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In this issue:
- Home Exchanging To Paris
- NYC Airbnb Ban Leads To Complete Chaos
- Cruise Ship Line Has Most Profitable Quarter Ever
- Chiapas México Is Not Expat Friendly
- And more Expat News
Home Exchanging To Being An Expat
I read this article this week about someone that swaps their NYC apartment with a person in Paris. I’ve done quite a few home exchanges. While living in the US I exchanged to London, Paris (3 different time), Rennes France, Venice, Virginia Beach in a massive beach home, and Austin Texas.
I highly recommend it. Not only was the place free, but you also got to live like a local. Being in Paris and popping down to get some fresh baked goods and then come back up to the Paris apartment are some memories I’ll never forget. I got to really live in the place instead of being in a hotel room. It’s much different.
It is the number one reason why I was so open to moving to a foreign country. It wasn’t so weird because I had done so many small local living experiences doing home exchanges.
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- Renew your U.S. visa “without an interview” if it expired less than 4 years ago – nice five steps to renewing without doing the interview again
- New York’s Airbnb Ban Is Descending Into Pure Chaos – short-term rentals are now being listed everywhere but Airbnb in NYC
- Maui hotels launch promotions to stimulate tourism recovery – Maui is open again
- Readers’ Choice Awards 2023: The Highest-Scoring Hotels and Resorts for Food, Design, and More | Condé Nast Traveler
- Carnival Corp. posts record revenue in a Q3 return to profitability – After three and a half years of a pandemic, a halt in operations, relaunching its fleet and navigating a new normal, the world’s largest cruise company turned its first quarterly profit since early 2020. Not only did Carnival Corp. report net income of $1.07 billion for the third quarter, but it hit an all-time revenue high of $6.85 billion.
México Expat News
- Difference Between Day of the Dead & Hanal Pixan in Yucatan – The Mexican Day of the Dead and local Yucatán Hanal Pixan are similiar, this is a good article on the differences.
- AMLO explains why Mexico has not ‘taken sides’ between Israel and Palestine – México is neutral on everything. Quote from President “We are pacifists, we do not want the loss of life of any human being of any nationality, be it Israelis or Palestinians,” As Expats we are not allowed to protest so we are neutral publicly. Privately is a completely different story.
- Chiapas residents seek refuge in Guatemala due to violence – Residents of at least five municipalities are considering the possibility of requesting asylum in that country. Cartel has taken over and the Mexican Government has sealed the state off.
- Hoteliers ask for peace and security in Chiapas – “tourism is ending, and many companies are going bankrupt; Tell us what we are going to do, because you, in this time of government, have not been able to solve the problems of the state and your failure to do anything has affected all of us citizens, some by having to close their companies and others by being left unemployed.”.
- Ask a Yucateca: Should I be concerned about appropriating your culture? – “Just make sure that when representing our culture, you do so in a respectful way that embraces and honors our traditions. The more you do this, the more likely it is that you will be embraced by locals and given the opportunity to participate with us in the celebration of our culture.”
- Update on Mexican Ruins: Unexpected Changes in Prices and Site Closures - November 30, 2023
- 52 Money Saving Travel Tips, US Passport Processing Time are Getting Shorter, Travel + Leisure Destination Of The Year, Thanksgiving In México, Investment Lot Scams, and more Expat News - November 11, 2023
- Secret Of Mexican Malls, What to Know About Tipping on a Cruise, Acapulco Is A Disaster Will Take 12 to 18 months To Repair, AirBnb Extortion, Airlines Are Poaching Top Flyers, and more Expat News - November 4, 2023