The Expat Files Show # 729 – January 28, 2018

 

 

 #1- Beware of using Credit and Debit cards in Latin America:

The trick is to examine how Latinos and Latinas use and misuse their plastic. From them we can see first-hand exactly what NOT to do.

 

#2- Tricks and tips to use when withdrawing USD cash and other fiat funny money from Latin ATM machines. Which ATM machines should one to use and which ones to avoid, and why.

 

#3- How to push the “reset” button and regain most of your 1st world loss of privacy and anonymity:

Today we discuss how to use your “Plan B” to get back a lot of what Big Brother, the net and social media have taken away from you- namely your privacy and dignity. It’s your best and possibly only chance to reset the clock.

 

#4- Chicken buses flip over and tumble down mountainsides with amazing regularity. Their reckless, inebriated drivers, along with bad brakes and tires, are nearly ALWAYS to blame:

If that’s not bad enough, female passengers are constantly groped. Purses jackets and phones are stolen with such monotony that no one bothers to report said incidents. It wouldn’t do any good, it’s a trade-off for ridiculously cheap, subsidized fares. So gringo, if you’re still thinking that Chicken bus rides are a quaint, fun, picturesque way to see Latin America… you’ve been warned.

 

#5- As if we needed another reason to avoid Costa Rica as a “Plan B” destination- today we have an op-ed news piece highlighting an educated  Cost Rican’s complaints about his own self-destructive socialist government.

 

#6- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at: www.TheNewExpat.com

 

#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 much more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com