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Expats talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint: you'll be much happier if you learn the language) and adjust your expectations (realities: the roads are rough, the pace of life is slower and bureaucracy is unavoidable). Despite all of the challenges, the list of what expats like about life in Latin America far exceeds the challenges.
People considering a move to Central America often narrow down their list to Panama and Costa Rica. Expats talk about the cost of living in Panama and Costa Rica - housing costs, gas, car, electric, internet, groceries, budgets for various lifestyles and more.
Portugal is a safe, expat-friendly country with stunning beaches, cities, popular beach towns and sleepy fishing villages. We've compiled a list of 12 of the best places to live based upon expats' recommendations. They include Lisbon, Cascais, Lagos, Tavira, Ericeira, Caldas da Rainha, Tomar, Nazare, Coimbra, Porto, Guimaraes and Braga.
An expat in Ecuador talks about the spread of coronavirus there and how the Cuenca area has had a good outcome from the stay-at-home measures. The expats there watch in horror at the news from the US.
An expat in Tashkent, Uzbekistan talks about the situation there, where very strict stay-at-home regulations have been in place since late March. While the news is censored there, he has heard that here are about 1,000 cases in the country with under 50 deaths.
An expat talks about living through the coronavirus pandemic in the coastal city of Punta del Este, Uruguay. He would rather self isolate there than back in the US.
Another expat in Portugal describes what it's like living under shelter in place orders in the beautiful coastal village of Atouguia da Baleia. Like other expats in Portugal, this expat feels like people are complying and things are better in Portugal than back home.
An expat talks about what it's like living through the pandemic on Isla Mujeres, a island that's normally bustling with tourists but is now quiet and remote. Residents have really come together to support those in need. One group of expats collected money and handed out grocery gift cards to those in need, a local restaurant served a free fish dinner to over 200 people and a selfless restaurateur has been distributing food baskets.