Summer Vacation is Just Around the Corner

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on May 04, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello Reader,

Winter has ended, and soon spring will become summer. It’s time to start planning new adventures. For those who don’t want to just sit around this vacation season, I’ve gathered some of the most action-packed travel destinations and activities for you!

This week’s round-up also includes some great new Caribbean real estate listings from Jamie Alleyne and Associates.

Keep reading to find out how Koreans are unifying through sport.

Also, 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!

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Your New Home Could be in the Caribbean

Last week, we introduced you to our new friends, Jamie Alleyne and Associates. This week, they have shared some amazing real estate opportunities for you! Below are some of their great listings. My personal favorite is the Eden’s Gate listing.

Wesley, Dominica – Eden’s Gate

Summer Vacation is Just Around the Corner

Oceanfront land containing main house and separate 2-story guest house which includes a one-bedroom apartment above and one efficiency apartment with workshop/laundry below.

Architecturally-designed and custom-built structure with wide open views of the sea and Atlantic coast. Large open decks, 10 ft walls, 8 ft doors throughout, hurricane protection, modern gourmet kitchen.  Click here for more information on Eden’s Gate.

Melville Hall, Dominica – Cottage Estate

Summer Vacation is Just Around the Corner

This 4-acre property includes the estate home and 2 rental units. With a gardener’s house, garden shed, and 2 additional unfinished rental units, there are 7 structures in total.  Click here for more information on Cottage Estate.

Fond Melle, Dominica

Summer Vacation is Just Around the Corner

This is one of the best investment opportunities just hitting the real estate market in Dominica.

5.689 acres of land for sale in Dominica with natural spring water source flowing year-round. Property borders the main road and has access to all major utilities. Land is sloping to slightly sloping onto a large plateau perfect for building.

Beautiful lush forest views, 30 minutes from the main city. Two minutes from Dominica’s Famous Emerald Pool. Fifteen minutes from the Kalinago Territory – only remaining habitation of the Caribbean’s indigenous people.  Click here for more information on the Fond Melle property.

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Put the Piña Colada Down and Plant a Tree

Vacations can be a great time to relax, get some sun, and lie on the beach. What people may overlook is the opportunity to give to a community that is welcoming them. There are many places all over the world that accept tourists, and there are many programs in need of help that welcome visitors. Seeds of Love is just one example.

Thanks to Hurricane Irma, beautiful green landscapes with coconut trees and vibrant hibiscus flowers on the British Virgin Islands were wiped away in just a few hours. The category-5 hurricane hit the island with 240 mile-per-hour winds, damaging 85% of the structures on the island.

Seeds of Love will be working directly with the Department of Agriculture and National Parks to replant the country’s vegetation. Various organizations have donated plants to the project and the island is looking for participants to help replant.

Those visiting the island can take part by reaching out to their hotels or villas.

The Seeds of Love program wants to plant seedlings and teach residents how to nurture the plants of the Caribbean.

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Watch Out Coachella – There’s a Better Festival in Town!

Do you like the idea of festivals but don’t love the idea of getting all dusty? Are you more of a glamper than a camper? Do you have an extra $1 million? The Secret Solstice festival is the festival you never knew you wanted!

Located in Reykjavik, Iceland, Secret Solstice is a four-day festival during a 96-hour period of continuous daylight in an Arctic phenomenon called “midnight sun.”

Is the $1 million price point too high? With that ticket, you and five friends will take a private business jet to the festival and enjoy delicious food, wonderful sightseeing, luxury accommodation, and a private party with a well-known headliner. This year includes Stormzy, Slayer, Gucci Mane, Bonnie Tyler, Clean Bandit, Death From Above, Steve Aoki, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and more!

Attendees will also visit a 5000-year-old lava tunnel and party inside Europe’s second largest glacier. A helicopter tour over southern Iceland, horseback riding, and a catered World Cup viewing party is also included.

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Don’t Know How to Spend Your 245 Personal Days? How About a Cruise?

If you’ve ever taken a cruise and thought, “This would be so much better if it lasted longer,” Viking Cruises has the solution.

On Tuesday, Viking announced its plans for a 245-day tour around the world. Setting to the sea from London on August 31, Consumer Resource Guide2019, the trip will take 930 passengers on the Viking Sun, stopping at 113 ports in 59 countries.

The west-bound trip will first stop in Iceland, Greenland, and Canada before continuing along the U.S. east coast and the Caribbean. After South America, it will hit the west coast of Central America and the U.S. before crossing the Pacific, where the cruise will hit New Zealand, Australia, several Asian destinations, and end back in the UK after visiting the Mediterranean.

To enjoy the whole trip, a ticket will cost you $92,990 per person. If you don’t have the time for the whole shebang, there is the option to join the first 127 days for $47,995 or the last 119 days for $45,995.

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Unification in the Name of Table Tennis

Back during the Winter Olympics, many were surprised when the North and South Korean Women’s Hockey teams merged. The trend of Korean sports teams joining forces has continued. Days after the leaders of North and South Korea met, the two nations unified the table tennis hall.

The teams were scheduled to go head-to-head in the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Sweden, but instead they formed one team. This is the first time something like this has happened in the competition. The Korean team is scheduled to face Japan or Ukraine in the final four at the end of the week.

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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!

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TOP 5 LGBT TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN THE CARIBBEAN

The Caribbean offers so many magnificent places for your dream vacation. Littered with sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, warm weather, and delicious food, who wouldn’t want to escape to a literal paradise?

Traveling the world can be different for the LGBT community, however. Some local communities are not as welcoming to same-sex couples as others. Imagine arriving to a beautiful island and finding out you and your partner are not welcome.

For this reason, I’ve done some digging and looked for the best Caribbean destinations for LGBT community members. For each, I’ve…

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INVESTMENT OPTIONS FOR ST. LUCIA CITIZENSHIP

St. Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) was put into effect in December of 2015, in an effort to bring new citizens to the country through investment opportunities. The Eastern Caribbean island nation is known for its gorgeous views and beautiful tropical weather, which makes it a highly popular second home or retirement destination for the upper middle classes of Europe and North America. This program, the CIP, exists to help those with…

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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 ICOs like Gibraltar. Mexico’s Fintech law is unique and…

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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 the widespread adoption of Blockchain applications across the EU in the digital single market. The association is hoping to…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on May 04, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.