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Essential Expatriate Articles and Resources for Moving and Living Overseas

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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."
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.
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.
Mexico: Expatriate Writing Contest winner Thank You for the Submissions to the 2017 Expatriate Writing Contest!
We wish to thank those who have written on interesting experiences living in countries far and wide and will post the winners in June.
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.
Could You Live Abroad?
John P. Seely describes why living overseas is not for everyone. Careful preparation and self-knowledge is necessary in order to have a successful expatriate experience.
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.
The Anxiety of Otherness: Expatriate Life
Linda Lappin's Expatriate Writing Contest winning essay reflects upon her experience in a village in Italy as an example of some of the issues involved in living overseas.
Planning a Career Break Overseas
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 Living 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.
Accommodations Abroad: Practical Tips for a Pain-Free Search
Jennifer Fandel offers inside tips for finding long-term housing 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.
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.
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 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 relocaton.
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...
Living in Mexico 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 Calcata, India Living in an Italian Hill Top Town by David Farley
A spectacular medievel hill top town of Calcata where the author lived with locals and many bohemian artists.
Music and life in Turkey Living 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 incrediblly well even as her children thrived.
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.
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
An 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.
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.
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.
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."
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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 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 recommended 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 France, Living Abroad in Spain, Living Abroad in Ireland, Living Abroad in Mexico, 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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