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

February 28, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #933 FRI, FEB 28 (02-28-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!
My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous sites have been retired so please use www.ExpatPlanB.com from now on. 

#1- How Latinos embrace their incomplete education:

#2- Social media Latin style: you are what you post:
Latinos firmly believe that to get the absolute maximum “gringo wannabee” bragging rights they need to check 3 crucial things off their bucket list then post a thousand photos on the net.
 
(1) Visit Disney World, (2) Shop in Miami, (3) Stand in real snow
 
#3- Teaching English online from anywhere for 20+ bucks an hour:
The rules of the English teaching game are changing and today our resident expert Mr. B gives us the current dope
 
 #4- Once you arrive, its dead easy to getting a Job at an English Teaching Academy.. but look out, they will deceive you!
 
#5- When you arrive in Latin America you will be very busy but it will taper off:
Soon you will have an unusually large amount of time on your hands. Result being that you will need a hobby or two. Do you have one? If not, it could end up being booze and Cheetos
 
#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" 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”.

February 23, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #932 SUN, FEB 23 (02-23-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!
My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The previous ones have been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com.
 
#1- Have you been hacked lately:
If so, it was probably not the Russians
 
#2- Narcos and their relatives:
DYK the vast majority of Mexican Narcos recently interviewed and polled report that they wanted to kill their fathers? What’s up with that?
 
#3- Common law marriages are extremely common in Latin America:
What single folks in the dating game need to know about that phenomena
 
#4- Expat Eddie rides again:
Today he checks in with another wild and crazy “boots on the ground” story, and this one’s kinds ugly…
 
#5- WTF are Narco “Corridos”?
Just one more thing about Latin America you’ll find a bit hard to believe..
 
#6- Narco clothing and fashion lines are now a hugely popular trend in Mexico:
WTF’s wrong with the world?
 
#7- The Spanish term for “white trash” is “basura blanca”:
Is there a so called “white trash” culture in Latin America? 
   
#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" 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”.
February 20, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #931 FRI, FEB 21 (02-21-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!
My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com
 
#1- Money confiscation at airports and borders- THE FACTS:
Yes, the FEDS, TSA, DEA and Homeland Security have been illegally confiscating cash from travelers at an accelerating pace (the USA is bankrupt, but you knew that already). Today we discuss what you really need to know before traveling the world with any substantial amounts of cash. You probably know that legally you must report if traveling with cash instruments over $10000, but technically (and legally) you can travel with much much more as long as you report it on the customs forms. However USA alphabet agencies do operate with impunity and will take your cash money. Its today's first "boots on the ground" story
 
#2- HONESTY and Latin Americans:
Some gringos and expats think those two things are mutually exclusive… but the question is... compared to which other cultures? Gringos, Europeans? Today we discuss the results of a large international “Honesty Test”. The results are surprising..
 
#3- How to use that great Latin American Craigslist site called “www.OLX.com” to buy and sell stuff in Latin America:
Wherever you happen to be on your “Plan B”… http://www.OLX.com is a site you must be aware of. Today we have some great tips as well as certain red flags that to keep an eye out for while using it.
 
#4- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition for 2020 (and beyond) including the latest "Stem Cell" 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”.
February 17, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #930 SUN, FEB 16 (02-16-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- Tips when installing Solar Panels in Latin America:
How NOT to install solar panels! Don’t make these terrible flat roof mistakes!

 #2- Operating a brick and mortar business in Latin America:  What the locals won’t tell you!

 #3- Happiness Lost:
Can you guess the FOUR Latin American countries that just dropped 10% on the famous “Happiness Factor” scale?
Yes, the local folks in these four countries have been disillusioned lately and are feeling less friendly. Here’s why…
 
#4- Smuggling exotic and endangered animals:
There’s big money in animal smuggling and you’d be amazed at how the professionals do it these days. Not only is their main market not where you think, I bet you can’t guess which animals are the most trafficked and which species are in most demand  
You can’t avoid getting squeegeed cuz they’re on every busy corner
 
#6- Haters and fame:
Podcast fame always attracts armchair haters with fake facts, news sites. The fact is, you know you’re popular when you have haters. They come with the territory.
 
#5- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition for 2020 (and beyond) including the latest "Stem Cell" 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”.
February 14, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #929 FRI, FEB 14 (02-14-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- The Corona virus in Latin America:
Has it arrived or not? Should you be worried?

#2- My bad attitude and why I hate politicians and politics of all stripes:

#3- What happensd when failed, disgruntled and enlightened Preppers get a Plan B:
 
#4- When Gringos and Expats in business face extortion:
It’s easy to avoid bad guys and extortion attempts. Today you’ll find out how and you’ll also hear about a few “boots on the ground” extortion stories  
 
#5- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition for 2020 (and beyond) including the latest "Stem Cell" 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”.

   

February 9, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #928 SUN, FEB 09 (02-09-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE PERMANENT NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- Latin Funny money currencies and what you need to know about using and converting them

#2- Why and how certain Latin Countries switched over to the US dollar:
In the last few decades FOUR Latin countries have done it so far. How did it happen? How was it done? Has it been a success or failure? Is it good or bad for Gringos and Expats? What do the locals think about it? Will they ever switch back? Isn't having a national currency a matter of sovereignty?

#3- Cucaracha infestations in the home and how to stop them cold

#4- Today we feature some common Latino slang words designating private body parts often misinterpreted and misused by gringos and expats and/or completely lost in translation:  

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

It's the new edition for 2020 (and beyond) including the latest "Stem Cell" 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”.

   

February 7, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #927 FRI, FEB 07 (02-07-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE NAME CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!
 
My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired, so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- Your chances of car or motorcycle theft (if you own one) in Latin America

#2- What you need to know about LED light-bulbs and their rumored negative health effects and toxicity:
Should you worry? Are they safe, or should you revert back to incandescent or even those ugly fluorescent bulbs?

#3- Latinas and their hair extension madness:

#4- Protecting your Latin American home and/or office from the bad guys:
DYI tips on setting up surveillance cameras  
 
#5- The general state of self-esteem in Latin America and why 95% of Latinos appear to be gringo wannabees:
Think about it, and consider how you’d feel if every day of your life you were reminded of the fact that that you grew up in, and are a product of the 3rd world.

#6- The truth about car insurance in Latin America and why adding full coverage collision may not be worth the extra dough

#8- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition for 2020 (and beyond) including the latest "Stem Cell" 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”.
February 2, 2020  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #926 SUN, FEB 02 (02-02-2020):

JOHNNY’S EXPAT FILES WEBSITE CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

My new website is www.ExpatPlanB.com. The old one www.theexpatfiles.com has been retired so from now on please use www.ExpatPlanB.com

#1- When gringos and expats get scammed or screwed over its almost always because they are too trusting:

Yes it’s even happened to me!

#2- Water, humidity and Moisture problems you will encounter in you Latin American home and how to deal with them effectively

#3- Guarantees, Warranties and other Latin American fibs and lies:

#4- Tips on living in the “Altiplano”:
Ten things you really need to know..  

#5- THREE million more reasons why you should NEVER sign up to be a client/patient in the National Healthcare system in your chosen Latin Country:

#6- Today I post a short list of stuff I take on every trip to make infinitely life easier

#7- Getting use to the fact that you will definitely have problems with your paint and varnish projects:
Today we discuss the proper guidelines on how to avoid disappointing results, failures and the usual complaints
 
#8- Be sure to pick up my new and revised, "LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT":
It's the new edition for 2020 (and beyond) including the latest "Stem Cell" 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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