Free Resources

Overview of links to free resources. Click on the “Headline” links under to get the full report.

Europe’s Best Hidden Seaside Resorts
Twenty Great European seaside resorts largely undiscovered by holidaymakers.

Learn more about Bitocoin the currency of System “D”
You can buy any of our services using Bitcoin. Learn everything you need to know about Bitcoin on Tax & Money Havens under the category “Virtual Currencies” and tags “Bitcoin” and “Digitial Currency“.  Here is an introduction to the use of Bitcoin and how it works.

Where the shadow economy is thriving. New Estimates for 162 Countries from 1999 to 2007. Shadow Economies All over the World, Global overview from the World Bank. If aggregated, the $10 trillion global black market is the world’s second largest economy after the United States and it is also the world’s fastest growing economy. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) projects that, by the year 2020, fully two-thirds of the world’s workers will inhabit this shadow economy, or “System D.”

Luxery train suites around the world Incredible luxury train suites. Escape to a bygone era with our selection of the most luxurious train suites around the world. Perhaps the single largest luxury train tour operators in the world,

Orient Express

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd boasts of operating most numbers of luxury train tour in the world. With services in Europe, Asia and South America, Orient Express is the only private luxury tour provider (With the exception of Grand Trans Siberian Express) to offer pan continental luxury travel services. 

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, a private luxury train service which offer luxury train travels from London to Venice, is arguably one of the most popular luxury tourist trains in the world. It was also voted as the number 1 luxury train in the world. More on The Orient Express great train journey.
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Cost of Living Index by City Lists and ranks various cities throughout the world by their cost of living.

The Big Mac Index An informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies.

The Most Walkable Cities
Walks Score ranks cities around the world based on their walkability. Though it appears to only show North American cities on the homepage, you can use the search bar to find global cities.

The world’s Best Unspoilt Beaches Beaches of extraordinary natural beauty.

The World’s 50 Best Beaches Beaches are the Valium of the travel world. They soothe, they relax, they make you realize that “real life” occasionally needs escaping.

The World’s 10 Best Natural Swimming Pools Hidden paradises with turquoise blue water…..

The Worlds Most Crystal Clear Beaches Find paradise, 12 beaches with crystal clear water.

Incredible Hotel Infinity Pools Around The World A look at the most spectacular infinity pools found in hotels and holiday apartments around the world.

Tortuga infinity pool

The world’s most famous hotels and Historic hotels word wide  Great hotels around the world with history, ambiance and style.

Well Known International Banks We Expect to Fail  (Coming) For banking safely, global citizens must avoid Europe and the U.S.

The Safest Global Banks by Global Finance Magazine 

Everett Collection, but is it safe? At least that seems to be the take away from Global Finance Magazine’s ranking of  the world’s safest banks.  The top 9 banks in the magazine’s World’s 50 Safest Banks list are all state-backed institutions. The No. 1 bank on the list is Germany’s KfW, which doesn’t so much act as a traditional bank but as a government-driven lending machine, created in post-war Germany to spur infrastructure spending. See the full survey of the “Top 50 Safest Global Banks” here.

However, we do not agree with the above mentioned survey as the western governments / states that controls or / are owners of many the banks are bankrupt themselves.  If you want safe banks subscribe to our service and see our recommendations.

800+ Expat Hints & Tips
HSBC has collected over 800 hints & tips from expats all over the world.

Comprehensive Climate Information
Climate is a common factor in choosing a country to move to. This website contains the best comprehensive information on climate.

Countries By Legal System
Look up countries by their legal systems (e.g., Common Law, Civil Law, etc.)

Countries With The Fastest Internet Speeds This index compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe.

Directory of Search Engines by Country
Country-specific search engines will often give you better and more in-depth results than using just Google in English. To use these engines, first run your search phrase or keywords through Google Translate, then copy and paste the translation into the engine. Once your search results have been returned, you can either copy and paste the top returns back through the Google Translator, or just navigate to the sites and see if they offer an English version of their site, as many do.

Countries with Capital Controls
Great Blue Hole Belize

We have compiled a list of countries that currently have capital controls. However, notice that Belize have a two system economy.

The local banks and the local economy with capital controls,and the international banks with their international clients with no capital controls.

To some extent this is “more or less” the case with some other countries as well, like for example Cuba and Malaysia.

9 Facts About Computer Security That Experts Wish You Knew
Every day, you hear about security flaws, viruses, and evil hacker gangs that could leave you destitute — or, worse, bring your country to its knees. But what’s the truth about these digital dangers? We asked computer security experts to separate the myths from the facts. Here’s what they said.

Sixteen nations that have no property tax
Bahrain, the Cayman Islands, Croatia, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Israel, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turks & Caicos, and the UAE.

Countries with No US Extradition Treaty
Countries where Snowden could live.

Countries where you easily can buy arms
In addition to The United States, here are four other countries where you can own guns.

12 bars that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time 

The Campbell Apartment

Channel your inner Medici at The Campbell Apartment, a stylish bar tucked away in New York’s Grand Central Station that is modeled on medieval Italian palaces.

The space was once the swanky private office and salon of 1920s tycoon, John W. Campbell, and was restored to its former glories in the late 1990s. Smart clothing required, naturally.

The 50 greatest cafees in the world

Nowhere quite represents a place like its cafés. What would Vienna, Rome and Paris be without theirs? It’s not just the history or the opulence. It’s the window on the world. You see ordinary people – locals as well as visitors – coming and going, taking time out between work and home, meeting friends or colleagues, joining families. We’re all familiar with the relationship between writers and philosophers and their favorite cafés.

Cafe American in Amsterdam

Pay with Bitcoin when travelling

There are a number of places that accept Bitcoin as a form of payment!  incl. Travel Agencies, Airlines, Hotels, Airports, etc.

Travel the world with Bitcoin