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

December 13, 2013  
-There are Latin cities and places “on the gringo tourist trail” and there are Latin tourist destinations that are mostly for Latin tourists... yet a small stream of first-world eco-tourists and adventurous types somehow discover them. Such adventurous gringos are more worldly than your average tourist and have a somewhat different set of wants and needs. These guys and gals have been to all the usual tourist hot spots and avoid the typical tourist traps and the gringoland scene. Since a certain percentage of these folks tricle off-the-trail to Latin tourist destinations, that means astute expats can do good business catering to these folks. By the way, the “gringo advantage” is also at its strongest in those low-key Latin tourist destinations.     
 
 -With all the talk about pollution and garbage problems in Nicaragua you might think I don’t recommend the place for expats. Well, you’d be wrong. Certain parts of Nicaragua do come highly recommended… but you’d better get in on the action before it gets saturated and expensive. There are thousands of disgruntled gringos who’ve been moving in and  believe or not, most of those migrating are coming from expensive, gringo- saturated, neighboring Costa Rica. Yes, people who’ve have had it with CR gringolandia are pulling up stakes and heading for Nicaragua….   
 
-Normally I don’t recommend the restaurant business for expats no matter what pipe dreams they may have of being the next “Top Chef”.  However, you will find that there can be extremely affordable turn-key restaurants for sale in most Latin towns.. these are businesses that for one reason or another have been neglected, yet are still chugging along, albeit in low gear. Many of these purchase opportunities are tailor made for expat success stories. That said, in this show we post an email from a part-time Texan gringo expat offering just such an opportunity (in a great Nicaraguan beach town too). A nice deal for any motivated expat with more vision than money.           
 
-My January 2014 “Expat Wisdom” seminar is more than ¾ filled. To get one of the last 3 spots available, check out the agenda and the signup details by clicking on the Latin American Seminar link on the top of the www.ExpatWisdom.com mainpage.
 
“AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD  HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”That’s the name of my long awaited free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at www.ExpatWisdom.com. Grab a copy and than compare how 21st century Latin American healthcare stacks up to your Heathcare in the states. Read it and weep! And remember the report is free(at least for now).
 
-Follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private consultation with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
 
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