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8 Best Places to Live in Germany

Expats love Germany for its historic towns, festivals, Christmas markets and diversity. In this article, we cover 8 of the best places to live in Germany.

Expats in Ecuador: Pros and Cons of Living in Ecuador

Expats in Ecuador share some of the pros and cons of living in Ecuador. Topics covered include where to live, the bureaucracy, the people and more. Expats in Ecuador seem to all agree that you'll have to come down and explore the country to find the perfect place for you!

13 Best Places for Families to Live in Costa Rica

Expats in Costa Rica talk about the best places for families to live in Costa Rica. From the cool climate of the Central Valley to the beautiful beach towns in Gaunacaste and Costa Ballena, proximity to international and bilingual schools, safety and lifestyle are all taken into consideration.

Expats in Panama: Pros and Cons of Living in Panama

Expats in Panama share some of the pros and cons of living in Panama. Topics covered include where to live, the bureaucracy, the people and more. Expats in Panama seem to all agree that you'll have to come down and explore the country to find the perfect place for you!

Culture Shock in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

An expat in Mal Pais, Costa Rica provides a detailed culture shock report that offers a great example of someone who has learned to roll with the punches that come with expat life in a somewhat remote location. Covers everything from mosquitoes, to finding products from the local grocer, to getting your laptop repaired. And don't for get about the fruit bats and monkey poop!

Culture Shock in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia

An expat in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia talks about the challenges of moving to St. Lucia with a 2 year old. She advises others to research in advance, get out and do things and speak to as many people before your move as possible.

Living in Playa Hermosa de Jaco and Jaco, Costa Rica

An expat in Playa Hermosa de Jaco, Costa Rica says newcomers learn to relax, slow down and enjoy the carefree beach life in Jaco. Expats and locals love to surf, have picnics on the beach, go the the feria (farmer's market) on Friday mornings and choose from the diverse selection of restaurants.

Living in Rural Coast of the state of Michoacan, Mexico

An expat living in Las Penas, Mexico describes life in this rural coastal area of the state of Michoacan. The tiny town has a population of 113, many of whom work in the fishing industry.

Moving to Cuenca, Ecuador

An American woman talks about the ups and downs of moving to Cuenca. She had limited Spanish when she arrived, but a local woman helped her in the apartment search and she found the perfect place in a lovely Spanish-speaking neighborhood. Her apartment is 3-4 times less expensive than in the US.

Moving to Puerto Varas, Chile

An expat in Puerto Varas, Chile talks about moving to Chile with a few suitcases and a shipping container coming in six months. She and her husband lived in temporary housing and investigated areas to live in the south of Chile such as Pucon and Puerto Varas. They love their spacious, new home with amazing views of the lake and volcanoes.

Dream vs Reality of Living in Manta, Ecuador

An expat couple explains how the negative reviews of Manta, Ecuador made them initially overlook this "working-class city." After visiting several others cities, they gave Manta a chance and realized that it was the perfect destination for them!

Retirement in Apizaco, Mexico

A retiree in Apizaco, Mexico talks about retiring in Mexico. He and his wife decided to move to Mexico for the lower cost of living and climate.

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