Who we are
Escape Artist is one of the world’s largest and oldest expat resources for living, working, traveling, retiring, and investing abroad!
Escape Artist aims to be the most comprehensive source for information, resources, analysis, and insights for the internationally-minded. With offices in the United States, Belize, Panama, and Portugal, Escape Artist was established with a mission to inspire and engage consumers with credible news and unique content, while building an international expat community.
We provide the tools of freedom for anyone in the world daring enough to pursue their dreams! As a beloved brand for over 19 years, we have a history of earned trust by providing value and offering our readers credible resources and a community of peers to share with and learn from… That is what we will continue to do.
Escape Artist exists to empower any and every individual to live their dream…whether it’s to live, work, travel, retire, or invest in any country of their choice. We provide the tools, resources, and community to escape the mundane reality and live your dreams.
Escape Artist aims to be the most sought-after and valued international expat resource and community online.
As a trusted resource for expats worldwide, Escape Artist provides inspiration, information, and advice for a discerning audience looking for unforgettable global experiences, employment and business opportunities, international real estate, asset protection information, and more.
We provide unique conference opportunities for our audience, both home and abroad in exotic locations, that are educational and fun. We are the gold-standard for the expat community, with expert advice, authoritative content, and true expat success stories from sources all over the world.
Meet the Team
Our team features people from across the globe who are driven to share their experiences of living overseas. They are the lifeblood that makes Escape Artist possible, bringing you the stories, advice, and beautiful images that our readers love!
Mikkel Thorup – Director of Content & Marketing
Mikkel Thorup is the #1 Best Selling author of Expat Secrets: How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas & Make Giant Piles Of Money which you can purchase on Amazon today. Mikkel has spent nearly 20 years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Iran. And has lived as an Expat since early 2000s, making his home in Central America, South Pacific, Asia, the Arctic, North America, as well as the Middle East.
Daniel Wilhelm – Publisher
Dan has spent most of his 20’s living the expat life that most of our readers dream about. From New York City to Nicaragua to Belize to Portugal, Dan is quickly establishing himself in the world of international living. Having studied Economics in university, most of his hobbies revolve around following the global markets and studying new policies. When not working, Dan can be found scouring a city for hidden gem restaurants.
Our Contributing Writers
After leaving the US for the first time soon after graduating from Allegheny College, Jordan’s world was opened up in Belize. He has come to enjoy sharing the beauty of the world and the opportunities that can be found abroad. If you’re looking for Jordan, he’s usually somewhere outside near water or playing with a dog.
David J. Drummond
A resident of Belize since 2008, Dave is currently working towards citizenship in Belize. From banking and asset protection, to residency and alternative investments, Dave utilizes his experience to help others streamline their initiatives.
Brooke grew up in West Virginia and now lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. She completed a summer internship in Belize while in college and truly came to love Ambergris Caye. She has also been to Spain, France, and Morocco, and has many more places to cross off her list. She is a digital marketing expert by day, and an Escape Artist writer by night. Like many of us, she prefers to spend her time outdoors – hiking and soaking up the sun.
At the height of a successful career in the computer industry, Michael left to pursue more pioneering opportunities in the emerging real estate markets of Central America. In 1996, he and his business partner formed a company, Exotic Caye International, to provide loans to North Americans purchasing properties in Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica and throughout the region.
Joel is an international lawyer and entrepreneur focusing his practice in the area of asset protection, cross-border transactions, and global investment. He speaks all over the world on the topics of asset protection, global banking and investment, and international legal compliance.
Dr. Jack Wheeler, dubbed the “Real Life Indiana Jones,” by the Wall Street Journal, has been traveling and leading private expeditions for decades. As a geopolitical consultant, he speaks and writes on how the history, geography, culture, religion, and political events are changing our world dynamically. He enjoys writing to share his experiences with his readers. His proudest accomplishment is his two sons.
Rachel Jensen joined the ECI Development team in 2012, starting as the organization’s intern at the administrative offices in Managua, Nicaragua. At the end of her 3-month internship period, she had to make a tough decision between accepting a position with the ECI Development team, or chasing her dreams in Panama with the US Peace Corps. She chose ECI Development.
Luigi Wewege is the Senior Vice President of Caye International Bank headquartered in Belize, Central America, the published author of The Digital Banking Revolution, has co-authored economic research which was presented before the United States Congress and currently serves as an Instructor at the FinTech School as well as a Speaker at the Silicon Valley Innovation Centre.