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.
Expats living in Mexico discuss health insurance and quality of medical care in Mexico.
Expats in Texas live in one of the largest states in the United States. Here are some tips for expats on how to successfully move to, and settle into, one of the most iconic American states.
Expats in Italy share 7 important tips for those preparing to retire in Italy.
Expats in Singapore should prepare for a complicated tax system their relocation. Here are 10 tips to help expats manage this critical aspect of their finances abroad.
An expat living in Baku, Azerbaijan offers her perspective on living there and the culture shock she experienced. It offers insight into the realities of settling into Baku and how to manage it.
An expat in West Clare, Ireland describes life there as kinder, simpler and slower. She advises newcomers to adapt to this new way of life rather than try to teach locals how to be faster and more efficient (an American trait the Irish typically don't admire).
An expat talks about living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She describes social gatherings, recreational activities and more. One tip: visit Puerto Vallarta many times and stay in different areas before making the move.
Punta del Diablo is a picturesque fishing village about 2.5 hours up the coast of Uruguay from Punta del Este with a growing expat population. The local people are focused on family, most depend on the tourism industry and everyone loves of soccer. An expat offers an in-depth look at expat life in Punta del Diablo.
An expat who moved to Rosarito, Mexico talks about her house hunting trips and ultimately making the move to Mexico.
An expat from Vancouver provides a detailed report on moving to Manzanillo, Mexico. Having already lived in Lake Chapala, this is some well-informed insight into what is available in Mexico.
An expat shares a brief report about his expectations going into a move to Puerto Rico, and the realities that actually awaited him there.
An expat retiree on New Providence, Bahamas, which is the home of the capital Nassau, offers valuable advice on how to retire there. Information on housing, health care, transportation, night life and more is provided.
More Culture Shock ReportsCulture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses to date: Submit a Culture Shock Report View All Reports
More Living Overseas Reports
What are people's priorities - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses to date:
More Moving Overseas Reports
What should you take with you when you move? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats? Below are some of the responses to date:
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International School Reports
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews submitted to date:
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Dream vs. Reality of Living Abroad Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they move abroad. If you are already living abroad, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports submitted to date:
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Retiring Abroad Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring abroad, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports submitted to date:
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Having a Baby Abroad Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like around the world? Below are some of the reports submitted to date:
What's it like to find a job abroad? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats living in various cities and towns around the world? Below are some of the reports submitted to date:
More Working Abroad Reports
Expats in Spain share their experiences with healthcare and overseas medical insurance in Spain.
It's time for U.S. expats to explore what they'll need to file properly for the 2016 tax year. David McKeegan of Greenback Expat Tax Services offers tax bracket information and others facts you need to know.
Expats celebrate Christmas throughout the world, and Expat Exchange has captured that experience over the years. Here's a blend of what we've published in the past, as well as some options to consider for making the 2016 holiday season a festive one.
Expats in Finland live in a country that borders Sweden, Norway and Russia and offers a successful western economy. Here are some tips to get expats acquainted with life in Finland.
Expats in Colombia share experiences with the Colombian healthcare system. Tips cover EPS, quality of medical care, hospital stays and more.
Expats in Tokyo have several neighborhoods worth considering when they move abroad. Individual needs, such as proximity to work, international schools in Tokyo and other factors will help determine the best choice for each expat and expat family.