It’s a Small World…Explore it!

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on June 15, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,

Thank you so much for helping us out with planning our 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!

Save the date 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. There will also be a 10% discount for anyone who reserves a spot in the month of June. Seats are limited, so act now!

If you’d still like to share your ideas for the conference, you can fill out the survey here!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled newsletter. This week, we’re bringing you some interesting news, facts, and happenings from around the world. Our planet is so fascinating. At Escape Artist, we believe you should be constantly exploring. If you can’t explore in person, live vicariously through our newsletter and articles!

Today, I’ve found that a real estate market change could benefit expat buyers, and you’ll see how one Dutch inventor wants to clean our oceans. Keep reading to learn some entertaining German vocabulary, how adulthood is changing in Japan, and the future of the World Cup.

As always, the newest Escape Artist content can be found at the end this newsletter. If you are looking for this summer’s vacation destination, I recommend checking out our newest Belize article.  


Buy, Baby, Buy!

Expats looking to score a new home in the UK will be happy this summer. Due to decreasing expat mortgage interest rates and a weakening housing markets, foreigners looking to buy a home will receive a negotiating edge.

The market is weakening and domestic housing demand is falling – and so have the prices. This has made the market for overseas buyers more than ideal, especially for those who are not affected by UK economic strains.

I recommend you act now, because the market is set to strengthen again and domestic sales may go up as well.


The Ocean Won’t Clean Itself!

Our planet has so much to offer in regards to natural splendor, especially our oceans. Unfortunately, as humans, we are not treating them as well as we should be. One Dutch inventor is set on fixing this issue.

Boyan Slat, along with a team of 70 individuals, has released a prototype of a divide that will hopefully be used to capture plastic found in the ocean. He has developed a plastic dam that will collect plastic from the water. After a trial run in the Pacific Ocean, the Ocean Cleanup Project is ready for a bigger sweep.

The team just got permission from the Dutch government to conduct a project in international waters. Their next target is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of gyres in the ocean that attracts waste like a drain.

Slat will deploy the 2,000-foot-long screen before labor day.


Who Facharzt-ed??

Now that I have your attention, what may seem like a hilarious icebreaker is actually a medical term. A “facharzt” is the German language equivalent to the word “specialist,” as in a medical specialist. When you are traveling the world, it’s important to have, at least, a small grasp of the language, especially medical and safety terms. You never know when you’ll need to go to the hospital or get a small injury checked out.

Below are some seemingly funny-sounding German medical terms you should know while traveling:

Fachchinesisch: This is the German practice of using the Latin medical terms in a diagnosis. If you are fluent in Latin, you should be quite fine.

Fernbehandlungsverbot: Doctors are not allowed to treat a patient without physically seeing them. This is called fernbehandlungsverbot.

Götter in Weiß: Translating to “gods dressed in white,” this term refers to the respect within the German society towards doctors.

Kunstfehler: When a doctor makes a minor surgical error. Literally translates to “art mistake.”


I Am *This Many* Years Old

The Japanese government has put a bill into effect that will change the legal age of adulthood from 20 to 18, which is how it has been since 1879. Beginning in 2022, 18-year-olds will now be considered adults.

As adults, newly 18-year-olds will be able to marry without parental consent, apply for credit cards, and apply for a 10-year passport, as opposed to the 5-year child passport. Another change is that teens diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder will legally be allowed to change their gender at 18.

18-year-olds will not be given all adult access, however. They will still have to wait to drink, smoke, gamble, or adopt children until they are 20.


Around the World in… How Many Days?

Still looking for summer plans? Can’t pick just one destination? Now, you don’t have to. For $143,000, you can visit 8 countries on 4 continents with a high-end, luxurious world tour.

High-paying travelers are flocking to the Four Seasons Jet world tour, which began in 2014. On the trip, customers take a Boeing 757 on a 24-day trip from Seattle to Kyoto, Bali, Seychelles, Rwanda, Marrakech, Bogota, the Galapagos Islands, and finally Miami.

While on the trip, visitors will engage in a variety of activities and cultures, like perusing the markets of Marrakech, interacting with gorillas in the Virunga Mountains, relaxing on beaches, and much more.

Unfortunately, unless you already bought your ticket, this year’s trips are already sold out.


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!

See you there!

Citizenship and Residency Programs in Antigua

Antigua, the beautiful sister island to Barbuda in the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Lesser Antilles, is one of the most desireable expat locations for residency and second citizenship.

The reason so many expats are choosing Antigua for their second passport comes down to three main criteria: the country is beautiful, the cost of living is low, and the citizenship and residency programs are some of the more favorable in the world.

Entry Visa

It’s possible to freely travel to Antigua as a tourist if your country is…

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Colombia: The Perfect Summer Vacation Spot

The year 2018 will be an exciting year for Colombia’s tourism industry. This is because North Americans and Europeans alike are realizing just what wonders Colombia has to offer. In fact, Colombia saw a nearly 25 percent increase in foreign travel in 2017, making it one of the top five tourist destinations for growth last year. This year is likely to bring…

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Why Your Next Vacation Should Include A Trip To Panama

And no, I don’t mean Panama City, Florida. Panama, in Central America, can be much more exciting! Panama can make for a fun trip for the entire family, with attractions such as the Panama Canal, Ancon Hill, and Bocas del Toro. Even better, this Panama makes for a much more affordable trip than Panama City in the United States would. Flights to Panama run for under $500, and the average cost to stay in the country for a night is about $100 or less, depending on where you choose to reside. A meal at a casual restaurant should only run you about…

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5 Reasons to Vacation in Belize This Summer

Summer is the busiest season for travel to Europe. That’s where most vacationers are headed during the months of June, July, and especially August. However, with the flight delays that the continent has been experiencing, wouldn’t it be more enticing to go somewhere new and different? Perhaps closer to home?

Belize is climbing the ranks for best countries to visit for a vacation. It offers a trip filled with fun and adventure for a much smaller price tag than…

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Spend Your 2018 Summer Vacation in Nicaragua

Summer season is vacation season, so it’s time to start enjoying some of that accrued PTO. The first thing that comes to your mind for summer vacation is most likely a beach trip, right? There are beaches everywhere, though, so how do you know which to choose? What else are you looking for in a vacation getaway? Perhaps you’d like to be surrounded by a different culture, with different foods and a different way of life? If that’s the case, why not head south to Latin America?

If your home base lies within the borders of the United States or Canada, any…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on June 15, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.