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Essential Expatriate Articles and Resources for Moving and Living Overseas

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 Living Abroad Advisor
Living Abroad: Choosing a Country That's Best For You
Experienced long-term traveler, volunteer, expatriate, and a Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl—whose work has involved researching comprehensive global and country-by-country expatriate resource guides for Transitions Abroad—describes the lure of life overseas for the estimated 6.3+ million Americans who have already decided to take the plunge. We provide our picks for the top twelve countries, in our estimation, for those contemplating a new life in another country.

Columns providing tips and answers to your essential questions on living abroad and expatriate issues, include:

What it Takes to Live and Work Abroad
Celeste Heiter, a long-time expatriate in Japan and freelance author, offers her own inside tips and a test to determine your readiness for a successful transition abroad.
Could 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 experience.
How to Manage Your Finances at Home While Living Abroad
Nora Dunn provides many practical tips. There are plenty of great options to manage your finances remotely.
Gen X Goes Abroad: The Challenges and Rewards of Living and Working Overseas
Margaret Malewski, author of GenXpat, talks to Transitions Abroad about young mobile professionals living and working abroad.
The 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.
Entrepreneurial 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.
Moving and Living Abroad
Dan Flynn describes the attitude and preparation necessary to move and live abroad successfully.
How to Move Abroad
Jacqueline D. Brown has distilled the process of moving to live abroad in ten 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 living abroad.
Before Moving to Europe
Caroline Bisson offers practical preparation tips for those who plan on moving to Europe.
The Anxiety of Otherness: Expatriate Life
Linda Lappin's Transitions Abroad 2009 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.
Planning a Career Break Overseas
Susan Griffith provides practical advice on taking that much-needed sabbatical as a means of long-term living abroad.
Family Sabbaticals Abroad 101
John Ciullo offers ten steps to help insure that your experience living overseas as a family is successful.
Planning Extended Travel and Living Abroad
Diana L. Reid offers many useful tips, links and resources useful for expatriates.
Preparing for an Overseas Move
Experienced expatriate Karin Gallagher provides her own checklist and tips for a successful move abroad.
Expatriate 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.
Adapting to Life as an Expatriate
Daniela Montabaur describes how most expatriates go through a five-stage cycle of crosscultural adjustment while abroad.
Tips for Transitioning Overseas
Vicki Salemi provides tips and resources for expatriates allowing a successful transition when choosing to live abroad.
Accommodations Abroad: Practical Tips for a Pain-Free Search
Jennifer Fandel offers inside tips for finding long-term housing abroad.
Finding 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.
Home 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 living abroad.
Real 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 into consideration.
International Moves: Successful Relocation Requires Mutual Understanding
Rachel Skrlac offers practical tips on making an international relocation an all-around success for the couple or family starting a new life abroad.
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 while living abroad.
International Marriages
Mary Natali on the practical choices and issues involved in an international marriage.
Schooling Your Children Abroad
Elisa Bernick describes all considerations in finding an appropriate school for your children abroad.
Choosing 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.
Moving Pets Overseas
Lisa Williams provides tips and resources for relocating your pet abroad while keeping them happy and healthy.
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 those children who grow up living abroad.
Re-Entry: The Journey Home after Living Abroad
Former expatriate Professor Jan Quaries discusses ways to ease the transition.
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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 who researched and made the move abroad happen.
Enjoying paella in Spain Enjoying the Pleasures of Cultural Immersion while Living in Spain by Andrea Isiminger
The 2013 Expatriate Writing Contest winner is a relocation expert who helps expats adjust to life in Spain and learn to truly enjoy their new country.
Flag of  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....
Turkey and the Queen of Cities
2012 Expatriate Writing Contest winner Joshua Jennings provides extensive information on all aspects involved in living abroad in Istanbul.
Jumping Off the Face of the Earth: Landing in Thailand
2011 Expatriate Writing Contest winner Paul King paints a picture of his new life in Thailand.
Living in an Italian Hill Top Town
David Farley describes the spectacular and unique medievel hill top town of Calcata where he has lived, and which is largely populated by artists.
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.
House 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.
Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai as experienced by Nathan Edgerton, who offers an in-depth picture including living, studying and working.
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
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.
Living 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."
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
2008 Expatriate Writing Contest winner Nathan Edgerton describes living and working in small-town Vietnam.
Living 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.
Living 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.
Living 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.
Living in Switzerland
Catherine Richards Golini describes the realities of living abroad in Switzerland and provides key resources for prospective expatriates.
Moving 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.
Living 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.
Teaching 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.
Living Aboad in Mexico: The Expat Phenomenon
Rachel Hartman describes why so many expats come to live in Mexico, why they stay, and offers individual examples along her own advice on basic Mexican cultural dos and dont's.
A 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.
Working 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.
Apartment Hunting in Paris
Amber Foster offers practical inside tips for one of the most daunting tasks for those who wish to live in Paris — hunting for an apartment rental.
Expat Life: Stay in Spain and Start a Business
Isabel Eva Bohrer profiles the lives and methods used by many Americans and other foreigners who have successfully created businesses, and are living their dream, even in these tough economic times.
Buying 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 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. Emma reviews the major books on the subject for those intent on Moving, Working, and Living in Italy.
Living 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 of Rome.
Jules 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.
How to Exchange a Home and Live Irish
Isabel Bearman Bucher describes the process which led her to leave Albuqueque, New Mexico to live in a home in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Expatriating to London Q & A
Jill Gordon answers questions about all major practicalities and issues for those planning to move or live as expatriates in London.
Moving to Geneva, Switzerland
Michel Ann Jenkins shares her experience and provides tips for living in the expensive city.
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."
Living in Bangkok: Live Local, Eat Local
AJ Hoge describes his expatriate experience in Bangkok, where he managed to immerse himself in local life off-the-beaten-track.
Cheap Accommodations in Bangkok: Location is Key to Choosing Long-Term Rentals
Expatriate Chris Mitchell breaks down the options for affordable living.
Everywhere is Home: Rhythms of Native Life in Fiji
Caroline Cottom, winner of the 2007 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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 Living Abroad Guidebook Extracts
Living Abroad in Costa Rica Living 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.
Living Abroad in Italy Living 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!
Living Abroad in Belize Living 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.
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