Holding the Fort Abroad

The podcast for expats with travelling partners

Synopsis:In this compelling episode, Irene reflects on her childhood in Jakarta, living with her grandparents while her mother made a bold move to Greenland for financial stability. She opens up about the intricacies of cultural differences within her family, the support she had despite her mother’s absence, and how she sees it as part of…
Synopsis: In this episode, Ophelia opens up about the nuances of growing up with a globe-trotting father, an experience that came with its blend of adventure and uncertainty. She reminisces about a youth punctuated by her dad’s inconsistent presence and the creative ways her family maintained connections across continents in an era before the omnipresence…
What you will learn: Dating long distance: UK/Congo.  The first years of marriage, being a lovepat and not realising the travel involved in my husband’s work Expat life is multi-layered and unpredictable! Dealing with a genetic eye condition and my husband’s unknown illness, a husband who commutes and two unexpected moves back to back.  Learning…
Synopsis: How can tapping help you with loneliness when your partner is gone, taking big decisions (do we do the split assignment?), exhaustion or fear. Tapping is all over social media these days. Eleni Vardaki is an EFT practitioner and in this episode she walks us through what tapping can and can’t do, we do…
Synopsis: In this episode of Holding the Fort Abroad, I dive deep into the decision-making process for split location assignments. We explore practical considerations, maintaining healthy relationships, and the importance of understanding your reasons for pursuing this path. Hear real-life experiences and gain valuable insights from those who have navigated this challenging terrain. Whether it’s…
Synopsis: Join me in this conversation with Megan Norton on how fostering a sense of belonging can strengthen family ties. Megan is an intercultural trainer and author of Belonging Beyond Borders. As the daughter of a US Foreign Service employee, she moved many times during her childhood. As far back as Megan can remember, her…
Synopsis: In this episode, I delve into the common challenges faced by parents whose partners travel frequently for work. I discuss the dangers of exhaustion, feeling stuck, and harboring resentment while managing the home front solo. Drawing from my own experiences and insights, I share practical strategies for addressing these issues, from managing exhaustion to…
Synopsis: Find out how the Sullivan family makes their split location arrangement work, what they prioritise, how Michael stays present as a father for his children even though he lives thousands of miles away. They are not new at this and Michael shares his hard earned wisdom. Michael Sullivan currently teaches in Turkey while his…
Synopsis: Today’s episode is a special solo edition where I dive into the challenges and triumphs of families living this unique lifestyle. I explore the possibility of balancing work passion with a happy family life, and I share a few inspirational stories of families who are successfully doing just that. From strategies for self-care and…
Synopsis: Does time geographically apart mean a sexless marriage? Whether under one roof or across continents, Phillips Hwang unpacks for us what healthy sexuality looks like and how to grow in connection and intimacy in our relationships. Phillips is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Indiana), Certified Sex Therapist, and a Nationally Certified Counselor who specializes in…
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Welcome to Holding the Fort Abroad, the podcast for expats with travelling partners:

Holding the Fort Abroad is about sharing creative ways families have found to maintain relationships when a partner and/or parent works away from home a lot and how the non-travelling partner juggles the roles of home and their own pursuits. I interview expats who have experience, therapists and researchers and share my own tools for this life journey. Even if you don’t have a travelling partner, you will find gems in this podcast for your life.

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 “Stories help us imagine the future differently. Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others” 

- Peter Forbes

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Download 'Living, Loving and Parenting Across the Miles'

Research-Backed Strategies When One Partner Works Away From Home. It covers:

  • Caring for you, as an individual
  • Staying connected as a couple
  • Parenting together, while physically apart
  • Reconnecting when the travelling partner returns home
  • Being prepared for emergencies
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