I’m Rhi, curly-haired, country music-loving, cat-obsessed and this is my blog. I’m calling it an expat lifestyle website. Whilst a lot of it focuses on Malta specifically (how to move to Malta, things to do in Malta, what life is like on this island), you can also enjoy more personal ‘living abroad’ musings, lifestyle posts, travel, product reviews and plenty more.
Who am I?
I’m 31 and have lived in Malta since 2010 (9 years!). I live here with my boyfriend and my cat, Kinnie. I enjoy walking and gentle hikes, travelling and trying to improve my photography. Podcasts have become my absolute favourite form of entertainment and I tend to listen to podcasts more than I read or listen to music. Some of my favourite podcasts include The Sales Hacker, No Such Thing As A Fish and Crime Junkies. I am addicted to ASMR videos. I drink a lot of tea.
Why did I move to Malta?
This is a question all expats get a lot and I love hearing other people’s stories about this island. For me, I was already working in iGaming in England (a huge industry over here) and wanted to move somewhere sunny, where I could find work and didn’t have to learn a new language. My options, 9 years ago, were Gibraltar and Malta and here I am! I work in iGaming in the payments sector and my field is sales and leadership.
Will you stay in Malta forever?
Oh hell no. There were times during these 9 years where I believed I would and could stay here forever but the older I grow the more I yearn to try somewhere new. Malta is great, it’s relaxed, the sun is always shining and the salary vs cost of living for my industry is great. But the are a lot of problems on this island. The lack of environmental concern is my biggest pet peeve on this island and will be the ultimate reason I leave. Recycling is minimal, waste control a joke, there is a culture of cars and driving, at any cost to the environment. They are cutting down the few remaining trees at an alarming rate.
Did you know that Malta has the worst air quality in Europe? The air quality is the second-lowest on the scale of possible air quality. Over 500 people a year die from asthma, and the country is way above the EU average for asthma and allergy sufferers due to the poor air quality.
So no, I will not be here forever. Check-in with me again in 2021 and see where I ended up!
Where will you move next?
Right now, I don’t know. I recently started a job I love, so need to make this work for the next 2-3 years then, who knows. I want to find somewhere with great weather (I need that sunshine), the sea has to be nearby and greenery. Lots and lots of greenery, trees and nature. Like many people I developed allergies and asthma in Malta so I look forward to a country where I can breathe freely every day!