Our Top 6 Picks For Sunny Post-Election Living

by Kathleen Peddicord Searches for “How can I move to Canada?” spiked during the just-finished U.S. presidential election cycle. Since the Vietnam War, Canada has been seen as a beacon of refuge among Americans. However, life in Canada comes with a significant drawback: Canadian winters look like blizzard scenes on Star Wars’ ice planet Hoth. […]

Moving to Panama? Don’t be Clueless [Book Review]

Panama’s a wonderful, low-cost place to live. As with any overseas relocation, though, moving to Panama is not for the faint of heart. But this couple — well, if there’s a way to move from the US to Panama in the most difficult, expensive, and upsetting way possible, that’s how they did it. Just for […]

Thanksgiving Traditions — Are they the Same Overseas?

There’s nothing like the holidays to bring out the best — or the worst — in you when you’re living overseas. If you’re lonely, disoriented, or homesick, holidays can make you feel much worse. If you’re enjoying your life, holidays can be a lot of fun. But guess what? That can happen when you’re in […]

10 Things I (Already) Miss About Las Tablas and Panama

Last week my husband and I flew out of Panama’s Tocumen International Airport for the last time. Well, maybe not the last time forever, but for at least a couple of years. If you’re not on my mailing list, Facebook page or Google Plus page, you might have missed the announcement. Long story short, my […]

International House Sitting is a Thing?!

Guest Post by Ashley Mudra Note from Future Expat: You’ve heard my side of the experience, now it’s Ashley’s turn! I’d never heard of it before. Why would anyone trust their home and pets to me, a total stranger? And how would I even find these international trusting people? While researching for my upcoming travels, […]

Choosing a Housesitter in Las Tablas, Panama

A few months back, I wrote about our search for someone to stay with our dogs while we traveled back to the US this spring. After uploading our request to the Trusted Housesitters site, I was astonished to see 30 applications slam into my inbox in the same number of hours. It seems like a […]

Options and Choices — Expats have More

Our goal in moving to Panama was to live within our income following the big financial meltdown in the US. We’ve met that goal easily – and so much more! Life is all about options and choices – that’s true whether you’re an expat or not. But by embracing the options available to us as […]

Las Tablas, Panama: To You, it’s only a Hot Dog. To me, it’s a Sign of Growth

Today my husband came back from Chitre with a huge smile on his face. He was as excited as a little kid with a new toy as he unloaded the car. The new Riba Smith store has opened in Chitre, and that’s cause for celebration at our house. (Chitre is about a half hour drive […]

After the Lights and Music End: The Dark Side of Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama [Video]

Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama, is a huge event. It brings around 100,000 visitors to the town — and Las Tablas’ normal population is only about 10,000. Merchants make a big chunk of their annual sales before, during and after Carnaval. Families earn some extra income by bunking in together and renting out houses or […]

How do you Find Trusted Housesitters?

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 very difficult to travel with them once you get there. […]