Try Something New This Year

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on February 01, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,              

I hope this newsletter gets to you in warmth and comfort. I see that it’s getting pretty chilly over in the United States. I guess this is just another reason to commit to a life as an expat!

This week, I want to challenge all of our readers to try something new this year! Whether it be picking up a couple new books or sitting in a hot spring surrounded by food, there is something new to try for everyone out there!

Keep reading to find out which city was named the first ever Architecture Capital and where you can go to start your international journey easily with the expat event of the year, the Escape Artist Conference 2019!

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. 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!  


What’s On Your Reading List?

Are you looking for some new great literature about being an expat written by expats? One expat from I Am Expat who is an avid reader of ours, gathered the top five books that every expat needs to read. These reads have helped many expats while moving, whether it’s by dealing with culture shock, creating a new identity as an expat, or just looking for a good laugh. There is something in these books for travelers of any kind:

  1. Psychology of Culture Shock by Colleen Ward, Stephen Bochner, and Adrian Furnham
  2. A Portable Identity by Charise Hoge and Debra Bryson
  3. The Emotionally Resilient Expat by Linda A. Janssen
  4. Third Culture Kids by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken
  5. The Expats by Chris Pavone


You Are What You Eat

The cold temperatures of the winter months have many of us in the mood for a delicious, traditional hot pot. This Sunday, guests celebrating the Lunar New Year at Hangzhou’s First World Hotel in China’s Zhejiang province can not only eat a tasty hot pot but can become one!

As a Lunar New Year celebration, the hotel, which is connected to the Yunman Hot Spring, will fill the hot spring pools with apples, bananas, chili peppers, corn, limes, lettuce, and other hot pot goods, allowing guests to sit amongst the food.

Guests won’t eat the hot pot, however, they’ll just relax! They won’t go hungry, though. Swimmers will be satiated by massive skewers of barbecued meat and bell peppers.

The event is to promote a healthy lifestyle in honor of the holiday, which is celebrating the year of the pig.


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!


Architecture Capital 2020

As we encourage you to try something new this year, one Brazilian city has just been named the first architecture capital of the world!

Rio de Janeiro was dubbed the world capital of architecture for 2020 by Unesco, the UN’s cultural organization. The announcement was made this week, along with the establishment of the International Union of Architects. The goal of the announcement is part of an effort to preserve architectural heritage in cities and establish a forum to talk about issues related to culture, architecture, and social development.

The World Capital of Architecture will exhibit the role architecture and culture play in urban development. The capital is also meant to be the place for international debates and forums regarding global challenges from the perspective of culture, urban planning, heritage, and architecture.  


Ticket for One?Consumer Resource Guide

Traveling with friends and family can be an amazing time! Sharing experiences with loved ones, trying new foods, learning about new cultures together. Have you ever considered taking a solo trip?

Many think that traveling alone isn’t safe. According to a new report by, solo travel is on the rise. For this reason, they have put together a list of the Solo Travel Safety Report 2019, a collection of this year’s safest destinations for solo travel.

If you are ready for your first solo trip, or if you’re looking to do so again, check out some of the following places:

  1. Singapore
  2. Norway
  3. Iceland
  4. Finland
  5. Uzbekistan
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Switzerland
  8. Canada
  9. Indonesia
  10. Denmark

Data was gathered from the Gallup Global Law and Order Report and the Global Peace Index 2018.


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!

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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 live there year-round and enjoy the lower cost of living and all that Costa Rica has to offer. If you do decide that this is the right kind of investment for you, it’s important to know…

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Digital Nomad’s Guide to Costa Rica

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Entrepreneurship Culture in Bhutan

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on February 01, 2019. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.