Delayed and Denied: My Journey to Residency in Portugal

Kam C. is a budget travel and holistic wellness blogger who enjoys sharing stories through her (mis) adventures. She is a native Michigander and travel enthusiast, having been to 25 states and 19 countries. Her experiences and a drive to better herself, opened the door to immerse herself in cultural exchanges. Her website connects travel and […]

How to Safely Relocate Your Pet to Another Country

Are you looking for help moving abroad? Speak with an international relocation specialist by reaching out to [email protected]. We are constantly surprised by how quickly Frijolita, the little street dog we adopted, became the central figure of our household. Before Frijolita, everything revolved around Ozzy the cat. Your dog or cat isn’t just a pet, […]

How to Work Remote From Another Country

Are you looking for help moving abroad? Speak with an international relocation specialist by reaching out to [email protected]. More people than ever have remote work flexibility. At the same time, more and more countries – think Costa Rica, Indonesia, and the Bahamas – are implementing affordable Digital Nomad Visas that make the dream of working […]

Renting a house in Costa Rica: 8 things you need to know

Are you looking for help moving abroad? Speak with an international relocation specialist by reaching out to [email protected]. After moving to Costa Rica, it took me two months to secure a long-term rental. Find out why navigating the long-term rental market in Costa Rica is so difficult and what I wish I had known prior […]

How to Find a Doctor in Costa Rica as an American or Canadian Expat

Note: This blog is our personal view on the best service providers for expats. We make no money on referring customers to these services.   One of the things you’ll want to do shortly after arriving in a new country is develop a detailed medical plan that includes: pick the right health insurance for your […]

The 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to Lisbon, Portugal

The author of this article moved to Lisbon in 2015, and now lives there full time.   I never dreamed that I would move to Portugal. When I had to select international programs to spend semesters at during my MA studies, I didn’t even include Portugal on the list. Even when my program insisted that […]

How to Choose your Hometown in a New Country: 9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Settling Down

StartAbroad, an international relocation specialist, offers advice for individuals considering moving abroad, including retirees, digital nomads, and remote business owners. They provide a series of guiding questions concerning climate preferences, proximity to others, required amenities, preferred daily activities, suitable communities, language capabilities, specific needs related to job, health, or kids, and setting priorities among these. StartAbroad also offers free consultation services and a comprehensive package for hassle-free relocation. They also recommend expats to consider lifestyle preferences and necessities when identifying an ideal location abroad.

Minimizing Tax as an Expat: A Practical Guide for U.S. Citizens and Residents offers guidance on minimizing tax burdens for U.S. individuals planning to live abroad. Main strategies include utilizing the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE), which necessitates passing either the Physical Presence Test or the Bona Fide Resident Test. Additionally, there are ways to claim Foreign Housing Exclusions or Deductions, use Foreign Tax Credits, and it’s recommended to seek professional input to maximize savings.

The 8 Questions You Need to Answer Before Moving Abroad

If you’re considering relocating internationally, StartAbroad recommends answering eight critical questions before the move. These questions cover: previous time spent in the destination country, income plans, budgeting realistically, residency or citizenship plans, understanding medical needs, plans for efficient money transfer, strategies for minimizing global tax burden, and securing accommodation for the first week after arrival. StartAbroad offers consultation services to help manage these issues and ensure a smooth relocation process.

The 10 Steps to Successful Real Estate Purchases in Costa Rica

Miranda Abbott Wittman, a successful entrepreneur and real estate professional in Costa Rica, urges those interested in real estate investment in the country to seek expert guidance. Abbott Wittman recommends “Make Costa Rica Home” and “Buy Hotels Costa Rica”, two brands she built with her husband, Joshua. From choosing suitable properties to navigating the local laws and regulations, their service provides valuable support to those looking to make Costa Rica their home or explore investment opportunities.

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