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Countries with the Highest Quality of Life in 2014  Posted on 04/01/2014
Where in this big, glorious world can you find the countries with the highest quality of life? There’s no single answer to that question. Mark Twain famously said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and...
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Quality of Life is an Elusive Beast  Posted on 03/25/2014
“Quality of life” means something different to each of us. On top of that, it changes over time. What makes for great quality of life when we’re in our 20s doesn’t work so well when our kids are in Middle and High...
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How do you Find Trusted Housesitters?  Posted on 03/04/2014
When you live overseas, going away for a while can be more complicated than it would be in your home country. This is especially true if you have pets. While it’s become easier to bring your pets with you when you move, it can be...
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Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama  Posted on 02/25/2014
A costume fit for a Carnaval Queen! Part of a display at the Mall Paseo Central in Chitre, Panama. Carnaval (yes, that’s the correct Spanish spelling for Carnival) is a big deal here. A very big deal. Every year the town of Las...
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How Reliable are Utilities in Las Tablas, Panama?  Posted on 02/18/2014
It’s time for another peek into the expat mailbag. Here’s a question that I haven’t thought about in a while (and trust me, that’s a good thing!). Utility Outages Hi, I love your website, there’s nothing like...
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The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom  Posted on 01/24/2014
As an expat, you need a free and uncensored internet so you can see and share news, connect with loved ones, and enjoy the social media, entertainment and other amenities you’re used to. Sadly, censorship is increasing all over the...
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Deep Discounts at PureVPN  Posted on 01/24/2014
Let me pass along what PureVPN sent me recently. . . Holiday Fest is Over! But Our Crazy 65% Off is Still Valid. The holiday season has come to an end and so has our Holiday Fest Promo. Our 1 month and 6 months plan prices have gone back...
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  • Stepha˝aSwan
    Stepha˝aSwan 15 January 2014 17:40:12

    Hello, I am a mother of two beauties and a wife. We are pretty serious about the idea of moving to Panama! At the very early stages of planning and organizing our trip I find myself wondering if Panama is really what it seems. I have read on a few forums that it is a welcoming country until you try to make a living. I have many questions concerning this for my husband and I both have ventures in our own businesses. Mine being Massage Therapy and Body work, while his is Woodworking concepts. That being said, I am worried that we won't be able to thrive the way we would like. We are not rich and seek the ability to live sustainably on a parcel of land; green houses, solar, wind you name it! Right now I am looking into a lawyer to help make the legalities of moving out of country easier. Unsure of terminologies, I find myself going in circles with this search. Any help and direction on these matters would be greatly appreciated! Much love and Peace!

  • bac414
    bac414 17 October 2013 19:48:27

    My husband and I are heading to Coronado, Panama in December and are hoping to secure a location to purchase a house or actually purchase. We chose Coronado because of the close proximity to the amenities in Panama City but far enough to have a relaxed life. We are overwhelmed with the amount of connections we need to make and would love to hear if anyone knows any successful financial advisors. I am also looking for a bank, attorney & real estate agent. Any advise or help would be great!

  • retiredchica
    retiredchica 20 May 2013 02:19:48

    If you're coming to Panama and seeking employment or trying to start your own business, this is a heads-up. Panama acts welcoming to people moving in, but we've had more than one friend here who has started a business, thrived initially, and then found that if it was a service that a wealthy Panamanian also provided, their permits suddenly got pulled or denied. These people have dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into moving here, relocated their kids, and find they're being bullied out of their livelihoods. Beware -- it's not the hospitable host country you're being led to believe. Corruption abounds.

  • Lawyher
    Lawyher 08 November 2012 01:22:32

    My husband and I are in the infant stages beginning to search for an area we would like to relocate to. Do you have any advice on whether we should consider moving to Panama with a small child. He is not yet even one year old.

    Any advice would be helpful.

    Thank you!

  • Deborah Strachan
    Deborah Strachan 25 July 2012 06:20:31

    Love your articles Susanna!

  • FutureExpat
    FutureExpat 06 July 2012 20:42:17

    Hi Brenda, how long will yo be spending in Panama when you visit? Do you like big cities? Small towns? Beach? Mountains? There's a lot of variety here. . .

  • Brenda M. Bomgardner 06 July 2012 08:25:31

    Hi, After the meltdown state side we have come to the realization we may have a higher quality of life for retirement in Panama. I am not sure how to start the process.

    It would be great to connect to someone who has blazed the trail. We have not visited yet. Like a new pair of shoes. We are going to walk about later this year.

    Any tips you can give us will help. Books, places good for retirees, travel tips, etc. I contacted the embassy as a start.

    My wish is for a guide to help us make arrangements.

    Tahnk you, David and Brenda Bombgardner

  • FutureExpat
    FutureExpat 03 July 2012 00:13:12

    Hi David & Darlene,

    Is the purpose of your trip to explore Panama to see if you'd feel good about living here? Or have you already done that? If you've not visited the country, I think it makes sense to do that before spending time with experts.
    Feel free to contact me by email at perks at futureexpats.com!

  • David & Darlene S 30 June 2012 03:39:56

    Hello-We are seriously looking at Panama for retirement. We'd like to make a "investigational" trip in March 2013. Can you point us in the right direction? We'd like to meet with as many "experts" as we can while there, i.e. retirement/pensionado information, health insurance info, visa or passport info, etc. Would so appreciate your assistance!
    Darlene & David Sparks

  • reina moskow 07 June 2012 18:24:47

    congratulations, my husband and I will be moving to Pma. by the end of sept.,I'm born panamanian, but had not visit since I left the country 40 years ago. Have few ideas about starting a business there but first we need to secure a place to live. I'm so looking forward to meet you.

  • FutureExpat
    FutureExpat 04 June 2012 18:35:30

    Sorry, I teach people about portable careers, don't have any contacts in the traditional job market here. You should know that finding a job in any country other than your own is difficult. If you have a skill that's in high demand you stand a better chance.

  • Egiptia
    Egiptia 02 June 2012 14:37:47

    Could you please advise me on how to get a job in Panama in the field of business.
    I have finished my MBA and learning Spanish..Know English and Arabic, have good experience in business development.
    can you advise me with a recruiting agency there?

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