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Expat Guide to Living Abroad

Whether you're already living abroad or preparing to move overseas, our Expat Guide to Living Overseas can help guide you. For answers to specific questions, use our Country Forums to talk with other expats and retirees already living abroad.

Moving to The Bahamas: 13 Things to Know Before You Move to The Bahamas

Expats in The Bahamas share 13 key considerations for anyone planning to move to the Bahamas.

10 Best Places to Live in Ireland

Expats in Ireland have a lot of options when they consider where they would like to live on the Emerald Isle. From great cities like Dublin and Galway, to more rustic areas such as Killarney, this is a good start for expats looking to explore where they will be happiest in Ireland.

Moving to Mexico: 8 Things to Know Before You Move to Mexico

Expats in Mexico share important tips for people preparing to move to Mexico. From banking in Mexico to finding a safe city, read these 8 tips before moving to Mexico.

10 Tips for Living in Honduras

Expats offer tips and insight into what it's like to live in Honduras. The discuss crime in Honduras, the slow pace of life, culture shock, where to live in Honduras and more.

Culture Shock in Batangas City, Philippines

A retired US Naval Officer and his Filipina wife moved to Batangas City. He shares how he has adapted to live in the Philippines, what he appreciates most about the Filipino culture and more.

Culture Shock in Sora, Panama

An American woman and her husband visited Panama yearly for 10 years before making the move from Texas. She describes the challenges they faced dealing with a dishonest gringo contractor who was building their house. The Panamanians' love of family and their friendliness are two things she appreciates most about the local culture. She confesses that it took her a year to unwind from her fast-paced life in the medical field.

Living in Cambridge, UK

An expat in Cambridge in the UK offers some advice on life in this university city and how to succeed there. Contains advice for expats on what to expect and how to get settled.

Living in New Providence, Bahamas

An expat on New Providence, an island that is home to the capital city of Nassau, offers advice on moving to the Bahamas and what it's like to live there. Finances, life as an expat, locals and more are covered in this report.

Moving to Falmouth, Jamaica

An expat in Falmouth, Jamaica offers some insight into moving there. It includes cost of living information, what to bring and what you might want to leave at home.

Moving to Rosarito, Mexico

An expat who moved to Rosarito, Mexico talks about her house hunting trips and ultimately making the move to Mexico.

Dream vs Reality of Living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States

An expat shares a brief report about his expectations going into a move to Puerto Rico, and the realities that actually awaited him there.

Retirement in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

An expat who retired to Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador enjoys Bahia's very low cost of living, fresh uncontaminated food and warm climate. He wishes he had been more cautious with investments given the issues in Ecuador with the 7.8 earthquake last April. The experience has taught him a lot about buying property and property laws.

Additional Articles
10 Tips for Living in the United Kingdom

Expats in the United Kingdom live in one of the most sought after destinations in the world. Its four countries - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - offer expats a broad range of expatriate experiences.

Moving to Panama: 7 Things to Know Before You Move to Panama

Do you have to buy a round trip ticket when moving to Panama? How difficult is it to bring my dog? Should I buy a home in Panama? Can I find health insurance that covers me in Panama and my home country when I travel back to visit relatives?

9 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Ecuador

Expats in Ecuador share their experiences with healthcare and overseas medical insurance in Ecuador.

How to Decide if Becoming an Expat Is For You

Should you become an expat? Is moving overseas for career development, as a self-initiated expat or for an international education the right choice for you?

Portugal Health Care Climbs in EU Ratings

Expats in Portugal live in a country with a health system designed to provide universal coverage. Susan Stults Korthase offers information about how the system fared in a recent international survey about European health systems.

Befriending Expats vs Locals: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Travelers

Expats all seem to have a different take on befriending other expats. Some ridicule peers who move abroad and hang with other expats. The majority of expats find that befriending other expats helps to ease culture shock. Ruth Jewett shares her personal experiences living in Taiwan.

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