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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.
People considering a move to Central America often narrow down their list to Panama and Costa Rica. Expats talk about the cost of living in Panama and Costa Rica - housing costs, gas, car, electric, internet, groceries, budgets for various lifestyles and more.
Portugal is a safe, expat-friendly country with stunning beaches, cities, popular beach towns and sleepy fishing villages. We've compiled a list of 12 of the best places to live based upon expats' recommendations. They include Lisbon, Cascais, Lagos, Tavira, Ericeira, Caldas da Rainha, Tomar, Nazare, Coimbra, Porto, Guimaraes and Braga.
An expat talks about the pandemic in Monterrey, Mexico, where things are pretty low key and about half of people walking around are wearing masks. Most people in Mexico feels that the government is downplaying the gravity of the situation in Mexico City.
A Czech citizens talks about the government controls in Czechia and lack of transparency. He wants to move when he can, because he fears that this is the beginning of his country slipping back into communism.
An expat living in Sandyport, a community in Nassau, talks about what it's like living through the Coronavirus pandemic in the Bahamas. He says that avoiding illness is key given the quality of medical care there. His family is enjoying spending more time together!
An expat in Ecuador talks about the situation on Cotacachi, where only a handful of COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in the entire Canton in the early weeks. Despite the low numbers, the mayor has imposed the same restrictions as in Guayaquil, where the spread of Coronavirus has been devastating. People have been complying, but are starting to get restless and angry that things are not opening up in Cotacachi.
An expat in Vilcabamba talks about the extreme lockdown measures being taken in Ecuador and how it is hurting people. A friend of theirs recently died, because he was unable to get medications for chronic conditions. They've also heard of similar deaths from people who are unable to get dialysis. Public assistance is not being provided and many families, not allowed to work, are starving and in dire need.