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.
Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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
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.
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.
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.
10 Tips for Living in Estonia
Estonia has a lower cost of living, welcoming locals and rich traditions. As of August 1, 2020, they're also making it easier for global nomads to spend up to a year working remotely from Estonia. What to pack? Bring your warm, reflective clothing to prepare for the long winter.
Healthcare in Estonia
Medical care in Estonia is no up to Western standards, but is best in Tallinn, Tartu and Parnu. Our Estonia Healthcare Guide covers health insurance, finding an English-speaking doctor, best hospitals and more.
11 Tips about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Bermuda
If you're planning to move to Bermuda or spend a year there, it's important to understand the healthcare system, doctors, hospitals and emergency care. Here are 11 tips about healthcare and health insurance in Bermuda.