Where in the World?

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on October 19, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,        

Here’s another weekly round-up from Escape Artist! This week, I’ve been pondering the many ways we decide on our next exploration destination. Is it a job opportunity? Maybe it’s the weather. Or maybe you just threw a dart on a map and bought a plane ticket. No matter what your method is, wouldn’t it be great if someone could point you in the right direction?

That’s what we’re here for! This week, we just 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!

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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Top Expat Destinations Ranked

Are you ready for a move abroad? We think you are! If you need help deciding where you want to go, maybe this list (put together by HSBC) can help you out! While forging your own journey is a great idea, maybe take a lesson from expats who are living a life away from their home countries.

This list was constructed using the results of a survey completed by 22,000 expat professionals from 163 countries. The rankings are determined by high scores in the categories of salary, education, and job opportunity. Below are the results for the top 10 nations for expats:

  1. Singapore
  2. New Zealand
  3. Germany
  4. Canada
  5. Bahrain
  6. Australia
  7. Sweden
  8. Switzerland
  9. Taiwan
  10. United Arab Emirates

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What’s More Important?

Last week, we reported on the survey that found which countries are the best in terms of job satisfaction, family life, and making friends. Surveys of this kind happen all the time, each finding something new. In the survey mentioned above, Singapore ranked first in terms of higher salary, better education, and work opportunities.

Interestingly enough, Singapore was only number six on a survey, also conducted by the same organization, that ranked nations in terms of quality of life.

It’s important to understand what you find important when you move abroad. Is it the quality of life, how happy your family will be, or how much money you will be able to make? If you need assistance answering these questions, Escape Artist can help! We even have a survey you can fill out to help you find out what’s important in your big move.

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See You There!

If you are an avid reader, or even just a casual browser, it’s clear you are curious about life abroad. The only way to get a hands-on experience with our experts is by meeting us in Dallas this winter. 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.Consumer Resource Guide

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 here. If you would like to reserve your spot, please send me a message and I will personally send you the official invite.

December is quickly approaching and there are limited seats! Register today!

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Powerful Passports?

You may not know this, but you might be missing out on visa-free travel. How can you tell? Check your passport.

Some passports are stronger than others. This means that citizenship in certain nations allows for more visa-free travel around the world. One of our expert writers, Christian Reeves, has gathered a list of the strongest passports around the world.

Not only does he tell you which countries offer the strongest passports, but he even explains why you should be seeking a new passport. Once you read this, you’ll be motivated to explore places you never thought of before!

Read now!

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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!

Japanese Passport Tops List of Most Powerful Passports

The Japanese passport has just been announced as the most powerful passport around the globe by the Henley Index. The Henley Index is a global ranking based on the travel freedom that citizens of each country have.

Japan has always been near the top of this list, as their citizens are free to go just about anywhere in the world without a hassle, making the Japanese passport a highly desired possession for travelers and investors alike.

That is to say, a passport from Japan gives you the most…

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Powerful Passports Around The World

In this article, we’ll look at the most powerful passports around the world. If you’re looking for a top-tier second passport, this will be a must-read. This article will also help you to value those second passports that are within your reach and your budget.

The way we value a second passport and how we determine the most powerful passports around the world is simple enough. The more countries a passport gives you visa-free access to, the more valuable it is. The most powerful passports all give you access to 180+ countries and territories.

I should also point out that Americans value (or more properly put, utilize) a second passport differently than those from countries such as China and India. We Americans already have a…

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Getting Residency in Antigua and Barbuda

In this post, I will look at how to get residency in Antigua and Barbuda. This second passport and second residency program is one of the most popular in the Caribbean. Here’s everything you need to know about getting residency in Antigua and Barbuda.

Seeing the great reception I have been getting from my citizenship by investment articles, I can see that there is a lot of interest on how to get a citizenship, residency, or a second passport from another country. Anyone considering a second residency in the Caribbean should definitely…

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Hardest Countries to Get a Visa From

As part of the ongoing “Getting Residency In” collection of articles, I have detailed a number of countries that have an easy-going and relaxed immigration system. Some are stricter than others, but for the most part there is nothing too concrete stopping the process. In this post, we’ll look at the other side of the coin – the hardest countries to get a visa from.

Sure, Australia might have a difficult test, and Brazil might have a long waiting period, but there is nothing that prevents you as an American from obtaining a visa from these countries. Just your time, money, and will. You need to be especially prepared, however, when dealing with one of the hardest countries to get a visa from.

Editor’s Note: If you don’t have the patience for one of these the hardest countries to get a visa from, then look to…

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Getting Residency in Brazil

South America is one of the last remaining unknown treasures in the world. Of course everybody knows about Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Bogota, but there is a lot to explore in this vast and green continent.

In my opinion, the best adventures start in Panama and go south. Medellin, Colombia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Quito, Ecuador; and Santiago, Chile (Chilecon Valley). All of these cities are vibrant with a lot to offer the American expat.

The biggest country in South America, Brazil, has seen a major bump in tourism as of late and is expected to continue growing substantially.

Brazil has also been attracting a lot of…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on October 19, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.