Hey y’all! Wilkommen! Welcome! Gruß Gott!
We’re Kevin and Jess Beals, two American expats living abroad in Germany with our daughters, Isla and Evie. Here is where we share a little about our lives as expats in a small German town and tips and tricks about travelling the world with a toddler and newborn in tow.
When Kevin’s job gave the opportunity to move overseas, we packed up our house, daughter, and sense of adventure in January 2016 and hopped a plane from our home in Dallas, Texas, to the small Bavarian town of Freising, Germany.
We’re pretty simple people. We love Jesus. We love each other and our family. We love traveling and we love to eat (and mostly in that order, although it may be a toss up between eating and traveling).
We met nearly a decade ago in engineering school thanks to two Ford Mustangs and the Indianapolis Colts. A couple years later, we got married and took our first international trip together: a honeymoon to Moorea, French Polynesia. That trip set the bar pretty high, but somehow we’ve managed to fall more in love with traveling (and each other) with every new destination we check off our list (corny, I know, but true).
Two years ago, we added our newest traveling companion, Isla, to our family. She’s the light of our life and already a seasoned traveler: she’s clocked five transatlantic round trips, taken nearly 50 flights, and visited almost a dozen countries… all before turning two years old. We’re pretty sure she already speaks more German than us and loves nothing more than Finding Nemo, horses, and flirting with complete strangers on the metro. Oh, and big, soft Bavarian Butter Brezen (pretzels).
Her sister, Evelyn, was born October 2017 and looks to be as great a traveler as her big sister. She already has several trips planned and will be getting stamps in her passport before we know it.
We decided to start The Beals Abroad to share our adventures with our families back in the US and because so many friends and family members were asking us for travel tips. We thought that maybe if they wanted to know what we’ve learned along the way, maybe we could help some of you out, too. There’s nothing we love more than sharing the places we love with the people we love!
So join us as we learn a new language, explore our new home, and travel the world in search of adventure and good food!
You can also find us over at our first blog, Little House. Big Heart.