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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

11 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats and Global Nomads in Greece

If you're moving to Greece, it's important to understand the health insurance requirements when seeking a short or long-term visa, the quality of healthcare outside of Athens including in Greek Islands, vaccines for Greece and more.

Croatia Visa & Residency

If you're heading to Croatia, you'll need to know if you need a visa, what type of visa, how to apply for that visa, COVID-19 related entry requirements for Croatia, the health insurance requirement and more. Digital Nomad Visa information will be added when available. Sources: Croatia's Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs, Croatia's Ministry of Interior, the Croatian Embassy in Sweden and the US Embassy in Zagreb.

9 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats and Global Nomads in Croatia

If you're a global nomad heading to Croatia or an expat living there, understanding the quality and cost of healthcare and medical services in Croatia is important. Additionally, information about COVID-19 testing requirements for entry into Croatia and local testing sites.

10 Tips for Living in Panama

Expats, global nomads and retirees are drawn to Panama's ease of residency, low taxes (Panama does not tax on worldwide income), friendly Panamanians who always put family first, inexpensive healthcare and laid back lifestyle. Like any country, life in Panama does come with a few challenges. This articles covers all of these topics and more.

Panama Visas & Residency

This article covers the ins and outs of the most common tourist and residency visas that expats and global nomads obtain when moving to and living in Panama. How long you can stay in Panama without a visa (or on a tourist visa depending upon your citizenship)? What are the advantages of becoming a legal resident of Panama? Would I qualify for the Friendly Nations Visa? How old do I have to be to qualify for the Pensionado Visa? How do I apply for a work permit in Panama? It also addresses how and why some expats choose to become citizens of Panama.

Coronavirus Updates from Expats (October 2020)

Expats share updates on the Coronavirus pandemic in their areas such as Italy, Colombia, Belgium, Ecuador, Brazil and the US.

Panama's Pensionado Visa

Panama's Pensionado Visa offers retirees with a retirement income of at least $1,000 an easy way to become legal residents of Panama and includes many perks.

Panama's Pensionado Discounts

Panama's pensionado discounts are available to legal residents (55+ for women, 60+ for men). These generous discounts include 25% off airline tickets, 25% at restaurants, 50% off at hotels during the week, exemption on import tax for up to $10,000 household goods and much more.

Panama's Friendly Nations Visa

Panama's Friendly Nations Visa was introduced in 2012 and enables immigrants from 50 nationalities to easily obtain residency and a work permit.

How to Open a Bank Account in Panama

How to open a bank account in Panama from the expat perspective: covers what documents you'll need to open a bank account, key criteria when choosing a bank, opening a bank account before you obtain residency and more.

Best Banks in Panama for Expats and Global Nomads

Expats share their recommendations for the best banks in Panama for expats and global nomads.

12 Best Places to Live in Italy

Italy is beloved by expats, global nomads and retirees. We've compiled a list of the 12 best places to live in Italy based upon expats' recommendations. They include Liguria, Puglia, Rome, Le Marche, Abruzzo, Sicily and more.

Estonia's Digital Nomad Visa

Launched on August 1, 2020, Estonia's digital nomad visa allows people to live and work remotely in Estonia for up to 12 months. You'll need to apply at your Estonian Embassy or Consulate and the process takes 15-30 days.

Work from Bermuda Certificate

Bermuda introduced the Work from Bermuda Certificate on August 1, 2020. They are inviting people to spend up to a year working remotely from the island.

10 Tips for Living in Pakistan

Expats talk about what it's like living in Pakistan and cover topics like healthcare, expat lifestyle, typical clothing, locals view of foreigners and much more.

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Culture-Shock-in-ValenciaAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Valencia, Spain

An expat who studied anthropology has adjusted to life in Valencia and talks about his approach to avoiding culture shock.

An expat who studied anthropology has adjusted to life in Valencia and talks about his approach to avoiding culture shock....

Living-in-Ao-Nang-(Krabi)An Expat Discusses Living in Ao Nang (Krabi), Thailand

Can you move to Thailand without a job? Is it easy to work remotely? An expat in Ao Nang answer these questions and has a lot more advice about living in Thailand.

Can you move to Thailand without a job? Is it easy to work remotely? An expat in Ao Nang answer these questions and has a lot more advice about living in Thailand. ...

11-Important-Tips-about-Healthcare-for-Expats-and-Global-Nomads-in-Greece11 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats and Global Nomads in Greece

If you're moving to Greece, it's important to understand the health insurance requirements when seeking a short or long-term visa, the quality of healthcare outside of Athens including in Greek Islands, vaccines for Greece and more.

If you're moving to Greece, it's important to understand the health insurance requirements when seeking a short or long-term visa, the quality of healthcare outside of Athens including in Greek Island...

Panama-Remains-Popular-With-ExpatsExpat Survey: Panama Remains Popular With Expats

Expats remain attracted to Panama for its cost of living, excellent climate and the variety of options available for places to live. Read about how Panama ranked relative to other expat destinations and specific comments from expats themselves.

Expats remain attracted to Panama for its cost of living, excellent climate and the variety of options available for places to live. Read about how Panama ranked relative to other expat destinations ...

Croatia-Visa--ResidencyCroatia Visa & Residency

If you're heading to Croatia, you'll need to know if you need a visa, what type of visa, how to apply for that visa, COVID-19 related entry requirements for Croatia, the health insurance requirement and more. Digital Nomad Visa information will be added when available. Sources: Croatia's Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs, Croatia's Ministry of Interior, the Croatian Embassy in Sweden and the US Embassy in Zagreb.

If you're heading to Croatia, you'll need to know if you need a visa, what type of visa, how to apply for that visa, COVID-19 related entry requirements for Croatia, the health insurance requirement a...

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