All about being an expatriate..
There are many reasons why people consider becoming expatriates, but one thing they all have in common is a need for advice and information. Some do not even know where to go as all they know is that they do not want to be in their home country anymore. Others have little choice about where they are headed as that is where their job or situation is taking them and they just have to make the best of it. Whether you are looking to be an expatriate by choice or circumstance, the following websites will offer invaluable assistance. They are listed in order of their Alexa traffic count rating.
Global Alexa Rating: 5,170
This site is an expatriate community for expats worldwide. It was founded in 2007 by three young entrepreneurs in Germany and has already grown into the largest network worldwide. It connects people in 390 cities around the world with 1 million expats and global minds. You join the site for free. On the site you are able to explore communities by country or by city, browse upcoming events and activities and browse country and city guides. Be sure to check out the expat magazine categories area which is an excellent source for information.
Global Alexa Rating: 5,524
This is a site of classifieds for everything you might need or have to offer as an expat. You’ll find communities, items for sale, housing available and wanted, childcare, jobs offered and wanted, services and learning. This would be a great site not only for getting set up as an expat but also for help when you get there. It can be challenging to find what you need in a country you are not familiar with, but this site can help.
Global Alexa Rating: 6,196
Often the best way to find out about a place or situation is to get it from the horse’s mouth – so what better way to learn about being an expat than from others that have gone down the same path already. It is also great to know some expats ahead of time where you are headed so you have some ready made friends to make the transition much easier. This is a great network as well with a directory, classifieds, guides, housing, jobs and a forum.
Global Alexa Rating: 15,377
This is a forum with over 175,000 members who have either moved abroad or wish to emigrate and there are hundreds of new members joining every day. The site includes forums as well as articles. There are forums and news articles for many different countries around the world. The site also includes some useful tools including moving quotations, mortgage calculator and currency exchange. They also offer a premium subscription for $19/month.
Global Alexa Rating: 40,717
Since 1977, this has been the premier travel resource for meaningful work, living and study abroad. The site is not just for expats but for anyone that is going abroad, even short term such as a vacation. The site has assistance with working abroad, studying abroad and traveling abroad making it a rich and versatile website. The living abroad section is the most useful for expats with living abroad by country, living accommodations, health insurance abroad and more.
Global Alexa Rating: 76,132
When you join Expat Focus, which is free, you get to download their free guide to moving abroad. The site includes plenty of useful information such as country guides, financial advice, moving guides, articles about expat experiences, and the ability to get free quotes for a range of services such as insurance, tax services and currency transfers. Be sure to check out the More section for articles, interviews, podcast, books and blogs.
Global Alexa Rating: 253,765
Sometimes women find themselves being whisked off to another world due to their spouse’s employment and may feel lost and afraid in the shuffle. The site is not actively growing at this time, as they state they are taking a break, but there are still 15,000+ members and they are allowing new members, so you can connect with other women in this situation. They have a new owner (April 2014) so they may well be on the verge of relaunching, so worth keeping an eye out for that!
Global Alexa Rating: 316,527
This is a wonderful resource complete with expat international relocation guides, forums, articles, an expat’s manual, blogs, directory, news and more. It is owned and run by a team of expatriates with each one successfully relocated to cities throughout the world. This is an extensive network offering the best expertise for your expat adventure. Their guides are regularly updated so you won’t get any surprises.
Global Alexa Rating: 412,497
This is a popular site for locating employment overseas which is often the first thing that an expat must manage to make their goal a reality. The site includes a job search, contact directory, information on money issues and more to address the important question of how are you going to support yourself and your family. The expat community includes a forum and city/country information as well as an events diary and members room for those that register for the site.
Global Alexa Rating: 843,485
Although not everyone finds themselves needing or desiring to make a complete break and create an untethered life overseas, this is a great resource if that is your goal. The site offers a free eBook entitled, “Untether Yourself: 5 Portable Careers to Support You Overseas.” The site includes information on portable careers including blogging, life coaching, photography, teaching, websites and writing as well as prepping for your move. There is also a resource section.
Setting off to live somewhere else can be an exciting, yet nerve racking, experience. One word of caution is not to do it if you are simply looking for greener pastures, unless you’ve done all you can to fertilize the pastures you currently inhabit. Baggage has a way of following you and unless you’ve resolved those things that are making you consider being an expatriate, you’ll only take them along.