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9 Ways to Live Overseas 9 Sensational Ways to Live Overseas by Amy E. Robertson
An experienced expat, author, and long-time traveler provides realistic examples of popular and interesting ways to live overseas, including some you may not have considered.
Expatriate Travel Writing Contest Winners Congratulations to the 2017 Expatriate and Work Abroad Travel Writing Contest Winners!
We wish to thank the authors for the fine eclectic submissions on Mexico, Morocco, South Korea, and Egypt ranging from excellent essays and narratives on being an expatriate to very useful practical guides on living and working abroad.
Living abroad for four years How to Spend Four Years Living Abroad by Tim Leffel
If you are looking for a great place to move and live abroad for four or more years, here are some ideas by the respected author of "A Better Life for Half the Price."
Living abroad map of Europe Living Abroad: Choosing a Country That's Best For You
A long-term traveler, volunteer, expatriate describes the lure of moving overseas for the estimated 8+ million Americans who have already decided to take the plunge. We provide our picks of the top 10 countries, in our estimation, for those contemplating making the move.

Other columns providing tips and answers to your essential questions include:

Working abroad for less How to Live and Work Abroad for Less by Nora Dunn
Author Nora Dunn writes in detail about her year-over-year income and expenses while living and working abroad in a location-independent manner.
Settling into life in a new country 8 Tips for Settling into a New Country Successfully by Matt Scott
Top tips provided by an experienced expat on how to realistically, smoothly, and successfully adapt to living in your chosen country.
Buying property in Panama 5 Keys to Buying a Property Abroad: Purchasing Your Piece of Paradise by Jonathon Engels
Practical tips and advice on how to go about choosing and buying your idea of paradise overseas, with budget as just one consideration.
Tokyo, Japan What it Takes to Live and Work Abroad by Celeste Heiter
A long-time expatriate in Japan and freelance author offers her own inside tips and a detailed questionnaire to help you determine your readiness for a successful transition abroad.
Virtual jobs Why a Virtual Job is the Best Job for Working Abroad by Tim Leffel
In an extract from his fine new book, "A Better Life at Half the Price," Leffel explores the many options for virtual jobs abroad, an increasingly popular combination of work, long-term travel, and living abroad offering incredible flexibility.
Managing finances while abroad How to Manage Your Finances at Home While Living Abroad by Nora Dunn
Nora Dunn, who has been living and working abroad continuously since 2007, provides many practical tips and great options to manage your finances remotely.
Living abroad  indefinitely How to Stay an Expat Indefinitely: 10 Tips from a Decade on the Move by Jonathon Engels
After 10 years living around the world, working on a variety of jobs, Jonathon describes his unique experiences and provides some time-tested tips for prospective expats.
How to move your posessions overseas A Guide to Moving Your Possessions Overseas by Shanie Matthews
Essential tips and resources for moving abroad with your personal possessions.
How to move your posessions overseas Tips to Safely Ship Your Car Overseas by Jenna Oppenheimer
You can save a bundle when moving abroad if you ship your car. Here's how to do it and who can do it for you.
Living abroad bettter than visiting 5 Reasons Why Living Overseas is Better Than Visiting by Jonathon Engels
Stories, reflections, and vivid illustrations by a long-term traveler and expat on how to experience deeper immersion in another land.
Organic farming abroad Permaculture Jobs, Sustainable Living and Endless Travel by Jonathon Engels
Over the past decade there has been a surge in interest and activities relating to permaculture jobs as a means of farming abroad, sustainable living, and the endless travel this enables.
The Expat's Survival Guide
Leslie Strazzullo offers some excellent inside advice on how to transition from living as an expatriate to experiencing life overseas as a compatriot.
The Challenges and Rewards of Living and Working Overseas
Author Margaret Malewski talks to Transitions Abroad about young mobile professionals living and working abroad.
Entrepreneurial Expatriates: How to Be Your Own Boss Abroad
Douglas Morris offfers some creative ways to create a business and start living as an expatriate.
Moving and Living Abroad
Dan Flynn describes the attitude and preparation necessary to move abroad successfully.
How to Move Abroad
Jacqueline D. Brown has distilled the process of moving abroad in 10 practical steps.
Moving Overseas: Mistakes to Avoid
Karen Banes provides practical tips for expatriates, including an emphasis on cultural and language immersion for those contemplating moving abroad.
Before Moving to Europe
Caroline Bisson offers practical preparation tips for those who plan on moving to Europe.
Planning for a Career Break Abroad with a Gap Year for Adults
Author Susan Griffith provides practical advice on taking that much-needed sabbatical in a new land.
10 Steps for Successful Family Sabbaticals Abroad
John Ciullo offers his practical advice.
How to Plan for Long-Term Travel and Life Abroad
Diana L. Reid offers many useful tips, links and resources useful for expatriates.
Preparing for a Move Abroad
Experienced expatriate Karin Gallagher provides her own checklist and tips for a successful move abroad.
Finding an Apartment Abroad
Nicholas Gill highlights online international rental resources and websites for expatriates to help you in what is one of the most challenging aspects of moving abroad.
Home Exchanges: A Cheap Way to Live Abroad
Catherine Price provides inside tips on how to go about swapping your home for one overseas and living well in another country on a budget.
Real Estate in Latin America
Author Tim Leffel provides insight into some of reasons real estate in Latin America is in such great demand for Americans wishing to move abroad. He describes and provides resources on how best to go about researching a place to live in the region, while taking your budget into consideration.
The Keys to Successful Moving and Living Abroad
Rachel Skrlac offers practical tips on making an international relocation a success for the couple or family starting a new life.
Mixed Marriages: Why Expatriates Marry Foreigners and Then What Happens
Tamula Drumm offers secrets to success and explores the issues to overcome for expatriates who marry abroad.
Schooling Your Children Abroad
Elisa Bernick describes all considerations in finding an appropriate school for your children abroad.
Third Culture Kids: Growing up Abroad Offers Advantages
Rebecca Glicksberg Skipper's research — backed by living and thriving examples — leads her to conclude that the advantages far outweigh disadvantages for children who grow up abroad.
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 Reports from Expatriates
Living in Mexico Living in Mexico: The Why, How, and Where by Tim Leffel
Inside tips from an experienced expat and author of a fine book on living abroad for half the price who researched moving to Mexico and made it happen successfully.
Living in Mexico An Insider's Guide to What You Need to Know to Move, Live and Work in Mexico by Ted Campbell
A long-term expatriate, author, and teacher describes all that is involved in moving, finding work, and living in Mexico in his Transitions Abroad Expatriate Writing Contest winning article.
Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Nathan Edgerton
Expat life in Chiang Mai, Thailand, including snapshots of living, studying and working in a contest-winning article.
Living abroad in Rome Living in Rome for the Long Term
Expatriate Martha Miller describes the exciting life she led as an expatriate in the bustling yet soothing and entrancing Trastevere neighborhood in Rome, where locals and foreigners alike enjoy life to the fullest—from great food to people-watching.
Living and working in New Zealand A Year Living and Working in New Zealand by Lydia Horrex
An Expatriate Writing Contest winner tells you how you can take advantage of their working holiday program to enjoy the beautiful land for a year.
Living in Panama Living in Panama: The Why, How, and Where by Penny de Vine
What you need to know to move and live abroad in Panama, one of the easier countries in the Americas to make your relocation.
Expat in Cambodia An Expat’s Beach Town Cambodia: Living Large on a Budget by Brett Dvoretz
...Among the many of the other appeals of living in Cambodia, and one of its biggest draws, was the low cost of living... Here, with relatively little work, I can afford to eat, buy, and engage in all the activities I desire...
Enjoying paella in Spain Living in Spain and Enjoying Immersion by Andrea Isiminger
An Expatriate Writing Contest winner is a relocation expert who helps expats adjust to living in Spain through total cultural immersion.
Living in Brazil Living in Brazil, the Land of Samba: You Get What You Give by John Clites
A long-term expat, and Expatriate Writing Contest winner, tells the story of his move to Brazil and offers interesting anecdotes and useful tips.
Temple in Bangkok Living in Bangkok by Nathan Edgerton
...Bangkok is the place to be if you want to live in one of Southeast Asia's most modern and exciting cities. If Southeast Asia has a city that doesn't sleep, this is it. With gentle and friendly people who still like to stay up late and food that by itself keeps the quality-of-life high, Bangkok is a fun place to stay with a lot to do....
Living in Calcata, India Living in an Italian Hill Top Town by David Farley
A spectacular medieval hill top town of Calcata where the author lived with locals and many bohemian artists.
Music and life in Turkey Life in Istanbul Turkey: The Queen of Cities by Joshua Jennings
An Expatriate Writing Contest winner provides comprehensive information on all aspects involved in living abroad in the great city of Istanbul.
Jumping Off the Face of the Earth: Landing in Thailand
Expatriate Writing Contest winner Paul King paints a picture of an exciting new life in Thailand.
Living in Costa Rica: Current Opportunities and Risks
Leah Dobkin realistically describes the options for retirees, job seekers, and the availability of properties for potential expatriates.
The Dream and Reality of Living in the South of France
Aidan Larson describes her family life in the south of France, where she was treated with great warmth, learned the language, and ate incredibly well even as her children thrived.
Keeping Face in China
Gregory Mavrides, PhD describes the elements of "keeping face" in China—important social mores which are often difficult for those first living abroad in China to grasp.
Moving to China to Work, Study, and Live: From Basic Considerations to Cultural Immersion
What to know when moving to China and what to know in order to work and live in the rich civilization, where the ancient and the modern co-exist.
Living in Buenos Aires
The jobs available in largest city in Argentina for those determined to expatriate to the "Paris of South America."
Living and Teaching in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Top tips and resources by one who experienced the bustling city of HCMC as an insider.
An English Teacher in Vietnam
An Expatriate Writing Contest winner, Nathan Edgerton, describes living and working in small-town Vietnam.
Living Abroad Outside the Box in Bariloche, Argentina
A practical overview of options for living abroad in Bariloche, Argentina and what you need to know find work and enjoy life in a beautiful part of the world.
Life in Prague: Getting There and Staying There
The joys, trials, and tribulations of living as an expatriate in Prague—a shining jewel in the Czech Republic and a happening city.
Living in Liguria: Find a Real Italian Village in Cinque Terre That's Remote But Not Too Remote
Living la dolce vita in a pristine remote village in the transcendently beautiful Cinque Terre—a jewel in the famous Liguria region known as the "Riviera" of Italy.
Living in Switzerland
The realities of living abroad in Switzerland with key resources for prospective expatriates.
Moving to the U.K.
A relocation expert offers tips on moving to the U.K., including obtaining a visa, renting a home, finding a job, receiving health care, and other living considerations.
Life in the Limousin Region of France: Vacation Rentals in the Heart of France
The many options for living in the Limousin region of France, with advice and resources to find a home rental or a country cottage.
Teaching English and Living in Mexico as a Mex-Pat
Inside tips on finding work teaching English in Mexico with a variety of perspectives from some of the many mex-pats who have chosen to expatriate.
A Year Living and Working in Peru
A year living and working abroad in Lima, Peru, where the author is surprised at what she discovers.
Living in France: Dos and Don'ts
Examples of the tact and cultural insight necessary to live and work abroad, here using France as an example.
Buying a Home in France
The process explained by an expand to seek, find, purchase and live in the cottage of her dreams in Brittany.
Relocation Logistics: How to Find, Buy and Live in Property Purchased in Paris, France
Phyllis Cohen prepares all who are considering living in France for the hassles and expectations which must be overcome in order to live in the "City of Lights" where she has been warmly welcomed.
Working and Networking in Italy
Emma Bird provides inside tips on finding work in Italy. In Italy networking for a job can be as important as your credentials, which as an English speaker should not be underestimated, reports an expatriate who has worked as an English teacher, a journalist, and a freelancer.
The Life of an American Expatriate Artist in Italy and Founder of SACI in Florence
Transitions Abroad engages Jules Maidoff in a discussion of his background as a painter in New York, his subsequent move to Italy, and the story of his creation of an art school in Florence. Jules provides a unique perspective as a highly successful expatriate happily living abroad in Italy, where he is so immersed in Italian and European cultural life that he has no plans to ever leave.
Living and Working in Zagreb, Croatia
Nicholas J. Klenske writes that the city needs some unraveling to reveal "a café culture rivaling Paris, the cosmopolitan vibe of Prague, and a nightlife akin to Madrid."
Everywhere is Home: Rhythms of Native Life in Fiji
Caroline Cottom, winner of the Expatriate Writing Contest, shares her experience living abroad in Fiji.
Living in Indonesia
Geoff Andrews, who lived for seven years in Indonesia, provides tips for first-timers and a paints a pictures of daily life in the Emerald of the Equator.
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