Stavanger night

Our Next Move

Searching for work overseas can be a bit overwhelming, especially over the holiday period when most people are out of the office or just coming back after time off. Sending your resume around, searching online job boards and having countless phone calls with agents isn't much fun either. But after weeks of searching, John pushed through it all and found himself a new job: in Norway. So we're excited to let everyone know that we're about to move to Scandinavia indefinitely!

stavanger bridge

Photo by Lvovsky from Flickr.

It's always a thrill to plan a trip to a new place but moving is a bit more of a pain in the arse. There are visas to secure and accounts to settle, items to ship and short-term accommodation to find. We haven't even begun to think about where we might like to live in our new city - or booked our flights for that matter. We still have a bit more research to do and are awaiting more information from the company. Did I mention that neither one of us has been to Norway before?

stavanger harbour

Photo by Yodod from Flickr.

One of the things we learned during our sabbatical year was that we prefer to reside in a destination for awhile instead of moving around a lot. Being an expat probably isn't what most people have in mind when they think of slow travel but we want to start a family later this year and so staying on the road full-time, even at a meandering pace, doesn't appeal to us at this stage in our lives. Perhaps we'll save enough to take a long-term family trip again one day, but in the meantime the expat life will suit us just fine for stability, while providing us the opportunity to discover a new country and culture.

stavanger centre

Photo by Yodod from Flickr.

We were considering a few different places this time around, including the US and the Middle East. In the past we've lived and worked in France, the UK and, of course, our native homelands of Australia and the United States. We were pretty much open to anything at the start of our search, with Europe always a top choice because, well, it's our favourite continent. But after careful consideration and other factors, an important one being the opportunities available, the contenders became Denmark, France, UK and Norway, with a company in the latter having the choice position for John.

Stavanger night

Photo by Dena Flows from Flickr.

John loved Finland, Denmark and Sweden when he visited in 2003 but I've never set foot in any of the Scandinavian countries, which makes it extra exciting for me. We'll be close to so many places that I'm dying to visit: Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and, of course, the rest of Norway. So while this blog will be taking on more of an expat focus for the next several months as we settle in, we'll have the opportunity to cover many more European destinations in depth in the coming years. I can't wait!

stavanger fjord

Photo by Raul Soler from Flickr.

Our new home will be Stavanger and I'm grateful to the talented photographers on Flickr for making the art for this post possible. I'll talk a little more about Stavanger in a coming post. So much research to do...

Do you live in Norway or have you visited before? What do we have to look forward to?


  1. Eveleen 13 March, 2012 at 05:28 Reply

    for the post.  I am agreeing with you this is perfect place to start your
    life with your young family. Thanks for this post and to share these things
    with us!!

  2. Sherry 7 March, 2012 at 20:08 Reply

    Wow!!! I’ve been MIA for a few weeks, and here I am stumbling on you two moving to Norway. Though I have not personally been there either, the photos and stories from other bloggers always motivates me to go. Looks like a beautiful country and best of all, truly lovely people – a perfect place to start your young family. Wishing you two an easy transition and looking forward to your stories ahead.

  3. Erin De Santiago 4 March, 2012 at 19:18 Reply

    Congrats! Exciting….it looks like we will finally get to see each other then! One of my best friends lives in Norway and we will be based in Holland starting in June sometime so we will be close! :) We might need to plan a Disneyland Paris adventure! 

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 4 March, 2012 at 22:42

      Yaaay! That’s fantastic…you’re moving to Holland?? How wonderful – we’re practically neighbours. I’ve never been to Disneyland Paris – sounds like a good plan. Can’t wait to finally meet =)

  4. Abby 3 March, 2012 at 08:57 Reply

    Congrats!! This is so exciting. You know I love being an expat and moving around — every year or so. You’ll love Norway — this is so cool! So excited for you guys. :)

  5. Kristina 2 March, 2012 at 07:26 Reply

    you will love stavanger! it is rather small, but the surroundings and the nature is stunning!!!
    and yes, being an expat is great – I just moved to melbourne myself, after living 4 years in switzerland! :)

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 2 March, 2012 at 11:58

      That’s so great to hear! And I love Switzerland – Melbourne will be quite a change for you then…enjoy it and let us know if you have any questions – we lived there for four and a half years before heading off travelling in 2011 =)

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  7. Shanna Schultz 25 February, 2012 at 17:07 Reply

    I can’t wait to hear what you have to write about Norway@GroundedTraveler:disqus   I have heard that it is a beautiful place.  We have not been there yet, but our experience in other northern European countries has been nothing but positive!

  8. Stevo the Devo 23 February, 2012 at 00:24 Reply

    I’ve read about Stavanger and it seems like a cool place. I heard they have the best seafood restaurant in the country there. Did you know that their football club is called Viking FK (Viking Fotballklubb)? How kool is that?? Go the Vikes. They play in the Norwegian league called the Tippeligaen. How kool is that name too?

  9. Jade 22 February, 2012 at 10:34 Reply

    Ah, so exciting! I’ve never been to Norway, but they have a huge tourism push right now and I’m seeing ads for it everywhere! Can’t wait to read about your next journey and staying put for a little while! 

  10. Amer @TendToTravel 19 February, 2012 at 08:30 Reply

    wow that sounds awesome! I’ve never been to Scandinavia but I know that the quality of life over there is really high. Who knows you might just stay there longer? I mean, I would. Good luck and looking forward on your next move.

  11. Laura @ Travelocafe 18 February, 2012 at 13:17 Reply

    Wow, moving to Norway! This is a big step. Best of luck! 

    We plan on visiting Scandinavia later on this year, so we are looking forward to reading your posts about Norway once you’ve moved there. Sounds so exciting!

  12. Andrew 17 February, 2012 at 15:07 Reply

    Join the expat world. It is great. You will never be more frustrated. Or cheer at the smallest accomplishment.  It is a wild ride, but such a great experience. Looking forward to more expat posts.

  13. B311 17 February, 2012 at 09:29 Reply

    Congrats! Seems like a hard-fought victory and the place looks amazing. You both must be so excited. Any chance of blog post on the horizon detailing the process you took to land the new job (not specifics of the job, of course)? Love your writing style and would be interested in hearing your thoughts on what works and doesn’t work when looking for work abroad.

  14. Sophie 17 February, 2012 at 06:49 Reply

    What fun! You’ll love the lovely long white summer nights. Look forward to reading about your experiences here. And when you come to Oslo, let me know.

  15. Audrey 16 February, 2012 at 12:11 Reply

    Congratulations! Dan and I were just talking about Norway the other day and how we’d love to return as it’s such a beautiful country. And I can definitely understand wanting to settle down for a bit and enjoying the discovery of a new culture, language and country. I think a lot of long-term travelers are thinking about that these days :)

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 16 February, 2012 at 21:21

      Thanks so much, Audrey =) We’ve both tried it before and loved it but I think this will be a longer stint than either of us has done before (aside from when I moved to Australia for the first time). So wonderful to hear that you loved Norway – can’t wait to explore!

  16. thetravelchica 16 February, 2012 at 07:12 Reply

    Congrats, guys!  I definitely understand the desire to settle down after a long burst of travel, and I think the expat life will suit you both.  That’s going to be a great location for exploring Europe, and I look forward to reading all about it.

  17. Cam 16 February, 2012 at 00:34 Reply

    Awesome news – congrats guys!
    We went through the same experience last year, finding new work and getting “settled” again after a year of consistent travel. It’s great to have some roots again, and how exciting to do it in an entirely new country!

  18. bluenosegirl 15 February, 2012 at 16:30 Reply

    Good luck with the move guys!  I find Norway has a bit of a Nova Scotia feel to it and look forward to the day I get to visit the place that looks so familiar to me.  

    I am with you on the expat way of life as a way to travel, I really like getting to know the day to day life and rhythm of a place.  However I think it may take the rest of my life to really know London.

  19. Sabrina 15 February, 2012 at 15:10 Reply

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting! It’s so difficult to find a job in a country when you’re far away… interviews plus visa issues = so much stress. I’ve never been to Norway, but met lots of really fun Norwegian students in Texas. They made it sound like a great place :)

  20. Randy Kalp 15 February, 2012 at 14:23 Reply

    Fantastic news! I love moving to a new city, especially one that you are really excited about. Can’t wait to read about your adventures in Norway.

  21. Lisa 15 February, 2012 at 12:31 Reply

    Congratulations! I hope you have an amazing adventure in Norway. I have friends who lived and worked there and they loved it, though they said the cold was intense.

  22. Kurt Trumble 15 February, 2012 at 10:35 Reply

    That will be so incredible for you both.  I believe in a year or two (possibly sooner), we will probably adapt the expat lifestyle in lieu of the way we travel now (though we do spend a month or two in most countries we visit).  I am enjoying it now, but I have a feeling I’ll be like you and want that stability, an apartment that is my own, etc. in the foreseeable future.  

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 16 February, 2012 at 04:50

      I think it’s great to do a year or two away and move around a lot and see what you like first, though…we definitely found last year to be awesome for deciding which places we could handle full-time – and which places we couldn’t.

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