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I’m always on the grid – almost to a fault! Personally, I think it’s easier than ever to choose the expat life, at least when it comes to communication back home. Expats now can video call, fly home or even order gift for loved ones abroad in a blink of an eye. It’s fantastic. It’s made adventuring and relocating all the easier. Here’s what I use to keep in touch and work from almost any locale.

Lenovo Yoga Laptop

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My lifeblood is my laptop, hands down. It’s my main go-to when working, researching, relaxing and getting in touch with loved ones. I’m not fancy and really am most concerns with quick browsing speed, decent storage space and portability. I’ve lugged a laptop around to more than 25 countries and praise a lightweight device. I’m now on my second Lenovo laptop and am overall pleased with how it operates. Not to mention, it has perks like a built in camera for conferencing, touch screen and foldable screen to convert into a tablet for movies. When looking in to create your own travel videos, consider hiring an expert like this award winning videographer to compile all your clips.

If not in a rush, it’s good to keep an eye out for laptop deals that can save a few dollars, or help you get an upgraded model.

Ollo Clip

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Enjoy your DSLR fancy camera, but know carrying one of those clunkers around all the time can be a huge pain. As smartphones are getting better and better cameras (Have you seen the new iPhone 7 plus?!) it’s simple to take great photos with them. However, if you want a little boost, try out accessories like the Ollo Clip. It fits in your coin purse and offers the ability to take macro shots, shoot wide angle landscapes and even has a fisheye feature.

Google Chromecast

The UK has some of the funniest stuff on TV. Unlike the US, everyone and anyone seems to be able to get on TV – there’s such a wonderful array of real people and real-life situations. However, sometimes I want a break and just binge Gilmore Girls. Our ability to stream live and subscription television from the US offers a little bit of home in our living room in London. It’s fun to keep up with certain shows I can still discuss with friends in the US and hear some familiar voices as we uwind at the end of the day. I enjoy the Amazon Fire Stick, but find Chromecast works best with my laptop for streaming – as long as our Wifi has a good connection.

Multi-Country Converter


A given really. I hate investing a lot in gadgets that get outdated, but outlets are basically forever. I rather have one bulky adapter as well then having to dig through a drawer of different ones every time I leave the country. Something like the BEZ World Adapter works wonders in many countries at once and is portable for trips with just carry-on baggage.

Mini Tablet

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On the very lucky chance I get to take a vacation without bringing a laptop, I still like to have something with a bigger screen then just my iPhone. At first my old Kindle worked great for loading books and reading, but I’ve noticed I like to just take a softcover book or two with me. So we’ve converted to an iPad, which is basically a mini laptop. My mother swears by hers on the other side of expat living too, as she can quickly FaceTime us and get in touch without too much complication right from her kitchen.

Have you moved abroad, become an expat or traveled for a long trip? What electronics and gadgets did you bring along? What would you have left behind?


Author EileenCotterWright

Eileen Cotter Wright is a Boston, MA local and a former London, UK expat. Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for more than 16 years. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Instagram @CrookedFlight.

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