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10 Days in Costa Rica for Hopeful Expats

Ten days will fly by in Costa Rica, especially if you’re looking to move there and trying to catch a glimpse of many different parts of the country. Erin Van Rheenen’s whirlwind sampler of expat hot spots casts a wide net, allowing you to see as much as possible in less than two weeks.

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Building a House in Costa Rica

Even if you live in a beautiful region of Costa Rica, you may long for the comfort features of North American-style homes. It can often be beneficial to build your own home to include luxuries like high ceilings, custom finishes, and tropical hardwood floors. Erin Van Rheenen weighs the pros and cons of building a house in Costa Rica.

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Where to Live in Belize

There is something for everyone in Belize, whether you want a rural or urban location, jungle or beach, serenity or hustle and bustle. If you’re thinking about moving to Belize, here’s a breakdown of regions to consider.

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Housing in Italy: Renting vs. Buying

Renting or buying property, like a house or a condo, is the essence of living abroad—it’s what separates you from the tourists who are just visiting. Italy expert John Moretti covers the upsides and downsides of long-term housing options in Italy.

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Italy: The Job Hunt

While the thought of being your own boss in Italy may sound exciting, the reality is that most expats are working for someone else. Expert John Moretti gives advice on landing a job and shares the realities of working in Italy, including the amazing benefits.

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Where to Live in Rome

When choosing where to live in Rome, the greatest factor is location. Rent for apartments inside the city’s Aurelian walls is almost always more expensive than for those outside them. These helpful descriptions of neighborhoods give an indication of what you might expect to pay (and experience) when living inside or outside the city.

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Deciding Where to Live When Moving to Brazil

Deciding where to live in Brazil is as complex as deciding whether you want to move to Brazil in the first place. Michael Sommers gives an overview of the four main territorial regions of the country, as well as the top places to live in each region.

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Moving Your Possessions to Brazil

With the exception of books, which can be sent quite cheaply by mail, shipping possessions to Brazil from North America is very expensive. Michael Sommers lets you know what to look for in a shipping company and what to keep in mind when making your move.