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Betsy Burlingame

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 24+ 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

Expat Survey: 85% of Expats in Panama Love Living There

Our survey to find the Best Places to Live in 2022 revealed that 85% of expats in Panama report that they are happy with the expatriate experience there.

11 Best Places to Live in The Philippines

The Philippines is known for its big cities, breathtakingly beautiful beaches, friendly Filipinos and low cost of living. Where are the best places to live in the Philippines? Expats, digital nomads and retirees share their favorite places to live.

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.

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.

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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Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: Portugal Tops 2022 List of Best Countries for Expats

Expats, digital nomads and retirees have chosen Portugal as the best country to live in for 2022. Find out what other countries made it into the Top 10 as decided by our worldwide expatriate community.

Expats, digital nomads and retirees have chosen Portugal as the best country to live in for 2022. Find out what other countries made it into the Top 10 as decided by our worldwide expatriate communit...

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: 95% of Expats in Portugal Love Living There

Our survey to determine the Best Places to Live in 2022 found that 95% of expats are either extremely or very satisfied with their life in Portugal.

Our survey to determine the Best Places to Live in 2022 found that 95% of expats are either extremely or very satisfied with their life in Portugal....

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: More than 90% of Expats in Ecuador Rate It Highly

Our survey to find the Best Places to Live in 2022 revealed that 92% of expats in Ecuador report that they are happy with the expatriate experience there.

Our survey to find the Best Places to Live in 2022 revealed that 92% of expats in Ecuador report that they are happy with the expatriate experience there....

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: Almost 90% of Expats in Spain Enjoy Their Life Abroad

Nearly 90% of expats in Spain report that they are enjoying their expat experience and that they love the international lifestyle found there.

Nearly 90% of expats in Spain report that they are enjoying their expat experience and that they love the international lifestyle found there....

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: More Than 85% of Expats in Thailand Rate Experience Highly

Our new survey to find the Best Places to Live in 2022 revealed that 86% of expats in Thailand love their experience living there.

Our new survey to find the Best Places to Live in 2022 revealed that 86% of expats in Thailand love their experience living there....

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: 85% of Expats in Panama Love Living There

Our survey to find the Best Places to Live in 2022 revealed that 85% of expats in Panama report that they are happy with the expatriate experience there.

Our survey to find the Best Places to Live in 2022 revealed that 85% of expats in Panama report that they are happy with the expatriate experience there....

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: Nearly 90% of Expats in the U.K. Report Loving It There

Expats in the U.K. report a high level of satisfaction with their expatriate experience and the lifestyle afforded them there.

Expats in the U.K. report a high level of satisfaction with their expatriate experience and the lifestyle afforded them there....

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: 85% of Expats in Italy Report Being Happy There

Our recent survey of expatriates found that 85% of expats in Italy love their experience living in the Mediterranean nation.

Our recent survey of expatriates found that 85% of expats in Italy love their experience living in the Mediterranean nation....

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: 82% of Expats in Colombia Love Living There

Our recent survey found that 82% of expats in Colombia love their experience living in the South American nation.

Our recent survey found that 82% of expats in Colombia love their experience living in the South American nation....

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: More than 80% of Expats in Mexico are Happy There

Expats in Mexico once again professed their love for their expatriate experience and international lifestyle. More than 80% agreed that it's all it's advertised to be!

Expats in Mexico once again professed their love for their expatriate experience and international lifestyle. More than 80% agreed that it's all it's advertised to be!...

Expat-SurveyExpat Survey: 80% of Expats in Costa Rica Love It

Our survey to find the Best Places to Live in 2022 revealed that 80% of expats are either extremely or very satisfied with their life abroad in Costa Rica.

Our survey to find the Best Places to Live in 2022 revealed that 80% of expats are either extremely or very satisfied with their life abroad in Costa Rica....

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