International Life isn’t Always a Breeze

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on January 24, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,

It’s the end of the week! It’s time to put our feet up and enjoy the weekend! Wouldn’t it be nice to have that weekend feeling all the time? This week, we are focusing on chilling out! To help you relax, we are going to make your international journey a breeze! First up in this week’s round-up, find out which countries have been ranked for being “chilled out.” If that list doesn’t help, one of our experts fills you in on where to go when visiting one of our new favorite destinations, Argentina!

We also tell you where you should go to start your international journey easily with the expat event of the year, the Escape Artist Conference 2019! Continue reading for all of this and more!

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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Chill Out!

Do you feel stressed out? We all do from time to time. Some say the best way to deal with stress is to escape the place that stresses us out for a little bit.

A study by Lastminute.com determined the 15 most “chilled-out” countries in the world – based on factors like personal rights, noise and light pollution, annual leave days, and even the number of spas in the country. Future expats looking for a slow-paced lifestyle should definitely take a look at this list.

With 66 spa and wellness locations, 186 green spaces, and 54,716 miles of coastline, Indonesia came in first place. Australia ranked second because there is an average of 30 annual leave days and 25,000 miles of coastline.

Here is the full list:

  1. Indonesia
  2. Australia
  3. Iceland
  4. New Zealand
  5. Sri Lanka
  6. Cyprus
  7. Philippines
  8. Greece
  9. India
  10. Mauritius
  11. Costa Rica
  12. Portugal
  13. Bulgaria
  14. Croatia
  15. Spain

Make 2019 your chill-out year and discover what international life can offer!

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This week, our very own expert, Tyler Sorce, dives into where you should be exploring the next time you find yourself in Argentina. Have you ever wondered why you should be booking your flight to this beautiful South American country? Wonder no more!Consumer Resource Guide

If you want a busy nightlife or a quiet, picturesque hike through nature, this country has what you are looking for. From Buenos Aires to Patagonia, Tyler takes readers through the nation that hosted 5.92 million tourists in 2017 alone! Argentina is also home to lifelong expats. If you like what you see, Escape Artist can help you start your journey abroad.

If you’re ready to discover what Argentina can do for you, join us in March! Read below for details!

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Think Internationally 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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A New Country?

Not necessarily, but one country does have a new name.

In April of 2018, Swaziland leader, King Mswati III, announced that the country will have a new name. Rather than Swaziland, the country will now be called the Kingdom of eSwatini. The word “eSwatini” translates to “the land of the Swazi.”

This decision marked not only the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence, but also the king’s 50th birthday. Mswati has been referring to Swaziland as eSwatini for years, even calling it by the new name while addressing the UN in 2017 and the state opening of the country’s parliament in 2014.

There has been some initial confusion as the rest of the world, and even the citizens of the country, get used to the change. The residents are extremely happy with the switch.

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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!

Most Popular Places in Argentina for Expats

Argentina is an adventurer’s dream. This South American nation is categorized as a megadiverse country, serving environments ranging from subtropical to polar. What this means for expats is that there is literally something for every traveler’s taste.

Love good food and drink? Set your sights on Mendoza, the country’s scenic hub for olive oil and wine production. Looking for a metropolitan buzz? The capital city of Buenos Aires is calling your name. Seeking perspective among the awe-inspiring natural world? Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, the nearly 100-square-mile ice field in Argentina’s famed Patagonia region.

In terms of the diversity of its offerings, Argentina is one of the most magical places on earth – evidenced by the millions of foreigners who’ve decided to make the country their new home.

Why Argentina?

Because of its diverse array of climates and topography, many people travel to Argentina to…

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Crypto: The Original Vision of Satoshi Nakamoto Plays Out

On October 31, 2008, when the person or persons known as Satoshi Nakamoto published the now infamous Bitcoin whitepaper, his vision was to disrupt and circumvent the banking system and to provide alternative payment methods for billions of people who were (and still are) unbanked.

Ten years on, crypto has largely been used as a speculative investment with various factions skirmishing for their own share of the spoils. The original vision has been largely forgotten and remains unfulfilled. Still one of the major use cases of crypto remains as a fast, inexpensive, and largely unregulated method to transfer funds person-to-person and company-to-company.

The ability to transact peer-to-peer could become vital to your wealth and health. While in the U.S. and Canada, most don’t reflect on this importance, let’s have a look at real world examples happening today where wealth and health would barely exist if it weren’t for cryptocurrency.

Case in point: Venezuela. Most of you are probably aware of the total collapse of the Venezuelan economy. But do you know that a growing segment of the population is surviving by using crypto? And no, we’re not talking about the “Petro.”

A little background. Venezuela is oil rich, with an estimated…

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Getting Residency in Italy

You will find many places around the world where Americans are flocking to go live and retire. The good thing about this recent trend of Americans living outside the United States is that there are a lot of options to choose from.

When you are researching what is the best place around the world to live in, you don’t have to limit your option to one country or even one continent, there are enough countries that are more than happy to make it easy for Americans to live there and help them obtain residency.

Of course, some are easier to obtain a residency in than others. Some countries have very relaxed immigration laws where just by buying a house you automatically qualify for a permanent residency.

Others countries, mostly in Europe, make it a little bit more difficult for Americans to…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on January 24, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.