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American Airlines special to Panamá and Costa Rica

At this link you will see the flights being offered for $158 round trip from Miami to either Panamá or Costa Rica! At that price, you cannot afford NOT to check out one or both of these places if you are serious about expatriation and have not yet made up your mind where you want […]

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Cheap places to stay in Santiago, Chile

Are you looking for an economical place to stay in Santiago? Here are some search results which list dozens of hostels and small hotels that range from $9 to $53 per night. I recommend staying in areas called Providencia or Las Condes if possible. They are convenient to everything via colectivo or metro. You might […]

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The freest, best, and sanest places in the world to live

People often ask me for my opinion about which are the freest, best and sanest places in the world. My answer is: “It depends.” It depends on whether you are financially secure or still need to work, whether you have children with social or cultural needs, whether you want to be near established churches, whether […]

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Offshore banking havens

The financial rule of thumb for ex-pats is to never live where their money is kept (other than having a local account to handle one’s living expenses). Where are some good places to keep money offshore? 1. Jersey 2. Guernsey 3. Isle of Man 4. Liechtenstein 5. Andorra 6. Panamá 7. Belize via Dominica for […]

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Buying a used car in Chile

One of the drawbacks of living in Chile is the cost of used cars. Public policy has been enacted to restrict the importation of used cars. Yes, that means you will have a really hard time bringing your car to Chile. The “public interest” reason for this legislation is to reduce emissions (especially important in […]

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Airfare Special to Tacna, Peru (near Arica, Chile)

American Airlines has just announced a fare sale that can get you to northern Chile for less than it usually costs. For instance, leaving from CLT (Charlotte) on September 15, 2008, the flight to Tacna, Peru costs $1,300 per person round trip. The same itinerary leaving on October 10, 2008, costs $1,530. If you go […]

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Maps (11) of Chile: Arica down to Punta Arenas

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Learning Spanish before you go down

Americans are invariably do-it-themselves-ers who want to be as prepared as possible before taking an action. A LOT of people ask me what they can do now (in America) to learn Spanish in anticipation of going to Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, etc. I tell them all the same thing: “You can’t expect to learn Spanish […]

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Photos from the Puerto Octay region of Chile

These first and third are family shots from June 2006 across the lake from Puerto Octay. The second is a shot of Vulcán Osorno from the same spot. The fourth one is overlooking a Pacific Ocean inlet not too far away from there, down the road past Ensenada. And the last one is a photo […]

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Use American Airlines (or Lan Chile) for Flights to Chile

Why should you prefer to use American Airlines for flights to Chile? For one thing, their frequent flyer program only requires 40,000 miles (off-peak) for a ticket to Chile. Check out this link:AA Award ChartIt should be the same for Lan Chile BTW. For another thing, American is the only carrier with a partner like […]

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