Expat guides for cities around the world

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Searching for that perfect foreign city to call your next home can be daunting, let alone moving there! Get an accurate picture of daily life in cities around the world with our lifestyle guides, each written by an expat currently living and working there. From logistical details to larger culture, we cover it all, so you don’t have to.

Check out our expat guides to Living in Asia

An Expat's Guide to Living in Shanghai
Living in Shanghai was a dream come true for me. Could it be the perfect home abroad for you, too? See what it's really like living in this buzzing metropolis.
An Expat's Guide to Living in Chiang Mai
With the low cost of living, great food, and welcoming locals, Chiang Mai is a digital nomad dream. See if living in Chiang Mai is a good fit for you, too.
An Expat Guide to Living in Muscat, Oman
Oman is a true gem that not many consider when picking a place to move abroad. See why you should consider living abroad in Muscat as your next home abroad!
The Ultimate Guide to Living in Da Nang, Vietnam
After living in Da Nang, I'm confident that Da Nang is a great place to live abroad. With a mix of city and incredible nature, you'll be eager to move abroad.
Expat Life in Kuala Lumpur: Tips for Finding an Apartment
Moving to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and looking for your new home base? Learn everything you need to know to rent a great apartment in this busy city.
A Beginner's Guide to Living in Kuala Lumpur
In this guide to expat life in Kuala Lumpur, we'll dive deep into what it's really like living abroad in KL, from the best neighborhoods, to Malay food to try.
A Beginner's Guide to Living in Manila, Philippines
Manila is buzzing with activities, sights, and experiences. Here are 5 big reasons we moved to Manila and why we still love to call it home.
An Expat's Guide to Living Abroad in Bangkok, Thailand
Here are 8 things all expats planning on living in Bangkok should know. Find out the best area to live and the cost of living in Bangkok.
A Beginner's Guide to Living Abroad in Yangon, Myanmar
Want to live in Yangon? Learn about cost of living, transport, visas, fun things to do in the city and 8 big tips I wish I knew before moving to Yangon!
7 Things to Know Before Moving to the Maldives
Learn how you can move abroad to the Maldives. Get these 7 big tips from a current expat so you can learn all you need to know before moving to the Maldives.
A Beginner's Guide to Living in Bali, Indonesia
Interested in moving to the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia? Understand how to get a visa, the cost of living, and what jobs to do while living in Bali.
An Expat Guide to Living in Taipei, Taiwan
Find out how you can move to Taipei, Taiwan! Get the insider's scoop on the best neighborhoods to live in and how to ease into life in Taipei.
A Guide to Living Abroad in Jeonju, South Korea
Jeonju, South Korea is a city brimming with history, culture, and world-renowned food. See why you should try living in Jeonju for a quiet Korean life.
What to Know Before Moving to Singapore
Find out from what life in Singapore is like for foreigners to weigh the pros and cons of moving to Singapore yourself. I love living here but will you?
Living Abroad in Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand: It's More Than Just the Full-Moon Party
If you're looking for a beautiful island with plenty to do and a vibrant community of people from around the world, look no further than Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Living in Thailand on the Non-Immigrant "ED" Visa
Here's what you need to know about the Non-Immigrant "ED" Visa in Thailand. Read the updated rules and how to avoid the crackdown.
How to Work & Travel in Japan on a Working Holiday Visa
Here's all you need to know about the Working Holiday visa Japan! With this Working Holiday visa you can live and work legally in Japan for 1 year.
A Guide to Living Abroad in Hong Kong
Get advice on moving to Hong Kong, some things to know before moving, and how to settle in as an expat in Hong Kong. I've loved living here but will you?
A Guide to Live Abroad in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Find out what it's like to live in chaotic Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as an expat. Get to know the districts, how to rent an apartment, and what to do for fun.

Check out our expat guides to Living in Europe

An Expat's Guide to Living in Berlin
Want to see what living in Berlin, Germany is really like? Learn how I got a work visa, found an apartment, and settled into a happy life in Berlin.
An Expat's Guide to Living in Split, Croatia
Want to know what it's like living in Split, Croatia as a female expat? This is for you! See the cost of living, best neighborhoods, and how to make friends.
An Expat's Guide to Living in Barcelona
See what it’s really like living abroad in Barcelona. Find out the best neighborhoods, the best things to do in Barcelona, and if you should move to Spain.
An Expat's Guide to Living in London
Learn all the best expat tips for living in London. See what it's really like living abroad in London and if it's the home away from home for you.
Moving to Germany? Hamburg Should Be at the Top of Your List
See why I fell in love with Hamburg when I moved here years ago and why living in Hamburg might be your perfect expat destination.
An Expat Guide to Living in Madrid
Are you thinking about moving to Spain? Find out why expats loving living abroad in Madrid and why you'll love living here, too!
The Ultimate Guide to Living in Brussels, Belgium
Want to live abroad in Brussels? Learn all the things I wish I knew before I moved, where to live in the city, and some of the best things to do.
Expat Life in Northern Italy
Welcome to La Dolce Vita! Here's the truth about living in Northern Italy, striped away from it's picturesque glamor.
Moving to the Netherlands: Utrecht vs. Rotterdam
Learn the pros and cons of living in Utrecht and Rotterdam. Check out the cost of living, fun things to do in each city, and how to find a job in each.
Expat Living In Groningen, Netherlands: 6 Things To Know
Moving to Groningen, Netherlands but don't know what to expect? Here's some basic knowledge that everyone should have before they start living in Groningen.
7 Things to Know About Living in Dublin, Ireland
Want to move to Dublin? Get these 7 insider tips about living in Dublin. Learn how to get a job, find a house, and get to know the social scene.
A Beginner's Guide to Live Abroad in Leeds, UK
If you're a nature lover, shopaholic or foodie, Leeds is the perfect place for you! In this guide, I’ll let you know why Leeds is a great city to live in.
6 Things to Know Before Moving to Sweden
Thinking about working or studying abroad in Sweden? After 2 years of living as an expat in Sweden, here are 6 things you should know before you make the move.
A Beginner's Guide to Living Abroad in Florence, Italy
Want to move abroad to Italy? Find out what life is like for expats in Florence. Learn about the best places to live & what it's really like living there.

Check out our expat guides to Living in the Americas

An Expat Guide to Living in Merida, Mexico 
Living in Merida means a vibrant city life, a big expat community, and of course, a welcoming Mexican culture. But, is it this the city abroad for you?
An Expat's Guide to Living in Cusco, Peru
Thinking about living in Cusco, Peru? This is the expat guide for you! See what it's really like living in Peru and if Cusco is the city for you.
6 Things to Know Before Living in Medellín, Colombia
Read this guide on living in Medellín, Colombia! Get an idea of cost of living, know which neighborhoods are best, and why I love living in Medellin.
A Guide to Living Abroad in Montreal, Canada
Interested in moving to Canada? Learn what it's really like living in Montreal, the best neighborhoods, and all the fun things to do as an expat in Canada.
What It's Really Like Living in Sint Maarten
Sparkling blue beaches, cobblestone streets, secluded coves, and vibrant nightlife...the Caribbean Island Sint Maarten is a beautiful place to live as an expat!
7 Reasons to Move Abroad to Aruba
Want to move to paradise? Let me tell you what it's like to live as an expat in Aruba! Find out what Aruba's like and some of the best places to visit in Aruba.

Check out our expat guides to Oceania

An Expat's Guide to Living in Melbourne, Australia
Want to know what it's really like living in Melbourne? Check out the neighborhoods and see why expats call Melbourne the world's most liveable city.
A Beginner's Guide to Moving to Sydney, Australia
Learn all about living abroad in Sydney. Gain tips on visas, transportation, cost of living, and a few things I wish I knew before I moved to Australia.
4 Steps to a Successful Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand
Here's what you need to know about New Zealand's Working Holiday visa. Learn the steps to getting the visa, tips to explore the island, and how to get a job.
The Basics for Living Abroad on the Gold Coast, Australia
Find out why the Gold Coast, Australia it's a great place to live abroad. Learn how to find a job, what the cost of living is, and why you'll love living here.
How to get a Working Holiday Visa for Australia
Find out everything you need to know about Australia's Working Holiday Visa! Know the processing time, age limit, and what jobs are available to you down under.

Check out our expat guides to Africa

An Expat Guide to Living in Kigali, Rwanda
Here I am to tell you why I love living in Kigali, Rwanda and you will, too. These are the top things you need to know before moving to Rwanda.
How You Can Get a Work Visa for South Africa
See how you can move abroad to Cape Town, South Africa! Find out what it takes to get a work visa and settle into expat life in South Africa.

Check out our nomads guides to Living remotely

The Insider Truth About Living on a Sailboat
Dream of living on a sailboat? Get the inside scoop on what it's really like living full-time on a sailboat to see if it's the lifestyle for you.
The Ultimate List of Freelance Visas for Remote Workers
Now you can work remotely from one of these 21 countries from around the world. Learn about the requirements and how to apply to these digital nomad visas.
A Beginner's Guide to Traveling the World in a Camper Van
Gain the freedom to travel the world and live a fulfilled life on wheels. Here's 6 big tips to living in a camper van and what you need to keep in mind.
What It's Really Like to Live Full-Time on a Sailboat
See what it's really like living on a sailboat. Learn the benefits of living on a boat and weigh the pros and cons to see if it's right for you.
The Lifestyle of a VIPKID Teacher
For new hires at VIPKID, read on for some tips to get bookings quickly, how to teach while you travel, and how to file taxes as a teacher.

Check out our guides for Long-term Visas

4 Steps to a Successful Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand
Here's what you need to know about New Zealand's Working Holiday visa. Learn the steps to getting the visa, tips to explore the island, and how to get a job.
How You Can Get a Work Visa for South Africa
See how you can move abroad to Cape Town, South Africa! Find out what it takes to get a work visa and settle into expat life in South Africa.
Living in Thailand on the Non-Immigrant "ED" Visa
Here's what you need to know about the Non-Immigrant "ED" Visa in Thailand. Read the updated rules and how to avoid the crackdown.
How to Work & Travel in Japan on a Working Holiday Visa
Here's all you need to know about the Working Holiday visa Japan! With this Working Holiday visa you can live and work legally in Japan for 1 year.
How to get a Working Holiday Visa for Australia
Find out everything you need to know about Australia's Working Holiday Visa! Know the processing time, age limit, and what jobs are available to you down under.
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