The Benefits of Being an American Expat Living Overseas
When you are given the opportunity to move abroad…consider it an adventure! And enjoy every moment.
Prior to moving, make sure that you handle all of your business here in the states. Pay all of your bills, notify all of your creditors of your change in address, and be sure to take all of your important papers with you, just in case you need them while living abroad.
While overseas experience the cultural change in every way possible. Try new, exotic foods; get to know your community; take walking tours of your city so that you are able to navigate it like a “local”.
Whether you choose to live in a small, intimate community or a large bustling city, you will experience many expat benefits.
The smaller community life will enable you to meet and socialize with the “locals” while enjoying a lower cost of living. The more touristy towns provide wonderful sites to behold, but there is definitely a higher cost to living in the more popular locations.
Whether you live in a small town or a bustling city, take advantage of opportunities to engage with other American expats through social groups, clubs, international schools and other events. Having some American friends can make the “living abroad” transition a whole lot easier.
If you have difficulty in finding an “expat connection”, consider joining an advertised expat community either locally or online…they provide a wealth of information and resources.
Just to let you know…as an American living overseas it is essential to know that you need to file your U.S. taxes. American Expats can claim a number of tax credits and deductions that will help you avoid dual taxation. Let us help you with any questions you may have about your tax situation or in finalizing your expat tax return!