The World’s Best

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on February 22, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,

It’s time to stop settling for anything less than the best. This week, we are celebrating what makes expatriation and world travel amazing. Read this week’s round-up to see which world record was recently broken, which country reigns as a frontrunner for expats, and which restaurant is making a splash on a small budget.

If any of this inspires you to enjoy what the planet has to offer, join us for the Escape Artist Conference next month! Time is running out to register. 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. We now have a venue for the conference! Keep reading for the special announcement!

As always, 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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Faster Than the Speed of Sound

It’s always a pleasant surprise to discover that your flight is going to land early. Imagine finding out that your flight was so fast that you are going to land almost an hour earlier than you thought. That’s how some passengers felt on Monday.

On Monday, a Virgin Atlantic flight hit 801 miles per hour on a flight from Los Angeles, California, to London, England. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the science of flight speed, that is faster than the speed of sound!

Depending on altitude, air pressure, and other conditions, sound travels at roughly 767 miles per hour. In 2018, a flight by Norwegian Air broke previous records by hitting 776 miles per hour.

The Boeing 787-9 that was flown on Monday has a cruising speed of 560 miles per hour, but with the help of a naturally occurring jet stream, the aircraft was able to hit the record-breaking speed.

Thanks to the jet stream, the flight landed in London 48 minutes earlier than planned.

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The Reigning Expat Champ

For the fourth year in a row, the HSBC Expat Explorer study has named Singapore the top expat destination. The survey takes the opinions of over 22,000 expats found worldwide.

Why are people loving Singapore? According to the report, the destination has favorable benefits for expats such as a strong, stable economy at the forefront. Many expats located in Singapore have also appreciated the ability to grow their career.

Other factors include a healthy social and cultural atmosphere, diversity, safety and security, and a high-quality family life.

If you are ready to move abroad and just cannot figure out where you want to go, the Escape Artist Conference would be perfect for you. There’s less than a month to join us. REGISTER TODAY!

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Think Internationally at the Best Expat Conference

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!

We are happy to announce that the venue for the event has been finalized! The 2019 Escape Artist Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at 122 N Second Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

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.

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.

Seat are limited, REGISTER TODAY!

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World Class Eats on a Budget

Good food shouldn’t break the bank. A restaurant in South Africa proved that when they won the Restaurant of the Year award presented by the World Restaurant Awards.

Wolfgat is a seaside restaurant in South Africa that not only has great food but is always praised for its location. It is situated in a small historic fishing village called Paternoster on the western coast of the country.

The Wolfgat experience is centered around a seasonal tasting menu that features local ingredients foraged from nearby locations and sustainable seafood, lamb, and venison. The seven-course tasting menu is only about $60 per person, allowing visitors to enjoy the location and tasty food for a low price.

The World Restaurant Awards is a yearly event that celebrates restaurants in various categories, judged by a panel of restaurant journalists, influencers, and culinary professionals from 37 countries around the world.

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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 March!

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!

Why Belize is a Top Draw for Retirees

Belize is rapidly gaining a reputation as an amazing place to live, visit, and invest. An increasing number of retirees are also flocking to Belize to enjoy retirement in an amazing climate with access to stunning beaches.

Whether you’re gearing up to retire soon or you just want to plan ahead, take a look at some of the many reasons that retirees find Belize to be such an appealing destination.

Retirees Enjoy Special Incentives in Belize

One of the reasons that Belize is such a popular retirement spot is because it offers a specialized structure for foreign retirees. The QRP, or Qualified Retirement Program, allows those who meet certain financial and age requirements to live in Belize year-round and enjoy a number of benefits.

To qualify as a QRP, you need to be over the age of 45, plan to spend at least…

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Digital Nomad’s Guide to Costa Rica

What is a digital nomad looking for? Well, basically, they seek a positive working environment where they can raise their productivity as well as enjoy the experience. They want the freedom of working and relaxing at the same time, no matter where they are. And one of the major incentives of becoming a digital nomad is to have the freedom of traveling. Therefore, it is no surprise to see some locations and spots becoming a hot favorite with digital nomads. Costa Rica is quickly becoming one of those choices.

Costa Rica – A Top Choice Among Digital Nomads

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Costa Rica Tourism and Real Estate Trends

Costa Rica is a popular tourist hub – as such, its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is highly influenced by that industry. In fact, income from tourism increased by 7 percent last summer (2017), and between 2012 and 2016, the tourism sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP increased from 4.4 percent to 6.3 percent. Accommodation, food, and beverage services were at the top of the list for most important activities.

That being said, many who are looking to purchase homes in the country want to focus on those busy tourist areas, the ones with a good economy and plenty to do – and we certainly don’t blame them! Purchasing a home in these areas opens up a wide array of possibilities for your finances. You could rent it out during the popular tourist season and then live there in the offseason for a more affordable cost of living in a beautiful country, or you could just…

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on February 22, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.