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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on October 12, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,        

Happy Friday!

Each news tidbit I’ve found this week points you in the right direction…Escape Artist. Whether you are looking to travel the world for leisure or find a home for your retirement, we can help you make some of the biggest decisions of your life.

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.


Where Will You Be Happiest?

Deciding where your new home will be can be a difficult decision with so many factors going into the choice. For many potential or even current expats, the new nation in which you choose to live needs to meet a checklist of needs including job satisfaction, raising a family, and making friends. Becoming an expat shouldn’t be a lonely experience, after all.

Luckily, with the help of willing expat participants, InterNations was able to gather the top 10 countries that ranked highest in all three of those categories. Below are the highest-ranking nations:

  1. Czech Republic
  2. Colombia
  3. Spain
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Portugal
  6. Singapore
  7. Mexico
  8. Ecuador
  9. Taiwan
  10. Bahrain

If you still need help in making your overseas decisions, why not check out Escape Artist or even come meet us in person!


Game Changer for Expat Retirees

The United Arab Emirates has long been a destination for expats working abroad, but now more than ever, many are deciding to stay after their working years. A once transient population will now become more stationary as the UAE government introduces a new retirement visa.

The UAE is a well-known destination that attracts workers and businesses from all over the globe. One downfall, however, is that to live in the country, expats must be sponsored by their employer, making the residency status of an individual and their family completely dependent on their employment status.

Next year, the UAE will launch a five-year visa that is renewable for expat retirees above the age of 55. For more information about retiring abroad, visit our retirement portal where you can find up-to-date information on retiring around the globe.


See You There!

If you are an avid reader, or even just a casual browser, there is a reason you are here. You are curious about life abroad. The only way to get a hands-on experience with our experts is by meeting us in Dallas this winter. 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.

December is quickly approaching and there are limited seats! Register today!


Not Your Average Little Italy

If you find yourself in Dubai but start aching for the sites of Italy, a new resort opening this year may be able to scratch that itch. In its soft opening in December, the Portofino Hotel will serve families in the Heart of Europe Resort on Dubai’s The World.Consumer Resource Guide

The Heart of Europe will be made of six islands, 20 minutes off the coast of Dubai, where 51 European nations will be represented through streetside cafes, stores, restaurants, and entertainment.

Designed to look like the pink, ochre and terracotta buildings in the Italian Riviera, the hotel will feature 489 suites with luxury accommodations with sea views and some with their own pools.

Beyond the entertainment of visiting a small Italy, the developer of the Heart of Europe, Kleindienst Group, is working with a team of ecologists to create the biggest coral nursery in the world around the island.

Need help finding your next vacation destination? Let us help!


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!

Costa Rica Residency by Investment Program

Most offshore jurisdictions offer a residency by investment program, and Costa Rica is no exception. So much so that the phrase “money talks” should be changed to “money buys” in regard to nationality. Every residency by investment program is different and what you obtain from your investment is not always the same. Here’s what you need to know about Costa Rica’s residency by investment program.

With so many options out there, a thorough investigation should be done to find out which of the many residency by investment programs best fit your situation. We have written extensively about this subject and will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect residency by investment option and guide you through the process.

There are a few programs in Europe that are worth taking a look at, such as…

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5 Popular New Zealand Expat Communities

Many who relocate to New Zealand say that the country culture closely resembles that of the United States, more so than the United Kingdom – and yet, it is also completely its own. English is spoken there and residents enjoy a high quality of life. New Zealand is famous for its gasp-worthy scenery, from gorgeous mountain trails to lakes and sandy beaches. Even better, the climate is mild year-round, the weather doesn’t get too stifling, and winter weather is mild enough to keep you outside. Many of the New Zealand expat communities enjoy each of these features in accordance with like-minded company all around them. These are five of the…

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The Resurgence of Private Offshore Banking

According to research conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), roughly 10 percent of the world’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is being held in offshore banks. Throughout Europe, that number is closer to 15 percent. In some Persian Gulf countries, it is as high as 60 percent.

Several reasons contribute to the resurgence of private offshore banking, with some of the biggest factors including…

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Best Islands for Retired Expats

If you’re looking for the best islands for retired expats on a budget, this post is for you. Let’s face it, America has a rent and living expense problem. Before, the norm was to find a comfy job, work there for a number of years, retire, buy a house, pass it on to your children, and find a nice place to spend your remaining years with your spouse. Now, many Americans are looking for something different…to retire abroad…to find the best islands to spend their golden years.

The average pension that an American retiree gets in 2018 is close to $2,600 a month, which is not enough to cover…

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How to Watch the U.S. Version of Netflix Abroad With a VPN

Netflix is, without a doubt, the premier online movie and television streaming platform of the decade.  With hit movies, television shows, and original programming, they’ve continued to grow their subscriber base and put a serious dent in traditional cable and satellite television subscriptions at the same time.  However, one of the annoying realities of Netflix, like many online streaming video services, is regional restrictions on content. In this guide, we’ll tell you about why these regional restrictions are in place, how Netflix determines where you are in the world, and how you can bypass that process to watch the U.S. version – or any country’s version – of Netflix even when you’re not…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on October 12, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

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