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
Living in Portugal Guide
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.
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.
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.
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 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.