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Welcome to Expat Exchange. If you're moving overseas, settling in abroad, an expert on international living, a repatriate, or just considering an expatriate adventure, Expat Exchange can help! Since 1997, we've helped millions of expats worldwide.

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?

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.

10 Tips for Living in the United States

Expats in the United States live in the most sought after destination country in the world. Here are some tips and resources for finding out what you need to get there, and how to succeed once you're in the U.S.

Buying Property in Italy

Avvocato Carlo Bottino offers an overview of the Italian property buying process and related legal considerations. Expats interested in buying property in Italy should understand the steps - and hire an Italian lawyer!

Culture Shock in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

An Aussie expat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has had no problems setting into the culture there. Read about some of his experiences and his take on culture shock.

Culture Shock in Baku, Azerbaijan

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.

Living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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.

Living in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

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.

Moving to Barcelona, Spain

An expat in Barcelona talks about the cost of living in Barcelona, finding an apartment that's pet friendly, learning the language and more.

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 Chiang Mai, Thailand

An expat who retired in Chiang Mai Thailand offers some detailed insight into what it means to live abroad there. Health care in Chiang Mai, crime, cost of living and more are covered.

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