The Expat Files: Living in Latin America A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

June 30, 2017  

#1- When you overstay your tourist visa you are in effect an illegal alien in a Latin country. So then what happens next? What can happen if you stay a very very long time beyond your tourist visa expiration date?

#2 Having two passports: that 2nd one can be a life saver and a kind of get out of jail free card, but be careful how you use them both. You can get in a fine regarding those all important entry and exit stamps if you don’t plan your travel moves correctly.

#3-The US allows dual citizenship (2 or more passports) but other countries, including a few Latin countries, don’t allow it. Oops! Might you have screwed up and picked the wrong "Plan B" country? Is it back to the drawing board? No, not quite. Those single passport laws are really just a technicality and not a serious problem. Today we have the dope on that widely misunderstood subject..

#4-There is an ongoing Latin American population boom, with super high  levels of teen and even subteen pregnancies. You might think you know why that might be but its not all that obvious. The real answers are quite surprising.

#5- Do you know anything about the Latin American legal age of sexual consent? Would you believe in 19 of Mexico’s 31 states (or departments) the age of sexual consent for females is an unbelievable 12 years old?

#6- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America.  Go to www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the seminar link.

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

#9- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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June 25, 2017  
#1- When big and small earthquakes hit (they do with some regularity)how do Expats and gringos cope and react?
Two big 6.8 earthquakes hit Guatemala and Mexico this week.As usual there was some property damage and but none affecting local gringos and Expats. Only group truly affected when natural disasters arise are poor uneducated locals. The squatters in shacks and adobe structures are most vulnerable because they build helter skelter without permits and without following the country building codes. On top of that they invite disaster by settling on geologically unstable cheap (or free) land situated on the sides of steep valleys and mountains. Gringos and expats don’t live that way... except for the odd retro-hippy willingly gone native.    
 
#2 Gringos and Expats want to live in Latin American houses that have been constructed to current antisemitic codes, but how do you know for sure and how can you tell?
A house may look fine from the outside and be in a nice subdivision but has it been constructed to code? There are no regular building inspectors you know. Well today we have some proven tips, tests and inspection techniques to help you make that determination on existing structures.
 
#3-There are many clueless gringos who count on getting Expat “legal” info from gringos on blogs and from people at gringo bars and hangouts. Good luck with that. Every gringo has his stories and opinions. Unfortunately, if you ask 10 Expats a Latin legal question you just might get 10 different answers.
 
#6- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America.  Go to www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the seminar link.
 
#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.
 
#8- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
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June 23, 2017  

#1- Getting off the grid and off the radar: You can do it to a significant degree in Latin America and here’s how..

#2 House swapping: is that a viable option for gringos and expats who go back an forth between the US and Latin America? Maybe so but look out. There are many pitfalls, especially if you are a picky gringo with first-world standards. Yet it could could be a successful enterprise if the trade was done with only upscale Latin families in mind- though not likely if you are targeting just gringos and Expats. In any event, I wouldn’t recommended swapping your primary residence with someone you don’t personally know.

#3-Even wealthy supposedly well-educated Latins are quite gullible when it comes to cons and scams. They are especially vulnerable when on their never ending quest to emulate everything and anything that’s first-world and gringo. So just how gullible are Latins in general? Today we discuss a few prime examples.

#4- What is the legal status of Marijuana and hemp oil in Latin America? Are they decriminalized or not? Are they legal for medical use? Well, yes and no. It’s complicated and today we have the skinny on the subject.

#5- What to do when an electrical or mechanical household item or appliance breaks down? In Latin America there are usually two ways to approach the repair process. First there’s the gringo way (more expensive) and then the Latin way (much less costly). Today’s “boots on the ground” story describes the hows and whys.

#6- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America.  Go to www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the seminar link.

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

#8- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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June 18, 2017  

#1- Volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters. What? Me Worry?

#2 Some wild and crazy drivers license stories: today Expat Eddie chimes in and tells us how in the past so many gringos and expats would just bypass the driver’s tests and the lines and just outright buy a Latin Driver’s license on the grey market . But recently- when Eddie himself figured it was about time to get a legit one- his Gringo advantage allowed him to achieve that goal even though he was colorblind and failed the eye exam multiple times.

#3-Today our friend Captain Mango checks in with an odd “lost in translation” story and much more

#4- Just how polluted are the lakes and rivers in Latin America? Are they getting worse or better? Today we have the dirt on that sad problem..

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America.  Go to www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the seminar link.

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

# 7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

#9- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by completing the “Plan B” consult questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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June 16, 2017  

#1- A zero cost “secret stash” security tip for people traveling in and around Latin
America(or anywhere for that matter)

#2 Oh for the good old days when “Cash was King”. Have you
heard cash is on the way out and will soon be dead in the first world? It’s now
being phased out in certain sheeple infested European countries like
Switzerland. So how’s that trend coming along in Latin America? Well it ain’t
going well… cash is king still and here’s the latest scoop.

#3-A warning about using those public space “free battery charge” USB hubs. Yes, topping off smart
devices batteries in public locations is all the rage and seemingly  innocuous but in reality a dangerous practice and here’s why...

#4- A Latina-USA based listener sounds off about the many things she disagrees with concerning Johnny’s
facts and opinions ...and of course Johnny bites back

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th
2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America.  Go to www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the seminar link.

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a
blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting
boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat
Essentials” course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 

# 7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to
the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

 #8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all
the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than
150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

 #9- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by completing the “Plan B” consult
questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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June 11, 2017  

Descriptions: for THE EXPAT FILES SHOW #667, 06-11-2017 (SUN):

#1- Tips on owning dogs and other animals in Latin America: a few words about Latin veterinarians, pharmacies, prescriptions and drugs

#2-More Mexico stories: why is it that no matter how many awful news stories air about crime and lawlessness in Mexico and gringo- and as Expat bad experiences pile up- still so many gringos and expats still think Mexico might be a good “Plan B” destination. I dunno, it’s a strange mindset, so you tell me.

#3 We all have heard startling stories and news reports about Gringas and European Ladies traveling in Latin America. We hear they sometimes get abducted, raped even killed. Today we talk facts figures, myths and realities.

#4- More on various Latin Country residency programs

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America.  Go to www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the seminar link.

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

# 7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

#9- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by completing the “Plan B” consult questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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June 9, 2017  

#1- Top 10 mistakes green gringos and expats make when first arriving at their so-called “ideal”Latin American paradise.

#2-Today some examples why you can’t believe half of what you read on the many Expat blogs and websites(except maybe on The Expat Files… just maybe).

#3 EXPAT RULE #1-By the time the media and rags like International Living have announce the Latin American expat gringo retirement destination flavor of the month, you can be dead sure that Elvis has long since left the building.

#4- Many many gringo Expats in Latin America work off the books at brick and mortar establishments. Technically its illegal but thousands do it. Today we discuss those cash jobs- the how, where and when.

#5-Meet the new boss- same as the old boss: today a few kind, Christian words about those repugnant, megalomaniac Latin American government bureaucrats, politicians, dictators and other dyed-in-the-wool sociopaths. Simply put, they’re bad copies of our own malignant stateside political scum, though with noticeably lower IQ’s. Therefore Latin politicos are more careless and tend to get caught early in their crimes. However they rarely do the time and in fact often become infamous folk heroes (kinda like Bill Clinton)

#6- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America.  Go to www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the seminar link.

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

# 8-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#9- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

#10- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by completing the “Plan B” consult questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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June 5, 2017  
#1- Are Caribbean Islands a possibility in your Plan B? Yes, there are a handful of Latin Caribbean Island countries, like the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico to think about, but some people are also thinking about certain non-Latin island countries too, like Jamaica, where there’s the added attraction that the natives speak English. My opinion? Forget it. It’s a bad idea and here’s why...   
 
#2- A look at local Latin American produce markets and the local food supply. How much have mega chemical giants like Monsanto penetrated the Latin food chain? What about fertilizers, pesticides and GMOs? Where and what should we be eating once we arrive? 
 
#3- In today’s “boots on the ground” adventure story, a surprising encounter with another Chicagoland Expat in a big Latin Hardware store. Unfortunately, he too proved to be quite clueless.
 
#4- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America.  Go towww.TheNewExpat.com and click on the seminar link.
 
#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
# 6-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893
 
#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.
 
#8- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by completing the “Plan B” consult questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
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June 2, 2017  

#1- The Secret Life of a Latin Maid (muchacha): what do they talk about when they get together. Do they talk about you, her employer? Of course they do but what can they be saying behind your back?

#2- Those ridiculously low Latin American wages: yes they vary a bit from country to country but are by our standards beyond ridiculously low. Even so, would you believe most cleaning ladies (muchachas) and domestic workers earn even less than the Latin minimum wage($250 to $350 per month)… often less than HALF of that!

#3- LATIN LABOR UNIONS: Yes they are here and as corrupt and as weak as they can possibly be. As usual, they always start out with very good intentions but and as soon as the leaders gain some power, just like politicians, they become accustomed to the good life at the expense of the workers they are supposed to represent.

#4- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America.  Go to www.TheNewExpat.com and click on the seminar link.

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#6-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

#8- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by completing the “Plan B” consult questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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