Ex-Pat Life

Nomad Capitalist Citizenship by Descent Series

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The Nomad Capitalist has a great six-part series on how to obtain citizenship by descent in different countries.  If I had relatives that made me eligible for this process, I would most certainly go through it.  Alas, I do not.


How to Obtain Greek Citizenship By Descent


How to Obtain Croatian Citizenship By Descent


How to Obtain German Citizenship By Descent


How to Obtain Ukrainian Citizenship By Descent


How to Obtain Spanish Citizenship By Descent




On the same topic, Travel and Leisure has a summary article detailing the process for a few more countries.  Check out:

You Can Get a Second Passport If You Have a Grandparent From One of These Countries (Video)




Best and Worst Cities for Expats

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Wonder what cities you might want to live in if you move out of your home country?


“InterNations has released its ranking of the best and worst cities for expats to live in, based on surveys on 25 aspects of urban life, such as Leisure & Climate, Local Friendliness, Housing, Transportation, Job & Career, Finance, Health & Environment, Work-Life Balance, Safety & Politics, and more.”


Here is their list.


The best and worst cities in the world for expats in 2020



I’ve been to four of the top 10.  I think I could live in all four (even if Buenos Aires is a bit sketchy in places).


I’ve also been to four of the worst 10.  Of those four, there is only one (Santiago) that I would consider moving to.


I’ve stayed in 12 of the cities in the middle.  I could probably live in a couple of them, but none would be at the top of my list.


Check out the article and find your future residence.

Health Care in Mexico

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Mexico is a prime destination for American expats.


My favorite Mexican ex-pat blogger recently posted an incredible resource for people living in or visiting Mexico.


Great Site to Find Doctors in Mexico, Check Reviews, Compare Prices and Schedule Appointments


This will make finding and booking good medical care much easier for those of you spending time in Mexico.

Can You Find a Country That is Both Cheap and Safe?

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The Nomad Capitalist attempted to address this issue in an article and video.


The Cheapest and Safest Countries to Live In


A lot of their suggestions are in Eastern Europe.  I have zero experience in that area (hopefully rectified soon), so I can’t weigh in there.

With regards to places I’ve visited, I think I could live safely for less than $2000 a month in the following countries:










I’d also consider Costa Rica, Chile, Singapore, and Belize as safe locations, but they may require a little more money to live a lifestyle similar to what you may be used to.

Check out the article for another take on the issue.



Living in Romania

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In continuing my series of articles for people who want to live full time in another country, I stumbled upon this article about ex-pat life in Romania.


The Cost of Living in Romania as an Expat


I haven’t ever visited Romania, but I will certainly try to get there in the next few years.  It looks like a very pleasant country.  With costs of living about 50% of those in the USA, it might be a cheap way to live on a fixed income in another country’s currency.

Ex-Pat Tax Issues

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My favorite Mexican expat travel bloggers at Two Expats Mexico recently published a couple of great articles about tax issues for those of you who live in another country.


The first covers tax reporting requirements for US citizens who have foreign bank accounts.

What Americans With Foreign Bank Accounts Should Know About Annual Reporting Requirements


The second covers the extremely valuable foreign earned income exclusion.  So long as you are an American citizen living full time in another country (defined by being outside the USA 330 days or more in a calandar year) you are exempt from US income tax on the first $107K of your income.


What Americans Working Abroad Should Know About Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

Ex-Pat Voting Advice

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The presidential election campaign is heating up in the United States.  As a continuing feature for my American readers living abroad, I’ll share some tips and tricks for expats.


How do you vote in the US election if you are living full or part time in a different country?  The article linked below explains all the options.  I found it quite educational.


How to Vote from Abroad: 3 EASY Steps!



The Best Countries for Preppers?

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If you are looking at permanently relocating to another country, this article does a deep dive on 12 factors that you may want to consider.

The Best Countries for Preppers: 12 Factors to Consider


According to the article, these are the 12 most important factors to consider before your move.

  1. Culture and language
  2. Cost of living
  3. Political stability
  4. Economic stability
  5. Real estate cost
  6. Crime
  7. Laws
  8. Climate and weather extremes
  9. Cost and Quality of Medical Care
  10. Taxation
  11. Pollution and environmental factors
  12. Endemic disease


The article discusses each factor individually.


I’m betting my readers would be most interested in moving to another country to reduce their cost of living.  Here are the 50 cheapest countries in which to live.  I’ve visited 10 of the 50.  I could live in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, or Vietnam.  I don’t think I’d like to live in many of the others.



The other issue driving many of my readers’ decisions is that of gun ownership.  Very few countries have gun laws like the USA.



The article is a good one.  Check it out if you are considering living in another country.



Remote Work Visas

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If you want to truly live in another country, you’ll likely need something other than the standard tourist visa.  Getting work visas and/or official residency has long been a difficult process in a lot of places.


If you are a freelancer or “Digital Nomad” you may be able to apply for a newer class of remote work visas that will allow you to live in your country of choice a little longer.


The Expert Vagabond details the process of obtaining one of these visas in 10 different countries.  Check out the information at the link below.

10 Countries With Digital Nomad & Remote Work Visas


Living in India?

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A lot of the folks who contact me with regards to my book are people who are interested in permanently moving to another country.  Most are interested in finding a cheaper life in the developing world.


To provide information for this crowd, I’m starting a new series of articles with a focus on who ex-pats live their lives in other countries.


I’m going to kick my article series off with this post about India.


The Cost of Living in India as an Expat


I’ve never been there myself.  The culture and the crowding doesn’t really appeal to me.  With that said, if you live like a local, you can make your social security check go a very long way.


If you are interested in life in India, check out the link.