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How to Start an LLC as a Digital Nomad: What to Know 

A digital nomad with an LLC smiles at the camera

With the freedom to choose their work location and working hours, many digital nomads naturally gravitate towards self-employment. While a significant number of self-employed individuals begin as sole proprietors, they often opt for incorporation along their journey. Among digital nomads, one prevalent choice for business structure is the Limited Liability Company (LLC). So, what precisely […]

How to Move to Italy as an American

American in Italy enjoys a vacation along the Amalfi Coast

As the cost of living soars in the US, and American work culture continues to wear people down, many are casting their sights overseas and searching for information such as, “how to move to Italy from the USA.” Moving to Italy from the United States might seem like a complex endeavor, but just imagine for […]

Americans Retiring in France: Visas, Healthcare, Taxes, & More

Americans retiring in France explore a local market and select postcards to send to loved ones in the US.

For those fortunate enough to do so, retiring in France looks like waking up to the irresistible aroma of freshly baked croissants, strolling through cobblestone streets lined with lively cafes, and savoring world-class wines while watching the sunset over the vineyards. It’s no wonder France is one of the most popular places to retire in […]

A Japan Digital Nomad Visa? Not Yet, but Other Options Exist

US expat living in Japan walks down a busy city street

With so many places offering digital nomad visas, many people wonder whether there’s a Japan digital nomad visa as well. Unfortunately, the Japanese government has not yet released an official digital nomad visa — but there is an option called the Highly Skilled Professional Visa (HSVP) that facilitates freelancing in Japan.  Below, we’ll go over […]

Retire in Ecuador: Visas, Healthcare, Taxes & More

Rooftop view of Quito, Ecuador, a popular place for US expats to retire

Ever dreamed of retiring abroad? Then we’ve got good news. Not only is it possible to do so — it often makes financial sense as well. One increasingly popular option is to retire in Ecuador. Of course, you’ll want to do your research first to see if it’s the right fit for you. To help […]

UK Skilled Worker Visa: A New Opportunity to Move to the UK

US expat moving to the UK on the Skilled Worker Visa

In a significant development for aspiring immigrants, the United Kingdom has bid farewell to the former General Worker Visa, known as the Tier 2 visa, and introduced the Skilled Worker Visa.  This overhaul reflects the UK’s commitment to attracting top-tier talent from around the world while simplifying the immigration process. If you’re considering embarking on […]

Retire in Panama: Visas, Healthcare, Taxes, & More

Retired US expats having fun riding a tandem bike in Panama

More and more United States citizens are considering retiring in Panama — leading them to wonder what everyday life in Panama is like, what kind of health insurance is available, whether there are any established expat communities there, etc. And it’s no wonder — Panama is a beautiful country that offers an excellent quality of […]

Can Americans Buy Property in Spain? (Short Answer: Yes!)

Aerial shot of Costa Blanca, a popular place for Americans to buy property in Spain.

Did you know that Americans can buy property in Spain?  When you consider tapas culture and the longstanding tradition of the afternoon siesta, it’s easy to see why many American tourists dream about buying a house in Spain. What may surprise some people, though, is that as popular as Spain is, it’s very possible to […]

The 13 Best Digital Nomad Cities for US Expats in 2023

Best Digital Nomad Cities in 2023

Wondering what the best digital nomad cities are? You’re not alone. For digital nomads, the entire world is your office, which is exactly what makes it so difficult to settle on where to go. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by an overload of choices, though, we’re here to help. We did some research to put together […]

Buying Property in Panama: A Guide for US Retirees & Expats

Buying property in Panama for US retirees and real estate investors

Year after year, more and more US retirees buy property in Panama and joyfully expatriate from the US. In addition to its obvious appeal (think pristine beaches and a thriving expat community), there’s also the potential for a property purchase to be an excellent investment for foreign real estate investors.  The country’s geographically and diplomatically […]