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

March 17, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #840 SUN- MAR 17 (03-17-2019): 

#1- Have you heard the good news? Doctors actually make house calls in Latin America – but that unusual service comes at a price:

Yes, and that price is a whopping 25 to 35 bucks! 

#2- Announcing Johnny’s upcoming July 2019 Latin American “Expat Insider” seminar 

#3- Five reasons why you must absolutely have your own propane gas tanks at your new “Plan B” destination in Latin America: 

#4- Everything you need to know about having a continuous hot water supply in your Latin house or apartment:

Sounds like a no brainer, but DYK about 80% of all Latin American homes DO NOT have hot running water? Oddly enough, there will be various hot water options available that you’ve never even seen before. Some don’t work very well, and others will never be up to your gringo standards, and others wok fine.   

#5- Five reasons why you should have as many gas-fired home appliances as possible- and why to avoid electric ones. 

#6- Montezuma’s revenge revisited, and why I avoid buying frozen food in Latin America. 

#7- Going off the grid step-by-step in Latin America.

#8- 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  

#9- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link.

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#10- 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. 

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

March 15, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #839 FRI- MAR 15 (03-15-2019):

 

#1- Latin America –Is there a Best of the Best?

Everyone wants to know how to find the best Latin American city, the best Latin American climate, best food, best cost of living, best beaches, etc., etc. The truth is that the answers depend on YOUR needs and wants. And to get started yourself, you have to begin by writing your own personal (and realistic) wish list… 

#2- Climate Change in Latin America- Part 2:

Is Latin America warming? Today we have a report from a very seasoned expat with many examples that offer proof Mexico is getting colder not warmer. How is that possible?  

#3- The Latin American “noise factor”;

Latinos like noise and are extremely comfortable with it and don’t complain. By our standards the “bullia” is always ramped up and it takes some time for gringos and expats to get used to (and sometimes never).

 

#4- TEN ways Mexico has changed for the worse in just the last five years

 

#5- So you have a “Plan B” but what about a plan “Plan C”?

How about having a 2nd plan on how to get out of Dodge 2.0? When might you need to dump your “Plan B” and move on to “Plan C”. The problem is, if you get your “Plan B” info from rags like International Living, after a few years you may find yourself wanting to get out of Dodge all over again. Wow! Imagine getting out of Dodge and having to do it all over again.

#6- How to ruin a good “Plan B” destination in 3 easy steps: 

#7- 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  

#8- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#9- 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.

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

 

March 10, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #838 SUN- MAR 10 (03-10-2019): 

#1- There’s something special, and a bit odd, about Canadian expats and wanabees

It’s not like US expats and wanabees are all that normal, but who wants to be normal? Normal is boring.

#2- The truth about gringo prices, aka: “the gringo gouge”

It’s complicated, and not just a simple case of local vendors spotting and nicking a “rich” gringo..

#3- What Latin Americans really think of Trump:

It’s no surprise that when he first got into office most Latinos were scared to death, but these days Latinos don’t really think or care about him at all, and here’s why..

#4- Twenty more reasons why it’s time to get out if Dodge while you still can

#5- “Oh, if I could only make it to America”

Today we dissect the average Latina and Latino’s fantasy wish list:

 #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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 #8- 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.

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

 

March 8, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #837 FRI- MAR 08 (03-08-2019): 

#1- “Growing Young” The positive effects of living in Latin America and how it affects your health and well-being

Why is it that so many gringos and expats, when visiting back in the states, report that the physical and mental states of their families and friends seems to be deteriorating much faster then they are?

#2- Alternative Medicine, and how to obtain the latest technology stem-cell treatments in Latin America

#3- “The Hip and Knee Replacement Club” are you a member in good standing? (Or sitting?)

#4- An Expat Gringo Psychiatrist gives us his take on the “Happiness Phenomena” that seems to be so prevalent in Latin America and other comparatively poor cultures

#5- Mr. B. talks about how he teachs English on-line from his home in Guatemala City and makes 19 bucks an hour tax free:

An update on making money in Latin America by our favorite English teaching specialist (and a guy with only a HS diploma)- Mister B.  

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#8- 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.

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

March 3, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #836 SUN- MAR 03 (03-03-2019):

#1- Hiring and Firing Latin employees- PART 2:

 

There are certain important things every average gringo/expat needs to consider when contracting Latino employees

#2- The $5 an Hour Maid:

How gringos/expat guilt and entitlement issues unwittingly inflate the local cost of living

#3- Are you Anti-Vaccine? If so, you’d better get that “Plan B” in high gear now.

Why? Because certain US agencies have you on a “watch list” and soon you will be labeled as a terrorist. What happens next is that the US State Department will block your passport and travel privileges.

#4- Beware of Expat Bars and other Gringo low-life hangouts

#5- The Frustrating Business of Gringos “Doing Business” in Latin America

#6- When newbee Gringos and Expats have all the answers- look out!

It seems to be a very contagious fresh, green gringo disease- thinking there’s nothing about the Latin American culture that can’t fix with a little dough. Many have tried, but few have succeeded.

#7- 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 

#8- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#9- 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.

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

March 1, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #835 FRI- MAR 01 (03-01-2019):

 

#1- Hiring and Firing Latin employees:

The pitfalls and the dangers for gringos and expats 

#2- The poop on those English Language pamphlets and magazines aimed at newly arrived gringos and expats:

Yes, on the gringo tourist trail you’ll find “free” English rags like that at every coffee shop, tienda, restaurant and even the airport. But are they being factual about the local situation when reporting local news stories. Do you even news at all or just repackaged marketing and promo stuff based on who those rags sell their ads to? 

#3- Firing Latin employees and how some will later try to exact more than a dollop of revenge:

Yes, even employees you have fired for stealing will sometimes get the last laugh. 

#4- What are “Termination Benefits?”

They’re what you’ll have to dig into your pocket for if you have to let an employee go for whatever reason. Suppose there’s an emergency and you have leave the country permanently and go back to Cleveland. There’s a good chance you will have to pay off your employees, even your laid-off maid and gardener. And it won’t be cheap.       

#5- Worker’s benefits and what you will have to pay or chip in, above and beyond the regular salary

#6- Have you heard of “Alginaldo, Bono Catorce and/or Decimo”?

Well you’ll sure find out in a hurry, the minute you hire any Latino employees  

#7- 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 

#8- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#9- 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.

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

February 24, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #834 SUN, FEB 24 (02-24-2019): 

#1- Airport, Airline and traveling hacks and tips that will make your door to door journey to Latin America more tolerable.

#2- Picky Picky: gringos and expats complain about the not-much-spoken-of little things that bug people about Living in Latin America:

#3- The “other” Mile High Club: Are you a member? If so, how many times?

#4- Beware of Latin Ladies in the Men’s Room:

Don’t fret guys, in Latin America it’s a steady job.

#4- The Humidity Problems that can be cured:

If you don’t address it quickly, soon enough you’ll be forced to dump some of your nicest cloths and shoes. So then, what to do about it? The first thing Gringos think is “dehumidifier”, which is a bad idea and here’s why….

#5- The Fog situation in the altiplano and cloud forest regions:

It can be a big hazard while driving and persistent during the rainy season –especially at night!

 #6- The truth about buying and growing your own big, fat, juicy, nutritious “butt ugly” fruit. It’s not exportable nor ready for prime-time discriminating “lookism” gringos, but it sure is some fantastic stuff and its everywhere!

 #7- 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 

 #8- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

 #9- 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.

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

 

February 22, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #833 FRI, FEB 22 (02-22-2019):

#1- Body shaming and “man talk” in Latin America

#2- Managing Bugs, Snakes and Cucarachas (the cyborgs of insects)

Man-sized bugs and snakes are on every new green expat’s mind - and especially on the minds of female expats. Yes, creatures are an undeniable reality but there are some very easy ways to keep them at bay. Hint: much of it depends on where you choose to live out your “Plan B”. If you live at sea level, on the coast or near water they will be much more a part of your life than if you live in the altiplano.       

#3- Sustainability in Latin America when the SHTF:

No doubt when the SHTF in the first world the third world will be affected. But how much? Will you be safe? Should you worry?

#4- Latin American weather and the existence and persistence of “mini-climates”

#5- The present state of Social Justice Warrioring and the LGBT-WTF thing in Latin America:

In that respect I may be old fashioned but thank God, Buddha, Krishna and every other deity real or imagined for good old Latin American “Lag Time” 

#6- Climate change and Latin America:

How much are we insulated from all that by living down here? Will we be ok or should we update our wills and testaments? 

#7- 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 

 #8- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#9- 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.

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

February 18, 2019  

#1- A Different Kind of “Plan B’

Today we discuss the nomadic roaming “Plan B” option. Some expat wannabes would like nothing better than to move from place to place every few weeks or months, Latin country to Latin country at will. Though it might sound like a typical backpacker’s usual plan, it’s really not. Instead, you might say it more like an “upscale” backpacker’s dream and what might happen if a dyed-in-the-wool backpacker suddenly won the lottery- but never lost his wanderlust. How would a plan like that work, moving around all the time? Could you or would you burn out on travel? Is it even feasible to continuously move on? Sounds like a nice idea for a single person, for a while maybe, or not. Today we point out the many pros and cons, and why you must be careful of what you wish for…

#2- Banking Across Borders in Latin America:

What happens if you have a Latin Bank account or two and you end up travelling or moving to another Latin country? Will that screw up or add some difficulty to your cash and funds situation? Should you get another local bank account at your new digs? Here’s the skinny on that situation...

#3- Latin American Healthcare Insurance Update:

Some tips and tricks on how to find the best plans and coverage at the lowest possible prices

#4- Retirement ain’t what it’s cracked up to be:

After a while often becomes a job in itself. People report it’s a pain trying to fight boredom with so much time on your hands- If you don’t have fulfilling hobbies. There are both empty and fulfilling hobbies ya know. That’s why so many expats eventually find a cool and fun business niche without even trying. New and fun niches fill the gaps…   

#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- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/

#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 out at: www.thenewexpat.com   

February 15, 2019  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #831 FRI, FEB 15 (02-15-2019):

#1- We all have a Doppelganger somewhere in the world, have you met yours?

The more you travel the more chance you have to meet people that think they know you, but really don’t. Instead somehow, somewhere, they have met your doppelganger. No, this is not Woo Woo!

#2- The Black American “Plan B” experience in Latin America- PART 2:

Is their experience different than their white gringo counterparts? Today we have another series of ”boots on the ground” stories about Black gringos living with a “Plan B” in Latin America     

#3- What Latin kids want- the sad truth about the goals and ideas of Latin American University students:

Recent polls and university enrollment data indicate Latin students vastly prefer to have careers in Government than in the private sector. Yes, unfortunately they seem to be just as soft headed as USA university students…   

#4- The “Blancamiento” of Brazil- something that no one talks about:

Did you know that long ago, the (white elite) government of Brazil actually funded the importation of 4 million white Europeans because they felt their society was too Black? The program was called “Blancamiento” and Brazil wasn’t the only Latin country that was officially on board.  

#5- A strange but very interesting discussion about the mythical African country of Wakanda (from the Black Panther movie) and how it somehow relates to the Latin American migration issue

 #6- Common Law Marriage in Latin America:

What gringos, gringas and expats definitely need to know and be aware if they start living with a Latin person 

#7- It’s a fact that nearly every Latin person you meet will tell you they like and admire ex-president Obama, but why?

Nope, they can never tell you what he actually did to deserve their praise but that doesn’t seem to matter. Wow, talk about an incomplete education.. but is it any different with his admirers in the USA?    

 #8- 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  

#9- For your copy of JOHNNY MUELLER’S- 100 PAGE “LATIN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE REPORT” go to the following link:

http://theexpatfiles.com/healthcare/ 

#10- 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. 

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

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