For most international citizens, living as an expat can have its advantages, but other times it can also throw a lot of hurdles your way. If relocating for your career, a spouse or simply to retire- it’s always good to have a solid list of resources for expats that you can turn to. Here are a few great sources that may come in handy during your time as an expat- no matter where you are.
Relocating anywhere can take a toll on your social life- becoming an expat can put a halt on it. Find a site that lets you combine an interest in making new friends. Meetup.com is one outlet that offers a number of expat meetups to attend in various cities around the world.
When it comes to international medical plans it’s important to find a source that gives you options. Whether you need coverage for a week or a year, for you or your whole family- keep one reliable international insurance source bookmarked.
If you are a US citizen living abroad, the US government has a plethora of information on a range of topics including getting married while abroad, having a child while abroad, voting, passport services, and general tips.
Job listings, classifieds, “cost of living” estimator and general expats facts can all be found at EasyExpat. Narrow down what you are looking for, then get that piece of information as it’s relevant to the country you will be or have relocated to.
ExpatExchange can offer insight into the nitty-gritty of more touchy topics like expat banking, expat finance and offshore investment.
While these resources for expats are great for expats around the world, it’s also important to find area-specific resources also, like a few good local expat magazines or web sites- one place to start is InterNations. This way you have the inside scoop on what’s going on locally in the expat world.
Facebook Groups for Expatriates
Facebook groups for expats can vary widely. Some focus on networking while others are for buying and selling stuff. Use your judgment when doing your research.
Expat Twitter Accounts to Follow
- @IntCitizens – International Citizens, Global Nomads, and World Travelers Unite. Travel. Share. Live!
Networking Groups for Expats on LinkedIN
- LinkedIn Group: Expatriates & Global Mobility – Connect with professionals around the world working living away from home. There are more than 200 Million global citizens.
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