The best books for expats

If you are an expat, you know what it feels like to be far away from everything and everyone you were once used to. You take on new challenges in the world which can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Everyone feels this way and it's completely normal to have some questions in your head. Will this be a step forward for me? Should I take this international opportunity? Has anyone felt these feelings before? Am I going to be alone on this journey?

If you are planning to relocate you might be having plenty of doubts, too. You are confused about how to make the moving and life overseas easy and pleasant. Watching the expat experience through another expat’s eyes is a helpful way to solve common problems. For that reason, Crown Relocations has made a selection of some of the best books about life abroad and expatriation. 

Books to read before your relocation

The Expert Expat: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad by Melissa Brayer Hess and Patricia Linderman

Written by experienced expatriates, this book will guide you through all the relocation process from gathering pre-departure information until going back to your country. It includes specific chapters about moving with children and pets and about the spouses relationship abroad.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Truth About Moving Abroad and Whether it's Right for You by Paul Allen. 

If you have doubts about moving abroad, this book will help you find the right answers. When reading this piece, you will have a full understanding about the ten most important factors to consider before deciding to move overseas.

Interested in other expat experiences?

Forced to Fly: an anthology of writings that will make you see the funny side of living abroad by Jo Parfitt. 

A group of funny and real stories written by expats and expat experts tackling the everyday issues of life overseas 

Expat Women: Confessions - 50 Answers to Your Real-Life Questions about Living Abroad by Andrea Martins and Audrey Hepworth

A book for future or current expat women who are looking for all kinds of details about the expat life. From raising bilingual children and leaving the family behind to expat infidelity and reverse cultural shock, the book covers the most common concerns expat women might have. 

Living Elsewhere: Because a life overseas can be tough and, well, sometimes you just have to laugh by Cath Brew

In this amazing book, you can see 100 cartoons that capture expat life perfectly. Happiness, saddness, anxiety and excitement all in one, because sometimes you just have to see the funny side of this weird life. 

Do you still have doubts about moving abroad? Our local relocations experts will be glad to help you.