June 29, 2021

Renouncing Your US Citizenship Part 1: Living Abroad in Canada With Erika Lind

Renouncing Your US Citizenship Part 1: Living Abroad in Canada With Erika Lind

Erika Lind is a solo female traveler (and one of Kristin’s YouTube subscribers) who grew up in the United States but decided to renounce her US citizenship during the pandemic. Now based in Vancouver, Canada, she explains how she accomplished the feat of renouncing her US citizenship.


Erika Lind is a solo female traveler (and one of Kristin’s YouTube subscribers) who grew up in the United States but decided to renounce her US citizenship during the coronavirus pandemic. Now based in Vancouver, Canada, Erika agreed to come on Badass Digital Nomads to share her story on renouncing. 

In part 1 of this interview, Kristin and Erika talk about what led her to renounce her US citizenship, her experience traveling solo abroad as a female, and why she chose to settle in Vancouver, Canada. She shares info on her cost of living and quality of life there, while she and Kristin also discuss how ancestry and your DNA could affect where you choose to travel or living abroad.

Erika also gives insight into the process of getting citizenship in Canada, explaining why it may be easier for some people and more difficult for others.

Have you ever considered renouncing your US citizenship and moving to Canada or another foreign country by yourself? If so, this podcast is for you. 

And make sure to tune in for part 2 next week to learn more about the pros and cons of renouncing your US citizenship. 

EPISODE 114 TOPICS DISCUSSED:

  • Why Erika chose to live in Canada.
  • Certain categories of Canadian citizenship.
  • The cost of living, housing, and food in Canada.
  • How Erika found a job abroad. 
  • How to get sponsored for Canadian citizenship. 
  • Erika’s experience moving to NYC alone at 21 and solo traveling the world as a female. 
  • The link between your DNA, your ancestry, and where you travel.

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

  • Is it hard to get Canadian citizenship?
  • What do you love about living in Canada and why did you choose to live there?
  • Is your job in Vancouver location-independent?
  • How did you come across my channel and why do you enjoy travel/expat content?
  • What European countries have you been to?
  • And much more!

RESOURCES

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Podcasts:

Articles:

Places to Visit in Vancouver:

Other Creators:

Learn About Your Ancestry:

Connect with Kristin: 

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Erika Lind

Cloud Systems Administrator

Erika is a native of the pacific northwest who had a thirst for travel and adventure from a young age. After leaving home at 21 to move to NYC, she began a career in technology. Erika has since renounced her US citizenship to move to Vancouver, BC. She is also an avid female solo traveler who has been to Iceland, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia by herself.

Dismayed by the inconvenience and expense of US tax filing obligations for expats abroad, she decided to renounce her citizenship in 2021, solo traveling to Mexico during the pandemic to complete the process. She now lives happily ever after as a Canadian citizen in Burnaby, BC.