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Betsy Burlingame

Ms. Burlingame launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU's Gallatin School where she combined studies at Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications Program and Stern Business School. After graduating in 1998, she secured angel funding for Expat Exchange.

Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Burlingame and Wood have spent the last 20+ years growing the service into the market leader in online support for international transferees and expatriates.

Ms. Burlingame has offered insight into issues related to moving and living abroad for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Kiplinger, AARP and other publications.

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In the News

Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus Complicates the Expat Adventure

AARP: Don't Just Retire Abroad - Work There

The New York Times: Not Happy With the Candidates? Try Out a New Country

Kiplinger: Live and Work Abroad When You Retire

Kiplinger: 8 Great Places to Retire Overseas (2014)

The New York Times: Making a Move Abroad, and Working There, Too

Forbes.com: 13 Tips For A Working Retirement---Abroad

Kiplinger: 8 Great Places to Retire Abroad (2013)

The New York Times: Cyberhomes for Strangers in Strange Lands

Keeps You Happy and Healthy by Kerry Hannon

Entrepreneur Magazine: Easy.Com, Easy.Go

Some of Ms. Burlingame's Articles

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Expats share what it's like living in Chiang Mai and why they move there. With its large expat community of missionaries, retirees, expat families and teachers, Chiang Mai is attractive for many reasons: its size, friendly people, low cost of living and good healthcare.

17 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a lot to offer expats with its tropical climate, eco-friendly culture, beautiful beaches, welcoming people, good healthcare system and relative safety. Many expats warn newcomers about the high cost of housing and food. In this updated version of the best places to live in Costa Rica we cover many more locations such as Playa Flamingo, Nosara, Lake Arenal, Jaco Beach and Ojochal.

Expats Talk About The Biggest Challenges They Face Living in Latin America

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.

Cost of Living: Costa Rica vs. Panama

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.

10 Expats Share Tips for Moving to Costa Rica

Expats in Costa Rica answer the question: If a friend of yours was thinking of moving here, what other advice would you give them. One expat summed it up perfectly when he said not to let your desire to live in paradise get in the way of thinking about the logistics. Here's what other expats had to say.

Expats Talk About The Biggest Challenges They Face Living in Europe

Living in Europe can be a dream realized for many expats, but that doesn't mean that adjusting to life there comes without its challenges. Expats share some of the biggest challenges they've faced from learning the language, making friends and dealing with the bureaucracy are some of the most common.

How are People around the World Handling the Pandemic?

Expats talk about how people in their countries are handling the pandemic. In some places, it hardly seems like people know that there is a pandemic, while people in most other countries are complying with the stay-at-home orders.

Healthcare in the Netherlands

9 important things for expats to know about healthcare in the Netherlands. Include information about health insurance requirements for residency, prescription medications, emergency medical care, ambulance service and more.

COVID-19 in Latin America

COVID-19 is spreading throughout Latin America. Like elsewhere in the world, Latin American countries are taking very different approaches to try to control the spread -- some fare more stringent than others. In this article, expats in a number of Latin American countries talk about the day-to-day realities of the pandemic.

Are Expats Returning Home due to the Coronavirus Pandemic?

We surveyed expats and asked if they are returning home or making plans to repatriate due to the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of expats said that felt safer staying put or were unable to repatriate due to travel restrictions.

Healthcare in Austria

Expats in Austria have access to highly respected private and public hospitals, English-speaking doctors and more.

Costa Rica Residency

Applying for residency in Costa Rica can be a daunting process. Which type of residency is right for me? Do I need an attorney? Do I have to leave the country every 90 days? What is a cedula? This article answers these and many other questions.

Moving to Sweden

Our guide to Moving to Sweden offers tips from expats in Sweden about housing, healthcare in Sweden, making friends, best places to live and more.

Healthcare in Sweden

Sweden's healthcare system is primarily public, but private healthcare and insurance does exist and are used by expats. This article provides expats with an overview of the healthcare system, how to handle medical emergencies, prescription medications, hospitals in Sweden and more.

Healthcare in Colombia

Our guide to healthcare in Colombia covers public and private healthcare in Colombia, hospitals, vaccinations, prescription medications and more.

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Expats-in-PortugalLisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, which is one of the most popular countries for expats in Europe. You'll find basic information to help you get acquainted with Lisbon and what it has to offer.

Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, which is one of the most popular countries for expats in Europe. You'll find basic information to help you get acquainted with Lisbon and what it h...

Expats-in-ThailandChiang Mai, Thailand

Expats share what it's like living in Chiang Mai and why they move there. With its large expat community of missionaries, retirees, expat families and teachers, Chiang Mai is attractive for many reasons: its size, friendly people, low cost of living and good healthcare.

Expats share what it's like living in Chiang Mai and why they move there. With its large expat community of missionaries, retirees, expat families and teachers, Chiang Mai is attractive for many rea...

Retirement-In-TobercurryAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Tobercurry, Ireland

A expat in Tobercurry talks about how she and her husband chose to retire in Ireland - the more affordable lifestyle (living on less than $2,000 a month), Ireland's public healthcare system, finding a home through an Estate Agent, enjoying walking everywhere and not needing a car, the sense of safety and more. She cannot stress enough that anyone thinking about retiring in Ireland research diligently and seek the advice of other expats.

A expat in Tobercurry talks about how she and her husband chose to retire in Ireland - the more affordable lifestyle (living on less than $2,000 a month), Ireland's public healthcare system, finding a...

Moving-To-SalinasAn Expat Talks about Moving to Salinas, Ecuador

An expat talks about moving to Salinas, Ecuador - the lower cost of living, beach life and what to bring to make it feel like home.

An expat talks about moving to Salinas, Ecuador - the lower cost of living, beach life and what to bring to make it feel like home....

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