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

The Ultimate Guide to Living in Da Nang, Vietnam
After living in Da Nang for 2 years, I can safely say it's an incredible city for expats. With a mix of city, incredible nature, and proximity to Hoi An, it’s a hard place to pass up on. Whether you'd like to stay in Vietnam a few months or years, I'd highly recommend you put down some roots in Da Nang.
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. After years of living here, these are 8 questions I ask myself every time I decide to move to a new apartment.
A Beginner's Guide to Living in Kuala Lumpur
In this ultimate guide to expat life in Kuala Lumpur, we'll dive deep into what it's really like living abroad in KL. Get a neighbourhood guide, the best things to do for fun, must-try Malaysian food, and what it's really like living abroad as a solo female expat.
A Beginner's Guide to Living in Manila, Philippines
Manila is buzzing with activities, sights, and experiences. It's an excellent spot to live abroad as an expat. 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. Also get tips on how to find a job in Thailand, as a teacher, a digital nomad or another industry.
A Beginner's Guide to Living Abroad in Yangon, Myanmar
Thinking about moving abroad to Yangon? Get all your biggest questions answered in this article! 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
The Maldives is a dream destination for many but did you also know you could live and work abroad here? Learn how you can call the Maldives home and get these 7 big tips from a current expat before you make the move!
A Beginner's Guide to Living in Bali, Indonesia
Interested in moving to the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia? Get an expat's opinion as to why she chose to call it home. Understand how to get a visa, the cost of living and what jobs to do while living in Bali.
A Guide to Moving Abroad to Taipei, Taiwan
Voted the best city to live and work abroad in 2020, find out how you can move to Taipei, Taiwan! Get the insider's scoop on the best neighborhoods to live in as an expat and how to ease into life in the bustling Asian city.
A Guide to Living Abroad in Jeonju, South Korea
Jeonju, South Korea is a quiet city brimming with history, culture and world-renowned food. There are many reasons you should visit Jeonju and even more as to why you should consider moving there, especially those looking for a quieter life compared to Seoul and Busan.
6 Big Questions Answered Before You Move Abroad to Singapore
Singapore is a tiny island city-state known for its modern buildings, clean streets and huge cultural diversity. Find out from what life in Singapore is like for foreigners to weigh the pros and cons of moving there yourself!
Living Abroad in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand: It's More Than Just the Full-Moon Party
Ever considered moving away to a tropical island? 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. Learn Thai for a year in Thailand thanks to the education visa.
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. See if your nationality is on the list of those accepted to apply! Spend the year working between the ski slopes and agriculture.
A Guide to Living Abroad in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a hot, busy city. It’s full of life and culture at every turn but is it the right city for you to live abroad? Get advice on moving to Hong Kong, some things to know before moving and how to settle in as an expat in Hong Kong.
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. Understand the districts, learn how to rent an apartment and what neighborhood is right for you. With so many things to do and so many expats from all over the world, there's a reason everyone should move to Saigon.

Check out our expat guides to Living in Europe

The Ultimate Guide to Living in Brussels, Belgium
Here's everything you need to know to find an internship in Belgium and how to settle into living abroad in Brussels. Learn all the things I wish I knew before I moved, where to live in the city, and some of things you can't miss out on!
Expat Life in Northern Italy
Welcome to La Dolce Vita! While Italian life certainly can often live up to these movie-set levels of glamour, life as an expat here is not all smooth sailing. But what Italy may lack in organisational skills, it easily makes up for in sheer natural beauty and rich, unique culture.
Moving to the Netherlands: Utrecht vs. Rotterdam
Learn the pros and cons of living in 2 of the Netherlands largest cities as expats. Check out the cost of living, fun things to do in each city and how to find a job in the Netherlands to choose if Utrecht or Rotterdam is the right place for you to move.
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.
An Expat's Guide to Moving to Dublin, Ireland
Planning a move to Dublin? Get these 7 insider tips from a current expat to make your move abroad as stress free as possible. Settle into life in Ireland by getting a job, finding a house and getting to know the social scene.
A Beginner's Guide to Live Abroad in Leeds, UK
Are you planning to move to Leeds? Or are you thinking about moving to a different city than London? If you're a nature lover, shopaholic or foodie, it's 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
Are you 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. Find out how to rent an apartment, the cost of living and what it's really like during the long, cold winters.
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, Italy. Learn about the best places for expats in Florence & what it's really like living there.

Check out our expat guides to Living in the Americas

6 Things to Know Before Moving to Medellín, Colombia
Planning to move to Colombia? If so, read this guide first! Get an idea of cost of living, know which neighborhoods are best and understand why I've called Medellin home for 3 years now and have no plans of leaving!
A Guide to Living Abroad in Montreal, Canada
Montreal, Canada is located in Quebec providence, meaning although it's in Canada, Montreal is primarily a French-speaking city, although you can live there without speaking French. It's a diverse and vibrant city with a remarkable history and an excellent place to live!
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
Interested in moving 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

A Beginner's Guide to Moving to Sydney, Australia
Learn about living abroad in Sydney to see if it's your perfect home abroad, too. 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
Live and work, if you want, in New Zealand for a year with New Zealand's Working Holiday visa. Understands the steps to getting a working holiday visa in New Zealand, tips to explore the island and how to get a job once you're in New Zealand.
The Basics for Living Abroad on the Gold Coast, Australia
Want to move overseas to Australia? Consider the Gold Coast! Find out why it's a great place to live as an expat or for a year on the Work and Holiday visa. Learn how to find a job and what the cost of living is like.
How to get a Working Holiday Visa for Australia
Find out everything you need to know about Australia's work and holiday visa! Know the processing time, age limit and what jobs are available to you with the Working Holiday Visa in Australia.

Check out our nomads guides to Living remotely

The Ultimate List of Freelance Visas for Remote Workers
Sick of working from home? Now you can work remotely from one of these 15 countries in Europe, the Caribbean, Central America and the Middle East. All with varying requirements and ease of application, find the right country for you and take your work abroad.
A Beginner's Guide to Traveling the World in a Camper Van
Take the leap of a lifetime and move permanently into 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!
What It's Really Like to Live Full-Time on a Sailboat
See what it's really like living on a sailboat. See the benefits of living on a boat and weigh the pros and cons to see if it's right for you. See how to take the leap, even without previous experience!
The Lifestyle of a VIPKID Teacher
So you're hired with VIPKID and want to know what it's like get started teaching. 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

The Ultimate List of Freelance Visas for Remote Workers
Sick of working from home? Now you can work remotely from one of these 15 countries in Europe, the Caribbean, Central America and the Middle East. All with varying requirements and ease of application, find the right country for you and take your work abroad.
4 Steps to a Successful Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand
Live and work, if you want, in New Zealand for a year with New Zealand's Working Holiday visa. Understands the steps to getting a working holiday visa in New Zealand, tips to explore the island and how to get a job once you're in New Zealand.
How You Can Get a Work Visa for South Africa
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. Cape Town is a vibrant city sure to capture the hearts of people from around the world.
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. Learn Thai for a year in Thailand thanks to the education visa.
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. See if your nationality is on the list of those accepted to apply! Spend the year working between the ski slopes and agriculture.
How to get a Working Holiday Visa for Australia
Find out everything you need to know about Australia's work and holiday visa! Know the processing time, age limit and what jobs are available to you with the Working Holiday Visa in Australia.
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