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

May 21, 2017  

#1- What expats need to know about air travel to and from Central and South America from the states

#2- What about internal air travel using local Latin carriers?

#3- Tips on Tips and Tipping: find out what’s proper and what’s not. How well-meaning gringos tend to dislocate and distort prevailing wage and social systems throughout Latin America to the detriment of everyone. When that begins to happen it usually too late to reverse the trend.

#4- Why Latin University grads are finding they have little chance for employment or advancement in their chosen careers (sound familiar?)

#5- Just like in the states, Latin college grads can’t find decent jobs in their chosen fields so they often do the next best stupid thing-they go for an MBA, believing that an extra framed piece of toilet paper on the wall will be their ticket to the good life

#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 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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May 19, 2017  

#1- An educated Latina shares her opinions on the steady Gringo invasion of the popularly promoted parts of Latin America. She talks about the good the bad the ugly and the great(naturally)

#2- Today we have a discussion on what Latins perceive as the sometimes disturbing differences between our two cultures with an emphasis on the traits of North American men versus Latin men and differences in North American women versus Latina women.

#3- Latina views on Gringo tourists and backpackers- it ain’t good

#4- 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 at www.ExpatPlanB.com

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

#6- 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.

#7- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by downloading his consult questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com and following the instructions.

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May 14, 2017  

#1- Gringos doing Business in Latin America: how to keep your eyes wide open for niche to fill.

#2-Doing virtual business in Latin America on the net

#3- PART 1 of a discussion explaining two separate and completely distinct brick and mortar  business operations that regularly return 100% of their initial investment annually. You’ll need “boots on the ground” to find inexpensive Latin business opportunities with this kind of amazing rate of return. Many are out there but almost never right-in your face. However, the sure-fire money makers explained today are examples of businesses I don’t necessarily recommend for Gringos and Expats.. for reasons you’ll never imagine.

#4- Today Expat Eddie gives us his wry observations about many of the “university educated” Latin employees he’s hired for supervisory and management positions. No matter how smart or educated, they all seem to have certain common personality defects making them less than optimally efficient and so he says they must be pushed.

#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 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.

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May 12, 2017  
 
#1- Ecuador has now been permanently pulled from my preferred Expat “Plan B”destination list. Problem is, when the gringos come en mass so does the gouging and since the Ecuadorian government is dead set on subsidizing socialism for the masses, Gringos are taking it in the trasero. It will never end. Last month it was the 5% capital and asset exit tax for anyone leaving the country, and now it’s a 300 to 400% + hike in national healthcare premiums…  
 
#2-In regards to getting 1st World Healthcare in Latin America: Gringos and Expats can either get very low priced healthcare insurance or go “raw” and pay out of pocket( many do because the costs are 1/4 to 1/6th of US prices). The problem is that when Gringos look for insurance plans they often hook up with English speaking Latin insurance brokers who offer a  host of Cadillac plans. Now, because they know gringos come from a culture that insures everything, they will try to sell excessive coverage. Some brokers actually think its what you want. Meanwhile, 95% of Latins don’t carry any health or car insurance at all.    
 
#3- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and
 
#4- 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 at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#5-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893
 
#6- 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.
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May 7, 2017  
#1- Cheaper air flights are coming to Latin America. Meanwhile, strikes and resistance are coming from old school traditional airlines and union crybabys.. all are against the entrance of newer, more efficient carriers promising lower prices.
 
#2-Uber In Latin America: Taxi Drivers, Taxi unions and the corrupt Latin govts are resisting the competition here too and in some cases have banned it all together. In Argentina, judges have ordered internet providers to block the service and the apps. Meanwhile, Uber drivers don’t seem too worried and continue the service as usual...
 
#3- Do you enjoy politics? Well here’s a tip for Gringos and Expats: stay clear of Latin politics and political parties. Don’t get involved. Take advantage of the cool fact that you can live your own life exactly as you wish… as a detached 1st world guest in a 3rd world country. Latin politics are lose- lose situations so don’t get involved.
 
#4- Would you believe there is not one, but three known Chinese Mafia groups operating in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today we have the skinny on how they run their supermarket extortion games…
 
#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and
 
#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 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.
 
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May 5, 2017  

#1- I told you so! Today we have proof that the majority of Latin countries are now in the active stages of tightening their immigration and residency requirements for foreigners (that means gringos). Today we excerpt a trusted Panama media source outlining how residency requirements and tourist visa renewal laws are changing right now in Panama listing Latin countries that will shortly do the same. Do you know what that means? There will be more residency barricades and hoops to jump through, requirements will be tightened, the process will be longer, more expensive and more stressful. Bottom line- you’d be pound foolish not to act on your plan B now. You can still get residency in some Latin countries while its still relatively easy. If not, you’ll kick yourself for not acting sooner.

#2-DYK: if you move to Latin America you will have a second chance to create a clean social media and email slate? Yes you really can become a private and somewhat anonymous person again (almost like living in the US before the internet) however it will take some pre-planning. Today’s  we discuss how some expats have accomplished that difficult feat.

#3- There is nothing so ubiquitous as whatsapp in Latin America. Although no one knew it existed a year and a half ago, everyone has it now, including shoeshine boys, maids and cleaning ladies. Today we have a very enlightening “boots on the ground” whatsapp story.

#4- Some tips on playing the “Clueless Gringo”- especially when pulled over by the cops. If you know some Spanish should you try to use it or not?

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#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 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.

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April 30, 2017  

#1- Things you should keep and eye out for in Latin American bathrooms and toilets.

#2-The Zika virus, mosquitoes and other man-eating bugs. The use and abuse of insect repellent

#3-A word on personal safety and security. A discussion of some items I have in my own small “Bug Out” Bag”- which is really not for bugging out as USA preppers define it. Yup, I’ve already bugged out so my little travel bag is more like a good, solid general “travel resource”.

#4-Know there will always be some petty theft in your nice little subdivision. So should you pat down your maid or cleaning lady at the door? Latin Lady bosses do it all the time. Today we have a few Expat Gringas chiming in with their own such stories and experiences.

#5- A question many Gringa Expats ask themselves – "Is the maid stealing my makeup?" Could be…

#6-Survellence cameras around the house and business.. are they worth it? Should you get them? Do they really work?

#7- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#8- 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 at www.ExpatPlanB.com

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

#10- 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 130 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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April 28, 2017  
#1- DISCUIDADO: That’s the Spanish word for messy, unkempt, disordered… or what some scientific types might call the 2nd law of thermodynamics on steroids (entropy squared). Its a state we first-world people do come to expect when we observe the general condition of most Latin houses, cars, garages, living rooms and basically any possession- given due time. Expat Eddie calls it the natural Latin state of accelerated deterioration. So be on alert.
 
#2-Owning dog,s cats and pets. There’s pet ownership Gringo style, and  pet ownership Latin style. There’s a big difference. Today we have some Latin pet ownership and management tips you’ll want to hear
 
#3-Your “Gringo Advantage “ in action. Today we have a “boots on the ground” story of how a Gringa sold her somewhat overpriced used car to the very first couple who came to see it. Learn how she spent $30 to make an extra $800  
 
#4-Insects, bugs, annoying critters and the use and abuse of repellent. Yes here in Latin America there are 3 times as many flying and crawling things but should you be worried?
 
#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and
 
#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 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.
 
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April 23, 2017  

#1- There are many Latin legal issues that differ from what we are used to in the states. They differ mostly because the US follows British common law and Latins follow Napoleonic law. At my July “Expat Insider” seminar a trusted Latin lawyer will cover these topics and much more. He will be with our group every day to answer any and all of your legal questions.

#2-The word is out that worldwide, people in other countries hate or are put off by Americans, right? Well that’s mostly true elsewhere but NOT in Latin America. Today we share some “boots on the ground” stories to prove the point

#3-Do you live in a big USA city? Ok then, when the SHTF, do you have a farmer/relative out in the boonies with reliable renewable food supply who will gladly take you and your family in for a while, maybe a very long while? I doubt it. Almost none of us has a farmer in the family. However, nearly every Latin American city dweller has a handful of such relatives still living off the land. The average Latin city person is just one generation away from the farming life himself.

#4-Latin Real Estate Bubble Update: If you are searching for great real estate deals on the net IN ENGLISH- from the comfort of your sofa, good luck. Its not at all like getting “boots on the ground”, knocking on doors and calling around the properties yourself.

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#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 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 130 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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April 21, 2017  

#1- PART 2 of Latina, Latino/Gringo, Gringa mating, dating and relationships. “Jealousy” reigns in the odd, wonderful and often perilous world of Latin/Gringo relationships and must always be taken into serious consideration.

#2-Crazy true love stories: Today we have a number of Gringo-Latin “boots on the ground” mating, dating and relationship stories with some are no-win scenarios that expat Gringos and Gringas often themselves caught up in. Can you escape the traps or should you ride it out and hope for the best?

#3-Love, Romance and Relationship bumps and blowups. When Gringos and Gringas are at a loss for words and have no idea what too expect next from their Latin partners.

#4-Are Latins bi-polar when it comes to love? Today we share some really crazy things Latin guys and gals have done while gripped by wild fits of jealousy and rage. These are things you may well witness yourself… hopefully from a distance.

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#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 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 130 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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