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5 Tips For Living in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Expats in Dhaka, Bangladesh live in a developing nation, yet a city that is also home to a significant part of the nation's technology, industrial and financial base. Some of the sites are beautiful, yet the poverty is also difficult for some to see over an extended period of time.

5 Tips For Living in Doha, Qatar

Expats in Doha live among a very large expatriate population. For first time expats in Doha, it can be challenging to adjust, while more experienced expats say the city and the country of Qatar is a manageable adjustment.

5 Tips For Living in Sao Paulo

Expats in Sao Paulo find themselves living in one of the most important cities in South America. Technology, finance, and services drive its economy, and that of Brazil as a nation. Influences from all over the world have shaped its culture.

5 Tips For Living in Oman

Expats in Oman find a varied climate - sometimes pleasant and other times harsh - well-regarded international schools, and plenty of excellent restaurants to frequent.

Culture Shock in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

An expat in the Ivory Coast has found the locals to be very unfriendly. She has lived abroad for 22 years and feels that the Ivory Coast is the most difficult place that she has lived.

Culture Shock in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

An expat living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala talks about the culture shock she experienced when she moved to Guatemala. Her biggest challenges was getting used to cold showers! She advised newcomers to be friendly, interact with locals even if you only speak a little Spanish, speak more quietly and be gracious.

Living in Minturno, Italy

An expat who retired in Minturno, Italy says the people there are the most welcoming, friendly and accepting group she has ever met. She appreciates the low cost of living, beautiful weather, history and culture of Minturno.

Living in Davao, Philippines

An expat who has lived in Davao, Philippines for 10 years says that life in Davao revolves around socializing, eating, drinking and living a nice and happy life -- in and surrounded by nature. Although there is some work to be found in Davao, he explains that it's best to have remote Internet-based work from outside the country.

Moving to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

An expat in the coastal city of Ensenada, Mexico in Baja California about 1 hour 45 minutes south of San Diego talks about expat life in Ensenada. She recommends that people considering a move there come for a month or more in the winter to be sure you will enjoy Ensenada in its cooler, less picture-perfect season.

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 Corozal, Belize

A retiree in Corozal, Belize chose Corozal for retirement because he had a friend with property there, wanted a lower cost of living and tropical climate. The most rewarding aspects of expat life in Belize have been the long-lasting friendships he and his wife have made, living in a different culture and enjoying a new cuisine.

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