What’s “Expat Wisdom” About?

"Expat Wisdom" is a place where expat wannabees and expat gonnabees come to listen, learn, explore and ask seasoned expats Johnny and Robert about what it takes to live the good life as an expat.

At Expat Wisdom you can... learn about how to make money as an expat through Expat Business Opportunities and Expat Jobs

Listen to regular podcast from Johnny Mueller about living in Latin America.

Get 1:1 help directly from Johnny or Robert on anything expat related... even if they don't know the answer, they'll know some expat who does!

And even attend the live Latin America “Insider” Seminar held in Guatemala.

Take a look and if you have any questions, drop us an email to: info AT expatwisdom.com, we're always here to help!

The Expat Files for Sunday, Sept 21, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, Sept 21, 2014 A Report on Muslims in Latin America: Stateside gringos like you occasionally ask about the so-called Latin, Middle Eastern contingent of people. There are, as you might know, hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Jews living in Latin America at this time... many of them recent Expats. It all can be quite confusing since some have been here … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, Sept 19, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, Sept 19, 2014 Announcing my January 2015, Expat Wisdom, Latin American Insider’s Seminar…. another “off the tourist trail”, boots-on-the-ground, fast-track experience for expat gonnabees, expat wannabees and those who are looking for the new and better version of “American Dream”…. the one that’s “south of the border” Some stories that come directly from … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, Sept 14, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 Now for some astute tips when you travel through third-world Latin American airports…. nope, that’s not a redundancy, since most Florida airports and LAX are pretty much Latin Airports now too! Note that quite a few travelers have reported small items like perfume, jewelry, electronics, Swiss Army knives, etc. missing from their stowed … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, Sept 12, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, Sept 12, 2014 Part 2 concerning near bankrupt and heavily debt ridden Ecuador. It has a new government run crypto-currency scheme for 2015. It looks to be one of the dumbest moves ever. Not only have they put NO limit at all on the amount of the stuff the govt itself can create (note that finite limits were fundamental to the widespread adoption of Bitcoin), the … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, Sept 5, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, Sep 5, 2014 A live report from the DR: Part 1 of a report on living the expat life in the Dominican Republic. Many have had questions about what it’s like for gringos and expats living on this large, beautiful but troubled, very hot, white-sand island. Oddly enough, the whole place seems to be a distorted reflection of what is happening in the USA- in regards the … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 Observe the quirks and odd superstitions of your Latin help (maids, gardeners). Their strange habits are sometimes only exceeded by our own gringo peculiarities (peculiar to Latins, that is). Why do you think Latin workers often refer to us as “crazy gringos” behind our backs? Luckily, the locals almost always mean "crazy" in a nice way- Latins off … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, Aug 29, 2014 Screwed up in Translation: You can't believe how so-called professional Spanish media and entertainment translators can screw up a simple English to Spanish translation. For example, so often when you look up a USA movie or TV show while perusing a Latin paper or TV guide for example, when purviewing the “translated” Spanish title you might never … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 Zoning laws in Latin America: how can you be sure your next door neighbor won’t suddenly accumulate goats, donkeys or chickens? Stranger things have been known to happen, even in very high-end subdivisions with strict rules supposedly prohibiting such things- this is Latin America you know.   Driving the famous Pan American Highway: as you … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, Aug 22, 2014 From the “be careful what you wish for department”: One of the top complaints I hear from expats with a new brick and mortar businesses (successful or not) is from day one they become “married” to it. Note that expats always say they come down to relax, slow down and have more free time, but many without real hobbies get bored and then start … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 Expat Eddie fires cleaning lady #3 … once again for petty theft. This time you’ll never guess in million years what she palmed. And Eddie, after thinking about the misdemeanor for a day or so, threw out the book on his normally rock-solid employee rules and principles and decided to hire her back. It had to do precisely because of what item she … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, Aug 15, 2014 Did you know that in this very macho Latin society there are many, many tens of thousands of educated but unmarried Latin career women, i.e., doctors, accountants, teachers, psychologists, managers, etc., still living with mommy and daddy? In fact, except for old spinsters without immediate family, it’s rare to find an unmarried Latin career woman who … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 Part II of gringos, gringas and motorcycles in Latin America: Motorcycles are cheap, dependable transportation all right… but when in Latin America should you dare drive one or even hop on as a passenger? If you drive any vehicle and you’re down in Latin America long enough, you will eventually get into an accident or collide with a motorcycle. … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, Aug 8, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, Aug 8, 2014 After discussing the good, bad and the ugly concerning owning and driving motorcycles on last week’s show, certain wannabee and gonnabee listeners chimed in with relevant email comments and questions. One such email is from an expat who has been driving a motorcycle in Central America for some months now. He enlightens us with his own take and … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 One of truly great things about living and hanging well off the gringo tourist trail (besides occasionally being treated like a B-grade rock star) is that there are literally thousands of spectacular ancient Aztec, Mayan, Toltec, and Inca ruins open to the public that are almost NEVER crowded. In fact there can be so few people visiting these sites and … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, Aug 1, 2014 From the “be careful what you wish for department”: In Latin America, the #1 reported crime is cell phone theft. Knowing that scumbag politicians don’t give rip if the poor and middle-classes continuously get their phones snatched, the jerks in congress never did much about it.... till now. It was when high-priced I-phones and smartphone start getting … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, July 27, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, July 27, 2014 From the “be careful what you wish for department”: The Nicaragua Canal- PART II. Ask yourself, where are they going to put 200 million cubic yards of sludge and rock left over after dredging the proposed channel in Lake Nicaragua? And that’s just the excess stuff that must be removed to make the 90 foot deep proposed channel in the 60 mile lake … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, July 25, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, July 25, 2014 From the “be careful what you wish for department”: The Nicaragua Canal- PART I. Lots of emails and questions are coming in about the new proposed canal to be built through Nicaragua. Some gringos, expat wannabees and gonnabees think it might be a golden once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set up a gringo business of some sort and shovel in the … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, July 20, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Now for a small report on the latest Expat Wisdom seminar. Since this show was recorded on Saturday, the day after the official last day “boots on the ground” experience- it’s still very fresh in in the minds of the attendees. Locals are complaining about Venezuela’s new $20 Airport “air quality” travel tax levied at Caracas International … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, July 13, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, July 13, 2014 From the Down here in Latin America there are little hole-in-the-wall upholstery shops everywhere. The fact is that many of the little guys operating these business are true artists that can repair or re-cover any piece of furniture or auto seat like new. Don't judge them by the condition of their shops, cloths or amount of scattered debris.Most can … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, July 11, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, July 11, 2014 From the “be careful what you wish for" department: Many long term expats have dreamed of buying and restoring one of those very cool and often fantastic old Spanish Colonial ruins. There are literally tens of thousands of partially destroyed, abandoned, otherworldly monasteries, churches and chapels. Yes, some are available and when located … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, July 6, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, July 6, 2014 From the “be careful what you wish for" department: More stories from the trenches- as well as a sad tale from wealthy expat gringo whose Latina wife’s “putting’ on the Ritz” act and first-world spending habits have caused him to seriously consider moving to another Latin city or country to regain his formerly simple, un-entangled life. Why? Because … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, July 4, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, July 4, 2014 You've heard the recent talk and press concerning the new flood of illegal Mexican and Central American children that have been trying to slip into the USA. Latins south of the boarder are somehow under the impression that their children will qualify for amnesty. Today we have some revealing reports on how the situation is being viewed from down south, … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, June 29, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, June 29, 2014 First, on the lighter side: many gringos and expats find watching a bit of Latin TV every day helps them improve their conversational Spanish skills (sure it’s mind-numbing, but that what gods invented tequila for). Do note that as your Spanish improves you will notice strange gaps and odd discrepancies in the way most familiar English programs(ones … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Friday, June 27, 2014

Click Here to play: Friday, June 27, 2014 Last show’s email on chem-trails in Latin America (OR NOT) has prompted a small flood of emails. Have a listen and see what all the hubbub is about.. A short primer on the meaning of the 5 flags concept and why you need to diversify yourself internationally very soon (like now) or forever hold your peace when your abusive-restrictive govt makes … [Read More...]

The Expat Files for Sunday, June 22, 2014

Click Here to play: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Ever wonder about those nasty chemtrails that people seem to be arguing about? Do they show up in Latin American skies too? Here’s a Latin sky-watcher’s eyewitness report… And now, from the “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink” department: Some newbee expats and gringos come charging down to Latin America armed with enough … [Read More...]

X-Factor Je Ne Sais Quoi

Don't worry I haven't gone all French on you (je ne sais quoi is about as far as my French vocab goes), however, French would be useful in Paris, which according to a new report by the property people Savills is a city with the X-factor. In their report ’12 Cities,’ Savills names London and New York as the world’s leading X-factor cities, with Singapore and Paris in equal third. Savills … [Read More...]

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Surfs Up Dude! (as are the ‘Expat Files’)

I recently spent 4-days and 3-nights on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala at the Paredon Surf House. Yes reliving another past joy on my 'Expat 50' tour. I learned to surf about 20 years ago when I lived on the coast in San Diego, California and where I surfed nearly every day. On my best days I'm an 'OK' surfer (and on a LONG board); normally I can hold my own but on this trip boy was I absolutely … [Read More...]

An Expat Looks At 50

In a few short weeks I'll be 50. Ouch. I don't really feel 50 but the sound of it, does sound, well, 'old'. I remember when my father turned 50 and to me he was 'ancient'. Now that it's my turn I'm wondering what my kids are thinking... are they really thinking, like hey dad, 50 is the new 40! hmmm, some how I really doubt it. I planned my 'Expat 50' Latin America trip to coincide with the … [Read More...]

The 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions

On a recent podcast of the 'Expat Files' Johnny lists the six topics he's most frequently asked about. They are (in no particular order):     Retiring     Health Care     Cost of Living     Dating and Romance     Security and Safety     Setting up a Business And there's also a 7th. From my many conversations with expat wannabees, I would add, *Happiness* Now rarely does … [Read More...]