So Now What? (Expatriating: Part 3)

By Dave Fox

Last week, I announced I’ll be moving to another country on July 18. In case you have not yet read the über-suspenseful first and second parts to this story, don’t read any further in this post! Click your way out of here and over to Part One before I spoil the surprise!

Okay, now for the rest of you…

Since making this announcement, I’ve had a few questions. My fiancée, Kattina, has this spiffy new teaching job, but what about me? What will I be doing once we move? What does this mean for my writing? My public speaking? The classes I teach and the tours I guide?

I am thrilled to announce that effective July 20, I will my new life as a pathetic deadbeat, scarfing down chili crab and slurping away pint after pint of Tiger beer in glorious, tropical sunshine.

Oh, wait. No. I’m getting married. I might need to consider Plan B.

Plan B is this:

  • I’ll still be guiding tours in Europe for Rick Steves. Due to my looming marriage and overseas move, I’ll have a more limited tour schedule this year than usual, but I’ve got two Scandinavia tours in June, and a “Best of Europe” tour or two in the fall.
  • My own Globejotter Writing Adventures for journalers and aspiring freelance travel writers are on hiatus for the rest of 2011 while I get settled in my new home, but I hope to resume them in 2012 — with the same Vietnam and Botswana itineraries I offered in 2010, as well as exciting new destinations. In the meantime, I’m still offering private trips — with or without the travel writing lessons — for groups of six or more people. If you’re interested, drop me an e-mail and we can talk about possible dates and itineraries.(And to find out about new trips as soon as I announce them, please subscribe to my e-mail list.)
  • I obviously won’t be teaching Seattle-area writing classes, but I’m putting together a new series of online writing classes. I can teach them from anywhere. You can take them from anywhere. I’m kicking things off with a six-week humor writing workshop starting March 15. In the coming year, I plan to add travel journaling, travel tale writing, and advanced humor writing, as well as editing workshops to help writers fine-tune and improve their work in any genre. I chose humor writing as the first class to offer online because I received several e-mails asking me to do so… so if any of these other classes excite you, or if there are other online classes you’d like me to offer, please let me know! I’ll prioritize whatever is most popular.
  • I’ll still be available as a writing coach for a wide range of genres — via e-mail, phone, and Skype. (Or in person if you want to come to Singapore.) I also plan to look into local teaching and speaking opportunities once I get settled.
  • Keynote speeches? Writers’ conferences? I’m happy to travel — back to the States or elsewhere. If you have a budget to get me there, drop me a line, and let’s talk!

My next six months are looking exciting and completely insane. Among other things, my original humor website,, celebrates its 10th anniversary soon — on April Fools’ Day. It’s been a goofy 10 years online, and an even goofier 15 years in Seattle. I’ll miss Seattle… and I’m excited to land in my new home. To those of you who have been following my work in the Seattle area over the last 10+ years, please keep in touch! And to those of you elsewhere in the world, I’ll still be as easy to reach as I’ve always been. Yay technology!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, in the next five months, I have a wedding to plan, a condo and a car to sell, a shipping container to pack, two Scandinavian tours to guide, classes to teach, Guinness to slurp on St. Patrick’s Day… and sometime between now and July 18, I’m hoping to squeeze in a short nap.

Published on Saturday, March 5, 2011

One Response to “So Now What? (Expatriating: Part 3)”

  1. Robin Pharo
    March 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Great story. I’m so excited for the both of you. Another great Adventure.

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