Escape Artist Conference Round-Up

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on March 22, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,

In this special edition of our Weekly Round-Up, I want to highlight our most recent Escape Artist Conference! At this event, we hosted future and current expats in Phoenix, Arizona, who were eager to hear the latest information about going offshore! To get a sneak peek at what happened this weekend, continue reading!

Special thanks to Michael Cobb, Joel Nagel, Michael McGillicuddy, Rachel Jensen, Morey Glazer, and Peter Zipper for your contributions and for giving our attendees so much wonderful information – and a BIG thank you to everyone who attended! Without your support, we would not be where we are today!

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!  


Conference Highlights:

Joel Nagel

This weekend, Joel informed attendees on how vital offshore asset holding can be with his seminar, Global Asset Protection for a Dangerous World, in which he covers what risks you might be facing and the importance of creating an international asset protection plan.

In his second presentation, Best Residency/Instant Citizenship Programs, Nagel explains the perks of gaining a second residency or citizenship around the world. Since there is no perfect country to choose from, he also goes through some of the best options found around the globe, depending on your goals and preferences.


Michael Cobb

Those looking for the truth of living as an expat were delighted by the firsthand experiences Michael shared this weekend. In this first presentation, Latin America: The Opportunity Time Machine, Cobb shared his own experiences as an expat living in Nicaragua for 14 years, the importance of community, and how you can achieve a lower cost of living and higher quality of life while abroad. For more information on this topic, check out our featured article below.

In We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: Property Buyer Due Diligence Job #1, Michael points out the questions that you may not think to ask yourself when making an investment offshore or taking the leap and expatriating yourself.


Rachel Jensen

If you are looking for investment opportunities in Central America, Rachel is the expert to know. In her three presentations, Jensen educated attendees on the hottest investments in Argentina, Belize, and Nicaragua.

Rachel, a seasoned expat herself, has traveled around Central and South America and has helped discover opportunities in Argentinian vineyards (Wine-Country Opportunities Without Napa Valley Prices), teak hardwood (Generational Wealth Legacy Through Ownership of the Most In-Demand Hardwood: Teak), and Belizean real estate (Frontline Opportunity for Yield & Profit in Caribbean Belize).  


Morey Glazer

Tax expert Morey Glazer thoroughly covered what is changing in the world of taxes in his presentation, The 2018 Tax Bill: How to Plan for 2018 and Beyond, during which he covered what changes are coming and what that might mean for your future.


Peter Zipper

Offshore banking is an exciting endeavor and Peter Zipper believes that Belize is the best place in the world to do so, as presented in his seminar, Belize: The Best Offshore Banking Country in the World. What makes Belize so special? Zipper believes that its the ideal banking laws.

Peter explained how Belize transformed from a “banking dump” into the best offshore banking country. He also covers how to open an account, what kind of accounts you can open, and more!


Michael McGillicuddy

McGillicuddy opened the world of crypto to the attendees, many of which were not familiar with what crypto is, how it works, where it comes from, and how to use it.

In Cryptocurrency 101: An Introduction to Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency to Help Anyone Meet their Financial Objectives, he covered the basics of how crypto was developed, how blockchain operates, and what mining is. He enthralled us with his story of discovering his passions while spending time in Australia as a cowboy and teacher. He later created his own line of peanut butter and is now touring the world introducing people to the world of crypto.

In his later presentation, The Future of Cryptocurrency: Will Humanity Take the Left or Right-Hand Path?, McGillicuddy challenges our idea of our current system of currency and begs the question, is convenience really better?


Featured Article:

Escape Artist Conference Spotlight

Latin America: A Place to Call Home

This past weekend, Escape Artist hosted its second U.S. conference in Phoenix, Arizona (March 16-17, 2019). At the event, an engaged group of like-minded individuals looking to get more out of life by going offshore gathered to share and receive up-to-date information on all things offshore, from residency options to offshore taxes and compliance. It was a great weekend with many fantastic speakers and conference attendees alike!

As a long-term expat myself, and a speaker at this event, I was excited to share my experiences and knowledge with those around me wanting to learn some of the hacks and secrets about a successful offshore and expat experience. We also discussed the fact that Latin America is an ideal place to not only live, but as a location to discover lucrative offshore investment opportunities.


It’s common knowledge that Latin America is a beautiful region with all kinds of geography.   Everything from warm weather to glaciers, beaches to mountains, colonial cities to secluded beach resorts, and everything in-between. The region holds incomparable beauty and a host of rich cultures. These factors are a big draw. As is the close proximity to North America.  

But what many may overlook when heading overseas is the importance of community. Without community, living abroad can… Read more…


If you are ready to join us at our next Escape Artist Conference, we are planning on having the next event at the end of June 2019. If you want up-to-date information on the next conference, fill out this survey and have a hand in planning what we cover at the next event!

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!

New From Escape Artist:

Going Offshore – A Guide to Asset Protection Strategies (Part 1)

The second you begin accumulating any real wealth, you enter yourself into what is essentially a high-stakes game of roulette. Every time you roll the dice on a new entrepreneurial venture or investment, you increase the odds of losing a sizeable chunk of your assets.

Whether those losses come via tax disputes, contractual breaches, and workplace litigation or a massive divorce settlement is immaterial. The fact is that, at some point, your hard-earned money is going to come under threat. While you might be able to avoid liability in a few of these circumstances, at some point you will… Read more…

Estoril, Portugal: The Birthplace of the James Bond Spy Stories

Few people realize that the inspiration for James Bond originated during World War II in the seaside Portuguese resort of Estoril, 18 km southwest of Lisbon.

Portuguese Neutrality

Portugal played a crucial role in the history of WWII, even though no blood was spilled in its territory. Despite political pressure, Portugal remained neutral during the War, leading to intense spy-activity from both the Allies and the Axis agents that operated openly in and around Lisbon. Portugal also became… Read more…

5 Things to Do in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has won the world’s happiness index for the happiest country in the world several times, including in 2012, 2014, and 2016. It even ranked in the 2018 Gallup World Poll – a measure for self-reported happiness in each country – scoring 13th in the world and first in Latin America. It is also the most popular country for ecotourism in the world. Those are just two reasons for the 50,000 United States retirees making their homes there. The country’s economic and political stability and affordable healthcare are also big factors. Many who relocate to Costa Rica do so to find a tropical paradise to call home. There’s plenty to do when you get tired of too much relaxing on the beach – the weather is warm and nature is all around you! If you’re thinking about a trip to Costa Rica, or you… Read more…

Best Places to Retire in Argentina

Argentina’s culture is heavily European, and that European influence can make you feel like you’re in the Old World but without the hefty price tag. The country is known for its lower cost of living, as well as its variety of options when it comes to lifestyle choices. There is plenty of countryside for weekend getaways or a quiet life away from the city, and then there is Buenos Aires, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is commonly referred to as the “Paris of the South.”

While it does boast a heavy European influence, Argentina also has a rich culture of its own. This country puts a strong emphasis on the arts, with over 100 art galleries, over 300 theaters, and plenty of museums in its capital city, Buenos Aires. There are even… Read more…

4 Things to Do in Argentina

As the world’s eighth largest country, Argentina covers a vast expanse of the southern portion of South America. Within its borders are all types of terrain, including deserts, open plains, tundra, forests, mountains, rivers, and beaches. Because of its easy access to these different types of environments, there are a lot of options for things to do in Argentina. This is especially true if you’re interested in the outdoors and nature tourism. It’s also true if you’re a wine tourist! Here are 4 things to do if you’re traveling to Argentina.

Tour Buenos Aires

Even if you are not visiting Argentina to see its capital city, you should make a special day trip over to experience “The Paris of South America.” In fact, we could do a whole article on things to do just in this city, which means you won’t fit it all into a day trip, but you’ll get the gist of it. This city is known for… Read more…

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on March 22, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.