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

November 22, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #1008, SUN, NOV 22 (11-22-2020)

JANUARY 2021 “EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!

#1- Tips when Creating a Brick and Mortar Business in Latin America:

#2- Why is running a business in Latin America so relatively cheap?

#3- When Latin Governments resort to gouging gringos:
Yet another reason Ecuador is becoming less friendly to Gringos and Expats
 
#4- Charities and other heart-tugging scams:
Beware of well pressed “Do Gooders”
 
#5- The truth about renting and deposits:
Hint… no matter how spotless and angelic a renter you may be, there’s a slim chance you’ll get back your full deposit when leaving.
 
#6- Latino Rental Contracts and the unspoken details:
What your Latino Landlord won’t be telling that you really need to know before signing on the dotted line.
 
#7- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!
The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.
          
#8- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in?
Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#9- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.
November 20, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #1007, FRI, NOV 20 (11-20-2020)

JANUARY 2021 “EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!

#1- Some Latinos prefer to drink unsafe water:
I’m not kidding. In a taste test, Latinos prefer their “iffy” bottled water brands to the ultra-pure water I make at home! Go figure... and WTF!  

#2- Shopping for a new vehicle in the age of Cov-Idiots:

#3- The million peso healthcare question is….
Why do you run across so many very very old and wrinkly Latinos who are still working and in good health?
 
#4- A "gringo life" report from Boquete, Panama:
Boquete is where the low-budget gringo hip-replacement crowd goes to retire in lieu of Miami.
 
#5- To Mask, or not to Mask?
That is the question…
 
#6- Why Latinos don’t read books:
Its not because they don't have the desire. Its complicated.
 
#7- What does it mean to get quarantined in Latin America:
Another enlightening “boots on the ground“ story…

#8- What you need to know about CBD oil in Latin America:

#9- What you need to know about traveling with your prescription meds in Latin America:

#10- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!
The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.      
 
#11- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in without help?
Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#12- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

   

November 13, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #1006, FRI, NOV 13 (11-13-2020)

JANUARY 2021 “EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!

#1- Its unfortunate but in Latin America, if you don't have the invasive WhatsApp installed, you will be disconnected from practically everyone. And that's not good. You won't be able to get a plumber, repairman, taxi or even get a restaurant reservation. It’s a double edged sword but you can take steps to minimize its invasiveness.    

 

#2- How anal are you? Some Gringos and Expats are known to get pissed off and lose their cool with some regularity:

It mostly happens after ta few months and the "paradise effect" wears off. It happens a lot to straight arrow rule following gringos. But in time most of us learn not to sweat the small stuff. We either become more tolerant or pack our bags and head back to Cleveland.

 

#3- When entitled Latin children of the rich grow up to be entitled adult children of the rich..

 

#4-The Rich Latino with no class dilemma:

One of life's ironies is how people with money almost always assume they have great taste and class.. .. most don’t.

 

#5-Latin Real Estate bubble news: 

 

#6- Some items I always travel with:

 

#7- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!

The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.   

       

#7- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in?

Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#8- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

November 8, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #1005, SUN, NOV 08 (11-08-2020):

JANUARY 2021 “EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!

#1- People who actually leave Dodge versus people who repeatedly “promise” to leave Dodge and never do:

#1- Inside Johnny’s Expat DYI Toolbox –PART 2

#2- Falling down the “Lost in Translation” rat hole:

#3- The Latin American Marijuana Chronicles for Gringos and Expats :

#4- What about CBD oil in Latin America?

#5- When unorthodox English words “seep’ into a Spanish conversation:

#6- Photo ID’s and how to foil the idiots and morons who request a copy from you:

#7- Tips on Passport renewal:

#8- The trouble with first, middle and last-names in Latin America:

#9- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!

The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.           

#10- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in?
Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#11- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.
November 6, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #1004, FRI, NOV 06 (11-06-2020):

JANUARY 2021 “EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!

#1- Find out exactly what’s in Johnny’s personal toolbox:
Here’s Johnny’s list of basic tools every expat should have around the house or apartment. His basic toolbox will make your expat life soooo much easier and infinitely less stressful. Remember, Johnny has had 30 years of DIY projects and tinkering allowing him to work out, modify and streamline this basic tool kit for expats.  
 
#2- Road Rage in Latin America:
Today’s first boots-on-the-ground story of Latino/Latina Road Rage

#3- The truth about Illegal Aliens caught at the border and separated from their precious (or maybe not so precious) kids:

#4- Latin American infrastructure and the real physical cost of the graft and the “skim”:
No doubt about it every time you hit the road, both you and your poor car will suffer.

#5- What you didn’t know about garbage pickup and litter in Latin America:

#6- WARNING! The formerly lucrative business “Teaching English Online” to Chinese kids takes a hit:
Today our English online expert, the famous Mr. B, chimes in on the changing state of the program.
 
#7- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!
The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.       
 
#8- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in?
Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#9- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.
November 2, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #1003, SUN, NOV 01 (11-01-2020):

JANUARY 2021 “EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!

#1- The Latin American Cov-Idiot Update:
Your “Gringo Advantage” in the age of Cov-Idiots. Today’s first boots-on-the-ground story

#2- Shipping your pets to Latin America:

#3- Joining the “I Hate Motorcycles club”:
Though you’ll probably still like Harleys, Ducati’s and BMW’s-  the riders are upscale and have some manners… it’s the brain dead masses in their noisy, rusted out 125cc rice burners you’ll quickly learn to despise.     

#4- The scary truth about Moto-Taxis (sometimes called moto-canchas)

#5- “To Serve and Extort”:
About Female Cops- is it a good or a bad thing that Latina cops don’t take bribes?

#6- Common Latin American stereotypes about us gringos and expats:

#7- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!

The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.           

#8- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in?
Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#9- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

October 30, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #1002, FRI, OCT 30 (10-30-2020):

JANUARY 2021 “EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!

#1- The difference between truly Getting Out Of Dodge (G.O.O.D.) versus merely moving to a less abusive less taxing state:
Dying nationalism and withering patriotism- America Love it or Leave it????

#2- If millions of Venezuelans have jumped ship and are now found in great (and some say very annoying and excessive) numbers in virtually every country in Latin America, then what kind of people actually remain behind in Venezuela?

#3- Your seemingly simple, even stupid, newbee Expat questions answered:
BTW: Almost no questions regarding your "Plan B" are stupid...
 

#4- Developing the “PROPER” Expat network to help fast track your Plan B transition:

#5- An update on hiring and contracting maids, nannies and live-in nurses:

#6- Tips on shipping and moving HEAVY WEIGHT stuff down from the USA:

#7- “Plan B” procrastinators, their comebacks, evasions, justifications and excuses:

#8- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!
The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.   

#9- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in?

Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#10- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

   

October 25, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #1001 SUN, OCT 25 (10-25-2020):

JANUARY 2021 “EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!

#1- The crypto revolution is here:
Independent thinkers like you absolutely need to have some cryptocurrency like Bitcoin or Etherium. They are fantastic hedges against monetary stupidity as well as excellent disaster insurance against the economic shock waves that are in play and just around the corner. The better known cryptos are on the launch pad and poised for a huge leg up so get some now or kick yourself later. 
 
#2- When Gringos get gouged:
Some of latest breaking gringo rip-off stories and how you can stay one step ahead of bad boys and scammers 
 
#3- Beware of Clueless Gringos with an "organization complex":
There’s a kind of gringo sickness that exists mostly on the tourist trail. Every Latin gringo destination has busybodies on a mission to re-create the environment they escaped from. WTF? The problem is that there’s always an egocentric leader in the group bent on organizing committees, clubs and events. It’s basically the frustrated student council syndrome, where ex HS or college class officers with ego problems resurface and start organizing stuff to re-live their glory student govt. days. BTW: ever notice how a huge percentage of HS and college class presidents end up as future scumbag politicians? (check out their resumes and big egos).      
 
#4- Your questions answered about Solar Panels:
Cutting through the chase. What you need to know.
 
#5- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!
The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.

 

#6- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in?
Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#7- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.
October 23, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #1000 FRI, OCT 23 (10-23-2020):

JANUARY 2021 “EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!
 
#1- Welcome to E.F. Show #1000:
Some people think 1000 is a good round number and could possibly be a good time to retire. Well, fair enough… but going native, becoming a beach bum or a lush doesn’t suit me much.
 
#2- How to find the most accurate constantly updated Cov-Idiot travel regulations from country to country:
Today we discuss the two best websites to get all the pertinent and necessary Cov-Idiot travel dirt.
   
#3- If you get out of Dodge and have limited funds, how long will your “nest egg” last… and when it runs out... then what?
Today we discuss the thing that taunts and stresses so many expat wannabees and gonnabees.
 
#4- Expat business startups:
Things you need to know when starting a brand new business in L.A.
 
#5- My top 5 instant money making brick and mortar gringo/expat startup businesses:
All of these picks have extremely low startup costs   

#6- Little known water filter tips you absolutely need to know:

#7- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!
The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.   
       
#8- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in?
Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#9- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.
October 18, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #999 SUN, OCT 18 (10-18-2020):

“EXPAT INSIDER” SEMINAR UPDATE- Johnny’s next Latin American seminar dates will be January 8th thru 14th, 2021. The Guatemalan airport opened on Sept 18, 2020 and international travel rules are lightening up considerably. For info and signup details visit www.ExpatPlanB.com. Attend the seminar and connect with Johnny’s personal expat network. It’s the sure-fire way to turbocharge your Plan B!

#1- The trouble with Latino dog and pet owners:

Most Latin American dogs and pets are uncontrollable. It’s almost never the dog’s fault, it’s the owner, but owners don’t get it. When it comes to pet discipline and behavior, Latino owners are clueless.  

#2- “Mal Gusto” means “Bad Taste” in English. It’s a conundrum  as to why the vast majority of Latinos and Latinas have such bad home decorative taste while having surprisingly good fashion sense:

Not that I’m any arbiter of good taste. However, once you visit a few Latin American homes (even the wealthy very upscale ones) and ride in a few Latino owned cars you’ll see what I mean. For example: Latinos love white furniture, upholstery and rugs. Certainly white and light colored stuff look good in the showroom… but at home, only for the first few months. Newsflash! Not only are we in the tropics, where smudges, humidity, dirt and sweat-stains are the norm, many Latino families also have undisciplined pets that don’t mind romping and peeing on sofas, chairs and rugs. Ahgggh!       

#3- The untold trails and tribulations of a lone gringo radio personality working at a 100% Latino radio station:

#4- Get a 100% legal (and well respected) 2nd Country Passport online and in just 60 days!

The Corona virus has killed Latin American and Caribbean Island tourism so tax revenues have dried up. Governments are broke and a small few have reacted by offering passport by investment programs. I have personally vetted the best legit one. Amazingly, you can apply online without wasting time or repeatedly flying back and forth to the country. That’s a first! For details email; theexpatfiles@gmail.com and listen to the complete explanation outlined in “The Expat Files” show program aired on June 28, 2020.              

#5- Do you want to get into the exploding Crypto-currency world but don’t feeling quite confident enough to dive in?

Our own Captain Mango has developed a unique one-on-one Crypto consulting and training service (he’s been deep into crypto since 2013). To get started, email him at:

bewarecaptainmango@gmail.com

#6- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":

The new edition for 2020 (and beyond) is available now, including the latest "Stem Cell Clinic" info and data and my top picks for the best treatment centers for expats and gringos. Just go to www.ExpatPlanB.com and click on the "Latin American Healthcare Report”.

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