About Nikki

I am an Australian who has lived overseas since 2003 when I moved with my husband and 10-month-old baby to Hong Kong. Six years and an extra child later we swapped the Far East for the Dark Continent and spent three years residing in Durban, South Africa. In June 2012 we became residents of Georgia (that’s the southern US state) where we stayed for four happy years while I developed a tragic tennis habit. In August 2016 we moved to Hamburg, Germany, on a continent that doesn’t start with A and so has ruined my world’s longest blog title, even though I was stretching it using North (A)merica.

This move, will probably require me to add to my not extensive language skill set of taxi Cantonese, Zulu greetings, 1993 German (this bit particularly) and a smattering of Afrikaans, along with translation skills for British and Americans experiencing communication difficulties in conversational English.

On a ‘9-5 career break’  I took up golf, mountain climbing  (ooh look another blog, climbed one mountain, ran one marathon, stopped writing), surfing, coffee mornings, wine tastings, photography, excessive amounts of social media and full time parenting, making my former life as an employee at an Investment Bank in Hong Kong seem very long ago and ridiculously easy.

Now although not blogging as often as well, anyone else, I can be found on all the social medias and particularly on the Two Fat Expats podcast. Listen, subscribe, tell us what you think. We always love to hear it!

Loves – fabulous holidays, social media, champagne & chocolate a little bit too much. Mentioning I once climbed a mountain and ran a marathon.

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I also have views and opinions on a wide range of subjects – so even if its not about Hong Kong, Durban, Atlanta or Hamburg I might be able to help you, you never know until you ask.



17 responses to “About Nikki

  1. and an awesome Mum of two beauties

  2. You sound quite interesting? Maybe we should be friends?

  3. I gotta say – you made me laugh in Honkers, you still make me laugh from yarpie land …

  4. Hi Nikki

    I hope you dont mind me contacting you via this form – can’t find another way. We have been writing expat guides, including some on South Africa. Would you like to link to it? http://www.expatarrivals.com/south-africa/moving-to-south-africa

    Also, we are looking for contributors to help us further develop the guides – see what has been done with the Cape Town guide which is now very comprehensive. Would you be interested in writing an expats guide to Durban?

    Let me know if you are interrested.

    Best regards,


  5. Hi Nikki,

    This is not the same Tom as the comment above but a different one (damn you parents, why could you not have given me a more original name!).

    Any chance I could get you to do a short email interview for my blog http://www.expatalley.com?

    The questions are here: http://www.expatalley.com/interviews.

    Why you? Well, you are in Durban (I don’t have any interviews from South Africa at all) and I love your writing style. Plus, I love hearing from parents who drag their kids hither and yon so I don’t have to feel like the only one.

    Feel free to promote your blog in the interview, if we don’t do it, who will?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Thanks Tom – sounds like a plan, I’m off to climb a mountain tomorrow – well HK peak but its tougher than you think from there to the other side of the island. Can I take some time to think deeply about my responses and get back to you next week?

  6. Dear Blogger,

    The results are now in for the Top 100 International Exchange and Experience Blogs 2010 and we have some great news – you and your blog made the Top 100 list!

    Congratulations from the team at bab.la and Lexiophiles! We had more votes for this competition than we have ever had before – over 19,000 – so you should be really proud of yourself for pleasing so many readers!

    We have published the entire list of blogs and how they ranked after the voting on our bab.la site (http://en.bab.la/news/top-100-international-exchange-experience-blogs-2010). There you can also find a nice map showing where the top 100 bloggers are located around the world. It’s possible to add the map to your website by coping and pasting the code available next to it.

    We have also created an “IX 10 Top 100” button for you to put onto your blog. Please e-mail me and I’ll send you the button code.

    We enjoyed this competition a lot and really hope did too. Keep your eyes on bab.la and Lexiophiles for the next one!

    Kind regards,

    On behalf of the bab.la and Lexiophiles team

  7. Hi Nikki,

    Just stumbled on your blog and wondered if I could invite you and your kids to take part in an International Postcard Swap for Families I’m hosting on my blog, Playing by the book (all about kids’ book and play). Full details are here:
    Would be great to have you on board!

  8. Hi,

    Really great blog.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in writing as a guest on my blog http://www.onetravel.wordpress.com

    Please let me know and we can talk about it.



  9. Chaotic Culture Clan

    Cool blog Nikki!

    Nice to hear another expats perspective on life in SA. I must say I don’t think I could ever leave Jozi now after living here for 4 years. My kids are more South African than they ever were British!

    …I’m new to the blogging world, if you have some time pop over to my page for a visit.



  10. Pingback: But why? | Off to climb a mountain

  11. Hi Nikki I’m an American with two kids who will be relocating either to Jozi or Durban and we’re trying to make our decision wisely, I’d appreciate your expert expat thoughts! Please send me an email,
    Thank you!

  12. Remember, there’s always Antarctica…

  13. Hi,

    I really enjoyed reading through your blog posts on Nikkimoffitt.wordpress.com. I got a real sense of enthusiasm and passion in each post. Actually, I run Travelingtripster.com, a blog about my travel experiences. If you’re interested, I would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Just shoot me quick a e-mail and we can begin this potentially exciting affiliation together. Looking forward to hearing from you.


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