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Offline CubaLibre

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Expat tips?
« on: June 29, 2012, 05:19:16 AM »
Since I believe it's better to be safe than sorry, and since I have a strong feeling the social parasites and "gimme gimme" types will stop at nothing to keep their gravy train chugging along, I figured now's as good a time as ever to start doing research on becoming an expat. (I hope this is in the right forum, if not, feel free to move it)

Anyone know a good place to start for general info?  Specifically, I'd like to know how much money I should save up first, and how badly those funds will get reamed by the IRS when departure day comes. :glare:

Offline Solar

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Re: Expat tips?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012, 05:44:09 AM »
The bigger question is, where will you go?
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Re: Expat tips?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012, 05:51:25 AM »
The bigger question is, where will you go?
I'm thinking the more stable Central American countries (Costa Rica, Belize, or Panama). Since they're fairly close to home, travel shouldn't be too expensive. And I know the language, which is a plus (I believe Belize is primarily English).

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Re: Expat tips?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2012, 06:22:47 AM »
That would be a very last resort. The US is still the best place in the world to live. I'd prefer to kick socialist liberalism to the curb, and keep kicking until we know it won't resurface in any places of political power. That includes our public schools.

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Re: Expat tips?
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2012, 04:20:25 AM »
If you wait long enough, you might be able to be an "Expat" right here in your own country! Or feel like one.

Some places like Thailand are changing their rules for visas and passports, making it more difficult to stay over permanently. So you might want to look into that as well. Americans are not as welcome as they once were in many places.

One of the guys I have worked with has a plan to marry overseas, become a citizen, and then move back to America to be eligable to take advantage of the opportunities here he cannot get since he was born here. I don't know if it will work, but it seems clever.

Just like immigrants here, Americans tend to group together in other countries. The communities should not be hard to find. But don't look for American flags flying from their homes.

Plan and save for an exit strategy as well as saving enough to make the move.

Unless you are retiring and can afford it, have a job over there to go to.

Many places will pay well for American language teachers, even private citizens might seek you out. Corporations are a source, but many Americans just put out a shingle. Most companies would like a person to have a degree in anything, not necessarily language, to show they have some record of reliability.
China, and Brazil, sometimes prefer the teachers to not know or speak the language of the people they are teaching, at least at first. I would imagine that to be almost universal.

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Re: Expat tips?
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2012, 12:36:08 PM »
I'm thinking the more stable Central American countries (Costa Rica, Belize, or Panama). Since they're fairly close to home, travel shouldn't be too expensive. And I know the language, which is a plus (I believe Belize is primarily English).

Belize is "spendy" everywhere - Panama has better infastructure than Costa Rica but it is also dirtier and less stable government - here are a couple reads on Costa Rica

http://www.La-Tigra.com/why.php

http://www.TheRealCostaRica.com

http://forums.arcr.net/

 

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