Abnormal Lightning Storms, Traveling Post-Brexit, and Art Cruises

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on April 27, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello Reader,

This week, not only will you find out some of the great happenings around the world, you will be introduced to one of Escape Artist’s new friends. If you are looking for new global investment opportunities, they will definitely be able to help you out.

If you aren’t happy with the weather conditions back home, imagine being in a state that was hit by lightning tens of thousands of times. Keep reading to find out where this has become a reality. Also included in this week’s newsletter is a new kind of cruise vacation perfect for those who love art.

At the end of this round-up, find out how you can have a hand in helping us with the very first Escape Artist Conference! We also have an internship opportunity to join our team this summer, so keep reading to find out more.

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Want to Work for Escape Artist? Join Our Team!

This summer, Escape Artist is offering a special marketing internship for ambitious individuals looking to dive into the world of international business. Join up with our team to help expand and manage our network of global partners working to keep Escape Artist at the forefront of the industry.

This is a great opportunity for self-motivated individuals looking for remote work. Join the digital nomad movement! If you, or someone you know, would be interested in working remotely as an EA intern (with a path to full-time employment), contact us here for more details!

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A New Friend

This week, we’d like to introduce our readers to Jamie Alleyne and Associates. With this investment firm, you can make your residency dreams come true. Don’t just take our word for it. Here is what the company says about their services:

“Jamie Alleyne & Associates Inc. is a boutique Caribbean investment firm. We specialize in citizenship by investment and residency services across the Caribbean countries to include Dominica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Kitts among the other jurisdictions. Our services extend to international business formations, international bank licensing, and yacht registration. We offer a curated list of prime real estate at excellent prices and access to lucrative and varied investment opportunities in the region. We will soon be releasing our handbook for each country, sharing everything from national statistics and government processes to a comprehensive list of private contractors and service providers.“

If you’re interested in learning more about the services that Jamie Alleyne & Associates Inc. can provide, contact us here!

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Lightning Doesn’t Strike in the Same Place Twice… but Maybe Over 30,000 Times!

Andhra Pradesh, a state in southern India, is used to lightning strikes during heavy monsoon rains. The number of lightning strikes went above and beyond this week, however. On Tuesday, the Indian state was reportedly hit 36,749 times in just a 13-hour period. This unusual weather is responsible for nine fatalities.

The amount of lightning isn’t the only abnormality. Monsoon season usually begins in June and lasts through September, but this year the storms have begun earlier. This is due to cold winds sweeping in from the Arabian sea colliding with warmer winds from Northern India. This has caused early storms and the increased amount of lightning.

While the fatalities caused by the lightning strikes may sound strange, it’s not an uncommon occurrence. In June of 2016, 93 people in the region lost their lives due to lightning strikes. That’s shocking compared to the 27 average deaths in the U.S. each year!

To keep yourself safe during a lightning storm, it is advised to seek shelter in a car or building, stay away from hilltops, and do not seek shelter beneath tall and isolated trees.  

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Taking Paint-and-Sips to a New Level

If you like art and being on the water, there may be a new kind of vacation for you. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Consumer Resource Guidecollection, along with other river cruise lines, are developing a new kind of cruise experience where attendees will be able to take part in art workshops while on board.

Uniworld will be hosting nine departures this year with various mediums to choose from and different instructors on the boat. One departure will focus on charcoal drawing and brush sketching, while another is similar to paint-and-wine “sip” events that have become very popular.

Classes and materials are included in the cost of the cruise, but class sizes may be limited. While creating beautiful pieces of art, vacationers will explore the beautiful sights of Italy, Switzerland, Amsterdam, and more!

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Traveling Post-Brexit

As Britain’s exit from the UN nears, it’s time to start thinking about what travel will look like. Because the UK is part of the EU, it is pretty easy to travel between the UK and other European Union countries with budget airlines. Travelers may see new rules in place and prices may not be ideal.

For EU citizens, it may be especially difficult because Brits may no longer be able to travel freely throughout Europe anymore. No formal rules are in place just yet, but it’s definitely going to be a topic of discussion within the next few weeks.

Other concerns include the price of travel increasing as the euro fluctuates and what Brexit may do to customs lines. Americans and EU travelers may soon be in one line, as opposed to the current situation where Europeans could bypass the U.S. citizens while entering Britain.

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Thank you for reading this week’s round-up! If you’re interested in learning what it’s like to expatriate, don’t hesitate to ask some questions. At Escape Artist, we aim to ensure that your travels abroad run as smoothly as they can.

Whether you are planning on living, working, retiring, or investing overseas, Escape Artist can help you every step of the way. Don’t forget to check out the eBook store for the 2018 Expat Tax Guide and our wonderful country guides!  

For more information on what’s going on in the international scene, check out some of this week’s newest articles!

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P.S. Do you have questions about how to live abroad and what the experience is like? Are you looking for international investment opportunities? Want to meet like-minded people who are in the same boat as you? Come hang out with other EA readers and the Escape Artist staff! We will be hosting an event this year and can’t wait to meet you!

Click here to find out more information and to stay in the loop on locations and dates! It’s important that this event be exactly what YOU want – no alternate agenda or product pitches! This is about answering YOUR questions!

In order for the event to be a success, take a second to fill out this survey. By sending us your thoughts, you can tailor the event to your specific overseas needs. We will also be supplying a 10% discount during registration to everyone that filled out the survey to make the event possible!

See you there!

QUALIFYING FOR ST. LUCIA’S CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAM

As you well know, all citizenship programs have particular qualifications and certain things that can disqualify you from gaining documentation. For most citizenship by investment programs (CIP), there are minimum qualifying investments that must be made, and they must be made in the approved ways – using the approved investment vehicles. There can be a lot of red tape with many of these programs, so it always comes down to…

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OPENING A CRYPTOCURRENCY EXCHANGE IN MEXICO

Mexico is a difficult country to pinpoint when it comes to its stance on virtual currencies, blockchain, and financial technology in general. After many months in Congress, the Fintech Law just passed, giving cryptocurrencies a regulatory framework to work from.

This landmark achievement will, without a doubt, help Mexico’s economy grow, as there’s a lot of potential to be explored. Only 56% of the Mexican population has a bank account. This is due in part to…

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THE EUROPEAN UNION UNITES TO FORM A BLOCKCHAIN ASSOCIATION

On April 10 of 2018, an official statement from the European Commission was published stating that a total of 22 member countries signed a legal document establishing the European Blockchain Association.

The EU Blockchain Association is expected to facilitate cooperation among countries to produce technical and regulatory guidelines for FinTech. These common standards are meant to prepare for…

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MEXICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL SUPPORTS BLOCKCHAIN

Mexico is the first country to pass an Act to Regulate Financial Technology Institutions in the world. Yes, that’s right… the first in the world. The Fintech Law has attracted many controversies and was hard fought in Congress, but the future looks promising for financial technology companies and cryptocurrency in Mexico.

The Fintech Law does not deal directly with cryptocurrencies, but with those institutions that trade or utilize them. It’s not limited to cryptocurrency exchanges as most laws are. It doesn’t cover all blockchain companies like Malta. It’s not focused on…

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BELIZE SPRING & SUMMER EVENTS 2018

Planning a trip to Belize in the near future? Whether you simply love visiting this country, or you’re looking for somewhere new to settle and want to see what Belize is all about, some of these events might be right up your alley. Each one is annual, so if you see one that you’ve missed already, plan it for next year’s visit!

Labor Day Celebrations

Every May, Belize hosts a Labor Day celebration. It begins with an address by the Minister of Labour, or a representative, and then there are parades and rallies held throughout the country. Whatever city you’re in, you’re likely to find…

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8 LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVALS WORTH TRAVELING FOR IN 2018

Festivals are growing in size in Latin America, and travelers are realizing that planning their vacations around the right ones is worthwhile. Each year, the festival atmosphere grows. What’s not to love? It’s a time for celebration! There are festivals of different kinds to look forward to each year – some that are cultural, some that are music-based, and some that are for celebrating holidays. Here are a handful of famous ones in Central and South America that you shouldn’t miss:

  1. La Bière Week, Brazil

This year (from May 17th to May 20th), Sao Paulo, Brazil, will host its annual Beer Week festival. This festival celebrates…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on April 27, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.