Storms are Brewing

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on September 14, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,       

It’s Friday and that can only mean one thing! The weekly round-up is back to share some interesting news from around the globe!

This week, I have found that there are a couple storms coming for two coastal areas this weekend. Also, find out which national hero just gained citizenship in their new home. Continue reading to find out how you can have a hand in making our planet cleaner. 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.


Spiderman Earns French Citizenship

Do you remember the viral video of Mamoudou Gassama, the Mali migrant in Paris who climbed a building to rescue a young boy hanging from a balcony? He has since been dubbed the name Spiderman and has been granted citizenship.

Mamoudou Gassama arrived in France last year through the Mediterranean migrant route and was working in construction.

After the rescue event, Gassama, who was living in France illegally, was thanked by Emmanuel Macron for his actions and was first granted residency. He was soon fast-tracked to receive citizenship for his act of bravery.

He was also offered a role in the fire service.


A Helping Hand

Hurricane Florence is approaching the coasts of North and South Carolina, and tropical storm conditions are expected to last throughout the weekend. With the storm coming, almost 2 million people have been ordered to evacuate their houses in preparation.

Because of this, hotels and airlines have been offering waivers and assistance to those who need to evacuate. “Open Homes” is a program by Airbnb, asking hosts to offer free accommodations for those who need to flee the storm. Many in the Carolinas and Georgia have offered free housing to help evacuees.

Hotels around the area of the storm and other areas on the east coast have waived cancellation fees and are even allowing guests to bring pets for free.

Many airlines that are making trips to and from the area are allowing guests to rebook their flight at no charge, and for those who are evacuating, many airlines are even allowing pets for free.

If you are in need of shelter or assistance from the storm, there are many who are lending a helping hand.


Are You Registered?

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 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.


Another Storm is Coming

The U.S. east coast isn’t the only area preparing for a storm. The coastal areas of the Philippines are getting ready for a super typhoon that is heading their way. This weekend, Typhoon Mangkhut, with 160 mph winds, will hit the northern island of Luzon.

Offices and schools are being closed and farmers are working hard to save their crops. Roughly 10 million people are in the path of the storm. Millions of people in southern China may also be affected.

Heavy rains can cause landslides and flash floods.

The country is affected by nearly 20 typhoons and storms each year, but Mangkhut will be the strongest storm of 2018 in the area. The worst storm in history for the area was Typhoon Haiyan, killing more than 5,000 people in 2013.


Everybody, Everywhere

Inspired by Clean Up Australia Day that began in 1989, this Saturday volunteers all over the world will work together to make our planet cleaner. 20 million people are expected to celebrate World Cleanup Day that will begin in New Zealand and finish in Hawaii 36 hours later.Consumer Resource Guide

The annual event’s goal is to make the planet cleaner and healthier by collecting litter, cleaning waterways, and tackling climate change.

The cleanup effort doesn’t end on the 15th, however. The local volunteer groups hope that the event will inspire others to continue to make Earth cleaner through civic action and effective waste management.

The original Australian event on January 8, 1989, inspired 40,000 volunteers to band together to collect over 5,000 tons of garbage!


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 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!

Ireland’s Visa Program

While many Americans are starting to understand the benefits associated with having a second passport from a foreign country, there is still uncertainty over which country offers the best incentives to foreign investors. In this post, we’ll explore Ireland’s Visa offering and give you the good and the bad of this second residency program.

Portugal, Malta, and several countries in the region have great double passport programs that are cheap and extremely efficient. These are very well known and have attracted many foreign investors.

One country that is not that well known to foreign investors that’s starting to take advantage of the necessity for a second passport is the…

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Should A Student Buy Or Rent A Home Abroad?

Some people consider the purchase of a house to be a rite-of-passage into adulthood. Today, more and more students are deciding whether to buy or rent a home, because they have the option to apply for a house loan if they have a job while taking college courses abroad. It is true that the prices of properties are in continuous growth around the world, but this does not mean that they are not affordable. There are certain areas in the United Kingdom, for example, where the cost of a house is…

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9 Reasons Why Millennials Are Choosing to Become Expats

As it seems, more and more millennials are loving the idea of moving abroad, mainly because of alluring job prospects, better quality of life, and a hefty paycheck.

Undoubtedly, moving abroad can be a rewarding experience. Here in this article, we will have a closer look at the top 9 reasons why millennials love to move abroad.

  1. Reduced Cost of Living

As it goes, certain U.S. cities like those in California, Hawaii, and New York are quite expensive, which degrades the quality of living. On the other hand, there are some amazing countries like Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, and others which offer better life prospects and are, additionally, far cheaper than…

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What We Can Learn From Mitt Romney’s IRA

Mitt Romney is expected to win the race for a Senate seat in Utah and could end up becoming one of the most powerful players in the United States Senate. Mr. Romney is a former governor of Massachusetts and ran for president in 2012, losing to Barack Obama. With all of that said, the most interesting thing about Mr. Romney is his IRA account.

Estimates of Mr. Romney’s IRA account are as high as $101.6 million, depending on who you ask. No matter the exact number, let’s agree that this is damned impressive considering the maximum contributions to a traditional IRA is relatively small.

According to the IRS website, for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, your total contributions to all of your traditional and Roth IRAs cannot be more than $5,500 ($6,500 if you’re age 50 or older). Plus, your…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on September 14, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

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