The Importance Of Having A Second Residency

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The Importance Of Having A Second Residency

Modern times require modern solutions. Sticking only to your home country is, therefore, an old-fashioned approach. Concerns about political instability, high taxes, freedom restrictions and more have acted as a wake-up call for those wanting to live their lives on their terms. 

It’s no wonder why second residencies are gaining momentum like never before. It’s not just a trend; it’s a strategic move that can improve your life in ways you might not have imagined. 

A second residency isn’t solely about escaping your current reality; it’s about expanding your horizons, taking advantage of new opportunities and securing your future. It’s a bold decision that improves your freedom, quality of life and financial position. 

In this article, we’ll navigate the realm of second residencies, illuminating why they’re more appealing and relevant than ever before. From favourable tax regimes to the promise of a better lifestyle, you’ll understand the practical advantages that await those who dare to think out of the box.  

If you’ve ever wondered how a second residency can help you, keep reading to discover the potential.


Colorful Buildings in Balat, Istanbul

Colorful Buildings in Balat, Istanbul


Regarding taxes, some countries are like treasure chests waiting to be discovered. They offer tax benefits that seamlessly outcompete those of Western countries. 

For example, the offer of countries with low or no corporate tax rates is so extensive that you may feel like you were in a buffet. While countries like the US, Germany and France charge corporate taxes over 20%, Andorra charges 10%, Hungary charges 9%, and Jersey charges 0% in some cases. 

Now, shifting our focus to income taxes, we can find more enticing tax regimes worldwide. The US charges a tax rate of up to 37% (plus a state income tax if applicable), France charges up to 45%, and Belgium charges up to 50%. In contrast, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Bahamas and Monaco have no income taxes. 

Other more specific cases allow you to leverage territorial tax systems, meaning that if you reside in the country and your income originates from abroad, it’s tax-free. Some excellent examples are Portugal, Panama, Malaysia and Costa Rica. 

All in all, every dollar you save on taxes is a dollar you can invest in your dreams, your family, your future or all of the above. With a lower income tax, you’ll enjoy more disposable income to live your life to the fullest, dine at gourmet restaurants, or simply develop your portfolio. The options are endless. 


Main square in Montevideo, Plaza de la independencia, Salvo palace

Main square in Montevideo, Plaza de la independencia, Salvo palace


Governments want to control you, but you take control of your life with second residencies. Sometimes, it’s normal to get caught up in the routine of paying taxes, seeing how mismanaged taxpayers’ money is, complain about it and keep living your life, but having a second can be your escape button.

Instead of adhering to the monotony of your hometown or country, you can walk down the streets of other nations more aligned with your belief system. With a second residency, you can explore new cultures, learn foreign languages and embark on adventures – all while building a successful career. In other words, you can turn your life into your own choose-your-adventure story. 

Threats such as CBDCs, ideological or medical persecution and security concerns can cast a dark cloud over your future. Therefore, avoiding political instability is another massive advantage of having a second residency. If you have a second residency in a stable and secure country, you can breathe easier. 

Imagine residing in a country where political turmoil is scarce, where the government doesn't intervene as much. You won’t lose sleep over sudden changes in leadership or civil unrest. It’s like having a calm oasis amidst an enraged sea. 

Apart from increased geographical freedom, a second residency will give you more control over your assets and financial future. If you’re worried about your hard-earned money during times of financial crisis, a second residency can provide a safety net.


Sunset Beyond St Kitts

Sunset Beyond St Kitts


What’s one of the most common desires everyone has? Travelling the world, as it holds the promise of discovery and adventure. A second residency gives you just that – it makes your travel experience even more exciting. 

Imagine you’ve got a second residency in Greece, a country with its golden visa program. This program allows you to enjoy visa-free travel within the Schengen Area. You can hop on a plane and spend a few days around Europe without the hassle of visa applications.  

Now, there’s a hidden gem that many overlook – tax treaties. These agreements between countries can save you a substantial amount on your taxes as a second resident. For example, if you play your cards right, your income may come from the US while you live in a country with a more affordable cost of living and better taxes.  



Financial security is the bedrock of a worry-free life. But when your home country faces a crisis, you can’t expect the government to be fair with your hard-earned money – especially if you oppose their agendas. Just think of the Canadian truckers and even their American supporters through certain platforms – frozen funds and no access to the fruits of their labour. 

Imagine you’re a resident of Switzerland, a country known for its stable financial system. While turmoil and litigation can strike your wealth in your home country, your assets in Switzerland are almost untouchable. It’s like having a financial guardian that protects your wealth from the chaos. 

Asset protection is excellent, but it’s only the beginning. Another crucial advantage of having a second residency is access to diverse financial markets and investment opportunities. For example, if you become a resident of Portugal, not only can you get a better tax rate but also access to the EU market. 

To further simplify this idea, think of foreigners who might move to your home country to set up businesses. Chinese, Indians and other nationalities often move to Western nations, open restaurants, and seduce locals’ taste buds with exotic flavours. They get a second residency, find a business or investment opportunity overseas, and, consequently, have the opportunity to enjoy two residences, building a good life for themselves and their families – both abroad and back home.


Balconies of Casco Viejo in Panama City

Balconies of Casco Viejo in Panama City


With many governments pushing restrictive regulations and turning supposedly democratic countries into police states, you’ve probably grown weary of this environment and started eyeing other lands where none of this happens. 

Imagine this: You’re a French citizen resisting the government’s oppression and avoiding dangerous protests as much as possible. Sure, you might know where to go and where not to go if you’ve lived there your whole life, but dodging these issues all the time is tiresome. Now, if you’ve got a second residency in the tranquil country of Vanuatu, you can avoid all this trouble and relax on the beach. 

No country is perfect, but while there are countries with big governments and aggressive popular demonstrations, other territories are the polar opposite: tranquil havens where people live and let live, crime is almost non-existent, and you don’t have to wonder whether you’ll be robbed or not. 

Let me say something evident yet sometimes overlooked: paying low or no taxes is amazing, but that alone doesn’t make a country a good place to live. If you’ve read so far, you see that a second residency can offer other financial benefits, access to new markets, increased mobility and even more perks. Sure, this is crucial. But so is your safety and your family’s.


Campeche, Mexico.

Campeche, Mexico


In today’s complex and ever-changing world, the concept of second residencies is not a mere trend anymore – it’s a strategic imperative. We’ve delved into the multiple benefits, from tax advantages to enhanced freedom and security. However, the real power of second residencies lies in pursuing a life with minimal restrictions.

These opportunities are about embracing a world of possibilities, taking charge of your destiny and safeguarding your future. It’s a bold decision that can take your freedom, financial well-being and quality of life to a new level. 

The potential of a second residency is immense, as it represents the human desire for fulfillment; it’s a testament to the belief that life should not be confined to the boundaries of a single place or narrative.   

Is your dream to live in a serene beach town? A bustling city? A tranquil village? Regardless of your preference, a second residence will facilitate access to fabulous places and a more promising future. It’s not just about picking a new country to reside in; it’s about the lifestyle you can create.


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Mikkel Thorup

Written by Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup is the world’s most sought-after expat consultant. He focuses on helping high-net-worth private clients to legally mitigate tax liabilities, obtain a second residency and citizenship, and assemble a portfolio of foreign investments including international real estate, timber plantations, agricultural land and other hard-money tangible assets. Mikkel is the Founder and CEO at Expat Money®, a private consulting firm started in 2017. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, the Expat Money Show, and wrote the definitive #1-Best Selling book Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas And Make Giant Piles Of Money, and his second book: Expats Guide On Moving To Mexico.

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