Five Countries To Thailand

We traveled along a 2-lane road.  But there were four cars abreast as far as we could see. 

This was Cairo.  In Egypt, every car is a bumper car.  All the dents and scrapes just prove it.

Our taxi driver began to chuckle.  A heated argument erupted on the road.

A taxi driver and a guy who had been transporting a van full of people stood nose-to-nose in the middle of the road.

A few other people jumped out of their cars.  They wanted to join in the fight.

It didn’t matter that there were four lanes of traffic backed up behind them. 

Suddenly, the now driver-less van moved forward. 

In his rush to (possibly pound) the taxi driver, he had forgotten his emergency break.  With the driver side door open and a van full of passengers, the driverless van began to pick up speed. 

The driver ran after it, jumped in and stopped its forward motion.

Despite the comedy and overall country chaos, we had a great time in Cairo.  I spoke at Cairo American College.  I entertained (and hopefully, educated) three classes of students. 

After school, on two successive days, I spoke to a group of teachers. 



I showed them how to figure out how much money they should be saving for their retirements.  I also showed them how to invest in a portfolio of low-cost index funds.


We jumped around the pyramids at Giza.



We traveled on the roof of an SUV into a wadi not far from Cairo American School.



  We enjoyed a fire in the desert as the temperature dropped.



 We also sailed on a Faluka in the Nile.





Tonight, we fly to Muscat, Oman. 

After Oman, we’ll fly to Kuwait, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and finally on to Thailand. 

I’ll be speaking at a series of schools in the land of smiles, including a school in Phuket, a couple in Bangkok and at least one school in Chiang Mai.

After that, I’ll be hunkering down somewhere warm to work on the second edition of my book, The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing.  The first edition was released in 2015.  This second edition will be titled, Millionaire Expat:  How To Build Wealth Living Overseas.  It will be released February 2018.

The best part of this 3-month journey is the new friends we’ve met.  People have been so kind and hospitable. 

The world has some ugly patches.  But it’s filled with far more light.


Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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2 Responses

  1. Barry says:

    Sounds like an awesome adventure Andrew

  2. Merc says:

    Awesome! I have been to those countries except Kuwait. The difference (there are many, I know) between you and I is that you invested your money smartly a long time ago and you are traveling now while I spent my money a long time ago traveling and I’m investing now. Let this be a lesson to those who would follow my path.

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