Your interactive guide to living abroad as recommended by local mums | Last updated 9 months ago

Each country’s health system is different and might not include all the things you would expect to get free of charge from the UK system, the NHS. This means you may have to make a patient contribution to the cost of your care. Read these NHS guides which provide comprehensive information about European Health Insurance Cards (EHIS) and the healthcare systems in Spain, Italy, France and Germany. 

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An American in Italy – Michelle Damiani wanted her children to experience living abroad. To learn another language, and thus a different way of thinking. To have to process on their feet and see themselves as competent, flexible people who can adapt and thrive in novel situations. In her latest blog post, I am not prepared for this, she reminds us that as well as the good there are also many hardships that accompany the act of leaving behind language, support, school, and familiar customs.

Moving abroad can be the adventure of a lifetime; a chance to shake of the shackles of home and reinvent yourself or to broaden your horizons. People move abroad for work, for love, for sunshine or quite simply for an experience. If you are considering taking the plunge, allow us to help you to weigh up the pros and cons of living abroad. Once you have made up your mind to make the move, there are various things to bear in mind. Whatever your motivation to take this bold, live-changing move, this comprehensive checklist will make sure the only surprises you get during your move are good ones. Read more

MumAbroad offers advice in English from local mums on life abroad. We are working together with mums from all over Spain, Italy, France and Germany to discover their experiences of living abroad. On our local sites we have an interview section, where you can read about other mums' experiences of living abroad as well as interviews with a whole host of childhood experts. In our Education sections you can read our Mum' experiences of local and international schools. Finally in our Women in Business section you can find out about our Mumpreneurs


Our kids have gone from being English speakers, to German speakers, to French speakers and now back to English speakers. I realise that this is probably quite unusual, but it has given me some insight into the learning of languages, and what slumbers inside them.” 
Lynn Schreiber, mother, freelance writer and founder of Jump Mag!

Click here to read her story.

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About MumAbroad

MumAbroad was founded by Rebecca Laidlaw, an Internet Marketing consultant and Carrie Frais, a Journalist and PR executive. Carrie lives on the Maresme Coast, just outside Barcelona and is a mother of two children. Rebecca lives in Oxfordshire (UK) and has 3 children. 

“In 2007, we were both living in the beautiful city of Barcelona, having each just given birth to our first child.  With no extended family to help with childcare, we looked for other resources to help guide us through this challenging period of our lives. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find easily accessible information about activities and services for parents and their children. It soon became apparent that there was a growing niche for an English language website which would offer parents from the International Community valuable information such as child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants. After extensive research and the help of scores of mothers, 'Barcelona Mum' was born, offering a comprehensive and personalized guide to family life in Barcelona. Within a few months , we changed the website to 'MumAbroad Spain ' to incorporate  the whole of Catalunya and subsequently Madrid, Andalucia, the Costa Blanca and the Balearics. As the site gained momentum, MumAbroad France, MumAbroad Italy and MumAbroad Germany were established and in 2014 the four sites were amalgamated under one roof.

We believe that, in the majority of cases, parents are the best judge of anything child-related, so that is why our site is based purely on recommendation. Every service, group or activity on our website has been recommended by at least one Mum or Dad. In our interview section, you can read about other mums' experiences of living in Spain as well as interviews with a host of childhood experts. In our Women in Business section, we’ve discovered some inspirational ladies, who have established successful businesses in and created a life for themselves, many of whom have had to juggle work and family life. Our new blog, MumAbroad Life gives a platform to women whose voices may not have been heard and who share a fascinating insight into family life abroad. Our facebook pages gives parents a forum to share concerns, offer advice, advertise services, buy & sell items and virtually meet others in an online community.

We hope you that you will find the information on our sites useful, and that you can also help us with our goal to constantly improve our site by continuing to send us your comments and recommendations.

Best wishes & we hope you enjoy our websit

Carrie & Rebecca