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

February 10, 2019  

#1- I get that you love your vehicle and want it to accompany you to Latin America:

To drive the Ferrari or VW down, or sell it? That is the question.   

#2- The true cost of bringing your favorite vehicle to Latin America:

Yes, the shipping, import duties and sales taxes will gouge you but there are other things to consider. 

#3- Ten slick tricks smart gringos use to ship and/or drive a vehicle to Latin America:

You just might cut the costs by thousands. 

#4- Ten important considerations to buying and/or selling a car in Latin America

#5- Five ways Latin American “used car” dealers can and probably will scam you;

You know what they say about used car dealers. Unfortunately they are all blood brothers with the same disease. Politics is the only other career that’s even less trustworthy

#6- There are times when the used car you’re thinking of purchasing will lie to you:

Today we talk about “Idiots” who mess with “idiot” lights

#7- Are Latin American bank Credit and Debit cards safe?

Yes you should definitely have one or two, but how and when you should use them is another thing.

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

#9- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#10- 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.

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

February 8, 2019  

#1- When your “Plan B” changes or goes sour:

One of the biggest dangers to a present or future “Plan B” destination is so called “good publicity”. Mainstream publicity of certain excellent destinations is becoming a big problem and most often the kiss of death for a particular previously off-the-radar paradise. It stands to reason that the more good or positive publicity an expat destination receives the more likely it will be overrun by gringos and expats. Unfortunately newbees eventually arrive in droves turning it into something like what they left the states for in the first place.               

#2- Gringos making money in Latin America - Another look at gringos and expats who need or want to work once they land in their new Latin country

#3 The problem with filing US taxes while living in Latin America-

Is it a problem? DYK that if your sole source of income is a Social Security check (or direct bank deposit of SS) you DO NOT have to file US taxes at all…

#4- Junk cars and vehicle air pollution in Latin America- a quick, easy, cheap and logical solution to put an end to the nasty problem.

The solution is so logical however, that we can expect no Latin Government to ever implement it

#5- Things you must know if you are thinking about driving a car or truck from the USA to Central America

#6- Some common and disturbing hygiene issues that pervade Latin America, and that you can never change 

#7- Recreational drugs and “do gooders” in Latin America

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

#9- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#10- 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.

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

February 3, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #828 SUN, FEB 03 (02-03-2019):

 

 

#1- THE LATIN PIRATE ECONOMY

Pirate and Knock-Off Goods in Latin America- Today we present an updated comprehensive guide to everything you wanted to know about the counterfeit goods market in a land where it’s all about the price and almost no one really cares about copyrights, licensing or intellectual property rights.

Latin America is the land of knock-off goods. With some fake products making up as much as 50% of a given market. You’d be amazed how many things are counterfeited, faked and/or knocked off. The list includes toys, clothes, shoes, purses, luggage, cosmetics, software, movies, media, video games, medicines, tools, IT services, even pet food, human food and seeds!      

#2- Should gringos and expats buy pirated or knock-off products or NOT? 

#3 Clones and fakes and the Panama/Chinese connection. 

#4- Some Latin Countries specialize in producing certain knock-offs- and today we have the list…. 

#5- Logistically, certain Latin countries have more of a “wild west” free and open attitude concerning buying and producing faked/cloned products.. 

#6- What about local and international law enforcement and the legal aspects of the pirate economy. What are authorities doing about it? 

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

 

#8- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

 

#9- 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. 

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

February 1, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #827 FRI, FEB 01 (02-01-2019):

 #1- A day in the Life a “wage slave hostage” Cuban doctor:

It’s a funny thing. Ever since Cuba started sending thousands of selfless medial doctors to far flung regions of Latin America and the 3rd world, most 1st world people have softened their positions a bit on the Cuban regime. And why not? Goods deed like that would seem incongruous and contrary to what we imagine to be a brutal, totalitarian, dictatorial regime. Even now, Americans at dinner parties wonder how a socialist country with people making on average $50 a month can send such numbers of professional “do good” emissaries abroad. Is it for real- a truly a great thing or possibly the greatest PR stunt the Castro brothers have ever pulled? 

Meanwhile, all is not well in paradise as Brazil’s new president fires (kicks out) all 11,000 Cuban doctors working in his country.

#2- How safe are Latin Banks?

Another “boots on the ground” story.

#3- Traveling with repulsive people- Part 2

#4- What about living, working, playing and/or doing business in Chile?

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

#6- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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 more, check it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

January 28, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #826 SUN, JAN 27 (01-27-2019):

#1- Wondering how to avoid Big Brother in Latin America?

Today’s first” boot on the ground” story highlights how your “gringo advantage” cuts through routine attempts at bureaucratic data gathering, for example, when you try to buy a smart phone or internet data plan

#2- Did you know that at certain Latin Airports (like Tucoman in Panama) you can buy cellphone SIM cards in vending machines, without human intervention?   

#3- How to stay under the radar when arranging your Social Security or work pension direct deposit to your new Latin American bank account

#4- Weird Latino names:

Another close encounter with the ridiculous ... and sublime 

#5- Ever wonder how I prepare for this show?

I get a lot of emails about it. Today you’ll find out my methods

#6- Speaking of feces storms, today we have and update on water contamination and purification in Latin America 

#7- The local “grass roots” music scene and mom and pop custom musical instrument shops in Latin America

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

#9- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 

#10- 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.

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

January 28, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #825 FRI, JAN 25 (01-25-2019): 

#1- What they are not telling us/you about the Mexican migrant caravans.

Illegal aliens have always been slipping in and out of the states through the Mexican border but up to a year ago they were always individual, sporadic efforts. These so called “caravans” are a very new thing. They are not organic or self-organizing. Like any cohesive effort they necessarily need advanced planning, leader(s), logistics, advance people, etc., etc. So who is providing the supply lines, logistics, the dough, and to what purpose? 

#2- Tens of thousands of educated and cultured Venezuelans are pouring into much less advanced adjacent Latin countries, like Paraguay Bolivia and Ecuador.

In effect it’s a kind of reverse brain- drain. Though it does have some bad and scary secondary effects. Bad boys do slip through. Sound familiar?  

#3- Gringos wonder why in the hell 4 Latin countries- Panama, Belize, El Salvador and Ecuador- have abandoned their own funny money and switched to US dollar funny money.

It seems strange when visiting. It’s a drastic move that flies in the face of a country’s nationalism, sovereignity and patrimony. So then are they US puppets? What about countries like Ecuador, who are outwardly socialist and not warm to Uncle Sam’s hegemonic tactics? Today we have the real dope on the subject…

#4- A Mexican oil pipeline thief can be either a narco or the nice guy next door.

They are well tolerated and here’s what you didn’t know about them.

#5- The new multi-billion dollar US embassy in Guatemala is under construction on 9.5 acres!

That’s more than double the size of the old gigantic existing embassy which is/was 4 stories and a city block square. Oh and did you know the top 3 floors have always been off limits to US citizens? Can you say “alphabet agencies”? The really bad news is that there are similar money pit monstrosities in 150 foreign country capitals worldwide. So, does that piss you off yet?  

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

 #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 more, check it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

January 20, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #824 SUN, JAN 20 (01-20-2019): 

#1- The 5 ways Medical Tourism websites and companies gouge gringos and expats:

Today we talk about the cost of Medical Tourism and go through some actually numbers in detail. If you live in Latin America and analyze what these outfits offer, it does not look like a good deal at all and is actually a racket. Yes, to a first world person’s mind it represents a substantial savings, but you can actually cut average medical tourism costs by an additional 50% and in this segment you’ll find out how.   

#2- What ever happened to Airport Etiquette?

We all know how the US govt and TSA have ruined the whole airport travel experience. That said, today we mention a few of the more common but unspoken stressors that are routinely injected into the mix that make airport travel even worse. 

#3- There are a few simple clothing items gringos and expats absolutely need to bring in their carry-on luggage, but they almost never do:

You won’t know till you need them…   

#4- Why I will never move to Colombia:

Don’t believe all that happy good news that International Living is saying about Colombia, especially Medellin. Things are really taking a turn for the worse in many many areas. Today we discuss some critically important things you need to know about Colombia that I.L. and other blogsters and pundits don’t want to touch on.. 

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

 #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.

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

January 18, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #823 FRI, JAN 18 (01-18-2019): 

#1- Internet data packages for the Latin American common masses are constantly changing and getting faster, cheaper and more convenient:

Find out what IT packages and services are masses are using and you should sign up for them too.. 

#2- A Latin perspective on the USA Govt shutdown:

The dirty little secret is… that if a Latin govt were to have had a general shutdown no one would notice, except for the fact that the traffic will most probably flow much better and faster. 

#3- The problem with bringing simple power tools (like your B&D cordless drill) down to Latin America:

Its a big problem- if you don’t know the TSA and Airline rules about carrying common rechargeable Lithium ion batteries (like in your electric toothbrush or vibrator or drill) TSA will likely take the big expensive stuff from you at the airport and you’ll never see it again.    

#4- What Latin taxi drivers know that you don’t:

He’s the go to guy if you have just landed in a Latin country and want to know the skinny on the local, political, social and internet connectivity climate. He’ll be happy tell you in an instant.

#5- What happens when Latin unions go on strike?

#6-What do Latino working class people think about socialism?

It all seems to depend on if they personally have friends or relatives who have lived in Cuba or Venezuela.

#7- Proper airplane/airport etiquette and the prevalence of stinky and/or repulsive passengers

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

#9- 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.

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

January 13, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #822 SUN, JAN 13 (01-13-2019): 

#1- Amazing Latin American Healthcare full coverage insurance plans are available for Gringos and Expats- with zero to $50 deductible- for a mere $50 to $200 a month:

Yes, it seems unbelievable but are they too good to be true? 

#2- The pitfalls of so called “Medical Tourism”- what you didn’t know and what no one wants to tell you.

Sure, you can save bundle if you pop down to Latin America to have your belly fat sucked out, have dental work done or kidney stone or gall bladder surgery. But guess what? If you make the arrangements through an online medical tourism outfit (there are dozens of such sites.. and in English too), you will pay about TWICE what the local Latinos will pay for the identical service or treatment- at the very same clinics and hospitals and from the very same doctors. Still, for a gringo the price is right and it will look like a great deal but remember, if you come down and do the legwork yourself (and speak Spanish or know someone who does) you can save another 50% off the internet derived “medical tourism” listed fees and not compromise yourself in any way…    

#3- Is Big Brother watching its citizens in Latin America too?

How it is possible that just two cities in Bolivia have 1600 Chinese made ultra-high-tech surveillance cameras that list out at $8000 a piece! Meanwhile, the average Bolivian has no hot running water and the vast majority of towns and cities have no adequate sewage disposal systems or functional water treatment plants (duh?). Turns out the Chinese are worming their way into Latin American governments and industries by giving out and loaning extremely high-tech surveillance equipment (and more) to certain broke and susceptible Latin Governments. The Chinese companies do it by giving the lard-ass Latino bureau-rats offers they just can’t refuse…     

#4- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

 

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

 #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.

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

January 4, 2019  

#1- Using Cryptocurrency in Latin America- Jan 1, 2019 update

The calm before the storm... today's first a 'boots on the ground' story

#2- First World Healthcare at Third World prices- Jan 1, 2019 update

The Canada and UK national healthcare systems exposed. The subject of today’s “boots on the ground story”

#3- What about those Crazy Latino and Latina proper names that would certainly get a kid an ass – whopping up in the states?

Nick names abound in Latin America. That’s the culture. Most are endearing or descriptive and in no way an insult. However, there is no shortage of horrible and confusing birth names given to kids in Latin America too. Periodically you will meet a person who has been burdened with such a moniker and you won’t believe a parent would do that to a kid. Stranger yet, when you meet a person with a mind-blowing name it will almost always be a result of uneducated parents trying to inject a favorite English word or two into a kid’s birth certificate- generally with laughable or embarrassing results (to us gringos anyway who know better)             

#5- GET A COPY OF JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” at this LINK:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.theexpatfiles.com/academy 

#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 more, check it all out at: www.thenewexpat.com  

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