Flights With Gyms by 2022?!

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on August 31, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,     

Before we get into this week’s round-up, I just 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.

Now that we’ve covered that, let’s find out what kind of news we’ve dug up this week. In this round-up, find out what European destination is so exclusive that only 1,000 guests can visit all year. Keep reading to find out what Asian city is the most expensive for renting and learn the fate of the pensions of UK citizens living in the EU.

Will there be a flight with a gym? Keep reading to find out!

Just like every Friday, the newest Escape Artist content can be found at the end of this newsletter.


Are You on the Guest List?

The most exclusive Italian destination, one that is only open to visitors twice a year, is opening today! Can you guess what it is?

It’s an island!

Montecristo is so protected by Italy that it only welcomes visitors two periods during the year. The island in the Mediterranean Sea is part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park where visitors can enjoy beautiful biodiversity. This island is so exclusive that only four people live on it, including two groundskeepers and two members of the forestry unit.

No one is allowed to fish on the island nor transit closer than one kilometer from the shore.

If you want to visit Montecristo, you better act fast. From August 1 to August 15, and later from August 31 to October 31, tourists and visitors will be able to enjoy its beauty, and only with special permission. Only 1000 people a year receive said permission.

Good luck!


Expats Feel the Burn of High Rent

Asia offers so many wonderful cities for expats but it may come at a pretty penny, especially in Hong Kong, which ranks as the most expensive Asian destinations for renters for the fifth year in a row. According to the latest Accommodations Survey by ECA International, the price of rentals is so high in Hong Kong due to high demand and a low supply of mid-range properties.

The full list is as follows:  

  1. Hong Kong
  2. Tokyo
  3. Shanghai
  4. Seoul
  5. Mumbai
  6. Beijing
  7. Yokohama
  8. Singapore
  9. Osaka
  10. Metro-Manila

Other significant cities to note are Singapore, which dropped down to spot number eight due to a slowing down of economic growth, and Mumbai, which rose three places since last year. The demand in Mumbai has also risen and expats in the city are now competing for properties in more sought-after areas.


As Brexit Approaches, Retirees are Worried

It has been confirmed by the government that 220,000 UK citizens of retirement age living abroad may lose access to their pension after Brexit.Consumer Resource Guide

A notice was published on August 23 stating how financial services will be affected in the worst case scenarios when the UK officially leaves the EU. Among the services affected, British expats could lose the ability to access lending and deposit services and insurance contracts, since UK firms could lose the right to passport into the European Economic Area.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there are 900,000 British expats living in the EU, 220,000 of which are 65 or older.

Industry leaders are urging government officials to agree on a deal as a matter of emergency.


No More Trips to the Bathroom to Stretch Your Legs

The way we think of travel may soon change. Have you ever been on a long trip but hated all the layovers? Or what about a long flight? Leg cramps? Could that be a problem of the past?

Qantas Airways Ltd. is planning a nonstop flight from Sydney to London, a trip halfway around the planet, that will take 20 hours. If the length of the flight makes your legs a little nervous, fear not. This airbus, that will be able to hold 300 passengers, may feature bunks for sleeping and even a gym!

Known as Project Sunrise, the plan for the nearly full day trip will fly passengers and their luggage farther than any regular service in existence ever.

If all goes according to plan, the project hopes to have an aircraft ready to take off by 2022.


You Don’t Want to Miss This!

December is just around the corner! You don’t want to miss out on the first expat conference made for you, by you!

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 hereIf 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.


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!


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!

Why Expats are Retiring in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is just as beautiful as it is affordable, which is why so many expats flock to it when it’s time to retire. Retiring in Nicaragua means establishing a cushy lifestyle for such an affordable price, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t relocate sooner. You may even be able to retire early and spend the following years exploring mountainous terrain, volcanoes, beaches, and islands.

About Nicaragua

This Central American country sits on the coast of…

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How to Get Residency in Paraguay

While Paraguay doesn’t offer the beaches and coastlines that other Latin American countries can offer, it makes up for it with a steady, slow-paced lifestyle, great people, and a gorgeous climate. It also leaves nothing to be desired in the world of business, education, and financial freedom. The amount the economy has continued to grow over the last ten years has made residency in Paraguay an appealing option for anyone looking for a new start in a new kind of paradise. That’s why more and more people are beginning to ask, “How can I gain residency in Paraguay?”

How to Obtain Residency in Paraguay

Residency in Paraguay is one of the easiest residencies to get. Since the country encourages and welcomes…

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3 Benefits to Having Permanent Residency in Paraguay

Latin American countries are popularly known for offering paradise to those looking for a change of pace from busier and more expensive countries. Most of these popular areas for expats are in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama. Paraguay is more of a hidden gem, at least for now. The fact that it is a landlocked country has most likely contributed to this, but permanent residency in Paraguay is becoming a more appealing option for expats of late. Here are a few reasons why.

The Culture

If you research first-hand accounts of what it is like to live in Paraguay, you’ll find that everyone’s first go-to reason for loving the country involves the…

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How to Build an International Cryptocurrency Exchange

In this article, I’ll look at the steps needed to build a cryptocurrency exchange. Whether you’re building out a new cryptocurrency exchange or planning on expanding beyond your current country, these are the steps necessary to start an international cryptocurrency exchange.

Note that this article is for those wishing to start an international cryptocurrency exchange. Setting up in the United States is…

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Best IRA Investments for 2018

The best IRA investments for 2018 are all offshore. If you want higher returns in your retirement account, you need to invest offshore. If you want to move some of your IRA out of the United States, you need to invest your account offshore. With that in mind, here are the best IRA investments for 2018.

To start, let me note that you can only place a vested retirement account offshore. A vested account is usually one from a previous employer. If you can move the account from one custodian to another, it’s vested. If you can’t…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on August 31, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.