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Michelle Altenberg

Hi there! I’m Michelle. Thank you for visiting my little corner of the Internet where I write in-depth travel guides and explore cultural nuances of cities across the globe.

About Me

Ever since I can remember, I have been slightly addicted to travel. Even as a kid growing up in Texas, I would plan our family trips out in great detail, painstakingly going over every day’s itinerary and comparing it to my little National Geographic Travel guides.

Michelle Altenberg

Fast forward a bit to age 19, when I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. I fell in love with Italian food, architecture and culture, and strengthened my affinity for travel. I return to Florence and to Italy as often as I can now.

I’ve always had a fascination with other cultures. It’s what led me to study anthropology and communication at university. I think there’s immeasurable growth to be found spending time in cultures outside your own.

Michelle Altenberg

Anyway, after finishing school, I worked in external relations at a couple different foreign policy think tanks in Washington, D.C. I loved the global element of working and communicating across cultures and time zones, with colleagues from all over the world. I’ve continued to work in various writing and marketing capacities at non-profits over the years.

A couple years ago in 2021, my husband and I moved from Texas to London for his new job. It had always been a dream of mine to Europe and take advantage of more affordable and convenient travel opportunities.

We lived in London for almost two and a half years, and loved every minute of it. Until one day, in early 2024, my husband received an incredible work opportunity that would take us first to Washington, DC, then to Bucharest, Romania later in the year. We decided to take a leap of faith and jumped at the opportunity to live in and experience yet another culture!

Our big move to Bucharest will take place this coming October!

Michelle Altenberg

I started my Instagram and this blog to document the adventures we go on and reflect on life as an expat. I hope to inspire and help others to travel more along the way.

Thanks so much for the support and for visiting my little corner of the Internet! Feel free to give me a follow on Instagram @AmericanExpatAbroad or on your preferred social media to stay in touch. I also write journals 2 or 3 times each month detailing recent life events. You’re welcome to sign up to receive those in your inbox! I’m always happy to hear from you, whether you’re a fan of my work or looking to partner.

For business, press or collaboration inquiries, please contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.