I have been writing on Live in the Philippines for two and a half years now, living here nearly three years. Read and learn as much about the culture and language as possible. Don’t believe that you are a wealthy target everywhere you walk.
Before moving here, I lived in the Middle East, and traveled extensively in the developing world. Leave the walled, guarded compound once in a while.
In that time, I’ve seen several patterns in the questions that people ask. In fact, I’m a big believer in that old cliche, “There is no such thing as a stupid question”. John Miele is a Citizen of the World, having spent time in many locations around the globe.
An international move is a big undertaking, no doubt about it. Currently, he finds himself in Manila, but travels throughout the Philippines.
This is perhaps the biggest and most financially damaging mistake that expats can make. Yes, I know there are many successful Internet relationships. I also know many, many horror stories here from guys that come, fall in love, and get burned. Again, there are dozens of web sites filled with stories of people getting scammed.