Essential Expatriate Articles and
Resources for Moving and Living Overseas
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Articles on Living Abroad
||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."
||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.
Abroad: Choosing a Country That's Best For You
Our experienced long-term traveler, volunteer, expatriate,
and a Living Abroad contributing editors—whose
work includes global and country-by-country expatriate
resource guides for Transitions Abroad—describe
the lure of life 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 for a new life.
Other columns providing tips and answers to
your essential questions on living abroad and expatriate
to Live and Work Abroad for Less by
Author Nora Dunn writes in detail about her
year-over-year income and expenses while
living and working abroad in a location-independent
||Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 Expatriate Writing Contest!
We wish to thank those who have written on interesting experiences living in countries far and wide.
||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.
||5 Keys to Buying a Property Abroad: Purchasing Your Piece of Paradise by
Practical tips and advice on how to go about choosing and buying your idea of paradise overseas, with budget as just one consideration.
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.
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.
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.
||How to Move Your Posessions Overseas by
Practical and essential tips on how to move your possessions to live in your destination overseas.
to Stay an Expat Indefinitely: 10 Tips from
a Decade on the Move by Jonathon
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
Reasons Why Living Abroad is Better Than Visiting by
Stories, reflections, and vivid illustrations by a
long-term traveler and expat on why living abroad
often takes you far deeper into locations overseas.
Jobs, Sustainable Living and Endless Travel by
Over the past decade, there has been an enormous growth
in interest and activities relating to permaculture
jobs as a means of farming abroad, sustainable living,
and the endless travel this enables.
Challenges and Rewards of Living and Working
Author Margaret Malewski talks
to Transitions Abroad about young mobile professionals
living and working abroad.
You Live Abroad?
John P. Seely describes why living abroad is not for
everyone. Careful preparation and self-knowledge is
necessary in order to have a successful expatriate
Expat's Survival Guide
Leslie Strazzullo offers some excellent inside advice
on how to transition from living abroad as an expatriate
to experiencing life overseas as a compatriot.
Expatriates: How to Be Your Own Boss Abroad
Douglas Morris offfers some creative ways to create
a business and start living abroad as an expatriate.
and Living Abroad
Dan Flynn describes the attitude and preparation necessary
to move and live abroad successfully.
to Move Abroad
Jacqueline D. Brown has distilled the process of moving
to live abroad in ten practical steps.
Overseas: Mistakes to Avoid
Karen Banes provides practical tips for expatriates,
including an emphasis on cultural and language immersion
for those contemplating living abroad.
Moving to Europe
Caroline Bisson offers practical preparation tips
for those who plan on moving to Europe.
Anxiety of Otherness: Expatriate Life
Linda Lappin's Expatriate
Writing Contest winning essay reflects upon her experience
in a village in the region of Tuscia, Italy as an
example of some of the inherently existential issues
involved in living abroad.
a Career Break Overseas
Susan Griffith provides practical advice on taking
that much-needed sabbatical as a means of long-term
Sabbaticals Abroad 101
John Ciullo offers ten steps to help insure that your
experience living overseas as a family is successful.
Extended Travel and Living Abroad
Diana L. Reid offers many useful tips, links and resources
useful for expatriates.
for an Overseas Move
Experienced expatriate Karin Gallagher provides her
own checklist and tips for a successful move abroad.
Life: Living Abroad is a Lifetime of Learning
Roberta Beach Jacobson relates how her experiences
living abroad in Germany and Greece have allowed her
to overcome that sense of being a foreigner.
for Transitioning Overseas
Vicki Salemi provides tips and resources for expatriates
allowing a successful transition when choosing to
Abroad: Practical Tips for a Pain-Free Search
Jennifer Fandel offers inside tips for finding long-term
a Flat Overseas
Nicholas Gill highlights the on-line international
rental resources and websites for expatriates to aid
you in what is one of the most challenging aspects
of moving overseas.
Exchanges: A Cheap Way to Live Abroad
Catherine Price provides inside tips on how to go
about swapping your home for one overseas. Home exchanges
are one of the cheapest ways allowing for extended
Estate in Latin America
Tim Leffel provides insight into some of reasons real
estate in Latin America is in such great demand for
Americans wishing to live abroad. He describes and
provides resources on how best to go about researching
a place to live in the region, while taking your budget
Moves: Successful Relocation Requires Mutual
Rachel Skrlac offers practical tips on making an international
relocation an all-around success for the couple or
family starting a new life abroad.
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 while
Mary Natali on the practical choices and issues involved
in an international marriage.
Your Children Abroad
Elisa Bernick describes all considerations in finding
an appropriate school for your children abroad.
an Overseas School for Your Child
Mary Emslie discovered a small British school in the
foothills of the Andes for expatriates which helped
expand her children's multicultural experience.
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 those children who grow up living abroad.
The Journey Home after Living Abroad
Former expatriate Professor Jan Quaries discusses
ways to ease the transition.
in Mexico: The Why, How, and Where by
Inside tips from an experienced expat and author of a very fine book on living abroad for half the price who researched moving to Mexico and made it happen successfully.
in Panama: The Why, Where, and How 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
||What You Need to Know to Move, Live and Work in Mexico by Ted Campbell
A long-term expatriate describes all that is involved in moving, finding work, and living in Mexico in his 2016 TransitionsAbroad.com Expatriate Writing Contest winning article.
the Pleasures of Cultural Immersion while Living
in Spain by Andrea Isiminger
An Expatriate Writing Contest winner is a relocation
expert who helps expats adjust to life in Spain and
learn to truly enjoy their new country.
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....
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 very interesting anecdotes and useful tips.
Expat’s Budget in Beach Town Cambodia by
...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
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.
||A Year Living and Working in New Zealand by
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.
in an Italian Hill Top Town by
medievel hill top town of Calcata where the author lived with locals and many bohemian artists.
in Istanbul Turkey: The Queen of Cities by
An Expatriate Writing Contest winner provides
comprehensive information on all aspects involved
in living abroad in the great city of Istanbul.
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.
in Costa Rica: Current Opportunities and Risks
Leah Dobkin realistically describes the options for retirees,
job seekers, and the availability of properties for potential
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 incrediblly well even as her children thrived.
Hunting in France
Sharon Goldstein demonstrates that finding an affordable house
in France is not a dream, and living abroad in the Languedoc
region is an attainable reality.
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.
to China to Work, Study, and Live: From Basic Considerations
to Cultural Immersion
Victor Paul Borg, in part 1 of a 2-part series on moving to
China, describes the considerations necessary to work and live
in this rich civilization.
in Buenos Aires
Hannah Shanks describes the jobs available in largest city
in Argentina for those determined to expatriate to the "Paris
of South America."
and Teaching in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Top tips and resources by one who experienced the bustling
city of HCMC as an insider.
English Teacher in Vietnam
An Expatriate Writing Contest winner, Nathan Edgerton
describes living and working in small-town Vietnam.
Abroad Outside the Box in Bariloche, Argentina
Shanie Matthews offers an practical overview of options for
living abrpad in Bariloche, Argentina, and describes how to
go about finding work and enjoying life in this beautiful part
of the world.
in Prague: Getting There and Staying There
Suchi Rudra Vasquez on the joys, trials, and tribulations of
living as an expatriate in Prague—a shining jewel in
the Czech Republic and a happening city.
in Liguria: Find a Real Italian Village in Cinque Terre
That's Remote But Not Too Remote
E.J. Baumeister Jr. describes 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.
Catherine Richards Golini describes the realities of living
abroad in Switzerland and provides key resources for prospective
to the U.K.
Relocation expert Jo-Anne Woodward offers tips on moving to
the U.K., inluding obtaining a visa, renting a home, finding
a job, receiving health care, and other living considerations.
in the Limousin Region of France: Vacation Rentals in
the Heart of France
Volker Poelzl describes many options for living in the Limousin
region of France, and provides ample advice and resources for
securing a home rental of a country cottage.
English and Living in Mexico as a Mex-Pat
Jonathan Clark provides inside tips on finding work teaching
English in Mexico, and offers a variety of perspectives from
some of the many mex-pats who have chosen to expatriate.
Year Living and Working in Peru
Celine Hansen describes a year living and working abroad in
Lima, Peru, where she is surprised at what she discovers.
in France: How Non-Europeans Can Live and Work Legally
Expatriate Finn Skovgaard provides the inside information necessary
to find work in France as a non-European legally — a process
which requires a sense of humor. Finn's follow-up article, Living
in France: Dos and Don'ts, offers examples of
the tact and cultural insight necessary to live and work abroad.
a Home in France
Lorren L. Repton describes the process by which she sought,
found, purchased and is living in the cottage of her dreams
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.
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. Emma reviews the major books on the subject
for those intent on Moving,
Working, and Living in Italy.
in Rome for the Long Term
Expatriate Martha Miller describes how the life she and her
husband led as expatriates in the entrancing Trastevere neighborhood
Maidoff: 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.
to Geneva, Switzerland
Michel Ann Jenkins shares her experience and provides tips
for living in the expensive city.
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."
is Home: Rhythms of Native Life in Fiji
Caroline Cottom, winner of the 2007 Expatriate Writing Contest,
shares her experience living abroad in Fiji.
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.
Abroad Guidebook Extracts
Abroad in Costa Rica
Erin Van Rheenen paints a picture of life as an expatriate
immersed in the lush tropical lands of Costa Rica and the renowned
hospitality of its people. In extended excerpts from her guidebook,
which is part of the Living Abroad series
by Avalon Travel, she offers step-by-step details and advice
on local history, culture, geography, residency requirements,
working visas, moving considerations, safety, retirement, and
much more. Transitions Abroad is pleased to also provide excerpts
from sister guides on Living
Abroad in Italy, Living
Abroad in France, Living
Abroad in Spain, Living
Abroad in Ireland, Living
Abroad in Mexico, Living
Abroad in Belize, and Living
Abroad in Japan.
Abroad in Italy
John Moretti, who found work and lived in Italy as a journalist
for four years after falling in love with the country and its
people, describes the many colorful aspects of living in the
diverse country of Italy—which is composed of regions
with their own unique cultural identity and aesthetic allure.
Moretti offers step-by-step advice and details on the complex
cultural history, arts, visas, long-term housing, language
and education, employment options, moving considerations including
advice on a fact-finding trip, health, finances, communications,
geography, and much more in a highly readable and engaging
style which leaves the reader wishing to make the move today!
Abroad in Belize
Ian Sluder, who was fascinated by this relatively undiscovered
Central American country for years, has been living and exploring
the land since 1991. He writes: "My
goal is to provide you with information that will help you
decide if Belize is for you, and if so, what options you will
have in the country. This is not a guide to every aspect of
daily living in Belize, because that would take many thousands
of pages, but a guide to making your first decisions about
living in Belize as a retiree, part-time resident, full-time
businessperson, employee, or student, or simply someone who
has an abiding fascination for Belize.