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Top 5 ways to “Ruin” your life abroad!

New Article by Will Roadhouse

Top 5 ways to “Ruin” your life abroad!

Getting injured or sick!

  • Eating street at food carts that wash their utensils and plates from the same tub of water. This is a frequent practice in many 3rd world countries.
  • Renting a motorbike in a large city! Expats and tourists get sent to the hospital often! It’s somewhat safe to rent one in a small beach city or village with very little traffic – don’t attempt it in a large city of millions. The traffic is unpredictable!
  • Bungee Jumping & Skydiving in a 3rd world country! They have no safety compliance and use old equipment that causes injury and death.
  • The good news is, medical care in these countries are often inexpensive and good!

Getting scammed!

  • Jet Ski Scam! Don’t rent one…don’t get on one even if the first 30mins/hour is free. 99% of the time the vendor will force you to pay for bullshit scratches and damages. Also, the local police is in on the scam. Google “jet ski scams!”
  • Precious jewels. Often it’s too good to be true. Yes, you can find great deals but make sure you research ahead of the time for “reputable” jewelers in the area. Never walk into a shop because the vendor lured you in!
  • Buying real estate (land, condo, house) that does not belong to them. Make sure you use a reputable real estate professional and local attorney for all transactions. You will be surprised how many times this happens. Remember, if it’s too good to be true – it’s a scam! Buying directly from an owner without using a 3rd party to verify ownership is trouble waiting to happen!

Getting robbed!

  • Never wear gold and/or jewelry with large stones in small villages and beach cities.
  • If you get approached by a stranger that speaks great English…ignore and walk away! Often times they are going to rob and/or scam you. FYI…in most 3rd world countries, any local that walks up to you from the street (and speaks great English) is up to no good.
  • Men, keep your wallets and phones in your front pockets.
  • Never leave your rented condo/house unlocked regardless of how safe the area is. You will be surprised how many knuckle-heads leave their doors unlocked and end up getting their shit stolen by locals. They just walk in and take what they can see.
  • Never leave anything out in the open in your rented car. Phones, tablets, laptops, cameras…again, your window will be broken and your stuff will be stolen.

Traveling with a person you fight with on a regular basis!

  • If you think a trip abroad will change things, make your relationship better – you’re wrong! If you fight with that person at home – you will continue to fight with them abroad. The only thing that’s different is the, “change of scenery.”

Nothing good can happen between the hours of 1am – 5am!

  • Most violent crime and murders happen between these hours.

These tips may seem “trivial” to you. Some may even say, “I already know this! It’s just basic common knowledge.” Well, you’d be surprised how many tourist and expats fall for these “common sense” mishaps. Use your head, be observant, and NEVER assume a stranger that speaks good English is there to help you!

Travel Often & Travel Far,

Please tune into our podcast that supplements this article: Living Abroad episode 2: How to plan a move overseas! Pre-move Strategies!  Subscribe/follow to get updates on our latest releases.

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If you’re looking to move abroad Compass Group International also offers “one-on-one” consultation.  Please head to our facebook page or email me for more information: https://www.facebook.com/LivingOn1000aMonth

Will Roadhouse

CEO | Compass Group International

Will@1Compass.net

http://www.facebook.com/willroadhouse

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Top 3 “Sure-Fire Ways” to get the SHIT kicked out of YOU in a foreign country!

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Top 3 “Sure-Fire Ways” to get the SHIT kicked out of YOU in a foreign country!

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  1. Skipping out on your bar tab. First of all…NEVER….NEVER…EVER…run a bar tab in any 2nd or 3rd world country! Just pay as you drink. 9 times out of 10 – they will charge you 5 to 10 times more and tack on bullshit drinks that cost $20-50! If you try to argue, call them names and curse at them…you will get the shit kicked out of you! If you try to skip out and make a break for the nearest exit…you will get the shit kicked out of you and maybe stabbed! Also, if you think you’re a badass because you train in some sort of martial arts and will have no problem taking on these “little people”- think again! American and UK pro MMA fighters have gotten the shit kicked out of them (and stabbed) in 3rd world countries – google it! You’re trained to fight one person in a ring – with a set of rules. Here, in a blink of an eye – you will have 10-15 little people on you! Fighting off 1-3 individuals is manageable – not 10-15! Just pay your overpriced bill, learn your lesson, and move on.
  2. Unlike Americans or the Chinese…most foreign countries do not take well to “confrontation!” It’s extremely disrespectful! In countries like Thailand, you can’t raise your voice and yell at someone publicly…they lose “face.” In some cases they will shut down and walk away (like in Costa Rica) – nothing will get done! In other cases, the person you’re yelling at…and the other locals that’s been watching this go down…will jump you because you’re disrespecting that individual! Remember, you’re in their country – you play by their rules. Respect people and the local culture.
  3. You’re wearing a lot of expensive gold jewelry. If you’re in a big international city, wearing a $10k watch or a $30k wedding ring is not going to be a problem. Trust me…there’s a lot of wealth in these cities, just because it’s a 3rd world country doesn’t mean everyone is poor. BUT…BUT, if you’re in a small city in the countryside or at the beach – that’s a different story. You will get targeted, get the shit kicked out of you and robbed – in most cases, the local police is useless! Leave your expensive shit behind – there’s no one here you need to impress. Just enjoy your vacation:)

Fact: Countries within Asia have the lowest crime rates in the world compared to other countries: North America, Latin America (central, south) Mexico, Africa, Europe…google it.

Please tune into our podcast that supplements this article: Living Abroad episode 2: How to plan a move overseas! Pre-move Strategies!  Subscribe/follow to get updates on our latest releases.

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/willroadhouse/livingabroad2

Please like and follow our channels for the latest articles and dates for our “Living on $1000 workshops!”

If you’re looking to move abroad Compass Group International also offers “one-on-one” consultation.  Please head to our facebook page or email me for more information

Will Roadhouse

CEO | Compass Group International

Will@1Compass.net

http://www.facebook.com/willroadhouse