Topless Travel, Taxation Without Documentation, and Being a Forever Student

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on July 13, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello Readers,

Another week is in the books as we progress further into July. If you haven’t planned your summer getaway yet, now is the time. There are so many great locations to explore around the world – and here at Escape Artist, it’s our job to bring you the very best and most interesting news from all corners of the planet.

In today’s round-up, you’ll read about how to travel lighter with an open mind, how your tax filings could affect your ability to see the world, rising interest in study-abroad programs for adults, and why Saudi expats are leaving the country in droves.

And as always, the newest Escape Artist content can be found at the end this newsletter.

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Nakation…All I Ever Wanted!

As you all probably know, tomorrow (July 14th) is National Nude Day. And while stripping down in your local grocery store or post office may be frowned upon, open-minded travelers are flocking to clothing-optional retreats in record numbers.

The rise in nakations (naked vacations) can be seen across the entire spectrum of the tourism industry – from the U.S. to the Caribbean to Europe, and from land to sea in the form of nudist cruises.

“According to specialty travel agencies, cruise ship and sailing charters are selling out months in advance,” says Erich Schuttauf, interim executive director for the AANR (American Association for Nude Recreation). “Most sail at full capacity, with 30 percent first-time nudist cruisers.”

He adds that, “Demand for nude cruises increased from one clothing-optional, 500-passenger cruise liner in 1992 to 65 full-ship cruises, and over 30,000 nude cruise vacationers today.”

Escape Artist is a judgment-free community – we support whatever floats your boat, especially when it means leaving your comfort zone and seeing the world for all it has to offer.

On the plus side, you’ll be able to pack much lighter without all that heavy clothing weighing you down.

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You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks…Study Abroad at Any Age!

Studying abroad can be one of the most enlightening and valuable experiences of a person’s life. But what if you never got the chance to do so during your college days? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to recreate a life-changing experience you had in your youth.

The good news is that intensive study abroad programs, by way of nonprofit organizations, are being offered all over the world for people of all age brackets. Nonprofit educational tours provide a way for people to experience unique parts of the world in a manner that is safe, immersive, and centered around intellectual discovery.

Some of the most popular programs include Friendship Force, Global Exchange Reality Tours, New Community Project, Xperitas Community Partnership, and AFSNext.

Programs last anywhere from one week to a couple months and focus on topics like humanitarianism, social advocacy, conservation, and community development.   

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Tax Trouble? You Could Lose Your Passport

In the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of citizens who have let their tax standings slip into what the IRS considers “seriously delinquent” territory. Those who owe at least $50,000 in backed taxes may also be subject to losing their passports.

In 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act. It requires the U.S. State Department to deny renewal of, or revoke, the passports of individuals who the IRS identifies as having delinquent tax debts.  

New details have come forward on the enforcement of this bill, with the names of at least 362,000 individuals being sent to the State Department to have their passport renewals blocked or their existing documents revoked.

A passport is one of the most valuable possessions a person can own. It is a symbol of your personal freedom. Don’t put this in jeopardy because of mishandled taxes. There are many resources that can help you get back on track and free to explore the world debt-free!

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Save the Date!

We have received so much great feedback and help in planning the very first Escape Artist conference! 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 are excited to announce that the dates and location of the conference have been decided!  

Mark Your Calendars for December 1st and 2ndand book your trip to Dallas, Texas, to meet all of your favorite Escape Artists!

Want to join us? Contact me here. If you would like to reserve your spot, please send me a message and I will personally send you the official invite when it is finalized over the coming weeks. There will also be a 10% discount for anyone who reserves a spot in the month of June. Seats are limited, so act now!

If you’d still like to share your ideas for the conference, you can fill out the survey  here!

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Expat Exodus from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is experiencing a major reversal in its expat population of late. The nation once booming with well-to-do immigrants is facing a crisis – thousands of foreigners are departing as a result of rising expat fees and slowing business.

Data released this month shows that the number of expats in the Arab nation has decreased by 6% in the first three months of 2018 compared with a year ago, taking the cumulative drop over the five past quarters to about 700,000.

Unemployment among Saudi nationals is also rising slightly, to 12.9%, highlighting the struggle to create jobs as the economy slowly recovers from one of its worst economic downturns since 2009.

“We are expecting the rate of job losses for expats to remain elevated over the course of the year,” says Mohamed Abu Basha, an economist at investment bank EFG-Hermes in Cairo.

Unless you are moving to the country with a firm career prospect, you may want to reconsider Saudi Arabia as your next home in 2018.

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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!

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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!

See you there!

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on July 13, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.