The World is Too Beautiful to Stand Still

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on February 15, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,              

This week, I want to focus on what makes this world beautiful. It is Valentine’s Day weekend, after all. Today, I have gathered stories about people all over the world enjoying the beauty of planet Earth.

Discover which country’s wonders are beginning to attract even more people, how you can be paid to tell your travel story, and what new festival is not only focused on what makes this world great but how we can keep it great!

If any of this inspires you to enjoy what the planet has to offer, 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. We now have a venue for the conference! Keep reading for the special announcement!

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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Welcoming Retirees With Open Arms

Are you trying to decide on your retirement destination? Many Americans are flocking to Costa Rica, and for good reason! The country has also witnessed an influx of other visitors as well.

For more than 30 years, Costa Rica has been welcoming retirees into the country, mostly from the United States. These expats enjoy living their later years in this warm and welcoming destination.

A new trend has found that retirees from Europe and eco-tourists from all over the world are now calling the country with lush rainforests, rivers, tropical beaches, and beautiful mountains their new home. North American retirees have paved the way for travelers from all over the world. The already warm and welcoming community of Costa Rica now has established expat groups, ready for more world travelers.

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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!

We are happy to announce that the venue for the event has been finalized! The 2019 Escape Artist Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at 122 N Second Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

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.

Seat are limited, REGISTER TODAY!

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Influence the World With Your Story

Anyone with a social media account is probably used to telling their stories and sharing pictures of their life. Imagine getting paid to do that. Southwest Airlines is making that come true with new positions of “storytellers” and “influencers” to create travel content for the well-known airline.

It won’t be an easy application, however. To apply, Instagram users must have at least 2,500 followers. Applicants will compete to win a prize of up to 12 round-trip tickets. Those hoping to win the prize will submit their best photos and captions that tell a compelling story. The top 10 applicants will then be challenged to post content based on an assignment given by Southwest.

If you are ready to share your story and explore the world, Southwest Airlines is accepting applications until February 24th.

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Enjoy the World’s Splendor in Tulum

Already deemed one of the trendiest North American hot spots, Tulum is gearing up to attract even more visitors with a new festival dedicated to art, music, culture, and sustainability. Art With Me made its debut last year and returns this year from April 24-28.

The festival headlines musicians such as Bedouin, Jan Blomqvist, and The Band and will display art from creators like Keith Haring.

Beyond art and music, the festival will also focus on sustainability, wellness, food, and creating change. In fact, this year’s theme is “change with me,” with goals of “bringing awareness and solutions to the infrastructure and environmental challenges that Tulum faces with the mission of building a sustainable future.”

Attendees will enjoy music, art, workshops, and encourage sustainable practices while enjoying the indigenous culture of Tulum!

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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 March!

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!

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 the digital nomads. Costa Rica is quickly becoming one of those favorites.

Costa Rica – A Top Choice Among Digital Nomads

Costa Rica is just the ideal location for any digital nomad. He or she can aim for that idyllic lifestyle with no stress and work in a carefree environment. One can certainly browse the Costa Rica luxury homes, especially…

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Moving to Mexico: USAdios.com (Chapter 31)

Overheard at our favorite tavern, just the other day:

Apparently, it was Bob’s birthday.  He walked in and took an empty seat at the bar.  

“Happy Birthday, Bob,” one patron said and a few others who knew him chimed in. I rarely get to visit this place. I did not know Bob. He looked haggard, tired, and a little disheveled. He wore flip-flops in February, which I think is against the law when it’s raining outside and about 45 degrees. He wore the uniform of men who have given up on the battle of the bulge: sweatpants and a t-shirt.

Fiesta Like There is No Manana, his shirt read.  Apparently…

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Moving to Mexico: USAdios.com (Chapter 30)

Recently, I mentioned that I wanted to talk about some of my favorite things like food and entertainment while also discussing necessities like health and transportation.  These topics are all important, but the main thing we need to review is where you will live. We are talking real estate and I think we may get stuck on this topic for a while. Why? For most people, a home is the number one most expensive purchase (and the longest-term investment) they will ever make. It’s also the number one question I get, so here we go.

Since we are selling our home in Walnut Creek, California, we are considering investing the proceeds of the sale into more real estate, not the market. I just don’t trust it right now and…

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The Expat Money Show: Interview with Joel Nagel

Joel Nagel is a world-renowned lawyer specializing in immigration law and international asset protection, including trusts, banking, IBCs, and global commercial transactions. He and his firm, Nagel & Associates, have assisted countless individuals, families, and corporations realize their international goals.

We cannot choose which country we are born into. While many of us from North America and Europe may feel fortunate to have been birth citizens of such free, ethical, and prosperous nations, there are still many drawbacks to living and doing business in one country alone. Some countries have more oppressive tax burdens, others make it more difficult to incorporate a business, while others still may be on the precipice of political instability.

As the cliche goes, “Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket.” While this mantra applies to many facets of life, it’s especially prudent in the world of international investing and living. No worthy advisor would be bearish on diversification, but oftentimes…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on February 15, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.