About

It’s no accident that you’re here… lets face it. You are looking for something regarding the idea of moving abroad and becoming an expat. The interesting thing is, so am I. I don’t have all the answers but I am on a quest to figure out as much as I can.

 

Hi, my name is Lain Livingston. I am a Creative Director and Photographer by trade. My wife, Francesca is half Italian and half Ecuadorian and has lived in both Italy and Ecuador. She has been my biggest source of inspiration and support for discovering new countries and cultures and since getting married back in 2004, we have had two children, Eva and Valentino.

 

In 2007, I began to realize that I wanted to share interesting countries and cultures with other Americans. The inside scoop and perspective I got when traveling abroad and visiting Francesca’s family was different than anything I had experienced in a travel book or magazine and I wanted to be able to share that in anyway I possibly could. I also run into a lot of Americans with a sentiment that The United States of America is “the greatest country in the world”. Don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing country but not the greatest. Hear me out… I don’t believe that there is such a thing as “a greatest”. By what measuring stick are we rating countries and who designed the measuring stick? In my experience there is give and take. Some countries are going to offer more than others depending on the topic or category. What is most important to you and how do you rate your priorities?

 

I am excited and inspired about the idea of moving abroad. I would pack my bags and leave tomorrow but it is not quite that easy. There are several things that you have to take into consideration as a responsible adult. Things like income, safety, health care, investments, housing, transportation, etc. I know I will go someday, it is just a question of when.

 

I also have a secret weapon, Francesca. Having lived in three countries, she is a little more level-headed and doesn’t get swept away in the romantic and blissful ideas of moving abroad. She does a good job of reminding me about the good and the bad that countries have to offer. So, Expat Kingdom is my quest. It is my quest to discover and share as much information as I possibly can about different countries and what it is really like to live abroad as an American or “Gringo” but not from my view or opinion. Instead, I am interviewing as many actual expats and industry related experts as possible.

 

In addition to the expat interviews, I also blog on related topics on a regular basis. In an attempt to make this information accessible in as many formats as possible for your convenience, you can find my interviews in the following places:

 

 

If you have your own stories or experiences to share, I would love to hear from you. Thank you and enjoy!