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

April 1, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #747- SUN, APR 01- (04-01-2018):

#1- How gringos and expats who insist on staying off the radar buy their phones, SIM cards and internet service, while still somehow remaining (mostly) anonymous:

In the last year or so most all Latin countries have passed laws forcing local cellphone and internet providers to require passport, home address and ID info. They’ve done this ostensibly because there are many extortion attempts by bad guys who somehow get their personal stats and dats. BTW: Latinos have no concept of privacy. They’ll give up their personal dats for any pop up window that promises a free pizza(sound familiar?). Authorities believe they can deter or catch bad guys by having a database of owners and thus trace reported extortion attempts. Duh? If you were an extortionist, wouldn’t you use a stolen phone? Double duh! So today we discuss some of the amazingly easy “hacks” certain astute expats use to get around those stupid requirements. Of course the easiest way to get your lawyer to apply for the service and pass it off to you, then it’s all in HIS name and address. But in lieu of that…. 

#2- It’s almost never necessary to carry your original passport around with you except when… 

#3-Funny and sometime scary things happen when gringos and expats decide to build their own Latin American dream house: Today’s “boots on the ground” story 

#4- A discussion with a young Latin psychologist reveals some amazing generalities about Latin culture that don’t exist up north in the gringo world: 

#5-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and check out the early-bird discounts by going and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#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 

#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:   

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