Welcome! 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.
The 5 expats who submit the most tips during the month of December will receive $75 Amazon.com gift certificates! Share your relocation advice, favorite local restaurants, best activities for kids, tips for saving money -- anything you've learned living abroad! (Contest Rules & Restrictions)
Embrace Your Gifts! "Change always comes bearing gifts." (Price Pritchett). While searching for a rental home, I have been forced to ride a "chicken bus" (i.e., packed like a sardine and canned by a rectangular metal container called a bus). These bus experiences were unpleasant and I always came home cranky, tired and down-trodden. Then, by the umpteenth time I had ridden the bus, my "gift" arrived. (Read Full Tip)
One expat who retired to Yeravan, Armenia is enjoying a much lower cost-of-living, walking his kids to school and playing softball in the summers with the Marines at the US Embassy. He says a couple can easily live on $1,000 per month and a family on $2,000. His 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom city-center apartment with a rooftop garden costs $700 a month.
Dive into the culture. Just go ahead and feast on the country's native food, see the country's movies, and visit ALL the sites. Even dress with the traditional clothes once in a while, just to really get into it.