Weekly Round-Up: Global Update

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on June 01, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

Hello readers,

I’m happy to bring you this week’s news from around the world!

Today, I found the perfect location for art lovers, a travel destination that can help save gorillas, and the world’s longest flight. Also, you will find out what country just earned visa-free travel into Canada.

At the end of this newsletter, find out how you can have a hand in helping us with the very first Escape Artist Conference. Also, if you haven’t seen the new Escape Artist layout, make sure to check it out today!


Tips and Tricks

Hello fellow expats, digital nomads, international retirees, and everything in between! We know that it can be quite the journey leaving your home and creating a life for yourself abroad. That’s why I’ve gathered some great advice on what it’s like to be an expat. Here’s what you should understand before making your life international…

Keep a mailing address back home: Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to get the mail you need. Having a location where you know you can receive important mail is a good idea. You can always have a trusted friend or family member keep it safe until you come home or find a way to get it to you if you really need it.

Know your visa requirements: It’s important to know where you can travel freely. Don’t get hung up in transit because you needed a specific travel visa, always plan ahead and know what your documentation entails.

Get a multi-country electrical adapter: Imagine not being able to plug in your phone. What if you need your laptop for that important project that you promised your boss you’d be working on? With an international adapter, you can avoid being stuck without the juice you need for your electronics.

Stock up on products you love:  If you have a certain product you NEED, don’t assume you’ll be able to find it everywhere. Some companies don’t supply your favorite things internationally. Pack a little extra of your favorites so you know you’ll have them for a while.

Make sure you have a card with no foreign transaction fees: You don’t want to have to pay more just because you are spending money abroad. Make sure you choose a credit card that won’t charge you money simply because you are living your life in a new country.

If you need more guidance in your expat journey, Escape Artist can help!


No Shoes Allowed!

Do you love art but hate wearing shoes? Tulum’s new art gallery has the solution.

IK Lab is a contemporary art gallery located at the eco-friendly Azulik Resort. Designer Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel brought the idea of Santiago Rumney Guggenheim to life. It features curved walls, undulated vine floors, a slatted timber roof, and round windows and doors in a TREEHOUSE! Did I forget to mention that?

Combine your childlike wonder with your love of art and embrace your natural surroundings.

Once entered through the large, round door, visitors are asked to remove their shoes to get the full experience of the variety of natural textures. The gallery embraces environmental ethos, similar to the resort that hosts the treehouse. The whole thing is propped above the ground on stilts, allowing wildlife to pass underneath.

The current exhibit runs until September. Entitled “Alignments,” the show features suspended sculptures of Artur Lescher.


I Hope the In-Flight Movie is Good

Last week, I brought you the story of the world’s shortest international flight, at only 8 minutes. This week, I bring you the world’s longest flight!

Singapore Airlines confirmed that it will resume it’s almost 19-hour flight running from Changi Airport in Singapore to Newark Airport in New York.

The flight was previously canceled due to rising gas prices in 2013, but the 9,521-mile flight will fly again using Airbus’s new A350-900URL, a fuel-efficient aircraft capable of 11,160-mile trips.

If you are thinking of taking this flight, you should be ready to pay up. Since it’s such a long trip, Singapore Airlines have eliminated economy seating, offering only business class and premium economy seats.

The flights will begin October 19, and tickets went on sale yesterday.


Canada Lifts UAE Visa Requirements

After a rigorous evaluation of the UAE, in regards to Canada’s visa policy criteria, the Canadian government has lifted the visa requirement for UAE visitors.

Beginning on June 5th of this year, UAE citizens can easily travel to Canada for short stays of business, family and friend visitation, and tourism. Those hoping to work or study will still need to apply for a permit.

The announcement was made this week by Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizens.

He stated, “The United Arab Emirates is a key strategic partner, and lifting the visa requirement will help reaffirm the strong relationship between our two countries. It will also promote increased tourism, cultural, academic, and study exchanges, as well as foster new business, trade, and investment opportunities.”


Monkeying Around in Congo

This summer, instead of relaxing on the beach like you did last year, spend some time with our distant, distant cousins the gorilla. Eco-tourist locations in Africa offer great packages that allow you to spend time in a beautiful country and make an impact in saving gorillas.

Rwanda, a popular African eco-tourism destination, will soon have to face other beautiful countries in tourism competition. This is because the price of a gorilla permit has spiked in recent years. Just one hour with a gorilla can cost $1,500 dollars.

Those looking for the same experience for less money are flocking to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The DRC’s Virunga National Park has experienced a high increase of visits in recent decades. In fact, the number of visitors has quadrupled.

So, if you are in the mood for natural splendor, beautiful landscapes, and time with ape friends, the Democratic Republic of the Congo may be your ticket.


Thank you for reading this week’s round-up! If you’re interested in learning what it’s like to expatriate, 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!

Your Flights to Europe This Summer Could Be Delayed

Summer is the most popular season for travel to Europe, but 2017 saw major delays, which led to extra long lines and missed flights. According to Europe’s largest airline lobby group, this was because of stricter Schengen area border controls. Thousands of people were affected, mostly those traveling from Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy, thanks to the new passport controls.

The “new” regulations, passed in April of 2017, required every…

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Mexican Ex-President Supports Blockchain

Around the world, Blockchain has begun to gain mainstream popularity. Businesses see its potential as a secure way to keep information safe and private. Even countries have started to promote Blockchain to stop political corruption (or at least decrease it).

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South America is Encouraging More Tourism for Jamaica  

The 2017 numbers are in, and we are currently experiencing the largest international tourism boom in seven years. South America is looking to capitalize on this by offering more flights to Jamaica from countries like Peru, Chile, and Argentina.

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Best Times to Visit Nicaragua

For those looking to visit Nicaragua any time in 2018, it is a good idea to go when there’s a celebration or fiesta taking place, so that you can get the best possible feel for the culture. This is true whether you are simply going for a visit, or whether you’re mapping out possible retirement locations for later on.

First, it is important to know that Nicaragua enjoys two major seasons: the wet season and the dry season. Before you decide which of the festivities below to attend, make sure you’re…

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Best Cryptocurrency Exchanges in the Market

We are currently in the middle of the crypto revolution. The cryptocurrency movement has evolved from the experimental stages and has now entered the mainstream. You can’t go anywhere without hearing somebody talk about an investment they just made involving crypto. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the most popular cryptocurrency exchange platforms that make it possible for you to trade.


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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on June 01, 2018. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.