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

January 28, 2018  

 #1- Beware of using Credit and Debit cards in Latin America:
The trick is to examine how Latinos and Latinas use and misuse their plastic. From them we can see first-hand exactly what NOT to do.

#2- Tricks and tips to use when withdrawing USD cash and other fiat funny money from Latin ATM machines. Which ATM machines should one to use and which ones to avoid, and why.

#3- How to push the “reset” button and regain most of your 1st world loss of privacy and anonymity:
Today we discuss how to use your “Plan B” to get back a lot of what Big Brother, the net and social media have taken away from you- namely your privacy and dignity. It’s your best and possibly only chance to reset the clock.

#4- Chicken buses flip over and tumble down mountainsides with amazing regularity. Their reckless, inebriated drivers, along with bad brakes and tires, are nearly ALWAYS to blame:
If that’s not bad enough, female passengers are constantly groped. Purses jackets and phones are stolen with such monotony that no one bothers to report said incidents. It wouldn’t do any good, it’s a trade-off for ridiculously cheap, subsidized fares. So gringo, if you’re still thinking that Chicken bus rides are a quaint, fun, picturesque way to see Latin America... you’ve been warned.

#5- As if we needed another reason to avoid Costa Rica as a “Plan B” destination- today we have an op-ed news piece highlighting an educated  Cost Rican’s complaints about his own self-destructive socialist government.

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

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

#8- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises, the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and much more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com

 
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January 26, 2018  
Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #728- FRI, JAN 26- (01-26-2018):
 
 #1- A list of indispensable documents and items travelers should carry on their person at all times in their tiny secret hidden pouch. However, under most circumstances, some items most people believe they really must carry with them are truly unnecessary. Today we spell out the guidelines.
 
#2- The TRUE cost of living for Gringos and Expats:
Cost of living is most often all about location location, location. Would you believe some clueless gringos pay double, even triple over and over again and are happy to do so. It depends on their background and point of reference… where they were living in the states. Thankfully we get smarter(usually). In today’s “boots on the ground” story we provide some interesting examples.
 
#3- More tips on shipping and ordering from USA outfits like Amazon, Ebay and Overstock .com
 
#4- Moving bitcoins and cryptocurrencies across borders:
How to do it safely and anonymously. Tips on how to convert and spend your cryptos once you get to Latin America.    
 
#5- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
 
 #6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.
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January 21, 2018  

 #1- Moving money and assets across borders is one of the top 5 questions expats hit me with. Can you move assets and dough down anonomously? What are the restrictions? Do I know expats who have been prohibited from doing so? Just know that certain monetary restrictions are here already and they're gonna get much worse. Today we have an update on what you need to know now…

#2- Shipping your guns, ammo, kitchen knives and samuri swords to Latin America: the rules and regs.

#3- Lawbreaking gringos and expats:
What happens when a gringo/expat living in Latin America finds he's wanted for some crime or offence in the USA. Maybe he even knew about the pending charges but somehow slipped in to Latin America before his stateside SHTF.  Shoud you worry about being picked up and sent back for a stateside court order,  missed court date or grand jury appearance? Or perhaps there are stateside legal judgements pending? What next?

#4- A new “heads up” if you’re thinking about bringing physical gold or preceious metal assets through borders and airports.

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

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

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January 19, 2018  

#1- The latest “Expat Insider” Seminar just ended, so today we have the highlights along with the high and low points of our big Latin American “drinking from the fire hose” adventure.

#2- Flu shots in Latin America;
Yes the recent flu or “gripe” has arrived from the states with a bang. Flu shots are available for all clueless gringos who feel the need to follow big pharma’s bad advice. Though it’s not at all advertised or promoted, just ask you Latin physician and he’ll scrounge up a vial or two. Meanwhile, the locals almost never get flu shots. They say “what for”? When they get the “gripe” they just deal with it, almost never taking off work or going to the doctor or hospital. But as for flu shots, the locals WILL hop down to the local pharmacy get a dose as long as USA "do-gooders" are there offering freebees. Its a sad thing to see but the locals are always thinking that if its “gringo approved” it must be good. That’s part of our gringo “disadvantage”.

#3- Questions answered about those $100+ “hardware” bitcoin and cryptocurrency wallets like the NANO and TREZOR. We discuss everything “practical” that you need to know about those little flash drive devices. How do they work? How to set them up? How is it that are they are advertised as so much better than the free so-called software wallets? You might have thought most everyone into crypto just uses one of those well known (free and so far pretty secure) crypto exchanges like Coinbase and Bitpay and the so-called wallets they provide. Here’s the skinny on all that and more as well as some cool easy tips on personal crypto security measures.

#4- Get “FAST SPANISH” second edition free! For a limited time you can get a copy of Jack Brett’s newly updated 100+ page pdf book by going to: theexpatfiles.com/fastspanish/

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

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

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January 7, 2018  
 #1- The “Gringo Advantage” is alive and well in Latin America.
Meanwhile, the media reports the whole world is souring on Americans as well as our bullying government. What with constant war mongering, regime change tactics, bankrupt monetary policies, etc., its hard to argue with that logic. But we will do so today with a few boots-on-the-ground stories that will re-enforce the fact that in Latin America at least, the “Gringo Advantage” is clearly here to stay.  
 
 #2- What’s with the unbelievable health and stamina of the older Latin American population? However, the phenomena seems to be much more evident in the poor rural areas than in the cities. Seems logical that people who get lots of exercise, don’t drive and live close to the earth live longer and in better health. No surprise there. But the fact is many of the healthy old-timers have never tasted, even heard of, Domino’s Pizza or “Happy Meals”. Even more surprising, many have never been vaccinated. Then again may be that’s not surprising at all.
 
#3- The recent passing of stiff new banking regulations in Europe has forced loads of cash money to find its way to Latin America.  
 
#4- Venezuela is trying to save its failed-state and broken monetary system by creating its own cryptocurrency called the Petro. But surprise surprise, it looks like its failing right out of the gate.  
 
 #5- Get “FAST SPANISH” second edition free! For a limited time you can get a copy of Jack Brett’s newly updated 100+ page pdf book by going to: theexpatfiles.com/fastspanish/
 
#6- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
 
#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.
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January 5, 2018  
#1- Beware of gringos and expats who constantly complain about everything. Yes, you will meet the occasional whiney “time vampire” gringo who craves an audience and then proceeds to suck the energy out of a room. There are expert expat complainers and its in your best interest to avoid them. The trouble is we get all kinds, a large cross section, and they're not all fun and nice.  Oops! You’re not one of them, are you?
 
#2- A top 20 list of gringo complaints as presented by long time expat gringos. Today's “boots on the ground” stories continue in that vein.
 
#3- Allergy alert!
Why is it that Latin doctors report such a very low incidence of allergies as compared to seemingly highly allergic first-world people? You’d think it be just the opposite. After all, Latins endure a very heavy and prolonged rainy season and thus have very high levels of interior mold and humidity. Worse yet, together with tons of pollen and excessive plant growth, Latins have many many unwashed, un-groomed pets living in very close living quarters. What's up with that? Oh but there are some interesting theories..
 
#4- What’s up with all the Latino guards totin’ shotguns? Yes, you see them everywhere, even  in Costco parking lots and on Coca Cola trucks. The questions is, does their presence leave you calm, relieved, worried or neutral? Much depends on where and how long you’ve been living south of the border.   
 
#5- Get “FAST SPANISH” second edition free! For a limited time you can get a copy of Jack Brett’s newly updated 100+ page pdf book by going to:theexpatfiles.com/fastspanish/
  
#6- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
 
#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.
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