Don’t Hold Yourself Back!

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on February 08, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,              

As many of you are aware, Escape Artist is dedicated to illustrating how traveling the world can open up so many options for your life. Not only can you travel to experience new cultural destinations, which are becoming more and more accessible every day, but you can enhance your career and even start a new life in a new location.

This week, we prove just that. Which country should you move to in order to enjoy your work life more? Which country is paying people to move in? What popular tourist destination just became more accessible to everyone? If any of these questions intrigued you, keep reading this weekly round-up!

If any of this wakes up the world traveler inside of you, join us for the Escape Artist Conference next month! Time is running out to register. For more information on how Escape Artist can kickstart your journey, read on about the upcoming Escape Artist Conference held this March in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, we want to remind you that Escape Artist is the number-one destination for all of your expat questions. Feel free to explore our website and drop in to ask a question. We love when you ask questions!    

 

Let’s get into this week’s round-up!  

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Need a Career Boost?

Work offshore.

Are you unhappy about your working conditions? Has every job you’ve had let you down? Why not think globally and find a job offshore?

HSBC Expat, a banking arm of HSBC Group, surveyed over 22,000 international professionals in 2018 on factors such as work-life balance, career progression, job security, earning prospects, and employee benefits, and found that 60% of those living in Bahrain said work culture was better than their home country.

Bahrain, an archipelago country of over 30 islands, scored the second best in the survey, behind Germany. It beat popular overseas working locations like the UEA, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Not only did the nation rank highly on the survey, but work in Bahrain comes with many perks such as a sense of inclusion, tax-free wages, add-ons for housing, education, and travel.

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The Importance of Asset Protection on a Global Scale

Renowned international attorney Joel Nagel (of our Ask the Ambassador Series) recently sat down with The Expat Money Show’s Mikkel Thorup to discuss, in depth, the concepts of offshore asset protection.Consumer Resource Guide

If you’re interested in protecting your assets and would like to learn how offshore jurisdictions can provide an ethical, legal, and financially sound solution to keep hold of what’s yours, this interview is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Click here for more information and a link to stream or download the entire 90+ minute interview (link to article once posted). And don’t forget to subscribe to The Expat Money Show while you’re at it…you can thank us later.

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You Want to Pay Me to Move?

Don’t have to ask me twice!

In the early 1900s, the rural Italian village of Locana in Piedmont experienced a drastic population decline from nearly 7,000 to under 1,500 as people left for big factory jobs in Turin. Mayor Giovanni Bruno Mattei is offering to pay up to $10,200 over three years to families willing to move to the mountainous town that borders France and Switzerland.

The deal comes with conditions, however. Families wanting to move to the town must have at least one child and a minimum annual salary of 6,000 euro. The deal was initially only offered to Italian citizens, but now with great hopes of growing the population, he is offering it to non-Italians too.

Locana isn’t the only Italian village facing population issues. There are actually 139 villages with less than 150 residents.

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Think Internationally with Escape Artist this March!

Our biggest and most exciting event of the year is coming back! We know that the holidays weren’t an ideal time for some of our readers, so we decided to have another conference this spring! Same speakers, same advice, same life-changing experience!

The 2019 Escape Artist Conference will take place on March 16-17 in Phoenix, Arizona!

The Escape Artist Conference is the only event where you will be able to have one-on-one time with the Escape Artist team, writers, and friends of the site who can teach you all about their experiences living abroad, banking internationally, investing globally, and so much more.

Stop daydreaming about your perfect life abroad…and start living it! After attending this conference, you will have all the information needed to turn your international dreams into reality.

Register Today!

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Travel Should Have No Restrictions

The popular Peruvian tourist hotspot, Machu Picchu, is finally wheelchair accessible thanks to Wheel the World, a travel company that offers tours of destinations around the globe for people with disabilities, their friends, and family. The company was founded by Alvaro Silberstein and Camilo Navarro, a world-traveling duo. Silberstein uses a wheelchair to get around and Navarro does not.

The tour company uses specially crafted wheelchairs that fold, designed with one wheel and two long sticks, similar to a wheelbarrow, meaning a travel companion is needed to operate and navigate through the site.

Wheel the World’s first trip to Machu Picchu will take place in March of 2019, making it the first time the destination is accessible to wheelchair users!

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

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet the experts at the conference this Spring!

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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As a nation, Bhutan is an extremely small country as compared to others across the globe. Having said that, despite its relatively limited area, it has managed to score much better in the fields of development, elimination of poverty, and sustained growth than many of its better known counterparts. Currently, Bhutan is in a phase of transition, where unlike in the past, the majority of students coming out of universities who choose to opt for jobs in the public and private sectors are instead making self-employment their career choice.

Like most countries in Asia and the abroad, Bhutan too has its own fair share of challenges to face, particularly in the vexing problem of unemployment amongst graduates. This concern is more accentuated because…

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Digital Nomad’s Guide to Costa Rica

What is a digital nomad looking for? Well, basically, they seek a positive working environment where they can raise their productivity as well as enjoy the experience. They want the freedom of working and relaxing at the same time, no matter where they are. And one of the major incentives of becoming a digital nomad is to have the freedom of traveling. Thus, it is no surprise to see some locations and spots becoming a hot favorite with digital nomads. Costa Rica is quickly becoming one of those popular choices.

Costa Rica – A Top Choice Among Digital Nomads

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Costa Rica Tourism and Real Estate Trends

Costa Rica is a popular tourist hub – and, as such, its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is highly influenced by that industry. In fact, income for tourism increased by 7 percent last summer (2017), and between 2012 and 2016, the tourism sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP increased from 4.4 percent to 6.3 percent. Accommodation, food, and beverage services were at the top of the list for most important activities.

That being said, many who are looking to purchase homes in the country want to focus on those busy tourist areas, the ones with a good economy and plenty to do – and we certainly don’t blame them! Purchasing a home in these areas opens up a wide array of possibilities for your finances. You could…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on February 08, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.