How to Spend Your Holiday as an Expat

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on December 07, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,

After an amazing weekend meeting our readers at the 2018 Escape Artist Conference, the Escape Artist team is kicking back into gear and are here to deliver the most up-to-date expat news!

This week, we are setting our sights on the holiday season! With Hannukah in full swing, and Christmas just around the corner, people all around the world are preparing to celebrate. Let’s take a dive into how these global citizens are celebrating this year’s holidays. We’ve included tips on where and how to spend your holiday offshore!

Also, 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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Don’t Miss Out on Holiday Cheer

We know many of our readers are enjoying the enticing life of an expat. During most of the year, it may be exciting to explore what a life abroad has to offer, but with the coming of the winter holidays, it may start to feel a little lonely for our friends away from home.

With a bit of research and some of our own experiences, we have some tips for you to enjoy the holidays away from home this year.

1. Find Fellow Expats

You aren’t truly alone this year. Seek out other expats who are experiencing this winter in a different place. Make this season a reason to reach out and meet new people. You may get to know people who are new to being away for the holidays. With these people, you can share traditions or create new ones!

You can reach out by finding expat groups online.

2. Create a Part of Home

One of the easiest ways to feel at home for the holidays is by making a small piece of your new home seem like your old one. Decorate the way you usually do, teach your new friends some of your favorite holiday activities, or cook your favorite traditional meals.

3. Explore Your New Home’s Culture

One of the best parts of being an expat is the experience of a new culture. Every country has their different spin on how they celebrate. Learn those great traditions. While it may not be the same holiday you are used to, it’s always fun to learn something new – and you can share these experiences with those back home! I’m sure they’re eager to hear about your adventures.

4. Try Something New

Now is your time to mix things up a bit! Whether you are experiencing a new climate this Christmas or trying a new food, be open to change. If you hold on to the fact that things aren’t the same as back home, you’ll never get to appreciate the experiences you are having this winter.

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“I Won’t Be Home for the Holidays”

Maybe you are in the opposite boat as the readers who are trying to find a piece of home while living abroad. Some are seeking new experiences this winter. Here are the best places to spend your holiday abroad.

Australia

Have you ever wanted to skip the snow and have a holiday under the sun? Australia is the place for you! Many families spend Christmas camping, since their kids are on summer break. You will still get the Christmas trees and the colorful lights with the added benefit of the sun.

Thailand

While the Thai don’t usually celebrate Christmas, Thailand is a great destination for this year’s holiday. Expats are still in the festive spirit, with trees and Santa hats all around. After Christmas wraps up, New Year festivities are soon to follow. New Year is a spiritual time in Thailand with celebrations throughout the country.

Iceland

The only thing better than Christmas lights in the winter is the Northern Lights found in Iceland during the month of December.

Germany

You won’t find a more festive country than Germany. Christmas doesn’t just last one day, but the whole month! Most towns are decorated and have multiple markets.

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A Special Thank You! (And a Small Request)Consumer Resource Guide

As the holidays and the new year approach, and the holiday cheer builds, we are feeling extra grateful! We had a great turnout at the 2018 Escape Artist Conference, and it only gives us inspiration for the next event!

It made us very happy, too!

The success of the conference wouldn’t have been what it was without your help. This year, we want to use that approach with our upcoming content. We want you to email us at editors@escapeartist.com to tell us what you’ve been wanting to see on Escape Artist, and we will do our best to fill your request! This website is for you, after all!

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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.

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!

Where are Expats Living in Greece?

Greece is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s known for its vast coastline, myriad of islands, whitewashed buildings with blue domed rooftops, and for its ancient history. Even better, the Greek economy is improving, and tourism and the golden visa program are there to help. Expats living in Greece can purchase homes now while the economy is still making moves to improve so that when Greece is thriving again, they can rest easy knowing they’ve made a great investment. But where, exactly, are they living?

Athens

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Germany’s Investment Visa Program

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With a German passport, you can travel visa-free to 165 countries, making it extremely valuable for travelers and businessmen alike. The second factor that makes living in Germany so desirable is its ranking as one of the most developed countries in the world.

Germany is the fifth highest ranked country in this regard, having a very high human development ratio. Human development is a very desirable trait for foreign investors. This means to them that the social aspect of investing in a foreign land is cleared.

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Getting Residency in Germany

I have learned something from the high number of Americans who contact me inquiring about obtaining a second passport or looking for a place to retire outside of the United States – everybody has a different opinion about what they are looking for. Some are budget travelers, some want the Caribbean lifestyle, and others want first world living in the home of their ancestors. With that in mind, here’s how to get residency in Germany.

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There are a lot of fantastic options in Europe that can appease your every need. Europe is extremely…

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Getting Residency in Dominica

The Caribbean has many government programs to promote foreign investment. Several countries offer attractive tax incentives to companies willing to choose the Caribbean as the home base for their company.

Some government programs include obtaining a second passport if you invest a certain amount of money. One of the countries in the Caribbean with a highly desired and easy to get second passport program is Dominica.

Dominica has been welcoming many American investors as of late, thanks to its cheap investment programs which guarantee a second passport to anybody who makes a significant investment in the country’s economy.

The citizenship by investment program in Dominica is definitely less expensive than those of Europe, and the requirements are much smaller. American retirees are beginning to take note of this and are flooding to the island in packs.

The immigration process does not get easier than what Dominica has to offer, and becoming a permanent residency is…

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Getting Residency in Cyprus

One country in Europe that does not get the attention that it deserves is Cyprus. This tiny island country in the Eastern Mediterranean is a paradise that only Europeans know about, but that is beginning to change. No more is Cyprus the site of a massive economic crash – it has turned itself around and is building a new world image.

The average rent in Cyprus is about $2,000 a month for an apartment near the coastline, much cheaper than any other European beach city or a city in California. Cyprus also has one of the easiest immigration systems to navigate, so becoming a resident of the island and obtaining a second passport is fairly easy.

Also, much of the population speaks English, so you won’t be too homesick while you are enjoying your remaining years. Cyprus is unique for its mixture of…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on December 07, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.