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

July 1, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #771 SUN, JULY 01- (07-01-2018):

#1- Big Brother is making it harder and harder for you to get your ass an assets out of dodge:

Today we have an amazing “boots on the ground” story of just how bad it can get and what kind of wringer the bureaucrats can put you through if they have a mind to(we’re assuming they have minds). Worse yet, this example comes from those so-called ‘terminally nice folks” up there in Canada.       

#2- Our newly insured Gringa takes her first trip to a medical specialist and visits a 1st world hospital/clinic for tests and more- Part 2: It’s our latest and greatest, extremely informative and eye opening “boots on the ground” story involving Latin America Healthcare systems .

#3-When gringos and expats get robbed:

This time we have two separate, “boots on the ground” robbery stories dealing with gringos and expats who should have known better. But as you will see, most all of us arrive in Latin America starry-eyed and clueless. We arrive as vulnerable and easy marks, especially when we land in highly gringoized areas. Though funny enough, sometimes being robbed is one of the best lessons a newbee expat can learn… as long as the crooks don’t get too much.       

 #4- Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar is near to launch. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.

 #5- 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

 #6- 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.

#7- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

 

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June 29, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #770 FRI, JUNE 29- (06-29-2018):

#1- What if you want a “Plan B” get away but your partner doesn’t:

If your better half doesn’t necessarily want to go along with the “Plan B” concept and get out of dodge, then what? What if you are all gung-ho for it and he or she just ain’t?

 #2–What about gringos and expats with mobile homes in Latin America?

Some RV folks would like to start “Plan B” by hauling or driving down an RV from the states or Canada. That means driving through Mexico and heading to parts “south” of south of the border. Does that make sense? What are the upsides and downsides? Well, our friend Bitcoin Dan did just that about 6 years ago and was smart about it… but still it certainly wasn’t a breeze, even for him. He had more than his share of testy even dangerous moments including being held up by Mexican banditos at gunpoint…      

 #3 Expat business ideas pop up in the strangest places and at the weirdest times:

That’s the subject of today's “boots on the ground” story

 #4-Common real estate rental mistakes gringos and expats often make:

Yes you could find an excellent, inexpensive, brand new apartment complex or residential tower with everything you need and in a nice section of town. But soon after you sign the contract buyer’s remorse sets in and you realize it was a big mistake… and I probably can tell you why..     

  #5- Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar is near to launch. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

 #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: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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June 26, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #769 SUN, JUNE 24- (06-24-2018):

#1- Writing the great Un-American novel;

If and when you act on your Plan b and finally come down to Latin America you will have lot of time on your hands. So with time to act on all or most of the things you ever wanted to do when you were back on the treadmill. You could for example write that great Un-American novel that’s been percolating in your head for years. Seems everyone with penchant for reading books has had the fleeting or not so fleeting idea they could probably write one. Why not? We all have at least one good yarn in us.

 

 #2–What you really need to know about Montezuma’s revenge

Today we offer some great tips on how to spot and conquer certain unsanitary and unhygienic conditions that occur in many Latin restaurants, homes and bathrooms

 

#3 Tips for Expats with shipping containers problems

In today’s ‘boots on the ground stories” we focus on a few stories coming from the Latin country people say gouge you the most when it comes to customs control. Nope and it’s not Costa Rica either….  

 

 #4- Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar is near to launch. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.

 

 #5- 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

 

#6- 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.

 

#7- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com 

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June 21, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #768 FRI, JUNE 22- (06-22-2018):

#1- The trouble with Latin Airports:

Except for the usual suspects like Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama(who when you land tag, record and monitor you like Big Brother in the states) in the other Latin countries it’s very easy and fast to check in and board a flight. The fact is you only have to be there an hour early (or less) and not the two or more two hours stated on the airline websites and boarding passes. However, more Big Brother methods are on horizon with retinal scanners having recently been installed in the Mexico City airport. So keep an eye out for that eventuality (ha!)..     

 #2- When Latin maintenance or lack of it really counts:

The pleasant truth about trains, planes, automobiles and cat scanners in Latin America. 

 #3– Today we observe as a Gringa expat (whose Spanish sucks) takes her very first “boots on the ground” trip to her new Latin American 1st world style hospital/clinic:

The lady needed an appointment with a specialist, and it being her first shot at using here her new healthcare insurance plan we must ask the obvious- this is Latin America so what can possibly go wrong?. Have listen and see for yourself…

#4- The top 10 things expats and wanabees really must know when shopping for healthcare insurance plans in Latin America

 #5- Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar is near to launch. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#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: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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June 17, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #767 SUN, JUNE 17- (06-17-2018):

#1- Today we dissect a strange email from a guy in Canada who is absolutely happy working for the man, spinning his life away on his own personal treadmill. He’s a happy cog and wouldn’t have it any other way and thinks his wife (who is an avoid listener) is nuts.

 #2- Yes the USA financial thugs can and will freeze your brokerage or bank account just because you happen to take a vacation in Cuba, even though traveling there is completely legal: Yes the US is in full financial police state mode judging by this very recent true story. Yet another reason you must get at least some of your assets out of the Dodge while you still can. Even better- try to get your own ass out too.

 #3–The truth about traveling to Cuba and what you will find when you get there.Oh it’s worth the trip all right. I’m sure you’ve never seen what a manana time fantasy land on steroids looks like…

#4-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 the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.

#5- 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#6- 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.

#7- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com 

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June 15, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #766 FRI, JUNE 15- (06-15-2018):

#1-Expat Eddie is back:

Today’s Eddie story is a kind of weirdly mixed morality tale. It may seem out of place but does contain some serious lessons for all gringos, expats and wannabees.

#2- Gringos love their shipping containers:

Today a few words for gringos, expats and wannabees seriously thinking their plan B should include sending a shipping container or two to their chosen Latin destination

#3–More bad news out of Ecuador that you won’t likely see on the 1st world tube:

Ex-President Raphael Correa is in deep do do. He'll most likely be indicted and exchange his Calvin Klein's for an orange jump suit. Oh, you might say big deal… this is Latin America what else is new. But the fact is for now he didn’t get caught with his hand in the cookie jar (not yet anyway) which is rare. You’ll never guess what they’re nailing him for…

#4- Is Uruguay a good “Plan B” destination?

Today you’ll find out a slew things you never knew or considered about little Uruguay (pop 3.5 million)… and you won’t be happy about it

#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 the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#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: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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June 10, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #765 SUN, JUNE 10- (06-10-2018):

#1-Volcano Update:

What do I (Johnny) know about active volcanos? What makes me a sort of expert on the subject or am I just spewing hot gas and ash again? Well the fact is that I once owned a house on the British Caribbean Island of Monserrat. The island’s sole volcano, which had only once erupted in 400 years wiped out the upscale British neighborhood my house was in. All of us were stupid gringos who didn’t do our homework. Funny enough my neighbor was George Martin (producer of the Beatles). His house and famous music studio (AIR studios) were wiped out too.  Worse yet our insurance company went bankrupt so we didn’t get reimbursed. Some luck huh?

 #2- Google maps and google cars mappers come to Latin America

 #3–The goal is to have a “Plan B” that continues to allows you to maintain a 1st world lifestyle, correct?In today’s “boots on the ground” story we follow a expat newbee couple, searching out their own “Plan B”. They tell about the journey and what they project will be the real cost of living slightly “off the gringo tourist trail”, that is in and around Guatemala, Central America.

#4- In search of 1st world creature comforts in Latin America:People wonder how much they will have to sacrifice in the way of goods services once they have settled “south of the border”. Today we’ll see in a “boots on the ground” story as we follow two gringos searching out various creature comforts they hope are available.    

 #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 the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy   

#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: www.TheNewExpat.com   

 

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June 8, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #764 FRI, JUNE 08- (06-08-2018):

#1-Everything you wanted to know about volcanoes and what to do if there’s and active one nearby: There are hundreds of volcanoes in Latin America but only about a dozen active and smoldering. One should be aware of the necessary safe living and working distances from any sleeping giant.   

 #2- When you fall down and can’t get up: accidents and poor infrastructure: A simple walk down the streets of Latin America can be hazardous since obstacles, poorly placed utility power poles, missing utility covers and uneven steps can present problems. So if you want a twisted ankle or worse, keep staring at your smartphone.

 #3–When gringo drivers hit rouge motorcyclists- or vice versa:

Today’s “boots on the ground” story #1

 #4- The case of the happy-go-lucky gangbangers:

Today’s “boots on the ground” story #2  

#5- 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#6- 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.

#7- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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June 4, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #763- SUN, JUNE 03- (06-03-2018):

#1-Things around you Latin house or apartment will break:

So today we review the things you will need around the house or apartment that you may not have thought at all. Houses are built much differently in Latin America and the standard Sears homeowner’s toolbox you have under the sink just won’t suffice.

 

#2- What Latin landlords are likely to pull on you when you leave and it comes time to get your deposit back. In other words … don’t count on it.

#3–What you have to know when hiring Latino repair and handymen who will work or repair things around your house or apartment  

#4- DIY tips for you yourself working and repairing things in your Latin home. Remember…all decent Latin homes are made of cement, rebar and concrete block so DIY repairs are not so easily done like back un Kansas, Dorothy  

#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 the scoop by going towww.TheNewExpat.com 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#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: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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June 1, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #762- FRI, JUNE 01- (06-01-2018):

#1- We discuss more gringo business ideas and niches: Today as usual, we hit on a variety of topics, from Venezuelan escapees to astute but pragmatic gringos working at US embassies who knowingly, when they arrive each morning, check their brains at the door.  

 #2- Now, for you non-entrepreneurial gringos and expats:

Today we go into more detail on gringo job possibilities since you might find it necessary to quickly earn some substantial dough upon arrival in Latin America.

#3 –Is Latin America a good place for handicapped people to relocate?

It’s true that for the handicapped there are many things to consider and many types of conditions that require environmental modifications. So if you are handicapped or know someone who is, the discussion today centers on what’s good, bad, ugly and great about having a Latin “Plan B” destination. If you are in any way physically disabled, living in Latin America could very well be the best choice.

#4-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 the scoop by going towww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#5- 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 www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#6- 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.

#7- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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