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Thriving Abroad

The definitive guide to professional and personal relocation success

Louise Wiles and Evelyn Simpson

The essential guide to help employees considering relocating internationally for work achieve personal and professional success abroad. Thriving Abroad supports one of life's greatest challenges: international relocation.

Size: 234 × 156 × 17 mm / 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.6875 in232 PagesISBN: 9781910056578
Publication: June 14, 2017


  • £18.99

Thriving Abroad supports one of life's greatest challenges: international relocation.  It guides and inspires employees and their partners who are relocating internationally for work through a three-part framework designed to create personal and professional success abroad.

Louise Wiles and Evelyn Simpson are the creators of the Thriving Abroad programmes, Relocation Ready and Thrive designed to support expatriates as they navigate the transition experience and create expat lives they love. Louise and Evelyn’s expatriate experience totals over 40 years. They have relocated as employees, expat partners and parents. Using their experience as expats, coaches, personal development professionals and trainers their mission is to support and empower international assignees and their partners to proactively create lives abroad which align with corporate/organisational objectives. Louise and Evelyn began working together in 2012 when they researched the experience of over 300 expat partners located around the world. The resulting “Career Choice and the Accompanying Partner Surrvey Report”, was nominated for an Expatriate Mobility Management Award (EMMA) in 2012 by the Forum for Expatriate Management. Their work has been published in the International HR Advisor, Expat Focus, Expatica, Expat Careers and on their own blog at They have presented on Global Mobility topics at conferences around the world.

Amazon reviews:

'A must read for anyone thinking of moving abroad. I wish I had had access to such a book when I moved to the UK. Highly recommend. Well written, structured, clear and easy to read.'

"This is a comprehensive reference tool for any family wanting to learn about international relocation - it covers all of the important areas needing to be considered when making such a life-changing decision, and encourages readers to become empowered by the up's and down's that moving abroad can bring, all written in a friendly, approachable tone that offers personal anecdotes in addition to case study. I am adding this book to my personal "reference" library and highly recommend for families and service providers alike."

'No more move/international relocation without this great handbook! Louise and Evelyn wrote it for both the assignee AND their partner because the decision for this international mobility world should be a joint one. It is a practical guide for coping with reality and helping you make your decisions - and I could not agree more "there always is another decision to be made at some point". So even as an "experienced" expat spouse (following my husband for the past 13 years around the globe) I just love working with it! Thanks for writing "Thriving Abroad" and supporting us throughout our amazing international journeys!'


'This book is perfect for anyone thinking of taking an international assignment, or anyone who employs staff working internationally, or anyone involved in global mobility provision, either in house or supplier side...

Written by people who have years of assignment work under their belts, their knowledge through experiences shines out of the book... I was curious if this book would help assignees / transferees / global nomads (each relocation provider has a different title – we should just call them ‘people’) to make better decisions about relocating. Whether it would prepare them better, help them really understand it is not like going on a long holiday.

‘Thriving Abroad’ didn’t disappoint in any areas of my curiosity.... This is such a practical book written by international assignees themselves I cannot see how anyone can argue that it is anything other than impeccably useful.'

- The HR Director


‘This book is an important new resource in the toolbox of HR and other relocation specialist. As we give our relocated staff the opportunity of new career paths, new skills and at the same time allow spouses and dependents to fill their own roles within the process "information is power" and this book includes powerful information’.
Bud Chapman - Welfare Officer, CfBT Education Services, Brunei Darussalam.

‘As we are preparing to return home after 3 years in a host country, I wish I had known some of the questions to ask that Louise and Evelyn write about. The single biggest realisation in this journey is that none of us are alone. Wherever you are going and for whatever reason, someone else has been there before, so listen to the lessons in this book and make them part of your journey.’
Pam Barmby - SAHM, South Africa

‘Everything you need to know about the practical pitfalls of that job move abroad in one place.’
Peter Ferrigno, former Global Mobility Partner, EY

‘After reading this book you will know what you don't know now! Being an expat is a great experience in life but starting to live as an expat is quite a challenge. This book will help you to address all the issues and make your stay abroad a success. Don't be discouraged. Your preparation is a lot of work. Louise and Evelyn are the experts helping you!’
Carine Bormans, expat for 30 years and coach for expat families.

‘This is a rare book with a wide variety of books on global mobility. Thriving Abroad focus on taking the right decision and your preparation. You can read it before going to whatever country, it is just as important whether moving to Germany or Oman. The book provides you with all the questions you need to prepare well. There is a direct link between your preparation and how will you settle in. Read and use the book and it will become - as the title says - a guide to relocation success.’
Lena Lauridsen, Consultant and author of two books on relocation

‘It's an indispensable read for the assignees and their partners, a book to keep handy in the messiest moment of a family's life. With its check lists and adaptation strategies, it's great tool for coping with rationality and order to change and transition.’
Marta Guarneri, Expat with 20 years of experience both as assignee and partner

‘If you are considering an overseas assignment this excellent resource will quickly become your handbook. Offering comprehensive, accessible advice on all aspects of ensuring that your life abroad will be as successful and happy as possible, it will prompt you to consider and discuss the many important decisions to be made that can often be rushed or overlooked in the excitement and chaos that international relocation can bring. Whether you are just considering a move, in the throws of planning or have recently arrived and deep in culture shock this book provides balanced and reassuring advice that you will undoubtedly find helpful.’   Vanessa Dennet, Expat Partner

‘I wish this book had been written sixteen years ago when we first relocated, it could have saved us learning a lot of lessons the hard way! This book will prove invaluable for anyone considering an overseas move and will help them organize their thoughts in what can be an entirely overwhelming process.
Suzanna Standring, Chartered Accountant, USA

‘Thriving Abroad superbly manages a difficult task. It takes a difficult, emotionally loaded topic; collects the best research and knowledge around the subject; and collates it all in a very comprehensive, practical guide. It does all of that in a user-friendly tone and format laced with anecdote, so the intimidating topic becomes easy to read. This is going to be my go-to, well thumbed through reference book for our next move. I'll be carrying it with me everywhere!’
Maryam Afnan Ahmad, Co-Author Slurping Soup and Other Confusions, Teacher, Trainer

'Finally! A comprehensive, straight-talking overview of what moving internationally really entails. Thriving abroad is possible because of Thriving Abroad!'   - Kristen, international assignee and Head of HR


Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 17 mm / 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.6875 in

232 Pages

ISBN: 9781910056578

Publication: June 14, 2017

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