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.
How do expats celebrate Thanksgiving Overseas? One of the biggest holidays in the U.S. and Canada is quietly being exported around the world. Here’s how some of our IL correspondents and contributors celebrate this family day overseas…
What is an Expat? Our experts discuss what it means to be an expat.
With a few exceptions for emergency or urgent care, Medicare plans will only cover you within the U.S. and its territories. But should you maintain your coverage when you move abroad? Expert Ron Elledge answers some common questions.
As the world slowly opens up and we yearn to travel again, the first thing to consider before you book that getaway is your own health. With travel comes risk for exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and good underlying health means a safer journey. We asked Shane McCarthy D.O., who has over 20 years’ experience as a primary care physician, for advice and tips to help you travel safely in the future.
We understand your concerns about accessibility. Having a disability is a unique characteristic with different people having different needs. Our experts are not making assumptions about anyone’s abilities. The question here is specifically about wheelchair accessibility. For that reason, these experts have submitted their observations about mobility accessibility in various countries.
I expected a lot of new experiences in my life when I moved from the U.S. to Mexico in 2018. I looked forward to meeting new people, discovering a new culture, and learning a new language. As a former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attorney, however, one thing I didn’t anticipate was the number of U.S. expats I would meet who neglected to file their U.S. tax return.
Always wanted to live in a foreign country but not sure how to go about it? A lot of our correspondents and contributors went on retirement scouting trips before making the big move overseas. It takes time to learn which country, and even what town or city within that country, is your best fit. Below they share their experiences and what valuable lessons they learned:
Would you believe that not everyone knows that Portuguese is the official language of Portugal? Some think that Spanish is spoken here, and although both languages do share many of the same words, pronunciation of European Portuguese resembles more of a Slavic language...
In most of the places I've lived and traveled, including Costa Rica, Roatan, Dominican Republic, Mexico, etc. gringo is a term for any expat, North American and often Europeans as well. It's not an insult, which is the connotation in the U.S.