Save Our Oceans   

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on September 28, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,       

It’s my favorite day of the week, once again! Friday is the day I get to recap all of the global news stories from this week!

Today, we have stories about one of the world’s most well-known television shows, Game of Thrones. We also have tips for nervous travelers and news about how scientists plan to save the coral reefs in our beautiful oceans. Keep reading for all of this and more!

Before we get into this week’s round-up, I want to remind you that December is just around the corner. If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to register for our very first conference. We officially have a venue! The 2018 Escape Artist Conference will be located at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Dallas. Details can be found below.

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Winter is Coming!

Hey Game of Thrones fans! Have you ever wanted to see the sites of the sets? Now you can, and it looks like it’s time for a trip to Northern Ireland. Many of the iconic show’s sets have been turned into tourist attractions.

The final season of the hit HBO series has turned key places featured on the show into tourist spots for visitors to become part of the story.

Some locations include Starks’ Winterfell Castle, the Kings Road, the Greyjoys’ Pyke, the Tullys’ River Run, Dorn, and Dragons Stone!

People from all over the globe are gearing up for the 2019 opening date for these hot tourist spots!

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Don’t Miss Out!

Our biggest and most exciting event of the year, the 2018 Escape Artist Conference, is coming up! Your contribution to our survey gives us a great idea of what the event will look like, what we will discuss, and how many of you would like to attend.

We now have a location, date, and an agenda for the event! December 1st and 2nd are just around the corner, so book your flights to Dallas now! We are getting excited to meet you and answer your questions!

Want to join us? Contact me hereIf you would like to reserve your spot, please send me a message and I will personally send you the official invite.

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3 Easy Tips

Have you ever wanted to go on the vacation of your dreams but were too worried to leave your home? There are some precautions that you can take to make sure that your house and belongings will be safe and sound while you’re gone. Here are my three favorite tips for adventurers who like to cover their bases.

1. Ask a friend for help.

Have a good neighbor or family friend pick up your mail, water the plants, and simply keep an eye on your house. This will give you peace of mind about how your house looks while you’re away and you’ll know if something is wrong.

2. Don’t let the internet know.

I know you may be excited to head out on your vacation and let your friends know that you will be on an adventure. However, you may want to hold off on that. We recommend you don’t announce to a crowd of close (and some not so close) friends that you will be leaving your house unattended for an extended period of time.

3. Turn your lights off!

You may be tempted to leave your lights on in your house to make it look like you are home. This will only make your electricity bill higher.

Instead of just leaving them on, you can purchase a timed dimmer or switch that will automatically turn your lights on and off according to the schedule you set.

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What a Shock!Consumer Resource Guide

It’s no secret that Earth’s coral reefs are in danger of extinction. Scientists have been working hard for the next solution to the problem. Could it be electricity?

Electrified steel frames are being placed over the damaged sections of the coral reef, which is about 100 kilometers north of Cairns, one of Australia’s popular tourist attractions. They are supposed to aid in promoting coral regeneration which, without this help, can take the coral reef up to 10 years to complete.

The Great Barrier Reef has experienced significant destruction from mass bleaching between 2016 and 2017, due to heat waves and cyclones.

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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!

Conderence

If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the survey for this year’s conference, Click here to find out more information and to stay in the loop on locations and updates! 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 surveyBy 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!

Top 3 Destinations for Expats in Ecuador

There are plenty of reasons why Ecuador is a popular destination with expats, who have often voted it one of the best countries in the world to live in and currently place it in the top 10 destinations worldwide for making expats feel welcome and at home.

It’s a country with an abundance of natural wonders, from the Amazonian rainforest to the outlying Galapagos Islands. You can straddle the equator in Quito, climb the Cotopaxi volcano, or shop the day away at Otavalo Market – among other things. A low cost of living and a high quality of life come together to make Ecuador a seriously enticing prospect.

When moving to a new country it can be difficult to…

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Why Expats are Retiring in Singapore

The city-state of Singapore has long been Asia’s most modern city. It is an economic superpower in the southeast and, as such, features a cosmopolitan culture where you’ll find a mix of people from all over the world. Roughly one-quarter of its population is made up of expats or foreign workers, and it’s a technology hub. Take those Western traits and combine them with the calm of the tropics and you’ve got a very rounded place to call home. Most everyone lives in new, upscale apartments, and yet somehow the developed areas with the skyrise buildings don’t interfere with the tropical paradise feel of the island. These are only a few of the reasons why people are retiring in Singapore. However, it’s not such an easy process as you may hope.

The Visa Process

Unfortunately, Singapore does not offer a…

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Why Retire in New Zealand?

New Zealand is known as one of the world’s cleanest and most beautiful countries…if not the cleanest and most beautiful. Anyone who’s seen Lord of the Rings knows this, since that’s where the movies were filmed. The culture is a bit laid back, with a focus on good health and the outdoors. Those who choose to retire in New Zealand tend to do so because of a mix of those traits. Many who visit end up wondering how they could stay longer.

The Process

Most likely, if you’re looking to retire in New Zealand, you’ll want to opt for the Temporary Retirement Visitor Visa. This visa is valid for…

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Minimising Stress On Pets When Relocating Overseas

Moving abroad with pets can be an incredibly stressful and worrying time for many. Not only do you have to think about all of the things you need to check off your list, but relocating your pet comes with so many additional tasks as well.

Yet, most of the emotions you are likely to experience are more to do with concern for your pet’s wellbeing. Clearly your pet will be subject to a significant amount of stress during this process and, obviously, you can’t explain to them what is going on!  

However, although you aren’t able to communicate and…

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How to Stay Happy and Healthy After You Retire

Who said retirement life is boring? You think that without a job all you will do is sit at home and do nothing? That is not true at all. There are a hundred different things that you can do to keep yourself occupied in your golden years. Just don’t let yourself sit idle, because, you know, an idle brain is a devil’s workshop. There should be a sense of purpose in whatever you do. Are you wondering what you can do to keep yourself happy and healthy after you retire? Let’s find out!

Start a Hobby and Stick to It

There is nothing better than enjoying a hobby. If you already have a hobby, make sure you are involved for a significant part of the day. If you are not, then start with something that you have always wanted to do. Gardening can be…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on September 28, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.