Shantel Asante-Kissi: Better in Brussels

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Shantel Asante-Kissi is a real estate developer who has lived all over the world. Born and raised in Chicago, she’s spent time in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and New Jersey before relocating to Brussels, Belgium with her husband of 25 years and two children. She has completely caught the travel bug in Europe and uses travel as a way to educate her children. Hear how her experience was getting started in Belgium, the biggest lifestyle changes compared to the U.S., and navigating the financial and tax landscape.

Shantel’s Blaxit Blueprint:

1. Declaring Your Intention: Shantel recognized that the racial climate in the U.S. was not the best environment to enable her children to flourish. The safety of Brussels and its proximity to many other countries within Europe now serves as the backdrop of their global classroom.

2. Get the Support You Need: Shantel and her husband have developed a rhythm over the course of their 25-year marriage. Part of what enables them to manage extended time away from one another includes encouraging Shantel to get the help she needs. Shantel credits this for her ability to adapt and adjust to change.

3. Family Motto: Kissi’s family motto continues to guide their life pursuits, “connect to as many people and places as possible and you’ll identify your passions”. Shantel is enjoying this new phase of her life as a trailing spouse and fully embraces what lies ahead.

Follow Shantel on Instagram: @noirandabroad

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Chrishan Wright is the visionary behind Blaxit Global—an influential platform inspiring and empowering the African diaspora to embrace a life abroad. As the dynamic host of the Blaxit Global Podcast, Chrishan amplifies the stories of Black expats, weaving a narrative that transcends boundaries.

Chrishan's impact extends far beyond the podcast, as she's become a sought-after freelance journalist and speaker. Her compelling insights have garnered attention from media outlets including The New York Times, HuffPost, PBS, InStyle Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Travel Noire, and more. As a speaker, she brings a unique perspective on the intersection of culture, identity, and the transformative power of relocation.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Chrishan is a devoted mother to two adult children. Fueling her passion for exploration, she embarked on her own journey, leaving the United States in 2023 to call Lisbon, Portugal, home. Chrishan's story is not just about relocation; it's a testament to the profound impact of embracing change and finding empowerment in the global tapestry of life. Join Chrishan on this transformative journey and let her experiences inspire your own adventure abroad.

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