marks the five-year anniversary of my college graduation. FIVE years! Well I. feel. … [Continue Reading]

5 years on by Expat Edna

Floating over Melbourne by hot air balloon

Is there any better way to see a city than from above? I love sunrises and I love heights. So … [Continue Reading]

Melbourne at sunrise by hot air balloon by Expat Edna

Two Days in LA

How much can you really see with only two days in Los Angeles, a sprawling city the same size as … [Continue Reading]

Two Days in LA by Expat Edna

I Love My Neighborhood: Urumqi, Xinjiang (China)

Kazakh-Yurts-Xinjiang

In this series, I ask expats to share the joys of local life they’ve found in their corner of the world. If you’re just joining in now, check out other cities that have been covered so far here. Today's post comes from someone I've known for over six years -- even though we've never met … [Continue reading...]

13 ways I saved money for travel as a teenager

How I saved money for travel as a teenager by Expat Edna

We were poor when I was growing up, to be blunt about it. My parents immigrated to the US in the late 1980s as grad students (immigrants and grad students: talk about a double financial whammy), and worked a number of minimum-wage jobs -- including waitress and convenience store clerk in NYC* -- … [Continue reading...]

The 5 best things I ate in Barcelona

5 best things I ate Barcelona by Expat Edna

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Tokyo, Paris, and more. All I did in Barcelona was eat. That's what it felt like, anyway. By the end of a week there I was teetering on the edge of a … [Continue reading...]

Because of Singapore

Singapore 2010

Five years ago this summer, I boarded a one-way flight to Singapore. I had recently turned 21, graduated college, and decided I wanted to live and … [Continue reading...]

Bastille Day: The Eiffel Tower does it better

Bastille Day 2015, Paris by Expat Edna

A photo posted by Edna (@expatedna) on Jul 15, 2015 at 2:08am PDT It's been well documented how much I love Bastille Day. So I always find … [Continue reading...]

I Love My Neighborhood: Centrum, České Budějovice (Czech Republic)

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In this series, I ask expats to share the joys of local life they’ve found in their corner of the world. If you’re just joining in now, check out … [Continue reading...]

Oh la la! A night with the firemen of Paris

Bal de Pompiers 2015, Paris by Expat Edna-2

Bastille Day -- or more accurately, la fête nationale -- is one of my favorite holidays. Partly because it kicks off every year with a huge … [Continue reading...]

Red, White, and Bleu

4th of July BBQ in Lardy, France by Expat Edna-5

There's something about living abroad that makes for the best 4th of July celebrations. Even though I'm not the most patriotic American, and have … [Continue reading...]

Life in Shanghai: June 2015

Homecooked Shanghainese - Expat Edna on instagram by Expat Edna

My monthly wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits — the little things that make up my life abroad; stories and photos which may not otherwise … [Continue reading...]

I Love My Neighborhood: Sydney’s Inner West

Close to City Center

In this series, I ask expats to share the joys of local life they’ve found in their corner of the world. If you’re just joining in now, check out … [Continue reading...]

Leaving Shanghai: The Double Decker

Shanghai double decker bus party by Expat Edna 17

There's a leaving season in Shanghai. It coincides with plum rain season; the whole month of June is awash with rain and leaving parties and many … [Continue reading...]

6 Airbnbs I loved from around the world

Airbnb, Beijing by Expat Edna

A quick note: this is not in any way affiliated with Airbnb. They have no idea who I am. I'm writing this post because I've stayed in some pretty cool … [Continue reading...]

Expat Entrepreneurs: Kasia from Kasia Dietz Handbags

Kasia Dietz from Poland and USA, Paris, 2011

In this series, I feature expats who started their own business abroad. From food to fashion, art to tourism — these women had the guts and … [Continue reading...]

Travel Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: 21 Lessons from 21 Countries

Travel makes the heart grow fonder by Expat Edna

If there's one thing every travel blogger loves to talk about on the internet, it's that solo travel is marvelous and made of puppy tears and will … [Continue reading...]

The 5 best things I ate in Chengdu

Hot pot, Chengdu by Expat Edna

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Tokyo, Paris, … [Continue reading...]