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I’ve been romanticizing about this the past few years especially as I have more and more freedom to work 100% remote. Heck, maybe even just live abroad a quarter of the year or so..though I admit I don’t know if that’s possible if I’m technically still working for an American company.There are so many wonderful places I’d like to explore outside of the states. Any good recs on places for expats or those on temp visa?
 

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I’ve been romanticizing about this the past few years especially as I have more and more freedom to work 100% remote. Heck, maybe even just live abroad a quarter of the year or so..though I admit I don’t know if that’s possible if I’m technically still working for an American company.There are so many wonderful places I’d like to explore outside of the states. Any good recs on places for expats or those on temp visa?


Yes I’ve looked into it, though I’m not 100% remote.. if it were me, i’d be looking at someplace tropical but where the cost of living is low, like certain areas of Belize, Costa Rica or Aruba.. i dont believe there are any restrictions on where your pay comes from, as long as you can show that you earn a certain amount (very low) each month.. however, a lot of areas in the Caribbean (like the ones i mentioned) currently have a sargassum seaweed problem that has rendered their beaches unusable for the last year or two, some of the world’s most beautiful beaches in fact.. but those areas are still a lot closer to the States than other places like Europe or Australia .. Good luck!
 

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you're probably looking for something more exotic than Canada. Although Lake Charles to Toronto is a pretty big paradigm shift, I'll say. It was enough of a culture shock for me to legitimately feel 'abroad'
 

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I’ve been romanticizing about this the past few years especially as I have more and more freedom to work 100% remote. Heck, maybe even just live abroad a quarter of the year or so..though I admit I don’t know if that’s possible if I’m technically still working for an American company.There are so many wonderful places I’d like to explore outside of the states. Any good recs on places for expats or those on temp visa?
I’ll say that i know at least a handful of people that are from the States and either live in Germany and have for many years or lived there for years previously. They all love it. I was there briefly on my way to the sandbox but don’t get the hype on the outside looking in. People were really nice for short time i was there though.
 
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I can recommend my hometown, of Mérida, Yucatán. Huge U.S. expat community, many retired, many working remotely... all the amenities you want in a big city, within a culture that goes back 1000 years. 15 minutes from the beach, no sargassum there :hihi: , exotic locations... Mexican food you probably never have heard of or tasted...

I'd be there right now if it weren't for my place of employment not allowing me to take my work laptop with me outside the U.S. But if everything goes well, starting next year, I'll be there.
 

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Despite my username, I now live just outside of Paris, France. I am technically assigned from our American subsidiary to our French parent company, but effectively I work for a French company.
I wish I knew French better, but otherwise it has been positive. My kids are getting a great experience and learning about different cultures. Travel in Europe is relatively cheap as long as you plan ahead.
There are expat communities around most medium and large international communities. Expats tend to be on assignment for a few years, then move to the next assignment. Since the community is very transient, there's usually a Facebook group for expats around each that can offer suggestions and help.
I would encourage you to explore it. There are lots of families who I know that were happy to be moving back to the US, but none that I have encountered that regret having lived overseas.
Let me know if you have any specific questions.
 

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Mexico City. Nine years and counting. Mexico in general is pretty welcoming I think.
 

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I can recommend my hometown, of Mérida, Yucatán. Huge U.S. expat community, many retired, many working remotely... all the amenities you want in a big city, within a culture that goes back 1000 years. 15 minutes from the beach, no sargassum there :hihi:



Article from NPR just yesterday doesnt mention Merida specifically, but apparently the sargassum is a problem in the Yucatán.


The water off the coast of the Riviera Maya was warmer than I expected, but far murkier. Endless pieces of seaweed, floating on and just below the surface, wrapped themselves like wet masking tape around my flippers and mask as I examined the second-largest reef in the world.

"It's the sargassum," my divemaster from Tulaka Diving told me resignedly. "It's coming over from Brazil, and getting worse every year."
Sargassum, a brown macroalgae, is wreaking environmental havoc in the Mayan Riviera, located along the Caribbean coastline of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, as well as the Caribbean, coastal South America and Florida. The seaweed invasion is being fed by modern agricultural practices. As the Amazon is deforested to make way for farming, fertilizer used on that land is running off into the Amazon River and the ocean, encouraging blooms. Fertilizer runoff from other parts of the world is also fueling the problem.

The seaweed isn't just grouping in the water, but washing up in unsavory masses on beaches from Cancun to Tulum. There, it stinks like a cracked Easter egg that someone forgot to hard boil. The odor is a tourism problem. Local governments and resorts are struggling to combat sargassum with all manner of measures, which include employing sargaceros to rake it up manually.






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