Begin Your Next Journey

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on January 18, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,

We are looking at the year ahead and foresee the beginning of many journeys, whether it be a new destination, overcoming an obstacle, or opening up ourselves to new experiences. This week, I have found some news from around the world that may motivate you to begin your next journey.

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.

Also, 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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It’s Never Too Early For Beauty

The world-recognized Japanese cherry blossoms may be blooming earlier than expected this year, so make your plans now! Last week, the Japan Meteorological Corporation forecasted the blossoms blooming as early as mid-March in the Kochi Prefecture, reaching full bloom by March 25. Below is a list of other locations and their expected bloom dates:

Fukuoka: March 20-29

Nagoya and Tokyo: March 22- 29

Hiroshima: March 23- April 1

Cherry blossom bloom schedules depend on temperature patterns starting as early as fall of the previous year, because buds form in the summer and then remain dormant throughout the winter until they bloom in the spring.

Speaking of spring, keep reading to learn about the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the Escape Artist experts.

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Back to Work

Working expats living in Saudi Arabia are happy to hear that the government has extended the one-year working visa to two years for no added fee.

In 2017, the Saudi government shortened the length of work visas issued to expats working in private sectors in order to increase employment amongst Saudi citizens, but this was lifted to “overcome obstacles and stimulate the private sectors,” according to the ministry.

With this change, all new work visas issued will now be a two-year visa. Also, for a short time, the change will cover visas issued in the past. Companies may also cancel old visas and issue new ones.

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Start Your Journey With Us!

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!

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.

For a limited time, attend the 2019 Escape Artist Conference for only $399 by using code EAEARLYBIRD at checkout!

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.

Register Today!

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Girl Power

A woman in India has begun a journey for womankind as she climbs a mountain once reserved for men.

In India’s Western Ghats sits Agasthyakoodam, the second highest peak in the Kerala state. It is 6,128 feet tall and, until November, was only allowed to be climbed by men. Local tribespeople prohibited women from climbing the mountain because there is a statue of a Hindu sage that is associated with celibacy.

During a court hearing late last year, the high court decided that there could not be restrictions on who could trek the mountain based on gender, after a women’s group petitioned the court.

To honor this ruling, Dhanya Sanal became the first woman to climb the mountain. The 38-year-old woman said that while she did face some protestors, no one tried stopping her, so she kept going.

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Take a Swim!

A popular tourist destination is once again ready for visitors as economic conditions recover.

If swimming with jellyfish isn’t on your bucket list yet, it’s time to add it. In the islands of Palau, a landlocked lake is home to swarms of jellyfish, and it is ready to welcome visitors after a drought in 2016 that lowered the Consumer Resource Guidejellyfish population.

The Ongeim’l Tketau Jellyfish Lake is home to many harmless jellyfish. Divers from all over the world swim with the aquatic creatures without danger.

In 2016, a drought drastically lowered the jellyfish population which was once in the millions. The government has announced that after monitoring by the Coral Reef Research Foundation, the population is rebounding, ready again for guest swimmers.

To visit the lake, travelers will need a permit.

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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 Spring!

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!

How to Establish a Business in Belize

There is something special about Belize, and it’s not just tourists who have figured that out. Beyond the beaches and the clear water and the sunshine, Belize offers a lot of financial benefits to business owners and investors alike.

Belize can be the ideal environment for a new business, but it is still important to know what you’re getting into and what the startup process entails. If you’re considering starting a Belize business, these tips can guide you through the process, offer tips, and help you get established in this amazing Central American country.

IBC vs. Local Business

The very first thing you need to consider is…

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A Guide to Buying Real Estate in Belize

What do you know about Belize? If you’re like most people, you already know that Belize is a beautiful destination in the heart of Central America. Perhaps you already know that Belize is a stable jurisdiction with a low cost of living and an amazing climate. Maybe you’ve heard about the potential for offshore investments or even the growing tourism and vacation rental market.

Whatever you’ve heard about Belize may be pushing you toward investing in the country yourself. Buying real estate in Belize is a popular option because you can get a lot for your money. Right on the beach, real estate prices are far lower than they would be in comparable destinations in North America. Head inland, and prices drop further.

Use this guide as you navigate the world of real estate investment in Belize.

Buy Property Through Proper Channels

First thing’s first: Belize is home to some truly incredible real estate bargains. Prices are probably far lower than what you’re used to. That being said, property that looks too good to be true probably is. Real estate transactions should go through…

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3 Reasons Why Learning a Language is About More Than Just Vocabulary

It’s been reported that second language uptake amongst English speakers is in decline, especially amongst school and university students. This undoubtedly represents a concern, as learning a new language can expand horizons and gives you both a marketable skill and, more alluringly, the ability to seamlessly interact with another culture.

These reasons and more are prime examples of the benefits of learning a new language, especially in a competitive global marketplace and an increasingly globalized world. Yes, English is more or less the de facto world language, but important nuances and a wider vocabulary can be gained from learning a second language.

Below, we’re listing reasons why language learning is about so much more than endless lists of vocab, examining how you can benefit in different ways by picking up the local lingo.

It’s about jumping in at the deep end.

It’s perfectly natural to feel like a fish out of water when you move abroad and don’t speak the language, but shying away from the conversation is definitely not…

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What is an Offshore Checkbook IRA LLC?

As soon as you begin to work, banks and retirement experts want you to start saving for your retirement. Few Americans listen, as many are now entering their 50s and 60s without a dime in their pocket.

This might be due to a number of factors. The first one is that living in the United States has become extremely costly and there just isn’t enough money to save for later or to invest for your retirement.

The second reason is that the trust for financial institutions overall in the United States has fallen to an all-time low. People are trusting banks every day less and less, and can you blame them?

Still, with all of the uncertainty that is happening in the world right now, Americans should start saving for their retirement now more than ever. There are a ton of options that an American can use to live their remaining years peacefully and without financial worries.

We talked earlier about investing in other countries as a way to…

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Invest Like a Billionaire Without Being One

You don’t have to be a billionaire to invest your money like one. With all of the uncertainty that has been created thanks to the presidency of one Donald Trump and the instability that some financial markets have suffered through, many Americans have been worried about their financial future for quite some time.

There exists a number of financial strategies that anyone can take a part in, even those that don’t have that much money saved in the bank or in a 401(k). Investing wisely is not reserved for the wealthy anymore.

The uncertainty that was brought upon by Donald Trump and the media’s constant attacks upon him has not been all bad for the markets. He revived old business sectors that have not had a good fiscal year in ages and has created thousands of jobs in the process.

Mainstream media will always do what is necessary to make a…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on January 18, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.