Moving Abroad As A Single Mom

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Are You Thinking Of Moving Abroad As A Single Mom?

-Updated April 13, 2109-

Living abroad is a game changer for single moms. I have traveled and lived abroad in 6 different countries since leaving my emotionally abusive marriage back in 2016 and setting off slow traveling around the world. If you want to read more about our adventures, start here. Moving abroad as a single mom is not only possible, it is something I highly recommend.

I can not recommend moving abroad as a single mom enough. It is life-changing.

My life back in the U.S. was the typical single mom narrative of struggle and stress. My rent in Austin, TX was $1500 a month and my mortgage payment before that was nearly $1900 a month.


Now, here in Merida, Mexico, I live well off of less than $2000 a month and I still get to travel. I know moms in my Single Moms DO Travel Facebook group living abroad who live off of $1200 a month. It is pretty spectacular.

Not only is it financially a smart move, but it is also an emotionally, physically, and mentally smart move. I have learned so much from living abroad as a single mom. You can read more about what living abroad as a single mom has taught me by clicking here.

There are 5 things you need to know before making the leap abroad.

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1.Income Source

This is number 1 because it is the biggest question I receive and one of the most important parts of moving abroad.

Me at the Vatican loving life in Italy

You will absolutely need an income source of some sort. That might mean a nest egg, retirement, an online job, your own online business, any remote income, or an actual job abroad. There are endless possibilities. If you want it, you absolutely can make it happen.

Starting Your Own Online Business

If you want to start your own online business, start today. I am still building up my blog. It takes a ton of work and time. It is not overnight despite what others might say. I’ve learned so much over the past year and a half of blogging but I only turned into a business within the last few months. I talk more about that in this post here. Please note that it is still not a full-time income.

Also, I truly believe you have to have a passion for it or you are going to want to give up. You can start by taking The Business Of Travel Blogging course by the top blogger Nomadic Matt. This will help you set up your blog as an actual business instead of just a hobby.

Mia enjoying fresh juice for breakfast in Guanajuato, Mexico

Start with your passions and from there learn everything about creating your own online business. If you need an added kick in the butt I recommend you read the book You Are A Badass and You Are A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero.

Now, enough about running your own business and blogging. Okay.

Online Teaching Companies

Here are just a few companies that you can work for online.




There are so many more so please do your research for all the opportunities out there.

After applying in Mexico, I was hired by Cambly. It was super easy to apply and requires no degree but it is also the lowest paying. Even though I was hired, I have yet to teach for them because I would rather put that time into my own business.

I was also hired by Blogmutt which was super easy as well but I only wrote one article before deciding I wanted to focus exclusively on my own business.

Novie exploring the streets of Mexico

Remember, you do not need much money to live abroad in a country where the cost of living is very little like it is in Mexico and Albania as well as many other places. So those two companies might be a great fit for you to get you launched into a living abroad lifestyle.

If you work 6 hours a day for Cambly, that is about $1200 a month. You could work more or less and you choose your own hours.

If you want to to get a job abroad you can look at USA Jobs. The jobs are open to the public but they do give priority to veterans like me. They list all types of jobs.

2. Legalities

You might already have an income source but don’t know if you can legally travel and live abroad with your child?

When I was going through my divorce, I knew I wanted to travel and live abroad so I had my lawyer design my papers to fit my lifestyle. I am so thankful for the guidance I received and for standing my ground with what I wanted in the divorce decree. My divorce papers are extremely specific. I had my lawyer rewrite them six times before they were exactly how I wanted them.

You don’t want to fly to a country and get denied entry for not having the proper legal documents, right?

I offer 1-on-1 consultations for help with the travel part of custody and divorce decrees. You can schedule your hour session through this link. We can work through where you are currently at in the process and I will go over the exact language needed in your papers so you can live abroad and travel freely with your child.

You also need to research visas and residency. I choose to only do tourists visas or no visas at all. I have not applied for residency anywhere and I plan to keep it that way for a while.

In Mexico,  Americans can stay for up to 180 days on a tourist visa. You can leave for a few days to a neighboring country and then come back in to reset it.

In Albania, Americans can stay for up to a year without any visa at all. You just fly in and stay. In order to reset your year, you need to leave the country for 90 days.

Check what your potential country allows based on your citizenship. Most of my readers are American but I know others read too.

3. What about schooling?

Schooling was never an issue for me because I choose to unschool/ worldschool my kids. However, I know that is not the case for many others. Luckily, there are options when it comes to school depending on the country you choose.


You could put your kids in a private school abroad, public school, or online school. I know moms who do all three. Private schools, even though they are abroad, can still be pretty expensive but they might not be as expensive as they can be back in the United States.

If you are interested in unschooling, check out our YouTube video below or read more about it here.

4. Accommodations

The best part about living abroad in a more affordable country is that you can get really nice accommodations for a lot less.

I recommend booking an Airbnb or a place on for a week or month and then getting a realtor in your future country to help find you a place on the local economy. You could also look in the local paper, join the expat groups and ask around, walk around looking for rental signs, or look on Facebook marketplace.

After staying in two different Airbnbs here in Tirana, we finally found a place with a realtor on the local economy. We love our new home.

The best part about it is all I need in order to sign the lease was my ID card.

In Mexico, we used Airbnb at first as well. After that, we used a realtor to find our home. However, I made a big mistake in Mexico by signing a lease for a big fancy villa that was completely unfurnished and absolutely stunning. I paid a deposit and first month’s rent.

One day we were out shopping for couches when I had a complete breakdown. We set out on a journey of full-time travel not living abroad shopping for furniture. I was not quite ready for a home base and to settle down so I decided to break my lease. In Mexico, this means you have to pay one month’s rent as the penalty. That meant losing my deposit which was not the end of the world but it was a huge lesson.

After that, we did not sign another lease for almost a year when we fell in love with Albania.

5. Community

A community is important no matter where you are at in the world. We have learned that it is super important to connect with others beforehand in the city you plan to move to. This can make a huge difference in how quickly you adjust when you move abroad as a single mom. In Guanajuato City, Mexico, I reached out to a momma prior to coming and she was beyond helpful. When the girls and I fell ill with a terrible illness, she took care of us after only knowing us for a day.

She even spent a month here in Albania. Even though she is now back in Mexico, we still remain very close friends. Making friends around the world is one of the amazing things about living abroad as a single mom. Somehow, this lifestyle allows you to make deeper connections with people.  It is pretty amazing.

Look on Facebook for expat groups for the country and city you are interested in. There are loads of information within these groups as well as potential connections you could make prior to your move. Having some sort of support system is important especially for single moms.

You are ready now to move abroad. Make sure to connect with other single moms in our Facebook group Single Mom Evolution.

If you want a crash course on moving abroad, set up an appointment with me through this link for my Travel The World With Your Babies crash course. We will spend an hour on a video chat coming up with the perfect plan for you so you know everything you need to know to make the launch abroad.

Share this post with others who want to move abroad. I truly believe everyone should live abroad at least once in their life.

Moving Abroad As A Single Mom: 90 Days To Freedom Course

If you are truly ready to move abroad, I am launching a new course that is perfect for you. I am teaming up with two other single mom living abroad experts and creating a 90-day group mastermind where you will be guided step by step on how to move abroad. If you are interested in joining this group mastermind, schedule a free 20-minute chat with me by clicking here.

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  1. Hi! I read your post on a female traveling network on Facebook this morning. Happy I found you 🙂 I’ve booked marked your page and will be keeping up.

  2. I was just wondering, before you made your decision to travel did you have a lot of sleepless nights planning? We’re you so excited that you couldn’t sleep? How much did you end up packing and bringing with you?

  3. You are a true inspiration! I have two children one with special needs. This is a passion of mine to leave my home and get myself away from all the toxic energy around me and start fresh somewhere. However, I am not sure on how realistic this would be with a child with Autism .

    1. Hello! Although I don’t have personal experience with living abroad or traveling with a child with Autism, I do know of many other single moms who are living this lifestyle and do have kids that are autistic. Are you a part of my Single Moms Do Travel FB community?

  4. I’ve enjoyed watching your unschooling video and reading you blog. INSPIRATIONAL!!!!How much did you have in savings or an emergency fund? I don’t have any family/financial support. My two concerns are finances and similar to Jessica Jones my 8 year old has had a few major asthma attacks requiring being on a breathing machine instead of just a nebulizer. My daughters have been in a Chinese Immersion program for 5 years. I feel so guilty like I’m sending them off to be emotionally abused and to a spiritual war!!! I was fearless in my 20’s bunjee jumping in Melbourne Australia, traveling to Hong Kong without knowing were I’d stay. Motherhood especially single motherhood has turned me into an unrecognizable stressed, depressed, unsatisfied woMAN! Your’e a mentor and a living reminder of the possibilities.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I had very little in savings when we started but I couldn’t do one more day of life in the US. I needed a change so I stepped out on faith. I will say that I had a guaranteed monthly income already. If you are not going to have a guaranteed monthly income, then I do suggest having enough savings to hold you over for at least 6 months to a year. How much you will need, depends on where you will be going.

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