We’re often asked about racial/religious tolerance and about how accepting the locals are in various countries toward LGBT lifestyles. While you’ll typically find a warm welcome in any of the countries we suggest for expat living, here’s what our experts on the ground had to say about the countries they live in.
International Living’s in-country correspondents and contributors have shared the best snowbird locations in their adopted countries—places where the weather is pleasant, amenities are plentiful, and the landscapes are breathtaking.
Lots of Europhiles dream of taking six months or a year to explore Europe…traveling from country to country…staying put for a while (maybe even renting an apartment or villa for a month or two) and getting to know a region…then moving on to the next enticing destination….
As a resident, or traveler to France, you can rest assured that you are coming to a safe place. There is no right to bear arms in France, and acquiring a gun as an individual is a long and complicated process, with few ever seeing a firearm. While you can feel safe from violent crime, the country is, of course, not crime free. There is little need to be concerned...
Panama is one of the safest countries in Latin America. Whether you’re comparing crime statistics, reading tourist guidebooks, or checking Canadian or U.S. State Department travel advisories, you’ll find this to be true. And whether you’re looking up tourist-reported incidents...
We have traveled through much of Portugal, visiting castles in medieval villages, exploring the bustling city of Lisbon on foot, and strolling along the Atlantic coastline’s golden beaches. Never have we felt unsafe in any way. But everyone knows that there is no perfect place to live so let’s take a realistic look at Portugal with regards to safety.
One of the most important things to research when choosing to vacation or live overseas is safety. Costa Rica is ranked 38th in the 2022 Global Peace Index, out of 163 countries, and takes the top stop in Latin America. Although Costa Rica is considered a very peaceful place, there are still some things you should be aware of.
From my earliest trips through my years of living here in Italy, I’ve never experienced a moment of feeling unsafe. I once rode the wrong bus in Rome to an outer, densely packed and squalid area; I have wandered country roads at night, and stumbled my way through a decidedly sketchy part of Naples, but never felt I was in danger.
Many people have an outdated perspective of life in Colombia. The dark days of Pablo Escobar and the drug cartels that are still portrayed in the Netflix series Narcos, are long gone. However, the question of safety in Colombia remains constant. So, from someone who has lived in the country since 2012, let's get right into it and I will address the...
All around the world communities celebrate the holiday season in unique ways, and one of the joys of expat life is getting to experience those traditions. Read how IL's contributors are celebrating Christmas in their adopted countries—France, Colombia, Belize, Italy, and Costa Rica.