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Moving to Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 30, 2024

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to the Philippines for its low cost of living, warm climate, and friendly people. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in the Philippines are Manila, Cebu, and Davao. People looking for a place to live in the Philippines can search online for rental listings, contact real estate agents, or look for postings on expat forums.

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What do I need to know before moving to Philippines?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Philippines, they said:

"I lived in Cebu, Quoit Pardo for a few years off and on. Great people but just too much traffic, I have moved up north to Danao. Everything you need here, or a cheap air conditioned bus ride to Cebu City if you need any of the Government Departments. A good immigration office and plenty of banking facilities available, if you get a private car. Make sure you have somewhere to park, because that can be a problem. For accommodation DO NOT BUY, just rent. There are plenty of condos, houses or rooms at a good price," remarked one expat who made the move to Cebu.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. 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.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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