The World’s Rudest Nations For Tourists

Denis Foynes- Skyscanner has released the results on an intensive survey designed to locate the countries where the people are the rudest towards tourists. Skyscanner claims to be Europe’s leading travel search site, operating in over 25 languages with over 25 million visits and over 11 million unique visitors per month. It has offices in Scotland and Singapore. Some of the seeming rudeness may be attributable to cultural differences rather than anything deliberate. For example, says Tatiana Danilova, Skyscanner’s Russian Market Manager, “the Russian language is not as polite as English, so when Russians translate directly from Russian to English, … Continue reading The World’s Rudest Nations For Tourists

The Survivor Effect–It Couldn’t Happen To A More Deserving Spot

One of my favorite places on earth will be getting a lot of positive attention starting later this month when “Survivor” begins filming its 21st season in and around San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Then, for 14 weeks this fall, some 13 million U.S. households will tune in to CBS every Wednesday night to watch 20 Survivorists tromp around the Nicaraguan jungles.

This is a big deal for a little country like Nicaragua. I’ve seen the effects of this kind of thing in the past. When “Temptation Island,” for example, aired its Isla Bonita season filmed on Ambergris Caye, Belize, suddenly, overnight, this outpost of divers and fishermen was a household name.

The Temptation Island Effect created a new and higher-end (US$1 million-plus) market on this formerly unnoticed Caribbean island, the vestiges of which I viewed recently. All along Ambergris’ white-sand coast today are condo developments built to supply the Temptation Island viewers who, having been introduced to this island paradise in prime time, wanted to claim a little piece of it for themselves. How cool it became to be able to say, “I’m going down to spend a week on the beach at my place on Ambergris Caye…you know, the island off Belize where ‘Temptation Island’ was filmed…”
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101 Things You Should Know Before You Even Think About Living, Retiring, Or Investing Overseas

Shipping your belongings across international borders…moving with your children…or a pet…obtaining residency…getting a visa…opening a bank account…getting the best international phone rates…learning a new language…using VOIP…obtaining an international driver’s license…working with an overseas real estate agent…shopping for international health insurance… This is everything we wish someone had told us before we set off on our own live and invest overseas adventures. And it’s available to you right now Free. Details here. Continue reading 101 Things You Should Know Before You Even Think About Living, Retiring, Or Investing Overseas