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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

Living in Portugal Guide 2021

Our Living in Portugal Guide is a primer on everything about living in Portugal: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, obtaining a driver's license, how to bring your pet with you and more.

Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) Program

Spend a year working remotely from the Bahamas with their new Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) Program. Plus, you can apply online and get approved in 5 days.

Croatia's Digital Nomad Visa

Pack your bags, because Croatia's much-anticipated Digital Nomad Visa (aka Temporary Digital Nomad Stay) is now law and the application process is in place. This article provides step-by-step instructions about how to apply for the digital nomad visa. Are you eligible? How do you apply? What documents do you need? What are the costs? Can you bring your family?

Living in Panama Guide

Our Guide to Living in Panama is a perfect primer for readers interested in Panama. Covers healthcare, cost of living, best places to live, residency, visas, real estate, moving tips and the pros and cons of living in Panama.

American Women's Association of Rome: Charity, Connection & Cooking during Pandemic

The American Women's Association of Rome remotely collaborated on a cookbook during the pandemic. It's available now and part of the proceeds are donated to Italy's Protezione Civile, to aid those health professionals who have been on the front lines during the pandemic.

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. Includes information about the new Digital Nomad Visa and how to apply.

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 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.

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Latin-AmericaExpats 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.

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:...

Moving-OverseasYou're Not Too Old To Live Abroad

Who doesn't want to get out there and see the world? So many of us put off the prospect of moving overseas until later in life, and that shouldn't keep you from considering retiring abroad.

Who doesn't want to get out there and see the world? So many of us put off the prospect of moving overseas until later in life, and that shouldn't keep you from considering retiring abroad....

Living-OverseasThe 9 Best Islands for Expats and Global Nomads

Does life have you dreaming of moving to an island and living a simpler life? Explore island life from the Caribbean to the Pacific.

Does life have you dreaming of moving to an island and living a simpler life? Explore island life from the Caribbean to the Pacific. ...

Living-Overseas7 Best Places to Live on the Beach in Central America

Want to live on the beach without breaking the bank? Central America is home to dozens of beach towns and cities beloved by expats and global nomads. From Belize down to Panama, we explore 7 of the best places to live on the beach in Central America.

Want to live on the beach without breaking the bank? Central America is home to dozens of beach towns and cities beloved by expats and global nomads. From Belize down to Panama, we explore 7 of the ...

Global-NomadCountries Introduce Global Nomad Visas During Pandemic

Many people are escaping their routines and temporarily moving overseas during the pandemic. These countries are welcoming them with open arms by making it easy for visitors to stay and work remotely for months or even a year. The most recent addition to the list is Croatia - they've just launched online applications for their digital nomad visa.

Many people are escaping their routines and temporarily moving overseas during the pandemic. These countries are welcoming them with open arms by making it easy for visitors to stay and work remotely...

Living-Abroad10 Best Countries for Expats

Expats around the world shared their opinions of what it's like to live overseas in our Best Places to Live 2020 Survey. Here are the 10 countries that came out on top. It's a must-read for anyone thinking about moving overseas or becoming a global nomad.

Expats around the world shared their opinions of what it's like to live overseas in our Best Places to Live 2020 Survey. Here are the 10 countries that came out on top. It's a must-read for anyone t...

Culture-Shock-in-Nueva-GorgonaAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Nueva Gorgona, Panama

An expat living in Nueva Gorgona loves that people in Panama appreciate everyday life and family, loves the local food and celebrations and traditions.

An expat living in Nueva Gorgona loves that people in Panama appreciate everyday life and family, loves the local food and celebrations and traditions. ...

Living-in-RoatanAn Expat Discusses Living in Roatan, Honduras

One expat talks about life in Roatan - daily yoga at Sundowners Restaurant (for $10) to Sunday Funday at the brewery to volunteering for PIER (Partners in Education Roatan). Plus, lots of advice about moving here.

One expat talks about life in Roatan - daily yoga at Sundowners Restaurant (for $10) to Sunday Funday at the brewery to volunteering for PIER (Partners in Education Roatan). Plus, lots of advice abou...

International-Health-Insurance-GlossaryInternational Health Insurance Glossary

Here's a glossary filled with terms related to international health insurance. Covers general terms as well as those that may help you understand what to look for in a policy.

Here's a glossary filled with terms related to international health insurance. Covers general terms as well as those that may help you understand what to look for in a policy....

How-to-Buy-International-Health-InsuranceHow to Buy International Health Insurance

Learn about International Health Insurance and get started on the process of purchasing a policy that is right for you and your loved ones.

Learn about International Health Insurance and get started on the process of purchasing a policy that is right for you and your loved ones....

International-Health-Insurance-FAQInternational Health Insurance FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions that expats have related to international health insurance. Information related to insurance options, costs, coverages and more.

Here are some frequently asked questions that expats have related to international health insurance. Information related to insurance options, costs, coverages and more....

10-Tips-For-Buying-International-Health-Insurance10 Tips For Buying International Health Insurance

Ensuring you have International Health Insurance is one of the most important aspects of life abroad. These tips will get you on your way to finding the best policy for you and your loved ones.

Ensuring you have International Health Insurance is one of the most important aspects of life abroad. These tips will get you on your way to finding the best policy for you and your loved ones....

Living-in-Mexico-Guide-2021Living in Mexico Guide 2021

Our Living in Mexico Guide is an introduction to everything about the basics for moving to Mexico: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, and more.

Our Living in Mexico Guide is an introduction to everything about the basics for moving to Mexico: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, and more....

Cost-of-Living-in-MexicoCost of Living in Mexico

The cost of living in Mexico is one of the first topics considered by expats exploring the idea of moving there. Here's an idea of what your expenses will be if you choose to one of the expat hotspots in Mexico.

The cost of living in Mexico is one of the first topics considered by expats exploring the idea of moving there. Here's an idea of what your expenses will be if you choose to one of the expat hotspot...

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