Introduction: Moving abroad can be an exciting and life-changing adventure, filled with new experiences, cultural discoveries, and unexpected challenges. While it may come with its fair share of stress and adjustments, humor can be a great coping mechanism and provide a unique perspective on the trials and triumphs of living in a foreign land. In this article, we present a compilation of the best funny books about moving abroad, where laughter takes center stage and offers readers a lighthearted look at the expatriate experience.
Join Peter Mayle on his journey as he relocates to the picturesque region of Provence, France. With wit and charm, Mayle recounts the humorous mishaps and cultural clashes he encounters, from renovating a house to navigating French bureaucracy, making this book a delightful read for anyone dreaming of a life abroad.
In this bestselling memoir, Elizabeth Gilbert takes readers on her transformative journey across Italy, India, and Indonesia. With a healthy dose of humor, Gilbert shares her experiences as she seeks self-discovery, indulges in delicious food, and navigates the complexities of love and spirituality in different cultures.
Sarah Turnbull’s memoir recounts her experiences as an Australian woman adjusting to life in Paris. With self-deprecating humor, Turnbull explores the cultural differences and comical misunderstandings she encounters, providing an entertaining glimpse into the challenges and rewards of adapting to a new culture.
Diccon Bewes, a British expat living in Switzerland, offers a humorous and insightful exploration of Swiss culture and the idiosyncrasies of living in the country. With a blend of wit and observation, Bewes delves into Swiss traditions, punctuality, and the country’s obsession with rules, painting a vivid and amusing picture of life in Switzerland.
Tahir Shah’s memoir takes readers on a hilarious and magical journey as he relocates his family to Casablanca, Morocco. Shah’s eccentric encounters, cultural misunderstandings, and fantastical experiences provide a comical and enlightening portrait of adapting to a new environment.
Ben Ryder Howe’s memoir tells the story of his family’s leap into the challenging world of owning a convenience store in New York City’s Koreatown. With humorous anecdotes about cultural clashes, language barriers, and the daily struggles of running a business, this book offers an entertaining and enlightening glimpse into immigrant life.
“The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country” by Helen Russell
Helen Russell’s witty and insightful memoir follows her journey as she moves to Denmark with her husband. Through humorous observations and experiments, Russell explores the Danish way of life, from the pursuit of hygge to the mysteries of Danish happiness, making this book a delightful and laughter-inducing read.
Caro Feely’s memoir follows her family’s ambitious decision to leave behind their comfortable life in Ireland and start a vineyard in France. With wit and warmth, Feely shares their humorous and often challenging experiences, from learning the art of winemaking to navigating French bureaucracy.
Peter Moore’s travel memoir chronicles his hilarious and adventurous journey across Italy on a vintage Vespa. With humorous encounters, mishaps, and cultural nuances, Moore captures the essence of Italian charm and the joy of exploration on two wheels.