Welcome to our Meetup webpage!

Hi, I run the Atlanta Future Expats group as a volunteer and as an expat myself. When you give a small donation, you are helping me pay for the Meetup.com membership fees, videoconferencing fees, and keep the group running. Just click the donate button for an easy way to support the group. Thanks!

Dr. Christopher Wells, Organizer


November 2019 - Packing as an expat

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June 2020 - Job hunting as an expat

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July 2020 - Credit and finances as an expat

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad by Kathleen Peddicord. I recommend the Kindle edition from 2017. The print version is from 2010.

August 2020 - Estate sales and stuff reduction

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Downsizing The Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go (Downsizing the Home) by Marni Jameson.

September 2020 - You're different: Now what?

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Peanut Butter and Passports: Driving Apes, Skivvy Skydivers And Travel Tales From Around The World by Tom Gose 

October 2020 - Traveling safely (when the world is more "normal")

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Limitless Travel: Tips, Strategies and Resources for Cheaper and Smarter Travel by Matthew Bailey

November 2020 - The value of things

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Sell, Keep, or Toss?: How to Downsize a Home, Settle an Estate, and Appraise Personal Property by Harry L. Rinker

January 2021 - Website potluck

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February 2021 - Making friends as an expat

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships by Kira Asatryan

March 2021 - Expat healthcare

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Medical Emergency Preparation Manual: Healthcare Planning for the Adventure Lifestyle: Expat, Nomad, Retiree, Homebody by Miriam Drake

April 2021 - Beyond the boxes: Making a new home

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Moving Abroad: The Essentials: Everything you need to know about getting a job, finding a house, managing your budget… and much more by Diana Firican

May 2021 - Preparing visa documents

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Create Your Escape: A Practical Guide for Planning Long-Term Travel by Mike and Tara Shubbuck. See Chapter 7 for visa information and tips.

June 2021 - The real cost of living abroad

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad by Kathleen Peddicord. I recommend the Kindle edition from 2017. The print version is from 2010.

August 2021 - Designing a preview trip

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Relocating without Breaking a Sweat by Manuella Irwin and Pamela Smith.

September 2021 - Big picture planning

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Limitless Travel: Tips, Strategies and Resources for Cheaper and Smarter Travel (Kindle Edition) by Matthew Bailey .

October 2021 - First impressions, new arrivals

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Create Your Escape: A Practical Guide for Planning Long-Term Travel by Mike Shubbuck and Tara Shubbuck.(Kindle Edition)

November 2021 - Overcoming expat fears

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is Live Your Bucket List: Simple Steps to Ignite Your Dreams, Face Your Fears and Lead an Extraordinary Life, Starting Today by Julia Goodfellow-Smith.

January 2022 - Website Potluck

All resources open in a new tab or window. This month's related reading is How to Become an Expat: and move out of the U.S.: the Detailed "How-To" Guide by Ann Fourt.

February 2022 - Ask an Expat!

All resources open in a new tab or window. I decided to keep the resource this month the same: How to Become an Expat: and move out of the U.S.: the Detailed "How-To" Guide by Ann Fourt.

March 2022 - Moving your home as an expat

All resources open in a new tab or window. Our resource this month: The Art of Happy Moving: How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness by Ali Wenzke.

April 2022 - Expat culture shock

All resources open in a new tab or window. Our resource this month is more of a list: Culture Smart! Books and resources. These are country-by-country guides for specific destinations. 

May 2022 - Working as an expat

All resources open in a new tab or window. Our resource this month is U.S. Taxes for Worldly Americans: The Traveling Expat's Guide to Living, Working, and Staying Tax Compliant Abroad (Updated for 2022) by Olivier Wagner. 

Please consider donating a small amount to keep the group going. When you give a small donation, you are helping me pay for the Meetup.com membership fees, videoconferencing fees, and keep the group running. Just click the donate button for an easy way to support the group. Thanks!

Dr. Christopher Wells, Organizer

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