Kate Benzin Live the Adventure

About Expat Mojo

​According to Wikipedia: “An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their native country.”

About Expat Mojo

Expat Mojo is an online resource for all of you who are dreaming about becoming an expat or traveling long term.

Maybe you –

  • are dreaming about living and working overseas
  • ​are already living and working overseas
  • ​have returned to their home country after living and working overseas
  • are dreaming about hitting the road for an indefinite period of time
  • ​just enjoy reading about the ups and downs people go through while spending time overseas
  • know me and just want a little insight into how and why I've chosen to be an expat

Why the Name ‘Expat Mojo’?

You already understand the first word in the name Expat Mojo.

But why mojo? Fair question.

YourDictionary says that mojo is “good luck, charm, or skill that seems to come from something magical or supernatural.”

So the word mojo fits here because​ being drawn to live or travel long term overseas is like a magical or supernatural force that can’t be resisted.

That’s how it was for me. It’s not that I thought life would be better in another country.

And to be frank, I felt like a misfit in my home country, and I wanted the adventure of exploring what life was like somewhere else.

Kate Benzin, Chief Expat

I’m Kate and I’m American, but have been living in Indonesia since 1983. During these 36 years, I taught English as a Foreign Language for 15 years and spent 18 years working as a tour director. In addition, I spent long periods of time just traveling on my own.

During all these years, I’ve learned a lot – mostly through trial and error. But you don’t have to make the same mistakes that I did. Join with me on this site to get information about –

  • planning
  • challenges
  • working abroad
  • practical tips for your new lifestyle
  • examples of my own story, including highlights and lowlights

Everything on this site, unless otherwise noted, is my own opinion, my experience, my interpretation.

I don’t plan to quote scientific studies to back up my claims or theories. Everything in my posts consists of temporary conclusions that I’ve arrived at based on what I’ve experienced in Indonesia.

I’ve been asked many, many times why I’d want to live in a developing country. If you’re wondering the same thing, keep coming back to this site to read all about my adventures in Indonesia that started in 1983 and continue to the present day.

Palm trees and ricefield

What's on This Site?

I’ll be doing most of the writing – at least to start. I hope other expats will join in and do some guest posts. If they do, their posts will be clearly marked with a by-line so you’ll recognize when the opinions that are expressed are not mine.

To get the ball rolling, I’ll share many of the experiences I’ve had over the past 36 years as an American living and working in Indonesia.

This will be a ‘tell all’ site when it comes to my experiences. Luckily, I’ve kept a journal on and off over the years. Those journal entries help me remember some of the good times – and even some that I’d rather forget.

Of course, I have a lot of friends here in Indonesia, some of whom are expats. I plan to rope them into interviews so that you can read about the experiences others have had here as well.

Everyone's Invited!​

Please spread the word about Expat Mojo - the more, the merrier.

And please visit Expat Mojo's Facebook page to see the latest posts and give it a like.

​There's no better time to explore how to live your life to the fullest.

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