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Living in Paris - Winner of 2018 Expatriate Writing Contest Congratulations to the Winners of the Expatriate Writing Contest!
Out of scores of worthy submissions, we received some outstanding pieces and guides from authors describing countries and cities around the world.
The first-place winner is Living in Paris: Practical Tips for Expats by author and expat Lucas Peters. Looking forward to more great submissions in 2019!
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.
Essentials to Living as an Expat 3 Essentials You Need to Be an Expat by Ted Campbell
Expatriate author Ted Campbell describes the essentials you need to live abroad successfully, in his case he has been living in Mexico for many years.
Living and Working Abroad Living and Working Abroad: Do You Have What it Takes? 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.
Settling into life in a new country 8 Tips for Settling into a New Country Successfully by Matt Scott
Top realistic tips provided by an experienced expat on how to smoothly and successfully adapt to living in your chosen country.
Living abroad map of Europe Living Abroad: Choosing a Country That's Best For You
A long-term traveler and expatriate describes the lure of moving overseas for the 8+ million Americans who have decided to take the plunge. We provide our picks of the top 10 countries for those making the move.
Below find more expert answers to common questions about expat life:
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 a year or as long as you wish, here are some ideas by the respected author of "A Better Life for Half the Price."
Working abroad for less How to Live and Work Abroad for Less by Nora Dunn
Abroad since 2006, Nora Dunn writes in detail about her year-over-year income and expenses while living and working abroad in a location-independent way.
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.
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.
Ship your car abroad 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 is better 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.
Top Jobs Abroad for Travelers Top Jobs Abroad for Long-Term Travelers and Expats by Jonathon Engels
17 jobs available to those who wish to extend their travels indefinitely.
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.
Park in Milan, Italy The Expat's Survival Guide by Leslie Strazzullo
In the first part of a 5-part series, here is advice on how to transition to living abroad as an expatriate.
Steps to moving abroad 10 Steps to Moving Abroad
The process of moving abroad in practical steps.
Moving oversease: Mistakes to avoid Moving Overseas: Mistakes to Avoid
Practical tips for expatriates, including an emphasis on cultural and language immersion, for those contemplating moving abroad.
Before moving to Europe Before Moving to Europe
How to prepare to plan on a move to countries in Europe.
Finding a home rental abroad The Expat Guide to Finding a Rental Abroad
Advice and international rental resources for expats to help with one of the challenging aspects of moving abroad.
Home exchanges in South Africa Home Exchanges: A Cheap Way to Live Abroad
How to go about swapping your home for one overseas. A great way to live well in another country without spending a fortune.
Real estate in Latin America 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.

 Stories by 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 as an Expat in Paris Living in Paris: Practical Tips for Expats by Lucas Peters
An American expat and author, who has lived in the great city of Paris on multiple occasions, describes a variety of practical ways you can live in the city during different phases of your life—as a student all the way to retirement.
Living in Paris as a Student Living in Paris as a Student by Vicki Fletcher
A student's guide to important practical issues for those living abroad in Paris by a Transitions Abroad Student Writing Contest winner.
Living in Spain as a student The Who What Where Why When of Living Abroad in Spain by Heather Olafsson
A winner of our Student Travel Writing Contest offers advice from Madrid about living in Spain, telling her own unique story of a long-term stay as a student and beyond while providing practical advice.
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.
Buying property in France The Guide to Buying a Property in France by Duncan Ritson-Elliott
What you need to know to buy a house in France by an expat who speaks from extensive experience
Living in the South of France The Dream and the Reality of Life in the South of France by Aidan Larson
An American expatriate describes family life in the south of France, where she was treated with great warmth, learned French, and ate very well while her children thrived.
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.
Moving and living in Grenada How Moving to Grenada Can Add Spice to Your Life
If you are seeking to move abroad, Grenada is an island in the Caribbean with many advantages. Here is a comprehensive guide for anyone exploring the move, complete with resources.
Living and thriving in Thailand Ten Tips for Living and Thriving in Thailand
The guide to settling, living, and thriving in Thailand, which is true to its name for this expat as the "Land of Smiles."
Living in Prague, Czech Republic Living in Prague: Getting There and Staying There
The joys, trials, and tribulations of living as an expatriate in Prague—still a very happening and affordable city.
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 relaxing and entrancing Trastevere neighborhood in Rome.
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...
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....
Temple in Bangkok 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 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 expat provides comprehensive information on all aspects involved in living abroad in the great city of Istanbul.
Music and life in Turkey Living in Buenos Aires
What you need to know to live in the largest city in Argentina for those wish to expatriate to the "Paris of South America."
Insider tips for Living in Tokyo Insider Tips for Living in Tokyo
A guide by an expat on how to adapt to Japanese culture and learn to thrive in Tokyo.
Living in Ho Chi Minh City Living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Top tips and resources by one who experienced the bustling city of HCMC as an insider.
Boats in Bankok, Thailand Jumping Off the Face of the Earth: Landing in Thailand by Paul King
An Expatriate Writing Contest winner paints a picture of his life as a teacher in Thailand.
Oaxaca, Mexico Teaching English and Living in Mexico as a Mex-Pat by Jonathan Clark
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.
Living in Lima: Woman in front of the cathedral A Year Living and Working in Peru
An expat living in Lima is surprised about her discoveries.
Lake in Bariloche, Argentina Living in Mystically Beautiful Bariloche, Argentina
A practical overview of the 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.
Living abroad in Switzerland Living Abroad in Switzerland
The realities of living in Switzerland with key resources for prospective expatriates.
Living abroad in Fiji Everywhere is Home: Rhythms of Native Life in Fiji
A winner of the Expatriate Writing Contest, shares her experience living abroad in Fiji.
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