Tales From Around The World

Personal, real stories

Although our literary section is closed to new submissions until a new volunteer team would like to take it over, we hope you will enjoy the essays, fiction and humor we've collected in the past from all over the world.

Noteworthy Nomads

This archived section offers profiles of people doing something inspiring, fascinating or simply out of the ordinary while living outside their home countries.

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Wandering Thoughts

Here is where our volunteer editors collected their favorite blog post reprints, short essays, or short memoir pieces that illuminate any aspect of expat life.

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The Road Less Traveled

This archived section includes essays by expats about unique cross-cultural experiences.

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Lost Luggage

Some of the greatest archived pieces from our website's history, which goes back to 1999!

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Tales of Transition

In this archived section, our authors honestly described how hard it is to establish a new life in a new place, including lessons learned, humor and (we hope) the successful path to adjustment.

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Tales of Imagination

We hope you enjoy these fictional stories that build on the author's own personal experiences abroad but take them into new territory, exploring themes such as belonging, relationships, and finding home in a new place.

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Roaming Reality Bites

Talesmag.com arose out of the (Foreign Service) “Spouses’ Underground Newsletter,” and humor was always one of our favorite categories. This archived section includes parody and satire about expat life, as well as hilarious cross-cultural mistakes.

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New book from Talesmag! Honest and courageous stories of life abroad with special needs.

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