Four Days of Night?

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on September 21, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,       

Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy this week’s round-up of my favorite global news stories! This week, I’ve found a new visa in a popular expat destination, the very first beer, and where you can spend four days watching one of the most beautiful occurrences in the world!

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

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.


Good News for Retiring Expats

There is a new residency option for individuals looking to spend time in the UAE. Retiring expats over the age of 55 are excited about the newly announced, 5-year visa.

To qualify for the new visa, potential expats must fit the following criteria. They must have invested in property worth Dh 2 million, have savings for Dh 1 million or more, or collect active income of at least Dh 20,000 per month.

Current UAE expats are excited about the change and are looking forward to its positive impact.

If you are thinking of moving abroad but don’t know what residency option would be best for you, check out our page that lays out options all over the globe. If you want more hands-on knowledge, register for our conference and meet the experts!


Don’t Miss Out!

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.

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 when it is finalized over the coming weeks.


Not Your Typical Light Show

There’s no arguing that the Northern Lights is one of the most beautiful and fascinating natural happenings that occur on this globe that everyone deserves to see. Off the Map Travel, a luxury travel company, shares this idea with me.

The company has designed a unique trip, an All Day Aurora adventure in the Norwegian area of Longyearbyen. Located on the coasts of Svalbard, between Norway and the North Pole, the area experiences no sunlight and a high of 6.8 degrees for two and a half months. While that sounds quite unappealing, the coastal area is the only inhabited place on Earth where visitors can see the Northern Lights in the middle of the day!

The four-day trip takes visitors on an adventure, following the fascinating light show starting from the island of Spitsbergen, that includes dog sledding, snowshoeing, and exploring ice caves!


How Old is Beer?

One of the best ways to kick off the weekend is with a cold beer, but have you ever thought about the history of this timeless beverage?Consumer Resource Guide

Archaeologists found evidence of mashed wheat and barley on the lining of pits in the bedrock of a graveyard cave, Raqefet Cave, in Israel. This begs the question, was the invention of beer tied to funerals? The scientists that made the discovery believe that the residue is from beer brewing as part of a funerary feast 13,000 years ago.

Li Liu, a professor of Chinese archaeology at Stanford University, said this about the discovery: “This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world.”


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!


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!

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The overwhelming majority of individuals and small businesses around the world often only have domestic bank accounts. Sometimes, that is sufficient, but for those who are serious about international investment or travel, relying exclusively on domestic bank accounts won’t always be the right choice. Instead, it might make sense to open an international bank account.

Find out exactly why an offshore bank account can be advantageous to investors, retirees, corporations, or any entity eager to better protect and grow their wealth.

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UK Companies Registered in the Cayman Islands Have to Disclose Ownership

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A surge in the number of companies in this tiny British territory in the Caribbean has been documented in the past few years. For the most part, the technology boom of the last decade is to thank for this.

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Little Known Credit Card Travel Perks

Okay, so you have probably heard of credit card rewards such as air miles, reward points, and cash back, but credit cards offer a lot more travel perks than meet the eye. We have compiled some of the less-known credit card travel perks you could be missing out on. Please note that not all credit cards offer these perks, so you should check your card details first before attempting to take advantage of these.

Free Travel Insurance:

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The Appeal of Gold as an Investment

The Latin word for gold is aurum, which can be translated literally into English as glowing dawn. Gold artifacts from places like the Balkans and Israel date back more than 6,000 years.

Clearly, gold has value and has proven to be a solid investment over the course of time. If you’re interested in expanding your portfolio to include gold, take a closer look at why that’s a good idea, how to invest in gold, and how diversification can be…

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What to Expect When Hiring Domestic Help in Singapore

Singapore is one of the main countries in Southeast Asia that offers domestic help opportunities, along with Hong Kong. Not only is it one of the main regional hubs for professionals, but it is also an ideal destination for domestic helpers because of the market allowance.

There are various advantages for maids to work in Singapore, since the government pushes for their well-being and safety – and while the salary is similar to in Hong Kong, it’s higher than in the Middle East. Also, Singapore is not very far away from the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, or other Asian countries – and flights are usually…

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