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Traveling and Living Abroad Introduction

Everything you need to know to make your relocation or overseas travel a success.

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Visiting a different culture is an idea that resonates with almost everyone. Who can resist the prospect of new sights, sounds, tastes and experiences?

Yet while the idea is certainly intriguing, it's not quite so simple as just packing up and heading out. If you're planning on visiting or moving to a new country, it's vitally important to carefully plan your excursion. Failure to do so can cause serious headaches for travelers and dampen your enjoyment of your new surroundings.

This week, we'll be taking a closer look at some of the key issues to explore before making your move. Financial systems can vary considerably across the globe, so we'll help you learn when to use cash and when to use plastic. We'll also give you the inside scoop on how to avoid paying unnecessary international fees to credit card companies, while also advising you on how to avoid losing money to exchange rates.

Travel insurance is another important decision for travelers. We'll let you know what it covers, when it makes sense to purchase it and what to look for in an insurance provider. We'll also let you know why you may already have some form of travel insurance without even realizing it.

Working and paying taxes overseas can be a tricky task. To help you navigate these processes, we'll explain the importance of work visas and the tax implications of overseas labor -- while also noting a key loophole for "digital nomads."

Medical coverage is another key concern for travelers. It's not always easy to know if your insurer will cover you on overseas trips or how far that coverage will extend. We'll let you know how to avoid accruing massive medical bills while traveling by making sure all of your bases are covered.

Finally, smartphones are an essential tool for virtually all of today's travelers. For that reason, we'll give you the scoop on how to ensure you have reliable and affordable cell phone service wherever you travel.  

Traveling and living abroad is a great adventure. By planning carefully, you can help ensure that your adventure is as successful as it is exciting.